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2014 races info
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Live racing will be held July 19, 20, 26 & 27. Aug. 2 & 3. First race is at 1pm daily, and gates open two hours prior.

Admission is $4 for adults, kids 12 and under are free! Family gazebos (seating for 6) are available for $55 and usually sellout before each race day. VIP gazebos (seating for 20) are located closest to the finish line and also include 4 race day programs, and an appetizer buffet for $400 per day.

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Food Truck Lineup Announced
News - Misc
Friday, September 13, 2013

 

Food Truck Festival Lineup Announced

Eight Rigs Look to take a bite out of the competition and win “Best of the Fest”

The North Dakota Horse Park announces it lineup for the first Food Truck Festival in the state of North Dakota on Friday, September 20th from 11:00am-11:00pm.

The Festival, the first of what hopes to be a series of special events outside of the track’s racing calendar, will feature five trucks from the  “home team” FM Metro Area. One outfit from Lakes Country Minnesota and two from the capital City of Bismarck will hope to roll in and roll out with the day’s top prize—Best of the Fest, voted on by fans.  

 Admission and parking are both free. Speed Passes (VIP front of the line access) can be won through select FM media partners.

1) Chef Mobile  (FM Metro) - Walleye Wraps, Pulled Pork Nachos

2) Verdi's Italian Market (FM Metro) - Italian Beefs, Clubs, Deep Fried Ravioli

3) D&B Fresh Cut Fries (FM Metro) - Foot long hot dogs, cheese curds, fries

4) NW Food Factory (Detroit Lakes) - Gourmet Desserts

5) Frackin' Hungry (Bismarck) - Pork Cubano Quesadilla Wrap, BBQ Ribs

6) Sweeto Burrito (FM Metro) - Kickin' Burritos

7) S&S Specialty Foods (FM Metro) - Gourmet Bratwurst

8) Brothers Smoked BBQ (Bismarck) - Hickory Smoked Brisket & Pulled Pork

 

 
North Dakota Futurity Recap
News - Misc
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gritty Effort

BB Stables’ Tuff Grit, Tiff Mosset, team up to take North Dakota Futurity

By Ryan Roshau, NDHP Website / Photos by Cindy Breyer

Ten years ago, Rick and Jodi Buchholz watched the best horse they ever had race wide in the North Dakota Bred Futurity at Fargo.  A longshot skimmed along the rail to beat their Strike an Image that day.  For a few heart-stopping moments on Saturday afternoon, they had to think it was déjà vu all over again.

Their unraced juvenile Tuff Grit, a son of Strike an Image, was carried wide by the rider-less Boozeinablender but despite the challenge, proved to be much the best in winning the $10,000 North Dakota Futurity by 16 lengths. TuffGritWire

“I thought it was a remarkable effort,” Rick Buchholz, who co-owns the horses with his father Rodney said in the aftermath. “Giving up all that ground to the field, going head to head with a runaway horse, all of that is a lot to overcome.”

It is hard to envision a tougher coming out party for a first time starter but the ordeal seemed smooth to a horse who has had “the look” for some time.  Buchholz hoped he had something special when the son of Orientate developed into a real looker but it wasn’t until he was sent to Wayne Slater’s barn in Belcourt that he started to think he had a racehorse. “Six weeks ago they said this horse was the real deal because he was inhaling horses in these morning workouts which are basically, mini races,” Buchholz said. “Instead of running him up in Belcourt we thought ‘let’s wait until the Futurity and take a gamble’”.

“I called Rick about three weeks ago and told him, ‘you can come and get this horse, he is ready to run at Canterbury,’” trainer Wayne Slater said. Any owner with a Minnesota-bred like Tuff Grit might be tempted to ship to Shakopee, where maiden races for state breds often go for $12,000 to $15,000.  “Despite all the good reports, I’m a bit of a realist,” Buchholz laughed. “With a first time starter anything can happen.”

And in the six furlong Futurity, anything did happen.

Within two seconds of the start, the complextion of the race changed dramatically as race favorite Boozeinablender lost her rider when a stirrup strap broke.  “I wanted to get the rail but all of the sudden here comes this horse inside of me with no rider,” jockey Tiff Mosset recalled. “As I’m trying to get on the rail, we hit.  I didn’t want to pull up my horse to stop his momentum so we just went with it.”  Boozeinablender was hell bent on staying in front and the two raced as a team down the backstretch and around the far turn while the others in the field scattered behind. “I’m thinking so many things at this point,” Mosset said, tensing up as she recalled the ordeal. “Do I use my whip to waive at this horse, should I grab it’s mane?  I thought about grabbing him and ponying him along with me.”

But as they entered the stretch, it went from drama to cliffhanger.  Boozeinablender on the inside veered out, going extremely wide, carrying Tuff and Tiff with her. “I’m thinking, the horse is going to trip me, I’m going to get thrown, and it’s going to be an epic fail,” Mosset said. And what was Buchholz thinking? “Oh my gosh, no, this cannot be happening.”

