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Montana Downs at Missoula to add six stakes to 2010 season


August 6, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fresh off their successful Great Falls meet, Montana Downs has announced the addition of six stakes races to the two-day meet at the Western Montana Fair in Missoula. Racing returns to the Missoula Fairgrounds for the first time since 2006 with a two day meet on Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14, with the first race each day at noon.

Three stakes races have been added each day. Older Thoroughbreds have a chance to run for added money in the 5 ¼ furlong $2,500-added County Commissioners’ Sprint Cup on Friday, which carries a $100 entry fee and an estimated purse of $3,300.

The $2,400-added Missoula Overnight Quarter Horse Futurity and Missoula Overnight Paint Futurity, both for 2-year-olds, are also offered on Friday. Both races are contested over 300 yards and carry a $100 entry fee.

On Saturday, August 14, Missoula racing goes tropical, as 3-year-olds Quarter Horses compete in the$2,400-added “Miss You So Badly” overnight Quarter Horse Derby while Paints and Appys get a chance to run for added money in the $2,400-added “Parrothead” Overnight Derby. Both the Quarter Horse and Paint and Appy derbies are named in honor of the Jimmy Buffett song “Miss You So Badly,” which mentions Missoula in the first line.

Thoroughbred fillies and mares also get a chance to run for added money on Saturday in the $2,500-added Governor’s Cup Filly and Mare Dash at 5¼ furlongs.

“We have a lot of interest for the Missoula meet,” said racing secretary John Petti. “We have had a lot of interest in Saturday’s $5,000-added John Deere AQHA Challenge and I wanted to give horsemen coming in from other states a chance to bring a few more horses. There is almost no doubt the Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby will fill and it gives us a better program at Missoula with better horses.”

Entries for Friday’s program will be taken on Tuesday, August 10, while Saturday’s entries will be taken on Wednesday, August 11. The phone number to the racing office, which opens on Monday, August 9, is 1877-mt-race-1. Horsemen are reminded that entries close at 11 a.m.