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The North Dakota Racing Commission is the regulatory body in charge of regulating live and simulcast racing in North Dakota and administers three special funds for the benefit of the horse racing industry in North Dakota. The Commission is made up of five members appointed by the Governor and has an office staff of a Director and Administrative Officer. The office is located at 500 North 9th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501-4509.

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Re-scheduled ND Racing Commission Meeting

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Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 10:30 am (CT)
ND Racing Commission Office
500 N 9th Street, Bismarck, ND 
 

Next ND Racing Commission Meeting

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ND Racing Commission Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) 
State Capitol Building, Peace Garden Room
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

August 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission Meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) 

State Capitol Building, Ft. Totten Room

600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notice


Chippewa Downs Protective Measures for 2020 Race Meet

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Horsemen - please read the protective measures that have been established for the 2020 Race Meet at Chippewa Downs 

Protective Measures


TRPB Digital Tattoos Procedure at Chippewa Downs

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Thoroughbred Owners: please make sure to read the document outlining the TRPB Digital Tattoos procedure for the upcoming meet at Chippewa Downs. 

TRPB Digital Tatoos 


April 30 Meeting Minutes

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March 26, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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March 5, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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ND Racing Commission Special Meeting

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ND Racing Commission Meeting in 2020

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Fort Union Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

ND Breed Fund Foal Registration Change

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Per action of the Racing Commission at the November 21 meeting, the Commissioners authorized a fee reduction for foals that are registered after their foaling year. Effective immediately, yearlings and older foals may be registered in the North Dakota Breed Fund for $250. The fee remains the same at $10, if the foal is registered by December 31 of their foaling year.

You can find the foal registration application pdf and for out-of-state owners, the veterinarian certificate pdf can be found here.


Reduced Fee Licensing for 2020

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Per the motion of the ND Racing Commission at the November 21, 2019 meeting, the Commission has authorized offering a reduced fee on any license applications received sufficiently in advance of the 2020 racing season. You can find the early application fee schedule for 2020 and a license application form here: Racetrack Occupation License Application pdf; Early License Reduced Fee Schedule for 2020 pdf

The license fee reduction will apply to any application meeting the following criteria:

  • A completely filled out application;
  • A check or money order payable to the ND Racing Commission for the applicable fee;
  • Application and fee postmarked by May 15, 2020.

ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Next Scheduled ND Racing Commission Meeting

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. (Central Time)
ND Racing Commission Office
Lower Level
500 North 9th Street, Bismarck, ND
 

ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. (Central Time)
North Dakota Racing Commission Office
Lower Level
500 North 9th Street, Bismarck, ND

ND Racing Commission Special Meeting Scheduled

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North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Chippewa Downs Racetrack
Hwy 5 West, Belcourt, ND

ND Racing Commission Special Meeting

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North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (Central Time)
ND Racing Commission Office, Lower Level
500 North 9th Street, Bismarck, ND

Next Racing Commission Meeting

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Fort Totten Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Bet the 2019 Kentucky Derby

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Next Scheduled Meeting

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

ND Racing Commission April 4 Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Meeting Room A, Quality Inn
1030 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Next ND Racing Commission Meeting

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Meeting Room F, Quality Inn
1030 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Early Racing License Reduced Fee Schedule for 2019

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Per the motion of the ND Racing Commission at the November 15, 2018 meeting, the Commission has authorized offering a reduced fee on any license applications received sufficiently in advance of the 2019 racing season. You can find the early application fee schedule for 2019 and a license application form here: Racetrack Occupation License Application pdf; Early License Reduced Fee Schedule for 2019 pdf

The license fee reduction will apply to any application meeting the following criteria:

  • A completely filled out application;
  • A check or money order payable to the ND Racing Commission for the applicable fee;
  • Application and fee postmarked by May 15, 2019.

Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Fort Totten Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Next Racing Commission Meeting

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The next North Dakota Racing Commission meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

ND Racing Commission Meeting

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The next scheduled meeting for the Racing Commission is for:

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND
 
 

June 28, 2018 - ND Racing Commission Meeting

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There is a phone meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Central Time)

Meeting Agenda pdf

Meeting Notice pdf


Racing Commission May 3 Meeting Scheduled

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ND Racing Commission meeting scheduled:

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:30 am (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND
 

Meeting Agenda PDF

Meeting Notice PDF


ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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ND Racing Commission meeting scheduled:

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:30 am (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND

Meeting Agenda pdf

Meeting Notice pdf


February 2018 Newsletter

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Early License Reduced Fee Schedule - 2018

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Per the motion of the ND Racing Commission at the December 15, 2017 meeting, the Commission has authorized offering a reduced fee on any license applications received sufficiently in advance of the 2018 racing season. You can find the early application fee schedule for 2018 and a license application form here: Racetrack Occupation License Application pdf

The license fee reduction will apply to any application meeting the following criteria:

  • A completely filled out application;
  • A check or money order payable to the NDRC for the applicable fee;
  • Application and fee postmarked by May 15, 2018.

