OFF AND RUNNING: Fair Meadows’ live racing schedule runs June 9-July 24. A special post time of 4 p.m. is set for Sundays and Wednesday, June 29. All other race days will have a 6 p.m. first post time. Fair Meadows will run a Wednesday through Sunday racing schedule with one Wednesday off. No racing is scheduled for June 8.
Pipes and Ponies is the theme for 2005 as Fair Meadows at Tulsa opens its live horse racing season Thursday, June 9 for a summer of speed, speed, speed.
Some of the top horses and bikers in the country are expected to highlight a 34-day mixed-breeds horse racing meet at Expo Square’s horse racing venue, Fair Meadows.
Fair Meadows has teamed up with KWEN 95 and Coca-Cola to give fans the chance to win a tricked out, custom-built old school chopper from one of the top custom bike builders in the country, Jerry Covington of Woodward, OK.
Fans may qualify to win the bike by registering at any of the KWEN 95 remotes involving the giveaway or by signing up at Fair Meadows on June 9 or July 9. Listen to KWEN 95 for details. Fans also may try to qualify to win the bike through KOTV-6’s “6 in the Morning” show once a day, Monday through Friday, June 8-July 8.
Fair Meadows will host Covington on opening night and July 9.
Covington, the winner of the Best Biker Builder award on the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build Off television show and owner of Covington’s Cycle City in Woodward, will greet fans on those nights, sign autographs and answer questions about the bike that will be given away. Covington won the Best Biker Builder award by beating Warren Vesely of Cedar Lake, Ia., on the cable show where two owners of bike shops and their crews face off and have 10 days to build one-of-a-kind motorcycles.
Covington has been in the motorcycle business for more than 30 years.
His work is known from coast to coast.
On the horse racing side, some of the top Quarter Horses, Paints and Appaloosas will converge on Fair Meadows again this summer for some six-figure purses in futurities and derbies. Fair Meadows also will be proud to welcome back four-time world champion Quarter Horse rider and current No. 1 jockey in the country, G.R. Carter. Carter was named the top jockey in the country for the second consecutive year in 2004, with his horses winning $3.4 million in purse money last year. This native Oklahoman is also a multiple champion in the racing standings at Fair Meadows. Carter mounted up 794 times in 2004 and won 169 of those races, 21 of them in stakes company. If you’ve ever seen Carter at the track, you know that means he leapt backwards off his stakes-winning horses 21 times in his famous back flip after the photo in the winners’ circle was taken.
Other events at Fair Meadows this summer include two handicapping tournaments that lead to qualifying for the 2006 World Series of Handicapping at the Coast Casinos in Las Vegas; Ladies’ Night every Thursday night; the Coca-Cola Spinning Wheel for cash and prizes on Fridays and Saturdays, and Family Nights on Sundays.
The third weeks of June and July will include two handicapping tournaments at Fair Meadows. On June 23-24, one qualifier is scheduled and on July 21-22, there will be another qualifier set. The top five players and ties from each pre-qualifier this year will qualify for Fair Meadows’ Tournament of Champions in November. Those qualifiers will compete for two spots and a free trip to Las Vegas in January for the World Series of Handicapping and will play for a projected $1 million in prize money. Last year, Fair Meadows’ Greg Tucker finished in the top 10 and won $15,000.
Fair Meadows’ live racing schedule runs June 9-July 24.
Thursday nights will include free handicapping sessions in the Winning Colors restaurant under the grandstand for the ladies where cash prizes will be awarded to some lucky fans. It also includes a chance to win cash and prizes on the spinning wheel.
Fridays and Saturdays also will be spinning wheel nights and Sundays will include face painters, pony rides and balloons for the kids. A special post time of 4 p.m. is set for Sundays and Wednesday, June 29. All other race days will have a 6 p.m. first post time. Fair Meadows will run a Wednesday through Sunday racing schedule with one Wednesday off. No racing is scheduled for June 8.