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Fargo track to hold 6 days of horse racing this summer

Dynasty Time (No. 1) gained speed out of the gate and ended up with first place in the 350-yard race during the Saturday, July 16, 2016, event at the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO – The North Dakota Horse Park here will host six days of racing this summer – two fewer days than the eight days the park had in 2017.

The horse park announced Thursday, Feb. 22, that the state Racing Commission approved $120,000 in funding for purses for the races and $200,000 for promotions.

Park general manager Mike Schmitz said new this year are premium seating areas.

"I'm pumped, I know the fans are,” Schmitz said in a news release. “We've been receiving reservations for VIP seating for over a month.”

Races are slated for the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22; and evening races Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28.

In November, The Forum reported that the Racing Commission granted the Fargo track seven race days. However, one day was dropped.

The commission sets race dates and funds purses and promotions for the Fargo track and Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, N.D. The funding comes from online betting companies that pay taxes to be licensed in the state.