The first horse racing event Norwood has seen in the last five years is underway, and the crowd can plan on dinner options Aug. 13-14.
Happy Belly Deli has confirmed it will be on site serving dinner at the San Miguel Basin Fairgrounds that weekend, and Lone Cone Restaurant is working to secure the required paperwork to participate.
The deli will serve Philly cheese steak, hamburgers, brats, quinoa salad and other items. Deli owner and operator Gen Roach said she looks forward to the races.
“We had a blast serving at the rodeo, and we are super excited to have this opportunity to be part of the horse races,” she said. “We love seeing so many familiar faces that come from our neighboring towns.”
Roach said she is especially proud to serve the Philly cheese steak, made by Angelee Aurillo.
Lone Cone Restaurant Manager Scot Romaine said his staff is still ironing out the details but plan to be on site. They’ll serve large taco shells with options of a black bean sauté with chicken or beef, pulled pork green chili and a tossed salad with chicken or beef. Romaine said “the Cone” plans to offer drinks and dessert also.
Franklin Tso of Central Dine Horse Racing Association said his family was scheduled to come and serve Indian fry bread for the weekend, but costs for insurance and liability were very expensive. Tso said his organization will still appear and run horses for the weekend and that they look forward to returning to Norwood. It has been many years since CDHRA has competed in San Miguel County.
Black Canyon Horse Racing Association of Montrose is sponsoring this summer’s races. The organization has applied for a liquor license, and beer will be served throughout the weekend.
Black Canyon president and organizer Patricia Castillo said six to seven races will be held each night, and the purse will pay to first, second and third place winners.
Racing teams from all over the southwest are expected to compete.
San Miguel Basin Fairgrounds Manager DeeAnna Burbridge said she hopes that locals and visitors will come and support the event. She said she would like for those in attendance to have patience while horse racing makes a comeback in Norwood.
“We have not had horse races on the grounds since 2011. Black Canyon Horse Racing Association has new management, being mentored by surviving members of the old San Miguel Horse Racing Association,” she said. “San Miguel County Fairgrounds is a new venue for them. The learning curve is high, and there are a lot of moving parts to put on an event like this. So if there are some hiccups during the event, we ask our patrons to be patient and take it all in ‘stride.’”
Burbridge said she hopes all understand her racing pun and that the racing weekend should be light-hearted and enjoyable.
She said all are invited to try their luck and enjoy a meal.