Racing Could Return to North Dakota

North Dakota Horse Park last held live racing in 2009.

Horses could be returning to the starting gate in Fargo, N.D. after a two-year shutdown to pay bills.

North Dakota Racing Commission director Winston Satran said the board that runs the North Dakota Horse Park has paid off several thousand dollars owed to suppliers and vendors. Racing was put on hold after 2009, the track’s seventh season.

“We definitely have to have horse racing in Fargo,” Satran said. “The commission is going to give it an all-out effort to get it started again.”

The commission is scheduled to meet Feb. 16 in Bismarck to discuss racing dates for tracks in Fargo and Belcourt. It’s likely that Fargo will have a shorter season than 2009, when racing was scheduled to start July 18 and end Sept. 7.

“We have a limitation on the funds,” Satran said. “Decisions are going to have to be made on both sides, to give and take on what would end up to be a satisfactory racing season.”