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US Racing Track Guide: Will Rogers Downs

Betfair now offers Exchange markets on a whole host of tracks in the United States. In his latest in-depth guide, US racing handicapper Dean Keppler takes a look at Will Rogers Downs...

Will Rogers Downs

What kind of racecourse is it?

• The main track is a 1 mile dirt oval.


Tell me something I don't know about this track

• Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is a gaming facility and horse racing track located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Modern Cherokee Nation encompasses 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation holds significant businesses, corporate, real estate and agricultural interests. Cherokee Nation is a powerful and positive political force in Oklahoma. Cherokee citizens benefit from a growing economy, equality and prosperity.


When do they race?

(Thoroughbreds) Mainly Monday through Wednesday/Saturday afternoons March Through May - starting at 19:15 p.m. GMT (Quarter Horses) Friday through Sunday afternoons September through November


Best Ever Race - The Cherokee Nation Classic Cup May 17, 2016

A 5-year-old gelding named Ibaka (ridden by C.J. McMahon) took the 2016 edition of the Cherokee Nation Classic Cup for trainer Bret Calhoun. The event was run at 1 mile 70 yards for 3-year-olds and up.


Most Popular Jockeys

McNeil, Bryan
Kimes, Curtis
Hamilton, Quincy


Most Popular Trainers

Young, Scott E.
Engel, Roger F.
Craddock, Kari


How to find winners at Will Rogers Downs....

Picking winners at Will Rogers Downs starts with recognizing the small trainer colony that excels at this mini-meet. Trainer Scott Young has maintained a solid 26% overall win percentage at this meet the past 4 years, and stands out with all of his layoff runners (whether they be 1st,2nd or 3rd off a layoff). He's also deadly with new barn purchases winning 50% 1st off the Claim and 30% second off the Claim. Roger Engel's percentage is even better winning at an exceptional 38% overall the past 4 seasons. His specialty is with first time starters where he wins close to 45%. If jockey Floyd Wethey Jr. happens to be on board one of these juveniles making their debut run--even better.


Draw Positions

The inside posts are best in both sprint and route events and you'll rarely see a runner win from an extreme outside draw unless he or she has good tactical early zip.


Running Styles

Speed or pressing speed is king at Will Rogers Downs in both sprints and route events. There are several wire-to-wire winners during the meet and many horses that will sit second or third in the early going and go on to victory. Closers can win in both sprint and route races under the right circumstances, but most are types of runners that are able to save ground with a preferred inside draw.


When betting Will Rogers Downs look out for...

Speed or pressing speed-types in sprint or route races breaking from the inside. The lucrative jockey/trainer combo of Belen Quinonez and Scott Young.