CLAREMORE, Okla. – All gaming operations inside Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs has been temporarily suspended by casino management from March 16 through March 31 amid concerns over the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, while the thoroughbred meet will continue with restrictions.

The grandstand area will be limited to OHRC-licensed trainers, jockeys, owners, grooms and outriders until further notice. The full racing calendar and stakes races will run as scheduled, with no spectators. Racing will be broadcast on TVG through a continued partnership with the horse racing network for fans at home and across the country.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., alongside Cherokee Nation Businesses, the business arm of the Cherokee Nation, temporarily suspended all operations at Cherokee Nation Entertainment casinos and hotels, including Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.  During the suspended operations, no employee will go without a paycheck.

The suspension of operations is effective from 11:59 p.m., March 16, through March 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there are no reports of positive COVID-19 cases on any CNB or Cherokee Nation property. These measures have been deemed in the best interest of the public’s health and ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We will reevaluate the safety and feasibility of reopening during this public health crisis at the end of the month.

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit and click on the Will Rogers Downs tab, or call (918) 283-8800.