Portland Meadows and horseracing live on together these days thanks to simulcasts of horseraces from around the world and an excellent off-track betting site. The OTB can be found in Portland just off Interstate 205, south of the Columbia River and the U.S./Canada international border.
The complex has 20 poker tables in a clean, well-lit venue. The OTB area has 14 large TV screens that feature races from all participating racing tracks. There is also a separate restaurant and bar area that serves three meals each day.
Portland Meadows began its pilgrimage on September 14, 1946, when, after a year of construction was completed, 10,000 fans packed the complex to watch Thoroughbred races. Soon afterward, the track was the first to offer nighttime races with a massive array of floodlights. After a fire destroyed the Grandstand in 1970, the track was swiftly rebuilt. In 1971, the newly constructed Portland Meadows opened with a record crowd of over 12,500 in attendance.
Portland Meadows was also the site of outstanding racing achievements. In 1987, the Coors Portland Meadows Mile set a high mark when it offered a $100,000 stakes race purse for the first time. Equally noteworthy, the winning pony—Present Value—was ridden by Hall of Fame jockey William Shoemaker.
Gaming first came to Portland Meadows in 2016 when a poker concession commenced in the indoor stands. Following the demolition of the track, live racing at Portland Meadows ceased. Thanks to OTB, however, Portland Meadows' name and its connection to Thoroughbred racing continue.