Racing Free Day at NDHP

North Dakota supports "Racing Free."

Press Release

North Dakota Horse Park celebrated Racing Free with big crowds and racing.

The Racing Free team spent an extremely positive weekend at North Dakota Horse Park promoting the first member-restricted allowance races for the organization. The energy was high and the Horse Park was jam-packed with Fargo residents taking advantage of the beautiful 80 degree weather and family-friendly activities.

A record 3,300 people attended the races Saturday, the highest number recorded since the track reopened in 2012. Wagering and merchandise sales were also at a record high, and the NDHP staff has much to celebrate after such a successful weekend.

Both the Racing Free Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred member-restricted allowance races went off without a hitch.

The 400-yard Quarter Horse allowance, sponsored by Andreini & Company, was won by the 4-year-old gelding JA Gols Fancy Man.

The 6 furlong Thoroughbred allowance, sponsored by Maberry Equine Insurance, was won by Doug, the 8-year-old crowd favorite.

Both days drew huge crowds and big smiles from the folks in attendance. Tracks like North Dakota Horse Park are doing positive things for this sport and should be congratulated on their efforts.

"We would like to thank North Dakota Horse Park for taking such a huge step," said Racing Free co-founder Leslie McKinney. "This is a great start. We would love to see other tracks join the movement and implement programs that encourage horsemen to be proactive."

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