A sad day for Oklahoma racing.
Tulsa County officials defend decision to end Fair Meadows live horse racing
“This was a business decision by the (fair board), and while we know there will be some impact to the horse industry, it is not in the best interest of Tulsa County citizens to continue live racing at Fair Meadows,” County Commissioner and fair board Chairman Fred Perry said in a news release.
The fair board on Nov. 1 approved a naming rights agreement with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation that will pay the county’s Expo Square $1.4 million a year.
As part of the agreement, the fair board agreed to end live racing at Fair Meadows – a decision that will take millions of dollars in purse money from racetracks across the state.