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Fort Pierre ready to rumble with live racing

March 25, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

South Dakota horse racing is almost underway with the races at Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre beginning Saturday, April 16 and continuing on weekends through Motherís Day, May 8, for a total of eight days of live racing. Racing rolls into the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen on May 14 and 15 and continues on May 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30, closing after Memorial Day weekend.

A joint condition book for both tracks is available online at the South Dakota Horse Racing website at Also online are stall applications and track contact information. You may also call Pat Sutley, General Manager and Fairgrounds Manager at Fort Pierre at 605-223-2762; and Mike Schmidt, General Manager at Aberdeen, at 605-229-0013.

Thoroughbred feature races include a joint effort between both tracks for the South Dakota Thoroughbred Futurity, with trials contested over 3 furlongs on April 30 at Fort Pierre and finals contested over 5 furlongs on the last day of the meet at Aberdeen.
Other Thoroughbred stakes at Fort Pierre include the Fort Pierre Thoroughbred Derby for South-Dakota breds contested over 5 furlongs with a $4,000-added purse on May 8. If needed, trials will run April 23 at a distance of 5 furlongs. On April 16, the Lucky Bendewald Memorial is contested over 5 furlongs for a $5,000-guaranteed purse. The April 24 Thoroughbred Allowance Stakes for 3-year-olds and up carries a guaranteed purse of $4,500 over 5 furlongs. The Governorís Handicap for South Dakota-breds will run May 8 over 6-1/2 furlongs with $4,000-guaranteed.

Quarter Horses can compete at Aberdeen for the Open Futurity on May 29 (trials May 14) for a $4,000-added purse over 350 yards. The Open Quarter Horse Derby is May 30 (trials May 22) over 400 yards with a $4,000-added purse. The South Dakota Bred Quarter Horse Futurity is contested over 300 yards on May 30 (trials May 21) for a $7,000-added purse, and the South Dakota Bred Quarter Horse Derby is May 28 (trials May 15) over 350 yards for a $5,500-added purse.

The Thoroughbred Stakes program at Aberdeen includes the May 15 Open Claiming Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 7 furlongs for a $3,000 purse. The May 21 Governorís Handicap for South Dakota-breds 3-year-olds and up is contested over 7 furlongs with $3,500-added. On May 29, the Open Thoroughbred Derby has a $4,000-added purse contested over 7 furlongs. Three Thoroughbred stakes run on May 30: the South Dakota Bred Futurity over 5 furlongs with $9,000-added; the South Dakota Bred Derby over 7 furlongs with $4,500-added (trials on May 14 if necessary); and the Legion Stakes going 9 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up for a $3,500-added purse.

Quarter Horses at Aberdeen compete in the May 28 South Dakota Bred Derby going 350 yards for $5,500-added; the May 29 Open Futurity over 350 yards for $4,000-added; the May 29 Allowance Stakes for 2-year-olds that run in the South Dakota Bred Futurity trials or Open Futurity trials but did not qualify ($3,000 purse); the May 30 Open Quarter Horse Derby over 400 yards for a $4,000-add purse; and the May 30 South Dakota Bred Futurity over 300 yards with a $7,000-added purse.

Horse racing at Fort Pierre is hosted by the Fort Pierre Chamber of Commerce. Aberdeen racing is hosted by Northeast Area Horse Racing, Inc.