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Pari-Mutual wagering was legalized in Oregon 1933, but it's roots go back to 1891 when horse racing became part of the fair at Tillamook. Over the years fair racing was in Salem, Gresham, Union and Grants Pass. In 1946 the states only non agricultural track was open in Portland.

Portland Meadows really lit up the horse racing world, when it debuted under the lights on September 14, 1946, allegedly the first thoroughbred track to do so.

To this date other than tracks at Salem and Gresham, all other tracks are still in business. Oregon is a non racino state, but Portland Meadows is trying to get instant racing approved.

I have put this out there, I messed up. After further research I realized that I missed two other Oregon Fairs, Burns and Prineville. I will catch up with them on the next go around, hopefully by next years races in 2014.