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Glenn Pursley , Published July 21 2012

Mosset gathers first victory at ND Horse Park

FARGO – Tiffany Mosset finally knows what it’s like to be in the winner’s circle.

Mosset, of Linton, N.D., took first place in a six-furlong (¾ mile) thoroughbred allowance – the fourth race of Saturday’s action at North Dakota Horse Park – riding the North Dakota-bred Striker’s Chance to her first victory as a jockey.

Mosset took the inside right off the bat and fell back in the pack coming into the first turn. She was in second-to-last place as she turned into the home stretch and with about 100 yards left, she saw her opening, and Striker’s Chance bolted through the pack to win the race.

“It was very exciting,” Mosset said. “Somebody told me you get hooked up in horse racing and it’s 99 percent disappointment, but the 1 percent of that takes all of it away, and he was right. Nothing can really explain the feeling of it.”

Mosset started riding horse with her cousin, who was already involved in the sport. Shortly thereafter, Mosset started following Scott Horst, a North Dakota breeder and owner of the winning Striker’s Chance.

She worked at the North Dakota Horse Park back in 2009 and was upset about the park’s closing, but once she heard the news that the park was back in action for two weekends this year, it wasn’t even a question if she’d be back.

“I knew it was closing (in 2009) and I was pretty disappointed,” Mosset said. “But when I heard they were trying to restart it this year, I told whoever I was with I was going no matter what. No matter the consequences, I’m coming back to North Dakota. That’s where I’m starting. And they did alright and that’s what I did.”

During the time the horse park was closed, North Dakota’s only track was located in Belcourt, which is about 10 miles from the Canadian border.

That left jockeys, breeders and trainers having to travel long distance to race against familiar horses and familiar jockeys.

“It’s nicer having two tracks,” Mosset said. “It’s a different variety and brings more people in. You get people from Canterbury Park (Shakopee, Minn.,) coming over here, where Belcourt is more local. And it’s a big city, so there’s a lot more to do.”

Keeping up to par with opening weekend, the NDHP drew a crowd of 1,814 as betting closed on the fourth race. And with only one more day of races left this season, Mosset is happy that nearly 7,000 fans have come out over the past two weekends to give their support to horse racing in Fargo.

Mosset will compete in three races today in the NDHP’s season finale.

“The turnout was awesome,” Mosset said. “I looked out today and there was a big crowd. I think a lot of people love horse racing. Some people just don’t know it’s here. I’ve never had people not like horse racing, people like the experience. Hopefully tomorrow is better, but it’s the best feeling ever knowing that I can come back to North Dakota and ride.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549