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NDHP enters a state of celebration

July 31, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Lucrative weekend stakes bolstered by 125th anniversary of statehood

In addition to wrapping up the 2014 racing season with a robust list of stakes races, the North Dakota Horse Park will also celebrate the 125th Anniversary of our statehood with a lineup of events that gives fans a reason to celebrate.

Saturday features the renewal of the North Dakota QH Racing Association Derby contested among horses that were bred in the state. On the same afternoon 2-year-old Thoroughbreds compete in the North Dakota Futurity. Both races carry purses estimated at $10,000. It is also fitting that the Peace Garden State is known for its hospitality, as later that afternoon it welcomes top contenders from around the nation in the $15,000 AQHA Bonus Challenge, arguably the most anticipated race of the entire meet.

On Sunday, the focus is on North Dakota even more as dashing youngsters try to make a name for themselves in the NDQHRA Futurity and Thoroughbred sophomores go head to head in the Run for the Prairie Roses, the North Dakota Derby. The Northern Plains Futurity, another race with local connections, is another highlight race, featuring a purse of approximately $16,000.

Along with the stakes races, NDHP hosts two special races commemorating the anniversary of statehood. Quarter Horses go 125 yards in the “Roughrider Shootout” while Thoroughbreds race the classic distance—1¼ miles—in the “Legendary 125”. First post time for both race days is 1:00 p.m. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and admission is $4.00.

In addition to small town events across the state during 2014, two signature events t will be held August 16 and November 2, the state’s official 125th birthday. The August event will be held on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck and will showcase the best of North Dakota with home-grown entertainment, food, crafts and games.

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