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Racing Returns to Montana State Fair  

 

September 2013 issue  

 

Photo by Ace Winterrowd, courtesy Great Falls Turf Club

 

      “Racing went really well. We had the biggest attendance ever — much more that expected,” says Sparky Kottke, of the Great Falls Turf Club.

      Horse racing returned this year to Great Falls , Montana , after a three-year hiatus.

      Nearly 13,000 spectators filled the stands during the four racing days of July 20–21 and July 27–28, and bets placed totaled $380,000. The races took place in conjunction with the State Fair that was held July 26–August 3, 2013, at Montana Expo Park in Great Falls .

      The only other Montana horse racing event in recent years has been in Miles City . This year’s Great Falls event was put together by volunteer Turf Club members, local business sponsors, and Cascade County . Two of three county commissioners voted to support horse racing by contributing $50,000 ($20,000 for administrative costs and $30,000 for purse money).

            Kottke says that the Turf Club expects to meet with county commissioners by the end of August to analyze how much money was spent and taken in to decide whether horse racing will return in 2014.

 

 

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