Montana ExpoPark racing Action
There was great excitement and a successful day of racing enjoyed this weekend, as Montana ExpoPark opened for racing under new management. The racing cards were filled and the grandstand packed with spectators as racing got underway, and it is hoped that the great support and overwhelming attendance at the opening of Montana ExpoPark is a sign of wonderful things to come for the racecourse. And with five days of racing, which ends on the 26th of July 2009, Randy Fozzard, Montana Racing’s general manager, is confident that the support will continue.
Montana Racing leased Montana ExpoPark from Cascade County, to host the racing at the racecourse and it seems that their efforts have breathed new life into the live horse racing at the racecourse. Saturday, 18 July 2009, featured a nine race card, with more than forty six thousand dollars wagered and over a thousand spectators, the thrill for spectators to be at live horse racing again, was evident.
Even though the first day of racing was a bit hot, it did not dampen the spirits of the athletes, horsemen or spectators. One of the most anticipated races for the day was the trial races that were held for the Charlie Russell Quarter Horse Derby, of which Meter My Lane came in with the fastest time. The Cascade County Invitational, which is for three year old horses and over, was kicked off with On the Hill winning the first heat, and Magnuson’s Her Red coming in victorious in the second section of the event. Eight year old, Splended High ran to victory in the City Bar and Casino purse, that was born and bred in California.
Fozzard commented to the media that the main aim of their company is to promote horse racing in Montana and build relationships with horse trainers and owners to create a stable horse racing industry. The horse racing industry has taken a knock all over the country and Fozzard and his team are determined to assist the industry in growing, through organizing more successful racing events and by the running of horserace betting simulcasts. Montana ExpoPark has gained a new lease of life and it is believed that the horse racing action will only get better from here.