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Yellowstone Downs race meet begins August 19

July 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Live horse racing will kick off at Yellowstone Downs in Billings on August 19 and continue with 14 days of live racing through September 25. $2000 bottom purses are anticipated (trials excepted) and six stakes races will be run during the meet, which features Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Paint racing. In addition, overnight stakes may be written if interest is high enough.

The meet is operated at the MetraPark complex by the Yellowstone Horse Racing Alliance and is additionally supported locally by the Midland Horse Racing Association. Racing at the Downs closes the live racing season in Montana.

The Yellowstone Downs Futurity and Derby finals will be run September 25, with trials for the Futurity on September 10 and trials for the Derby on September 11. The estimated purse for the Futurity is $20,000; the derby purse is estimated at $15,000.

The Quarter Horse Futurity will be contested on September 25 for an estimated purse of $30,000. Trials will be held September 10. The Quarter Horse Derby will also run September 25 with trials September 17. The estimated purse for the derby is $20,000.

The Paint Futurity and Derby finals will be held September 25 with trials for the Futurity on September 4 and trials for the Derby on September 10. The futurity holds an estimated purse of $25,000 and the derby’s estimated purse is at $15,000.

The Midland Horse Racing Association, a non-profit group which raises funds to help support live racing at the Downs, is holding their major fundraiser event with the second annual “Horsin’ Around at Yellowstone Downs” on the evening of August 26. The event includes an evening banquet, live and silent auctions, raffles, and simulcast racing for a ticket price of $35. Horsin’ Around at Yellowstone Downs begins on the second floor of the MetraPark Grandstand at 5:00 p.m. with a no-host bar.

Proceeds for the event support the live race meet in Billings. Last year, Midland Horse Racing Association also hosted a golf scramble and a buffalo hunt on the Crow Reservation.