Tulsa Agreement to Be Reexamined

Agreement regarding racing at Fair Meadows to be reexamined.

Press Release
December 10, 2012

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At the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority “TCPFA” Meeting on December 6, 2012, the TCPFA Board voted to accept the Amended Naming Rights and Sponsorship Agreement between TCPFA and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation “MCN”. The Agreement includes a term to cease live horse racing at Fair Meadows beginning in 2013.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, board members and legal counsel were made aware of two agreements with the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Associations. 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 of the TCPFA 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.

Debbie Schauf, the executive director of the OQHRA, continues to encourage anyone affected by the loss of racing at Tulsa to contact the Governors office and state legislators to express their opinions on this matter.

The phone number to contact the Governor's office is 405-521-2342.  You will have to press #1 to talk to a person or you can follow instructions to leave a message. Your message should be to ask the Governor to protect the interests of Oklahoma by enforcing the Model Gaming Compact which requires the tribes to make payments to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission for the exclusive right to operate gaming machines in Tulsa County.