02/22/2006 1:00AM

Will Rogers track report


Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa, Okla., will open for live racing for the first time since 2001 on Friday. The track will conduct a mixed meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses for 42 days, and the season will run through May 28.

There will be eight Thoroughbred races daily, and purses for those races will average about $80,000 a day, according to track officials. In all, daily purses for the meet are budgeted at about $101,000.

Cherokee Nation Enterprises purchased Will Rogers in 2004. About $2 million in improvements have been made to the facility. Late last year, a 250-machine electronic gaming casino opened at Will Rogers.

The track will race on Fridays through Sundays. First post is 12:15 p.m.

Will Rogers has a one-mile oval. The track is located in Claremore, which is about 20 minutes from Tulsa.