horse racing

ND Racing Commission

The North Dakota Racing Commission had a study done of horse racing’s impact on the state’s economy.

The study was done for the Commission by NDSU.

"It showed the industry provides a $24 million economic impact every year," said Racing Commission Executive Director Gunner LaCour.

LaCour said while $24 million may not be that big a number, it’s pretty good for the horse industry.

The first Saturday in May marks the date for the running of the Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. As the most celebrated horse race in America, the race brings thoroughbred horses from across the globe to compete for the “crown of roses.”

Horse Park sets race dates

Feb 27, 2018

The North Dakota Racing Commission has finalized race dates for the North Dakota Horse Park this summer.

Manager Mike Schmitz says the last three weekends in July were chosen - Saturday July 14 and Sunday the 15th, Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd, and Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th. Schmitz says the final weekend was chosen to be Friday-Saturday versus Saturday-Sunday to accommodate the Fargo Air Show. Schmitz says it's an affordable family summer activity.

North Dakota schedules three racing weekends

Jul 9, 2017

The North Dakota Horse Park will be hosting three weekends of horse racing beginning next Saturday.

And the park’s general manager is expecting a good season.

For the first time in years, horse races will be held on two Friday nights, July 21st and 28th.

Park general manager Mike Schmitz said he thinks the horse racing industry is alive and well in North Dakota.

"As an industry, we're putting more into te state's coffers than our appropriations," Schmitz said in an interview.

Schmitz also said NDSU has just finished an impact study on horse racing.