“We were racing eight or nine wide so I thought at this point it’s lose-lose because someone’s going to come up on the inside,” Mosset lamented. “But then I figured if we just stay together out here, maybe we’ll be ok because when I looked back no one else was around.”  They were more than ok, they were dominant.  The lead on the others in the race increased to 16 lengths by the time they hit the wire, Tuff Grit a neck behind Boozeinablender and his ghost rider. Classi Coyote was second followed by Joe Kid and Two Eyed Kid.  Boozeinablender was placed fifth.  

“All I could think is, this horse is for real,” Buchholz said as the Horace, ND native headed toward the winner’s circle, overflowing with acquaintances as this is their home town track. “To win it here in Fargo in front of friends and family is extra special.  We’ve won big races before but we’ve never had a winner’s circle scene like that.”TiffMomHug

And one of those family members, Cousin Tiffany was aboard the horse, beaming brightly in as they brought the horses back. “It’s extra special to have Tiffany on this horse.  We took a chance when we could’ve used a more experienced rider but she showed great poise out there.”  For Mosset, she likened the moment to ponying a horse in the Kentucky Derby this year.  “It was a real tear jerker moment,” Mosset said. “My dad was here watching me for the first time and to win it for Rick and Jodi was bigger than any ride possible, probably ever.”

Now for this talented two year-old it appears the possibilities are endless.  Not only will he be the likely favorite to return in the Derby next year, he will also continue his freshman campaign this summer.  “When I first started going with him I realized how smart and talented this horse is,” Mosset, who rides some of the nation’s best juveniles in the mornings said. “He can go to a bigger track and succeed, even in allowance and stakes races, he’s so smooth.”  For the moment, it appears a trip north is in order. “We’re thinking Winnipeg,” Jodi Buchholz said at a post-race party. “Road Trip.”

Here’s hoping the path from this point forward is a bit smoother than Saturday’s race.

 RickJodiTrophy

 
North Dakota Derby Recap
News - Misc
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Plan of a Cat

Herman Family's 'Derby Plan' plays out with Tattle Tale Cat

by Ryan Roshau, NDHP Website, photos by Cindy Breyer  

TattleTaleYou don’t have to be Nostradamus to forecast the results of a four horse thoroughbred race.  But when Robert “Butch” Herman and his son Robert, Jr. sat down to map out their racing strategy, the result was some unnatural family planning.

“Simple,” Butch Herman said after the race was run, “send one horse out to win it for the other.” Such was the luxury for the Hermans, who had two horses in the race to go after the 2-5 favorite Dakota Girl.  Hello Scarlet had the speed to collar the favored pace setter Dakota Girl and if they went fast enough, Tattle Tale Cat stood the best chance to pick up the pieces. 

Talk about your cat tale.

But the plan had merit because Tattle Tale Cat was thought of to be the stronger of the two horses with Hello Scarlet the lesser.  “Even though Hello Scarlet won the TOBA Futurity here last year but this other one, we knew this other one was the better horse,” Herman Jr. said. The family faith was confirmed when the son of Category Five broke its maiden at Chippewa Downs on June 15th, winning by nearly five lengths.

Following that effort he ran second behind Dakota Girl in the NDTOBA Stallion Stakes with Hello Scarlet well back in fifth.  Suddenly, there was a new scion in the stable.  This scenario was unthinkable a year ago. ‘Scarlet won three out of four starts as a juvenile, including two stakes at the Horse Park.  Tattle Tale Cat meanwhile, was suffering through a worse fate.  “We had to geld him because he was a ridgling and that was getting in the way when he raced,” Herman Jr. said.  “Geldings mature better and he healed up after the surgery.  It’s good because we thought he’d be the better horse for the distance.” 
SmoothyKidsAnd the best jockey for the distance proved to be Mikhail Carmichael whose thoroughbred prowess, especially in longer races, put him in the saddle over Herman’s sons Shaun and Jeremy who are also jockeys.  “I got on him one time in Belcourt and watched him gallop later and I knew I wanted to ride him,” Carmichael said after the race. “We all hang out and they know me and I knew I was coming to Fargo just so I could ride this horse. I asked if I could get the mount and Shaun Herman helped make that happen.”  “We usually ride relatives but we knew for one mile we needed to have someone lighter,” Herman Jr. said, “and that’s where Carmichael came in.”

