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Fargo horse track granted seven race days in 2018

Two horses collide as they charge out of the starting gate at the start of a 350-yard race on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

BISMARCK — Live horse racing will return to the North Dakota Horse Park for three weekends in July after the state Racing Commission granted the Fargo track seven race days at a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Bismarck.

The North Dakota Horse Park plans to hold races July 14 and 15, July 20, 21 and 22, and July 27 and 28.

The horse park's general manager, Mike Schmitz, said he asked for seven days to have the flexibility to add one Friday night of racing, likely on the second weekend.

In 2017, the North Dakota Horse Park had eight days of racing. Races were held on Saturday and Sunday over three weekends, with two weekends of Friday night racing. The Fargo track had not had Friday night racing since 2014.

The state Racing Commission sets race dates, and it funds purses and promotions for the North Dakota Horse Park and Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, N.D. Funding comes from online betting companies that pay taxes to be licensed in the state.

Chippewa Downs was granted eight days of racing, the same as in 2017.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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