Phone Meeting Scheduled

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Phone Meeting Scheduled:

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Central Time)

ND Racing Commission office
500 North 9th Street
Bismarck, ND

Meeting Agenda pdf

Meeting Notice pdf


ND Bred named AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year

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Congratulations to the connections of Canted Plan. Horse bred (by Joe Peltier) and raced in North Dakota (own. Lori Hanson; trn. Dennis Halvorson) and now steer wrestling Horse of the Year.

https://www.aqha.com/journal/news/2017/october/10122017-aqha-prca-horses-of-the-year/

http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=7670266®istry=Q


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November 14 Meeting Scheduled

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ND Racing Commission meeting scheduled:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:30 am (Central Time)

Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND

Meeting Agenda pdf

Meeting Notice pdf


ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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A meeting of the ND Racing Commission has been scheduled

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10:30 am (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND

Meeting Agenda PDF

Meeting Notice pdf


A meeting has been scheduled

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A meeting of the ND Racing Commision has been scheduled for:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Peace Garden Room, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notice pdf


Next Meeting Scheduled

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The next scheduled meeting for the ND Racing Commission:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, Meeting Room A
515 North 5th Street, Bismarck, ND
Meeting Notice PDF

2016 Breed Fund Statistics

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Below is a summary of the 2016 Breed Fund Statistics

2016 ND Bred Stats pdf

2011-16 Registrations pdf


Reduced fee licensing schedule for 2017

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Per the motion of the ND Racing Commission at the January 31, 2017 meeting, the Commission has authorized offering a reduced fee on any license applications received sufficiently in advance of the 2017 racing season. You can find the early application fee schedule for 2017 and a license application form on the Horsemen/Licensing tab.

The license fee reduction will apply to any application meeting the following criteria:

  • A completely filled out application;
  • A check or money order payable to the NDRC for the applicable fee;
  • Application and fee postmarked by May 15, 2017.

Next scheduled NDRC meeting

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The next scheduled meeting for the ND Racing Commission:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Comfort Inn, Meeting Room E
1030 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND
Meeting Notice pdf

December 2016 Newsletter

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Additional scheduled 2017 ND Racing Commission Meeting

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Comfort Inn, Meeting Room E
1030 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Meeting Notice PDF


Exposure to Environmental Contaminants

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Next ND Racing Commission Meeting

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The next scheduled meeting for the ND Racing Commission:

Thursday, November 17 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
State Capitol, Sakakawea Room
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND
 

Meeting Notice PDF


Next scheduled meeting

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The next scheduled meeting is a telephone meeting to be held:

October 31 @ 9 am (Central Time)
ND Racing Commission Office, Lower Level, 500 N 9th Street
Bismarck ND 58501
 

Meeting Notice PDF

Meeting Agenda PDF


ND Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled

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The next meeting for the ND Racing Commission will be held:

Thursday, September 22 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Fort Totten Room at the State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notice PDF


Next Scheduled Meeting

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Next Scheduled Meeting for the ND Racing Commission

Phone meeting: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Meeting Notice PDF

Meeting Agenda PDF


2016 Race Meets Notice - 72 hour health certificate

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Please be aware that the tracks, State Vet and Commission are now requiring health certs and temps to be completed within 72 hours prior to entering Chippewa Downs or the ND Horse Park. The State Vet requests that anyone who plans on hauling in each weekend of the meets contact him prior to or during the first weekend of the meet to discuss. Notice of 72-hour health certificate PDF

Next Scheduled ND Racing Commission Meeting

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A telephone meeting of the ND Racing Commission has been scheduled for:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Central Time

ND Racing Commission Office

500 N 9th Street, Lower Level, Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notice PDF


Breed Fund Registration Fee Change for 2017

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Per action of the Commission at the April 21 meeting, the Breed Fund Registration reduced fee schedule for Foals will end December 31, 2016. Beginning January 1, 2017 the fees for Foal registration shall be in accordance with Admin. Rule 69.5-01-09-02(4) which provides:

  • Registrations postmarked no later than Dec. 31 of the foaling year shall be $10
  • Registrations postmarked after Dec. 31 of the foaling year shall be $1,000

This return to the letter of our regulations is intended to prevent possible fraud and support investigation of Foal registrations to protect ND horsemen's Breed Fund. Please make sure to put in your Foal registrations promptly and contact Breed Fund Administrator, Sally Dasinger at 701-751-0809 with any questions.


April 21 Meeting Agenda

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Next Scheduled Meeting for the Racing Commission:        

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol

600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notice PDF

Meeting Agenda PDF


March 2016 Newsletter

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2016 ND Bred Program

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2016 ND Bred Program

In-State Racing

$225,000 has been made available by the ND Racing Commission from the ND Breed Fund to provide breeders awards for 2016 in-state racing. The in-state minimum guaranteed Breed Fund pool of $150,000 has been extended an additional year through 2019.