With Shaun Herman fully invested in the family plan, the pieces fell into place.  On a day when the 2,100 in attendance wagered a Horse Park record $60,000 plus, Herman sent Hello Scarlet, unlikely to last the entire eight furlongs, directly to the lead past the stands for the first time.  Down the backstretch, Scarlet increased her lead to four lengths with Dakota Girl sitting in second.  Go Socks Go, the lone maiden in the race, sat in third while Tattle Tale Cat, the lone male in the race bided his time, as planned.  You could say he was calling on his inner gentlemen by allowing the three fillies to go first.
By the time they were mid-way down the backstretch, Hello Scarlet shortened strides.  Dakota Girl seized the lead and Carmichael and Tattle Tale Cat went to work. “Right there I knew the plan was going to work,” Butch Herman said. “He broke and wanted to go but we settled back and before we hit the far turn I felt it was my race,” Carmichael added.  But at this juncture, Ralph Buchholz, the owner/trainer of Dakota Girl must have thought the same thing as the duo raced as a team around the far turn, exchanging jabs.  It wasn’t until they were midway through the Horse Park stretch when Tattle Tale Cat put away the favorite, cruise-controlling it home by 1 ½ lengths.  Go Socks Go rallied for third.  The time, a slow 1:49 2/5 for the mile wasn’t mentioned in the throes of a winner’s circle celebration.  It was the second straight year that a son of Category Five won the Derby, with Tattle Tale Cat joining Tuffernhell from 2012.
The winner was barely cooling out in the barn when the talk shifted to the horse’s next race.  “That’ll be tomorrow, in the Open Derby,” Herman Jr. chimed, standing proudly next to his senior. “That’ll be a tougher race but we’re going there with him.”
And now the only question to ask is; what’s the plan for that one?
*Editors Note:  Tattle Tale Cat finished second in the NDTOBA Derby on July 21st  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday Race Recap
News - Misc
Monday, July 22, 2013

Only Have Eyesa for Lajolla

Mr Shakem Diva upset in NDQHA Derby

By Annise Montplaisir, HRND Website

 

Sunday’s $5,000 NDQHA Derby ensued to be an interesting race when Eyesa Lajolla pulled off an upset over the favorite, Mr Shakem Diva. A bad break from ‘Diva, who came out of post position seven and ran wide gave ‘Lajolla the edge he needed to take the race for his own. As confirmed by trainer Kenny Olson, “If the horse doesn’t run straight, you have an advantage.”
 
Breaking sharply from post three, Eyesa Lajolla, the 2-1 second choice, turned it on the the lane, pulling away from early leaders Kb Runner and Genuine Firefly.  The son of Eyesa Special withheld the late surge of Mr Shakem Diva to prevail by a neck.  The winner stopped the clock in 20.940 are earned a speed index of 80.  
 
When asked if he had a strategy for his horse, Olson simply states “Run hard and fast,” and with a laugh adds, “There’s not much of a strategy for Quarter Horses.”
 
Perhaps a contributing factor to the win was pairing veteran jockey Jordan Olesiak with ‘Lajolla for the race. Olesiak, who opted not to race on Friday and Saturday, but came out for the day of races on Sunday is no rookie to the North Dakota Horse Park racing scene. "Nothing like coming back to places where you started,” says Olesiak. “It means a lot. Can't forget about these places because riding here is what helped us along."
 
Eyesa Lajolla came into the Derby after a strong win at Canterbury Park on July 7th, breaking his maiden. ‘Lajolla’s training at Canterbury may have given him a slight advantage in the race. "Canterbury is deeper so I think when they come here they are a little bit fitter and that sometimes gives them an edge over horses coming from other places,” states Olesiak.
 
After putting the well-built grey gelding out on a mechanical hotwalker, Olson expresses his feelings for the race: “Feels great, always feels good to win.”
 
The road of Eyesa Lajolla’s career is expected to take him back to Canterbury Park, in the words of Olson, “to see what he can do.” And with two consecutive wins under his belt, spectators should definitely keep their eyes on ‘Lajolla when he returns to Canterbury.
 
"He is always competive and runs hard,” says Olesiak. “He's a good honest horse."
 

 

 

 

Prepare to Get Wild

 

Owner Dave Wisdom wins another big stake at the Horse Park

By Annise Montplaisir, NDHP Website

 

Good preparation and care were a winning combination that separated Separate Wild from the field in Sunday’s NDQHRA Futurity. The two year old bay gelding broke cleanly and powered to the front of the pack, proving that he was a worthy favorite in the race.

 

 

‘Wild was piloted by jockey Mark Luark, who came up from Canterbury Park to ride on the last day of the North Dakota Horse Park’s 2013 race meet. When asked how he thought the race played out, Luark responded “He broke sharp and just kept on running.”

 

Separate Wild came into the race with two starts under his belt; breaking his maiden at Fort Pierre in April, and taking ninth in a trial race for the $100,000 plus Northlands Futurity in June. ‘Wild, who is regularly trained at Canterbury Park, took well to the dirt at the North Dakota Horse Park. Luark commented that the transistion to the new track was a factor in the victory. “The track at Canterbury is really deep so when he comes here, yes, it’s a drop in class, but the track also has a lot to do with it.”

 

This year’s $5,000 NDQHRA Futurity was yet another to be added to the list of Dave Wisdom. The prominent owner has now won this race a respectable five times since 2003, with other impressive horses such as Mr Hawkin in 2006, and Shake Em Diva in 2008. When asked about Separate Wild’s fantastic win, trainer Hardy said “He didn’t run the best at Canterbury in his last start, but he ran great today.”

 

So what’s next for this flashy gelding? It seems that a future at the track is not likely, as sources say he will be retired from racing and turned into a different kind of racehorse: a barrel racing horse.

 

It’s safe to say, it’s just another wild yet exciting twist in the career of Separate Wild.

 
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