Oregon Statutes - Chapter 462 - Racing - Section 462.125 - Number and classes of race meets; unused race days; conflicting race dates.

(1) The Oregon Racing Commission shall determine the number and classes of race meets to be held in any fiscal year, and the total number of racing dates to be granted to a licensee subject to provisions of ORS 462.062 and 462.067. Not more than 350 days of racing, exclusive of racing days authorized to designated licensees pursuant to subsection (5) of this section, shall be held in any metropolitan area in any fiscal year. A licensee shall conduct at least 720 live races under the license during each fiscal year race meets are held under the license. The commission may reduce the number of races required under this section upon application by a horsemen’s association that negotiates with the race meet licensee.

(2) If a licensee under ORS 462.062 or 462.067 fails, for good cause, to complete all of the allocated days in a licensed race meet or if the commission does not receive and approve license applications for all of the days allocated to either class of racing, the commission may add the unused or unallocated days no later than June 30 of the following fiscal year, to the racing days allocated to and available to the licensee or, in the discretion of the commission, to any other licensee of either class of racing in the metropolitan area. Additional race days allocated under this subsection are exempt from the limit of 350 days of racing in a fiscal year imposed by subsection (1) of this section. The additional racing days granted by the commission to any eligible licensee may not exceed the total of the unused or unallocated racing days in any one fiscal year.

(3) If an emergency occurs on the day of racing, and a night racing program runs past the hour of midnight, such time after midnight is not considered an additional racing day.

(4) As used in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, “metropolitan area” means:

(a) Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties.

(b) Marion and Polk Counties.

(c) Linn and Benton Counties.

(d) A county other than those designated in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this subsection.

(5) Each licensee designated in ORS 462.057 may be granted up to 12 days of horse, mule or greyhound racing to be held within the county in which the licensee holds its fair or show or at a race course owned by a governmental agency or a nonprofit corporation in an adjoining county. If a licensee does not use all of the licensee’s allocated race days during the fiscal year, the commission, in the commission’s discretion, may allow that licensee to use the leftover days in the next fiscal year. If a licensee referred to in this subsection wishes to make application to the commission to schedule racing days that conflict with racing days previously scheduled by another such licensee, at least 30 days prior to the date of a meeting of the commission, the governing bodies of the applicant and the previous licensee shall meet at a time and place prescribed by the previous licensee to discuss the applicant’s proposed racing day schedule. The conclusion of the parties regarding the proposals for conflicting racing days and the matters upon which the parties agree or disagree shall be reduced to writing signed by the parties and submitted to the commission not later than 14 days prior to a meeting of the commission. The commission may approve or disapprove proposals for conflicting racing days upon such terms and conditions as the commission considers appropriate.

(6) The commission may not grant a license for any race meet within a county for dates that conflict with racing dates granted to the county fair of such county.

(7) The commission may not grant a licensee that is subject to ORS 462.062 a license for a race meet for a date that conflicts with a race meet date granted to a licensee that is subject to ORS 462.057, unless the commission has the consent of the licensee that is subject to ORS 462.057. This subsection applies only if the licensee that is subject to ORS 462.057 held a race meet during the 2002 calendar year on a date substantially similar to the date that is the subject of the conflict. A licensee that is subject to ORS 462.057 may not unreasonably withhold consent under this subsection. [1969 c.356 §9; 1973 c.541 §2; 1975 c.105 §1; 1975 c.550 §6; 1979 c.330 §4; 1979 c.698 §13a; 1981 c.544 §9; 1983 s.s. c.7 §9; 1985 c.675 §8; 1987 c.413 §7; 1989 c.210 §1; 1993 c.682 §5; 2003 c.783 §1; 2005 c.72 §2; 2005 c.777 §19]

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