Horse racing at Fair Meadows to be reconsidered

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Updated: 12/10/2012 4:15 pm Published: 12/10/2012 4:14 pm

The Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority will hold a special meeting to discuss horse racing at Fair Meadows again.

At a meeting on December 6th, the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority voted to accept the Amended Naming Rights and Sponsorship Agreement between TCPFA and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation "MCN". The agreement included a term to cease live horse racing at Fair Meadows beginning in 2013.

In a release sent on Monday the TCPFA said information learned during the public comment portion of the meeting on the 6th included two agreements with the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Associations.

Officials say these two agreements, previously signed by the Fair Meadows Race Director in October 2012, without the knowledge or consent of the TCPFA Board or legal counsel, outlined the terms for conducting the 2013 race meet at Fair Meadows.

Ron Shotts, Fair Meadows Race Director, stated, "The TCPFA Board and legal counsel had no knowledge of the signed agreements. I apologize to all parties for any inconvenience and take full responsibility for my actions. The agreements, which I have executed for many years, were commonplace for receiving the annual racing licenses. I will work with the associations and my staff to conduct the 2013 race meet to the best of our ability."

Commissioner Fred Perry, 2012 TCPFA Chair stated, "when confronted with this new information, it was imperative to take aggressive and timely action. I believe it is appropriate to follow the terms of the Agreements regarding the 2013 race meeting, which is why I have requested a Special Meeting to address the issue."

A special meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 4pm, to consider the continuation of live racing for 2013, and a new Naming Rights Agreement with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The new Naming Rights Agreement will not include provisions regarding cessation of horse racing.

"We regret the unfortunate situation; the prevailing circumstance is between TCPFA and the horse associations. Our sincerest apology is extended to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We are pleased to have a strong relationship with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, a committed community partner, we appreciate their willingness to consider a
new Naming Rights Agreement for the anchor facility at Expo Square," stated Commissioner Fred Perry.

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