Horse racing returns to Chippewa Downs in Belcourt

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BERLCOURT, N.D. (AP) - Horse racing is back at the Chippewa Downs in Belcourt.

The Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1nexxjN ) reports races began Saturday and will run each weekend through July 6.

Horses will be competing for purses of about $2,000. Some high stakes races will have purses of up to $8,000.

Chippewa Downs features a half-mile oval with a 350-yard straight-away. The newspaper reports that thoroughbreds will run races of four to eight furlongs, the latter a distance of one mile.

Doug DeMontigny is the chairman of the Turtle Mountain Outdoor Recreation Development Association. He says horses in the field are from across the U.S. and Canada.

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Online: www.tmbci.org

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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