THOROUGHBRED BREEDING AND RACING IN OREGON
HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND OUTLINE OF THE OTOBA'S MAGAZINES
State Senator Julian McFadden introduces rules for the formation of the Oregon Racing Commission.
Formation of Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Portland Meadows is constructed under the direction of William P. Kyne. Kyne was the founder of Bay Meadows Racecourse and was largely responsible for the passage of 1933 law legalizing pari-mutuel wagering in California. First Thoroughbred track in the nation to offer night-time racing. Lighting system designed by General Electric.
Source: Portland Meadows website 2016
Portland Meadows opening day September 14. Over 10,000 people in attendance.
Source: Portland Meadows website 2016
Bill Wineberg and partners buy Portland Meadows
OTBA begins producing association magazine – Oregon Thoroughbred Review. Issues sold for 75 cents and $2.50 for statistical issues.
Dr. G.R. Vandervort – President
OTBA represents horsemen and negotiates contract with Portland Meadows.
Judy B – Oregon-bred Horse of the Year (photo)
Praise Jay – OB wins San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. First OB since Mioland (1940) to win a major stakes. (photo)
Racing reports from Portland Meadows, Pacific International Exposition (at Portland Meadows), Salem Park, Gresham Park.
Leading Sire stats from 1957
Source: OTR, Spring 1969
Violet “Pinky” Smith becomes the first licensed female jockey in Oregon.
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2002
Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky gift Governor Tom McCall a yearling of Chateaugay—Primacy, by Some Chance.
Source: OTR July 1969
1970 – 1979
Multnomah County Fair allocates 10 days to dog racing.
Bill Wineberg balks at a contract with the horsemen since legislation provides that 4.8% of the handle must go to purses.
Backside barns get new roofs. (photo)
OB, Man A’Live, sets jumping records. Star of the Seattle International Show, 1969.(photo)
Source: OTR, January, 1970
Praise Jay – Oregon Horse of the Year, second leading money earner behind Mioland. (photo)
Source: OTR, Spring, 1970
Tom McCall @ Portland Meadows (photo)
Jerry Collins, new owner @ Portland Meadows (photo)
Fire destroys PM in April (photo)
OTBA sponsors race meet at Salem Fairgrounds due to PM closure (WT June 1988
Source: OTR, January, 1971
Reopening of PM (photo)
Don Jackson begins Thoroughbred operation. Stands stallion Flying Lark. (photo & ad)
Josephine County builds new track, grandstand and stalls.
Lone Oak meet in Salem (photo)
Source: OTR, Spring, 1971
Role of OTBA
Rebuild of Pm (photos)
OTBA banquet recap (photos)
Source: OTR, July 1971
Ontario & Tillamook race meets (photos)
Source: OTR, October, 1971
DuCall is 2nd time Oregon Horse of the Year 1971
Photos from 1959 – Multnomah County Fair & Portland Meadows
Source: OTR Spring 1972
HBPA formed – Bruce Williams named president
Source: OTR July 1972
Portland Meadows track rebuilt (photos)
Oregon State Fair installs night lighting
Source: OTR October 1972
Wineberg Racing Association news
Lone Oak report (photos)
Source: Oregon Horse Magazine Fall 1977
OTBA new backside office
Source: OHM Spring 1978
Stella Hatfield CEO Portland Meadows (photo)
Source: OHM Summer 1978
First OTBA Mixed Sale
Source: OHM Fall 1978
Wineberg daughters (photo)
Source: OHM Winter 1978
1980 - 1989
Mioland stats & photos
Source: OHM Spring 1980
Salem review (photos)
Source: OHM Summer 1980
Licensing off-track betting in Oregon
Source: OHM Spring 1981
Grants Pass review (photos)
Source: OHM Summer 1981
Flying Lark dies (photos)
Source: OHM Fall 1981
Changes at Portland Meadows (photos)
Source: OHM Winter 1981
The Oregon Triple Crown Series
Source: OHM Spring/Summer 1982
Off-track wagering expansion in Oregon
Source: OHM Summer/Fall 1982
Flying Larks leads nation in gross progeny earnings
Source: OHM Fall 1982
Proposed sale of Portland Meadows back to Jerry Collins
Source: OHM Summer 1983
Sale of lease rights of Portland Meadows to Art McFadden, Bill Farr, Jim Raley and Danny Vogel
Flying Lark leading sire in the nation 4th consecutive year
Aaron Jones Eclipse Winner Lemhi Gold
Source: OHM Winter 1983
Baseball passes Horseracing in Attendance
Source: OHM Summer 1984
Bob Lanphere and racing in Oregon
New Portland Meadows owner, John Jensen
Source: OHM Fall 1984
Sonny Meling and Servomation attempt to acquire Portland Meadows
Source: OHM Winter 1984
The first National TOBA Awards held
10 Summer Fair race meets held
Polynesian Flyer – Oregon Horse of the Year
Source: OHM Spring 1985
Jack Root become OTBA President
Gary Stevens becomes accomplished jockey – has roots in Oregon
Source: OHM Fall 1985
Greek Native wins Oregon-bred Futurity (photos)
Four women jockeys win races on one card – possibly has never happened before
Source: OHM Winter 1986
Oregon Horse Magazine becomes part of The Washington Thoroughbred magazine in December 1987
OTBA receives money from the Agricultural Opportunity Fund for breeding and stallion awards
Source: The Oregon Horse Newsletter August/September 1987
Tribute to Don Jackson
Tribute to Mary McFadden Goldblatt
Source: WT December 1987 Stallion Register
OTBA Awards banquet – photos of Jack Root, Don Jackson, Rob Douglas, Gordon Tallman
Mary McFadden Goldblatt passes away at age 83. Daughter of State Senator, Julian McFadden (author of ORC rules, 1933)
1st publication with the Washington Thoroughbred
Source: Washington Thoroughbred April 1988
Former Portland Meadows jockey, Gary Stevens, wins 114th Kentucky Derby aboard Winning Colors
Source: WT June 1988
Greg Gunderson named General Manager at Portland Meadows. Gunderson is the grandson of William P. Kyne who built Portland Meadows.
