Fort Pierre 2018 Meet in Doubt

A shortfall in funding might cause the track to scrap its live racing season.

Capital Journal

Live racing at Fort Pierre, South Dakota, might not take place next year.

Promoters and organizers of live racing at Fort Pierre, South Dakota, say they won't be able to hold a 2018 meet.

The Verendrye Benevolent Association has put on the races at Fort Pierre for than 50 years. Dennis Booth, secretary to the board of the VBA, confirmed the reason for doubt about 2018 in a written statement: A continued decline in funds provided by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The funds are generated from taxes on pari-mutuel betting.

If the VBA were to host the races next year, it would face a short fall of between $40,000-$50,000.

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