Horse racing now set in Fort Pierre

FF Editor
Farm Forum

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — 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, The Capital Journal reported. 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.

The commission also approved the association’s request to shift about $4,000 of its $170,000 allocation from purses to operations.

Association board member Shane Kramme said he was “very pleased and very appreciative” of the work that the commission had done. He said he will be meeting with insurance reps to make sure that coverage is in place by April 1.

According to Kramme, some owners already have their horses on the grounds and bedded down, but they can’t get on the track until insurance is in place.

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.