Source: WT August 1988
Brady Gallagher retires as OTBA Executive Secretary. Ursula Gibbons is the only staff.
Polynesian Flyer honored. Leading all time Oregon-bred earner, 14 career wins, $387,085 in earnings.
Bill Shoemaker rides two races at Portland Meadows on “Bill Shoemaker Day”.
Source: WT December 1988
Oregon Racing, Inc. acquires Portland Meadows. Investors are: Colin Hegarty, Don Johnson, Barry Fine, Curtis Carlson
Source: WT October 1989
1990 - 1999
Don Jackson retires from OTBA board.
Source: WT February 1990
Oregon Racing, Inc. has successful first year. Sponsorship of Portland Mile by Coors.
Source: WT June 1990
OTBA pays Stallion Awards and Breeders Awards from Agriculture Grant
Source: WT December 1990
Oregon Racing, Inc. files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Source: WT April 1991
HBPA & Donna Jensen agree to one year lease to hold race meet.
Grants Pass Downs named after Don Jackson
Source: WT September 1991
Privatization of horse racing at Oregon State Fair
Darrell and Vickie Lee take over operations of Portland Meadows
Source: WT December 1991
Arabian and Appaloosa racing added at Portland Meadows in 1992
Source: WT April 1992
Lone Oak Racing, Inc. formed in Salem. Ray Boucher, Lonny Craig and Glen Knickerbocker lease Salem Fair Grounds.
Source: WT February 1993
Profile of Pleasure Acres owned by Julian McFadden
Source: WT April 1993
Darrell Lee barred from grounds as orders by the ORC for financial irregularities. Gene Ferryman continues to operate The New Portland Meadows.
Oregon legislature reduces state’s share of handle from 2% to 1%. Increases number of OTBs to 20.
Source: WT February 1994
Ursula Gibbons becomes OTBA Executive Secretary
Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine regains accreditation
Source: WT June 1994
Portland Meadows 50th Anniversary
Source: WT April 1996
OTBA Breeding Symposium with D. Wayne Lukas
Source: WT September 1996
Lone Oak Park in Salem shortened to 9 day meet without simulcast.
Source: WT September 1997
Dispute between Darrel Lee and Gene Ferryman goes to court and a receiver is appointed. Ferryman becomes sole owner.
Source: WT February 1998, September 1998
Oakhurst Thoroughbreds opens.
Source: WT December 1999
EPA challenges at Portland Meadows with water and manure
Source: WT May 2000, September 2000
Magna (Stronach) shows interest in Portland Meadows
Source: WT December 2000
Tom Moyer purchases right to Portland Meadows and reaches agreement with Magna
Source: WT May 2001
The Oregon Horse moves to the flipside of the Washington Thoroughbred magazine
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2002
Ron Sutton of the OHBPA creates the Jockey Incentive Program.
Art McFadden history article
Source: The Oregon Horse March 2003
Portland Meadows and OHBPA legislation proposal is drafted (it will reduce the OTBA percentage of handle)
Source: The Oregon Horse December 2004
Don Jackson tribute
Bruce Williams tribute
Source: The Oregon Horse March 2004
OTBA named changed to OTOBA
Changes to statute lobbied for to benefit Magna Senate bill 929
Multnomah Greyhound Park closed by Magna
Source: The Oregon Horse March 2005
Ex Mountain Cop wins the $30,000 OTOBA bonus
Instant Racing machines re-installed at Portland Meadows
Source: The Oregon Horse March 2007
Attorney General rules that Instant Racing is illegal. Magna threatens to not run. Races days are cut and horsemen have to leave the grounds during the summer.
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2007
New OTOBA Exec Director, Brandy Stoeckinger, takes over as Ursula Gibbons retires after 22 years.
Source: The Oregon Horse March/April 2008
Profile of Flying Lark
Source: The Oregon Horse June 2008
Bar C Racing Stables profile
OTOBA suspends horse sale
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2008
Magna files bankruptcy
Source: The Oregon Horse June 2009
Grindstone comes to Oakhurst
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2009
Spirit Mountain Casino sponsors Oregon Championship Day
Source: The Oregon Horse Jan/Feb 2010
Profile on Colonel Julian McFadden
Source: The Oregon Horse December 2010
Don Jackson passes away
Portland Meadows has facelift and new marketing
Source: The Oregon Horse December 2012
OTOBA participates in the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Portland
Source: The Oregon Horse January 2014
OTOBA awards $4,000 in student scholarships
Source: The Oregon Horse September 2014
Giacomo comes to Oakhurst
OTOBA introduces Foal Registration Program
Source: The Oregon Horse Breeding 2016
Portland Meadows celebrates 70 years of racing
Source: The Oregon Horse Racing 2016