N.D. horse track set to open seasonBELCOURT, N.D. (AP) — One of North Dakota’s two state-sponsored horse racing tracks is preparing to open the season.
By: Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
BELCOURT, N.D. (AP) — One of North Dakota’s two state-sponsored horse racing tracks is preparing to open the season.
Chippewa Downs in Belcourt has scheduled four straight weekends of racing beginning on Saturday. The track draws horses and riders from several states and Canada.
Track officials said they have spent about $100,000 in improvements on the track, including a new railing and roping arena.
Lee Thomas, spokesman for the group that funded the upgrades, told the Minot Daily News that horse racing is a tradition in the area. He said people used to congregate at small tracks on Sundays after church and race horses.
The North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo plans to resume racing later this summer after a two-year shutdown to pay bills and find new ways to pay for racing.