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Youth Day at the Races!!
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Youth Day at the Races!

The North Dakota Horse Park is proud to announce that they are hosting a "Youth Day at the Races"- an experience for youth ages 14 through 18. Set to take place on August 2nd, this event allows youth to dive into the world of horse racing by spending an entire day at the track. They will have the opportunity to watch morning workouts, talk to trainers, jockeys, visit the announcers stand and so much more!

Arriving at the North Dakota Horse Park early in the morning, participants will go on a guided educational tour of the track, spending the day learning about various aspects of horse racing. But don’t let the word ‘educational’ scare you! This day will be fun-filled, and gives youth the chance to have a rarely seen view of the operations at a racetrack.

At the end of the day youth will take a comprehensive exam on everything learned throughout the tour. The top exam score will be awarded a scholarship, and one lucky youth will have the chance to be nominated for the AQHYA National Racing Experience, held at the 2014 AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championship races! This experience is free and open to the first 20 youth who sign up. But hurry, because spots will fill up fast! For more information or to register contact Annise Montplaisir at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2014 Stakes Schedule
News - Misc
Monday, June 09, 2014


North Dakota Horse Park Releases Stakes Lineup

Over $130,000 on the line in big money races over three weekends at Fargo oval

Racing fans will have three times the fun this year, expanding from one weekend a year ago, and owners, trainers, and jockeys will have a full menu of stakes races at their choosing.
 In all, $132,000 will be up for grabs in stakes races alone, accentuated by at least one key race every weekend.
 Opening Day on July 19th will feature the $15,000 Open QH Futurity, a race perennially owned by South Dakota horseman Tom Maher. The veteran owner from Pierre, SD is likely to have some live contenders ready for another push down the Fargo lane. Other highlights of the inaugural weekend include the HRND Derby and Futurity for thoroughbreds. Both races are estimated to be run with a value of $8,000. The Trials for the lucrative Northern Plains Futurity will also be held during the meet’s first weekend along with a pair of poignant Rein in Cancer races for fillies and mares.
 The second weekend is highlighted by a pair of Racing Free Allowance events, one for each of the respective breeds. The races, the first of their kind run at any North America track, will serve as a means to promote drug-free equine athletes. The Dean Kutz Memorial, a popular race for older North Dakota bred thoroughbreds last run in 2009, will be renewed on July 27th.
 The meets final weekend culminates with a quadruple-header of $10,000 races as the AQHA Bonus Challenge, the Dan Diemert Memorial (another renewed race last run in 2009) and HRND QH Derby are contested for the fastest of the two breeds while the stars of tomorrow compete in the North Dakota Futurity for the thoroughbreds, also on August 2nd.
 Derby Day, on August 3rd, will not only feature the $10,000 North Dakota Derby for sophomores, but will also serve up the AQHA Maiden Challenge and HRND QH Futurity (both races at 10,000) before setting the table for the richest race of the meet, the $16,000 Northern Plains Futurity, also being run at Fargo for the first time in five years.



2014 races info
News - Misc
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The 2014 Condition Book is now available! 

Click the link below:

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 sell out 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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Racing Officials Accreditation Program
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Racing Officials Accreditation Program Update

By: Annise Montplaisir  

On Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th the North Dakota Horse Park hosted a Racing Officials Accreditation Program seminar in Fargo. The event served to educate business professionals and enthusiasts within the industry about various racing official positions including clerk of scales, paddock judge, outrider, horse identifier, and official starter. The large group of attendees spanned from across North Dakota and Minnesota, and as far as Florida.

The ROAP- developed with the goal of enriching the professionalism of officials in the horse racing industry- is a collaboration of organizations. By working together, these organizations have a mission of educating individuals to become racing officials, stewards and judges, and increasing the integrity of the sport.

The seminar began with a video explaining the goals of the ROAP and an overview of various organizations that have contributed to its development. The following day was comprised of informative presentations about official positions, analysis of possible scenarios, and question and answer sessions. 

Gunner laCour, Director of the North Dakota Racing Commission shared his insight on the benefits of attending this training. “[ROAP] not only provides an opportunity for individuals to refresh their own best practices, but gives them insight into other jobs on the track that can lead to increased efficiency and safety.”

The racing commissioner emphasized the value of the best practices review for individual officials. “With a state like ours with only seasonal racing, processes and procedures can change over time because there is such a lag between each year. A refresher on step by step best practices helps prevent any gradual decline.”

Kaylin Scarberry, a student at NDSU decided to attend the ROAP seminar with a friend in order to gain a better understanding of the horse racing industry. “I found each position quite interesting and I also found the studies and work they're doing for jockey safety highly interesting.

Scarberry, who works at a local riding stable hopes to apply her newly acquired knowledge to other disciplines of riding in addition to racing. “By learning [about safety and communication in horse racing], I can apply them in my own riding discipline and my own business because communication is very important when running a smooth, effective facility and also running a safe facility.”


To add to the positive feedback from attendees, ROAP officials stated it was the highest attended ROAP certification course in the program's history- affirming the success of holding the event in Fargo.


“I would like to see two well-run boutique meets in the state running the majority of the summer,” said laCour. “While some of that is dependent on available funding, much also depends on the attendance of horsemen and patrons. By working on best practices we can ensure that horsemen and patrons have an excellent experience that keeps them coming back.”

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


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