Horse Racing Now Set In Fort Pierre

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Horse races will be taking place this spring in Fort Pierre following some doubts last fall.

The Verendrye Benevolent Association had decided against continuing the races due to funding woes. But those problems were addressed at the Commission on Gaming’s recent meeting in Deadwood.

The commission’s executive secretary, Larry Eliason, says some agenda items had positive outcomes for the association, including the commission providing an additional $12,050 for insurance in case the event is cancelled and to cover injuries to exercise riders.

Association board member Shane Kramme says he will be meeting with insurance reps to make sure that coverage is in place by April 1.

The association has organized the races for the last 70 years. They’ll be held at Stanley County Fairgrounds and are scheduled for April 28-29 and May 5-6.


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