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Open Quarter Horse Futurity
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Open Futurity Adjourned

Tricky questions in the case of the Open Futurity answered by Ms Jess N Alibi

By: Annise Montplaisir 

No alibis were needed to defend Ms Jess N Alibi’s hair-raising finish in the $15,000 Open Quarter Horse Futurity. Despite the uncertainty of going into the race as a first time starter and overcoming a difficult break from the gates, the two year old sorrel filly blew her way to the front of the field.

Open futurityAnd what a field it was. Dashin Silk Coat and Flyin Dekalb both broke their maiden in their first start, and Luv That Cool Corona finished a game third behind BHR Guys Flash Me in the SD-Bred QH Futurity Trials at Aberdeen. It was something of a mystery as to who would take the race. “There were some tough horses in there,” said owner and trainer Craig Stein.  “We had hopes for her and she showed a little today, so we’re super happy.”

“Alibi,” who was the only first time starter in the race bided her time at Canterbury Park until the futurity.  “We were going to run her at [Chippewa Downs] and just didn’t have her ready in time," said Stein. But ready she was for the Open Futurity. Finishing the 350 yard race in a time of 19.31 seconds, the filly just edged out Thrilling Finish and Flying Dekalb for second and third, respectively.

Jockey Don Proctor sensed he had the race won from the moment she left the starting gates. “She was there from the word go.” Stein added that the talented filly’s next stop will likely be at Prairie Meadows. 

“We’re champions!” exclaimed Stein’s son Tyler. Innocent until proven guilty, or a champion until proven otherwise, only time will tell in the case of this gifted filly. 

A Perfect Blend
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Perfect Blend

Boozeinablender renders a rousing victory in the HRND Derby

By: Ryan Roshau

Derby recap

The weekend of July 19th and 20th was supposed to turn out this way.  The flashy chestnut filly was destined it seemed to run away from the competition in the bright North Dakota sunshine to claim victory in a race at the Horse Park. 

That was the script Devron Leingang hoped would be written exactly one year ago in the North Dakota Futurity but his favored filly Boozeinablender lost all chance out of the starting gate when a stirrup strap gave way and the filly unseated her rider.  But 364 days later the result could not have been more reversed as Boozinablender cantered home an eight-length winner in the $6,500 HNRD Derby on Opening Day. 

“It’s a lot of satisfaction.  After last year, a thing like that makes you almost want to give up,” Leingang said following the race.  “But you have to think of the horse and she deserved another shot so you come back again.”

Boozeinablender was made the 3-5 race favorite in the field of six that included Joe Kid, a winner of back to back races in impressive fashion at Chippewa Downs.  Boozeinablender, under jockey Don Proctor, went to the lead as the horses progressed down the backstretch after breaking out of the far chute.  Proctor eased her into the lead while Joe Kid sat just off of her flank.  On the far turn, Proctor asked the daughter of Pie’s Prospect for just a little more and she answered the question resoundingly, opening up around the far turn.  The stretch run was a mere procession as the Horse Park faithful roared their approval.  Joe Kid was second and longshot Ridin Royal was third.  The winner paid $3.20 for the victory.

The performance was part of a long-range plan of progression that Leingang has been mapping since the winter, starting with some acid test races north of the border at Assiniboia Downs.  Three straight in-the-money finishes resulted in Leingang lowering her into a $6,000 Maiden Claiming race on July 4th weekend, a race she won by a length and a half as the 3-5 favorite.

“She had some good races at the beginning of the year we could have stayed at the same level ($12,000 Maiden Special Weights) but obviously you want to get the win, you want to get her confidence up and peaking right now and that’s what it looks like we got done.”

And by getting it done on Saturday, Boozeinablender made plenty of party-goers in attendance very happy, including a set of patrons fully enthralled in a Bachelor Party on the track apron. 

So how was the frozen name concocted?

“I think everybody probably struggles with naming a horse, Leingang laughed. “You’re just trying to think of names and you can’t think of a good one and I was driving one day and heard Margaritaville and it goes through the chorus and I said, ‘I’m going to try that name.’”

And now it’s a name that the Horse Park crowd and North Dakota racing knows all too well.   But there’s another recipe to be written as she will attempt a Derby-Double in two weeks at the North Dakota Derby on August 3rd.   

Time will only tell what Boozeinablender will whip up for that one.

Renewals and Returns
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Renewals and Returns

2014 NDHP Meet Preview

Ryan Roshau, NDHP Media Relations

North Dakota Horse Park’s 2014 season, the three weekend centerpiece of racing in the Dakotas that starts on July 19th, has the potential of presenting racing at its finest.

NDHP features six days of live racing, buoyed by a stakes calendar that anticipates over $130,000 in purses.  The story of this year’s schedule is “Renewals and Returns” as many races continue to add another page to their story at NDHP while a handful of races are renewing their place on the calendar.

For significance, the highlight of the meet could be the first ever contests made up of exclusive “Racing Free” registered horses as a pair of Allowance tests (one for quarter horses and one for thoroughbreds) will be held the weekend of July 26th and 27th.  Both races will carry a purse of $5,500 and enrolled horses will be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 upon victory following a clean test. It is the first series of races of its kind ever run at any racetrack.

The highest grossing race figures to be the return for the first time in five years of the $16,000 Northern Plains Futurity to be run on the meet’s final weekend.  JJ’s Special Sis and Misty River Dancer who ran second and third, respectively in the Minnesota Stallion Breeders’ Futurity late last month in Shakopee are intriguing candidates. Other quarter horse races of high quality include the chance of seeing some of the best horses to appear all meet in the $15,000 HRND Open Futurityand the $10,000 estimated AQHA Bonus Challenge.  Last year’s winner, the powerful Streakin Zoomer is under consideration for a return for Reliance Ranches LLC so history could repeat itself in early August.

Expect Sweet Easy Cash and last year’s Derby champ Eyesa LaJolla to be the top two garnering attention in the return of the Dan Diemert Memorial. Meanwhile, Dontthrotlemystyle and Major Dasher could renew their rivalry in the NDQHRA Derby as the duo has run 1-2 and 2-1 respectively in their last two races at Chippewa Downs. The NDQHRA Futurity, meanwhile, features eight nominees and could end up coming down to Flyin Dekalb and Jumpn the Moon, who have both showed steady promise in recent starts. 

The thoroughbreds will be showcased in several key races for horses born or based in North Dakota. The HRND ND Bred Derby on opening day could feature a clash between the NoDak stalwart of 2014 Joe Kid, he of the back to back wins in Belcourt.  He could meet his match however in the fast filly Boozeinablender whose consistent runs at Winnipeg this spring were rewarded with her first trip to the winner’s circle earlier this month at Assiniboia Downs.

That July 19th Derby will set the table for the $10,000 North Dakota Derby at the one mile distance on August 3rd.  The Futurity, as it does every year, will sharpen the picture of prominence with this year’s freshman crop.  The Futurity could highlight multiple Chippewa Downs winner Big Cat’s Echo, who scored by nearly 9 lengths in his last outing on July 6th but the Futurity also features at least one rapidly improving, lightly raced candidate. The Dean Kutz Memorial for elder horses will be the featured race on the meet’s middle weekend, running for the first time since 2008.  Tuffernhell, a multiple stakes winner at the track could be a key factor in that late July race along with Alexassilvercharm, a six year-old gray bullet based in Winnipeg.

A jockey’s incentive, featuring a $3,500 bonus to the top rider, is just one of the many prizes that awaits horsemen and horseflesh at the 2014 meet.







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
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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.



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