Spring racing continues at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/18/2020 01:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
All gaming operations inside Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore are temporarily suspended from March 16-31 amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, but the thoroughbred meet will continue with restrictions. The grandstand area will be limited to licensed trainers, jockeys, owners, grooms and outriders until further notice. The full racing calendar and stakes races will run as scheduled, with no spectators. COURTESY
CLAREMORE – All gaming operations inside Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs have been temporarily suspended by casino management from March 16-31 amid concerns over the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, while the thoroughbred meet will continue with restrictions. 

The grandstand area will be limited to Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission-licensed trainers, jockeys, owners, grooms and outriders until further notice. The full racing calendar and stakes races will run as scheduled, with no spectators. Racing will be broadcast on TVG through a continued partnership with the horse racing network for fans at home and across the country. 

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., alongside Cherokee Nation Businesses, the business arm of the Cherokee Nation, temporarily suspended all operations at Cherokee Nation Entertainment casinos and hotels, including Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.  During the suspended operations, no employee will go without a paycheck. 

The suspension of operations is effective through March 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there are no reports of positive COVID-19 cases on any CNB or CN property. These measures have been deemed in the best interest of the public’s health and ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Tribal officials said they would re-evaluate the safety and feasibility of reopening during this public health crisis at the end of March. 

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com and click on the Will Rogers Downs tab, or call 918-283-8800.

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