Western-based owner, breeder, and trainer Dale Bagnell who registered numerous stakes wins primarily in Montana, died at age 83 on Jan. 30 in Missoula, Mont.
- Dark Bay or Brown Gelding
- Born 2009
Three-year-old Unbridled Minister has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2012 at Dan Fuchs' White Hat Ranch near Billings, Mont.
The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill Feb. 24 that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the United States.
By Morton Cathro - For the first time in anyone's memory there'll be no horse racing this summer at the Ravalli County Fair in Montana's beautiful Bitterroot Valley. And the good folks of Hamilton (population 4,443) are, if not bitter, mighty unhappy.
This year, racing officials and county fair management at smaller tracks across the nation have been faced with the dark reality of rising jockey insurance costs.
Horse racing has struggled in Montana for the past 10 years, but the blow of skyrocketing jockey insurance costs have left some tracks pondering whether to close their doors forever.
Stakes winner In the Zone has been bought by Triangle Farms for stallion duty at North Fork Cattle Company near Browning, Mont.