Out-of-State Racing

$50,000 has been made available by the ND Racing Commission from the ND Breed Fund to provide breeders awards for ND-breds racing in out-of-state races. The following rules apply:

  • Points will be awarded January 1 through June 2 and August 5 through October 30, 2016;
  • No out-of-state points will be awarded for races held June 3 through August 4, 2016;
  • Distributions shall be in accordance with current in-state rules;
  • It is the responsibility of the foal/mare/stallion owner to provide the Commission with out-of-state race results;
  • Only official race results from Equibase, Daily Racing Form, or Trueform Racing Services will be accepted and must be sent to the ND Racing Commission Office;
  • All results must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2016.

No out-of-state points can be awarded for dates beyond October 30, 2016 due to NDCC 53-06.2-11(6) which requires that Breed Fund money needs to be distributed in the same calendar year it is earned. In order to comply with this state statute, the Breed Fund administrator needs the last month and a half to two months in order to calculate awards. In order to alleviate this problem a change to statute would be required.


Next Scheduled ND Racing Commission Meeting

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol

600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND


February 25, 2016 Meeting Agenda

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2016 Commission Minutes

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Next Scheduled ND Racing Commission Meeting

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ND Racing Commission Meeting scheduled for:

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Fort Union Room, State Capitol

600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notice PDF


Notice to Horsemen

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Effective January 1, 2016: Pursuant to Administrative Rule 69.5-01-09-02(4)(g) a foal registered by an owner who does not reside in North Dakota must be inspected by a North Dakota state-licensed veterinarian at the expense of the owner. A copy of the Racing Commission’s Veterinarian Certificate for Out-of-State Owners form can be found on the Commission website on the Horsemen/Breeders Fund tab. While enforcement of this rule may have been lax in the past, the rule will be strictly enforced for any foals registered on or after January 1, 2016. Any registration for a foal with an out-of-state owner not accompanied by the certificate of inspection will be rejected.


Early Racetrack License Application - Reduced Fee Schedule

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Per the motion of the ND Racing Commission at the November 5, 2015 meeting, the Commission has authorized offering a reduced fee on any license applications received sufficiently in advance of the 2016 racing season. You can find the early application fee schedule for 2016 and a license application form on the Horsemen/Licensing tab.

The license fee reduction will apply to any application meeting the following criteria:

  • A completely filled out application;
  • A check or money order payable to the NDRC for the applicable fee;
  • Application and fee postmarked by April 30, 2016.

Cobalt Regulation

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Notice to Horsemen

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Effective January 1, 2015, all broodmares must be registered as a broodmare before foaling a ND-bred eligible horse.
See Rule 69.5-01-09-01 (3)


2015 ND Bred Program

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In-State Racing

$150,000 has been made available by the ND Racing Commission from the ND Breed Fund to provide breeders awards for 2015 in-state racing.

Out-of-State Racing

$30,000 has been made available by the ND Racing Commission from the ND Breed Fund as a "test fund" to provide breeders awards for ND-breds racing in out-of-state races. The following rules apply:

Points will be awarded April 30 through May 31 and August 1 through September 30, 2015;
No out of state points will be awarded for races held June 1 through July 31, 2015 (Chippewa Downs Meet);
Distributions shall be in accordance with current in-state rules;
It is the responsibility of the foal/mare/stallion owner to provide the Commission with out-of-state race results;
Only official race results from Equibase, Daily Racing Form, or Trueform Racing Services will be accepted and must be sent to the ND Racing Commission Office;
All results must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2015.


Cobalt Rule

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At its May 28, 2015 meeting the North Dakota Racing Commission, pursuant to Admin Rule 69.5-01-02-01(2), modified its medication rules to include the regulation of cobalt as follows:

No penalty for cobalt concentrations of less than 25 parts per billion (ppb) of blood serum or plasma.
For cobalt concentrations of 25 ppb or greater but less than 50 ppb of blood plasma or serum the recommended penalty is a written warning or fine and the placement of the horse on the Veterinarians List with removal from list only after a blood test confirms that the concentration is below 25 ppb of blood plasma or serum. Testing shall be paid by the owner(s) of the horse.
Concentrations of 50 ppb or greater in blood plasma or serum have a recommended “B” penalty.

ARCI Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances & Recommended Penalties Version 9.00

Cobalt Notice (176kb pdf)

If there are any questions please contact the North Dakota Racing Commission.


2014 Newsletter

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2015 Commission Minutes

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2014 Commission Minutes

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2013 Commission Minutes

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December 2012 NDRC Newsletter

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October 2012 NDRC Newsletter

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July 2012 NDRC Newsletter

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April 2012 NDRC Newsletter

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2012 Commission Minutes

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2011 Commission Minutes

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