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State Fair Race Meet underway July 15

June 28, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

The State Fair Race Meet in Great Falls, Montana is readying for the upcoming live racing season which begins July 15 and 16 and continues on weekends for a total of seven live dates. Dates include opening weekend and July 22, 23, and the weekend of July 28, 29 and 30.

The track is offering its traditional menu of stakes races for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Paints. Bill Ogg, Director of Racing and ExpoPark Manager, said in mid-June that some of the stakes races had fewer nominations at this point than last season, but all the races had enough nominations to run. A number of the races are at the same nomination level as last yearís stakes.

Ogg said that President Dick Forster of the Horsemenís Benevolent and Protective Association has communicated that the HBPA is willing to cover the cost of stall rents for the race meet in July.

Stakes races for the meet include the traditional Treasure State Futurity, with trials on July 15 and finals July 29. The estimated purse is $10,000, contested over 5 furlongs. The Lewis & Clark Derby trials will be held July 16 with finals July 30. The estimated purse for that race is also $10,000.

Thoroughbreds can also compete in the Big Sky Handicap with an estimated purse of $7,000 on July 30.

Quarter Horse stakes races include the State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity and Derby. The Futurity trials are opening day, July 15, with finals on July 29. The estimated purse is $15,000. The Derby trails will run July 16 with finals on July 30. The purse is also estimated at $15,000.

The State Fair Paint Horse Futurity trials are also July 15 with finals on July 29. The estimated purse for the two-year-old Paints is $7,000. The State Fair Paint Horse Derby, with an estimated purse at $7,000 is on July 30. Trials will run July 16.

Holly Burrows returns as race secretary for the meet.