Board to Reconsider Racing Agreement at Fair Meadows
The Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority has called a special meeting to reconsider the future of Fair Meadows racing track.
Last week the board voted accept a new agreement with the Muscogee(Creek Nation which called for awarding naming rights to the tribe for what is now the QuikTrip Center and ending racing at Fair Meadows.
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
These two agreements were previously signed by the Fair Meadows Race
Director in October 2012, without the knowledge or consent of the board, officials said.
The two agreements outlined the terms for conducting the 2013 race meet at Fair Meadows.
"The TCPFA Board and legal counsel had no knowledge of the signed agreements," Fair Meadows Race Director Ron Shotts said in a statement. "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."
A Special Meeting of the TCPFA has been scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 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," Commissioner Fred Perry said in a statement. "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."