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Horse races start Wednesday with ladies night


This year's race meet set to honor the memory of Gloria Simonis

The track is ready, the weather conditions are good, and the paddocks are rapidly filling with horses as the 2014 Crooked River Roundup Race Meet is ready to begin.

“Much like our rodeo, this thing just gets better every year,” said Crooked River Roundup president Dean Noyes.by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Horses come out of the gate during the 2013 Crooked River Roundup Race Meet. This year's races start Wednesday at 7 p.m. with ladies night.

One of the first changes that race-goers will see this year is additional of more televisions around the track.

“We’ve added some additional television coverage,” Noyes said. “Big screen TVs — we are going to have a lot of fun.”

Racing is set to begin Wednesday with Ladies Night, with women admitted free.

Gates open nightly through Saturday at 6 p.m. with post time for race one set for 7:15 p.m. each night.

Both quarter horse and thoroughbred races are scheduled nightly with a minimum of eight races scheduled per day with 10 races on both Friday and Saturday.

The biggest race on the card for Wednesday is the Simonis Sprint. Friday races include the Praise Jay Thoroughbred Stakes and the Mizer Memorial. Saturday has several big races, including the Jack Rhoden Memorial Bonus Challenge, which has the largest purse of the race meet. Other big races on Saturday include the Prineville HBPA?Thoroughbred Stakes, the Art Smith Memorial and the Ben Woodward Memorial Stakes.

In addition, this year’s race meet has renamed a race to honor the memory of Gloria Simonis, a long-time race horse owner and race meet volunteer who recently passed away.

“We have our normal Simonis race on Wednesday,” Noyes said. “Then the thoroughbred owners asked this year that they name a thoroughbred race after Gloria in dedication to her contributions to the horse racing community for all these years.”

Noyes added that the exact number of horses entered in this year’s race meet will not be known until today, but he is confident that there will be plenty of horses to fill the race cards.

“We have some great horses coming in,” he said. “I?don’t have all the details on all of them are here right now, but we have some great entries.”

Regardless of the exact number of horses entered in the race meet, Noyes is confident that it will be another outstanding week of racing.

“We are looking forward to another great meet,”?he said. “We are going to do a great job of honoring Gloria. We have great weather, excellent fans, and the hard work of a lot of volunteers.”

Tickets are $5 nightly and can be purchased at the gate.

Race Meet information

Tickets are $5 nightly which includes a race program.

Races stat with ladies night on Wednesday and continue nightly through Saturday. Gates open each evening at 6 p.m. with post time for the first race of each evening set for 7:15 p.m.

The race meet is run entirely with volunteers and it is not too late to help. If you would like to help contact Celeste Wetzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..