A Day at the Races
One of the world’s oldest and most popular sports returns to Aberdeen this summer, in the form of pari-mutuel horse racing at the Brown County fairgrounds. The physical beauty of horses combined with the thrill of competition is what makes this sport such a unique and exhilarating experience for people of all ages. With free admission, this Northeast Area Horse Racing event is something that the entire family will enjoy.
Wagering for pari-mutuel horse racing is only allowed at two sites in South Dakota, occurring in Fort Pierre and Aberdeen. Pari-mutuel refers to a form of betting in which all bets of one type are placed in a pool. Basically, whoever backs the first three places divide the losers’ stakes amongst themselves. These races are held every year around Memorial Day, and include quarter horse and thoroughbred races. The races this year will take place on May 21-22 and May 28-30 from 1:00-6:00 PM with free admission. // — Erin Ballard