Horse race fans and enthusiasts will be happy to have live horse racing back in Fargo July 14 – 15 and July 21 – 22.
Races will be held at the ND Race Track located on 45th Street and 19th Avenue, near the NDSU Equine Barns. Again race fans will remember the last time live races were held at this track in 2009. Members of the Horse Race of ND Board of Directors and hundreds of volunteers have been working hard to prepare the track, set up advertising, borrow equipment, and sponsor live horse racing in Fargo once again. It’s considered one of the last chances to make horse racing successful in North Dakota. Organizers are hoping to have thousands of people show up to watch the races and bet on their favorite horses.
Both ND breeders and out-of-state breeders are expected to bring horses in for the races. Some of them will be training their horses on the track for two weeks prior to race day. Others will arrive the week-end of the race and run their horses. The public can count on a good afternoon of entertainment on all 4 days.
There will be about 8 races each day as well as some other activities for both children and adults. There will be a Silver Scramble for children to try and collect change as well as inflatable plastic jump toys set up on the grounds. Local mascots will be on hand too and will help cheer people on during the day. Concessions and beverages will be provided by Dempsey’s.
It is hard for live horse racing to support itself and the State of North Dakota has provided some of the revenue from off-track horse racing betting. ND is one of the easiest states to engage in off-track betting and speaks to the overall popularity of horse racing. This year, the State Gaming Commission put in the cost of one of the 4 days and organizers hope to have enough business to cover the rest of their expenses.
One of the advantages of having racing at the track in Fargo is better accessibility to the horses and jockeys. It becomes a more personal experience for the race fans. Children, especially, love the horses and can really relate to them because of having closer contact. The races will run from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. each day and it is an affordable outing for families.
Admission is $3.00 per person and children 12 and under are free. It’s a great experience for horse race fans as well as novices who haven’t attended before. Race organizers are encouraging people to come on out and have an enjoyable day at the horse races.