Will Rogers Meet Concludes with Huge Wagering Gains as Expected


Horse of the Meet, 7-year-old Welder (The Visualiser), under Cabrera | Coady Photo

   Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma, one of the handful of North American racetracks that was able to continue racing throughout the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, concluded its meet May 20 with significant handle increases, as expected. More than $131 million was wagered in total (from 17 more races than in 2019) for a 687% increase over the $16.8 million bet the previous year. “Our racing shifted steadily toward center stage this spring. I am very proud that we were able to complete our season safely,” said racing secretary and track announcer John Lies. “With tremendous teamwork and diligent protocols, we were able to provide a bright light to horsemen and horseplayers during a difficult time.”  David Cabrera took home the jockey's title 36 to 35 over last year's leading rider Floyd Wethey Jr.; while trainer Robertino Diodoro bested last meet's leading conditioner Scott Young 28-27. Trainer Karl Broberg was third behind Diodoro and Young, and his 13 wins for his End Zone Athletics, Inc. garnered the owner's title.

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