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Friday, July 12, 2013

Jubilee in July - Horse Park Meet of 2013 Begins July 19th

North Dakota Horse Park’s 2013 season, the tenth anniversary meet, promises to be one of the most exciting  on record. 

NDHP is proud to feature three full days of racing this year, highlighted by a stakes calendar that features the $10,000 estimated North Dakota Derby and $10,000 estimated North Dakota Futurity for thoroughbreds to be run on Saturday, July 20th.  The Derby will be run at one mile while the Futurity will be contested at 5 1/2 furlongs.  Both races are presented by the North Dakota Thoroughbred Association.  The Derby appears be drawing a small field, richly composed of horses fresh from the recent Chippewa Downs meet.  Dakota Girl won two races in Belcourt, including the NDTOBA Derby in late June.  Hello Scarlet, a disappointment in that same race, was a stakes winner here in Fargo last summer and stands to reason that a rebound is possible.  The Futurity, as it usually is, figures to be a wide-open race due to lack of form.  Butch Herman has shown a great propensity for training juveniles in recent years and his Classi Coyote has already crashed the winner’s circle this summer.

A Sunday card on July 21st is highlighted by the Quarter Horse breed as $5,000 estimated will be on the line in the NDQHRA Derby and $5,000 estimated NDQHRA Futurity.  Jennas Easy Cash brings her three race winning streak into the Derby and is clearly the horse to watch in this race.  The Futurity could be quick work for Dontthrotlemystyle who also dominated the competition at Chippewa Downs.  The juvenile colt is an undefeated two-for-two lifetime and could be a new star of tomorrow. 

Also on the meet’s final day, a quality field will likely line up for the AQHA Bonus Challenge, estimated at $10,000.  This marquee event will be run at 440 yards and will be open to three year olds and up.  The “sprint set” will also have the Open QH Derby and Open QH Futurity, two stakes races that have been playgrounds for Tom Maher’s Shamrock Ranch over the years.  Sunday will also feature the renewal of the popular mascot race—the Fargo “Fur”turity, run between races on the card.

Fargo’s proximity, in the southeast corner of the state, offers an all points opportunity to attract horsemen and equine athletes from a variety of sites.  Not only will the Horse Park be a destination for those who competed at recently concluded Chippewa Downs meet, but it also serves as an attractive four hour ship in from Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg and Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.  This makes for interesting, full fields and a variety of wagering opportunities.

In all, 28 races are penciled in over three days  ranging from 300 yard distances up to 1 1/4 mile.  The return of popular jockeys and trainers will transform Northwest Fargo into “Derby City” for a weekend  as racing fans from across the tri-state area flock to the Horse Park.