South Dakota track may not host horse races in 2018


FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – One of the two horse racing tracks in South Dakota isn’t expected to host races next year, ending a tradition that dates more than half a century.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports that a Stanley County commissioner says the Verendrye Benevolent Association will not host horse races in Fort Pierre for the 2018 season. An announcement two weeks ago cited a continued decline in funds provided by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming from taxes on pari-mutuel betting.

The association received $19,000 less funding for 2018 than last year, which is part of a nationwide trend for pari-mutuel betting.

Commissioners say the association would face a shortfall of $40,000 to $50,000 if it were to host next year’s races.

The state’s other horse racing track is in Aberdeen.

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