Horses have been coming out of the gates in Aberdeen for 65 years, and some people have been coming to watch about just as long. "I started coming with my grandpa, and I suppose I was 5 or 6 years old, and this is the 65th year, so i'm assuming about 60 years I've been coming," Northeast Area Horse Racing general manager Mike Schmidt said.
Schmidt isn't the only one who's been coming to the races nearly his entire life. Some regional riders have a history with the races as well. "My dad actually started announcing the races here in '94 which was the year I was born, and ever since then our family has been a part of the races," jockey Nathan Haar said.
Now Haar is definitely a part of the races. At the age of only 19, Nathan has over 80 wins under his belt
"It's a 7 day a week job. You don't really have any days off. You don't really look at it as a job when you're doing something that you love. It's been my dream since I was a little kid. It's been with me my entire life, and I intend to do it as long as I can," Haar said.
Nathan willlwillinue racing, and hopefully South Dakota will continue to support the races in Aberdeen. "I think the main thing is the tradition that we've got going for us. It's been going on forever, and we hope to keep it going," Schmidt said.