Portland Meadows will have live racing on Tuesday instead of Wednesday for the remainder of the season, a move to get more off-track wagering money.
Oregon’s only commercial horse racing track also has races on Sunday and that won’t change.
General manager Will Alempijevic said the abrupt switch was necessary because the money from bettors on the first four Wednesdays of the season was much less than expected. If the slump persisted, the track would have to cut purses and perhaps race dates.
Most wagers on horse races are made by people online or at off-track betting locations, and there were more than a dozen U.S. tracks competing for those dollars this past Wednesday. Portland Meadows was not the preferred choice for many handicappers that day and hasn’t been throughout the fall.