Nevada Standardbred Association, Inc. Announcement

Horse Racing Approved in Nye County, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV – January 21, 2021 – Wednesday, January 20th was an important day for horse racing in Nevada, as the Nye County Commission approved horse racing by a vote of 5 to 0.  The approval related to zoning issues of a quarter horse racetrack that has been serving as a training center since 1995, in Pahrump.  The track is approved for non-betting races only.

T.J. Bohannon, President of the Nevada Standardbred Association (NVSA), was a significant contributor during open community comment and spoke to the integrity and safety of horse racing and compliance from governing bodies such as the United States Trotting Association (“USTA”), and the American Quarter Horse Association (“AQHA”).  He also spoke of the economics related to having horse racing with a focus on jobs, education and the multi-stream revenue sources.

What does this mean for the NVSA?  Through this approval, it helps pave the way for future approvals for pari-mutuel racing in Pahrump/Nye County.  Additionally, support by the NVSA for our horse racing brethren not only promotes our sport but builds relationships for future partnering opportunities as we promote pari-mutuel racing, equine education, and breeding programs.

Nye County has many activities including a top motorsports track, balloon festival, hiking and recreational areas, Area 51 (and the Extraterrestrial Highway), OHV courses and regional wineries.  For those not familiar with Pahrump, it is a rural/bedroom community, and largest Nye County town (unincorporated) which is approximately 35 miles from Las Vegas and 1 hour from the Las Vegas Strip.  The trip is like traveling Scioto Downs to the Little Brown Jug at Delaware County Fairgrounds.   

The NVSA, a Nevada not-for-profit corporation that promotes and supports Harness Racing, Standardbred breeding and development programs, as well as Equine Education in Nevada.  The NVSA also assists racetrack start-ups and represents members in negotiations.  The NVSA recommends rule changes and regulations and works with related organizations to further the Standardbred industry.

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