June 9, 2017
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs to host American icons
CLAREMORE, Okla. — The spectacle that has transcended generations and won the hearts of young and old alike for seven decades is returning to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on June 12.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are taking over the Event Center at The Downs for a weeklong stay. The horses will be available for public viewings June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 14 and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and June 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free to the public.
The bay, blaze-faced draft horses weighing in at 1 ton each have become an American icon and are hard to miss. The enormous horses pull a 7,000-pound, fire-engine red Studebaker wagon in teams of eight, with a black and white Dalmatian perched on the seat next to the driver.
“This is always an enjoyable event for our property and fits in well here,” said Rusty Stamps, general manager of Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.
The Clydesdales were originally introduced to the public in 1933, when August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III bought their father a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to celebrate the repeal of the Prohibition. The team soon became the official mascot for Budweiser.
The Budweiser Clydesdales have since figured prominently in two presidential inaugurations, Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949 and again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993. The big, beautiful bay geldings have become a staple in broadcasts and parades, solidifying them in America culture.
Budweiser currently has three traveling Clydesdale hitches touring the United States more than 10 months out of the year. Each team travels with seven handlers, one Dalmatian and 10 Clydesdales.
“We look forward to hosting the horses. This could be the most exciting place in Claremore next week,” said Stamps.
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com and click on the Will Rogers Downs tab, or call (918) 283-8800.