Racing fans in North Dakota are eagerly anticipating the return of live racing to the state as the North Dakota Horse Park kicks off its eight-day meet Friday, July 14.
The Jamestown Sun reports that the facility, which is located in Fargo, was granted an additional two days this season after hosting a successful six-day meet in 2016.
The track will race this coming weekend, July 15-16; it will then add Friday cards beginning July 21. Racing will be held July 22-23 and July 28-30.
“I always said there was the next natural step to add Friday nights,” said General Manager Mike Schmitz. “There was additional money and dates, so we went for it. It is definitely a sign that things are on the right path.”
The North Dakota Racing Commission put racing on hiatus in 2015, after it ordered Horse Race North Dakota and the North Dakota Horse Park Foundation – the two groups that run horse racing at the Horse Park – to come up with a new business plan.
As a result, the track saw an increase in both attendance and handle in 2016, which garnered it with the two extra days for 2017.
Read more in the Jamestown Sun
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