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Published July 22, 2012, 08:09 PM

Fargo's Horse Park wraps up its first season back

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Horses, spectators, gambling -- all of it made a return this year to Fargo.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Horses, spectators, gambling -- all of it made a return this year to Fargo.

After closing in 2009 -- The horse park wrapped up its first season back today.

Mike: "Way beyond my expectations, the people came out in droves, horse racing was at it's finest."

Park manager Mike Weiss says all of the hard work getting the park ready for both race weekends was all worth it. Last weekend there were nearly five thousand people who took to the races, and this weekend is looking similar.

Mike: "We thought you know, two great special weekends would be the best way to do it, to get the feel, and get the show back on, and they turned out to be just tremendous."

Weiss says larger parks in other states don't even see this many excited race fans. Last Saturday the races brought in 42 thousand dollars in betting, and Sunday nearly 48 thousand, and just yesterday the park saw it's highest wager number yet.

Mike: "57,900 dollars bet just on our live races here, which was way beyond expectations."

Winston: "People are betting two dollars, and five dollars, and they're just having fun, and they get to anticipate with the horse owner, the outcome of the race."

Winston Satran is the Director of the North Dakota Racing Commission.

Winston: "The legislature is involved in this and it will certainly be a strong arguing points to keep this moving forward."

Carolyn Goerger has been with the park since day one, and after seeing it look more like a ghost town in recent years, here's her response of being back to work.

Carolyn: "Yay, Yay, oh I love this."

No word on if and when the 1200 pound fierce competitors will be hitting the dirt next year, officials say they will be pushing for more races on more weekends in hopes of having another record breaking year.

The track closed in 2009 because it was 150-thousand dollars in debt.