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Fort Hall Casino, Ida Racing team up to create off-track wagering center

September 10, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ida Racing & Simulcasting has joined forces with the Fort Hall Casino to open and operate a full-card simulcasting center in Blackfoot, Idaho.

The new off track wagering center, the Turf Club at Fort Hall, will operate seven days a week, seating more than 25 players at any given time.

The anticipated grand opening is set for October, with a special weekend extravaganza scheduled for the $25.5 Million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6.

“We are extremely pleased to begin offering world-class parimutuel horseracing in the new Turf Club,” said Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Chairman Nathan Small. “We will now be able to reach an audience that has gone largely untouched in Eastern Idaho. There has been simulcasting here and there in Eastern Idaho the last few years, but nothing will compare to the first-class presentation that we plan at our new Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino.”

The facility will have more than 20 flat-screen TVs and offer both operator-assisted and self-service mutuel machines. The wagering product will consist of Thoroughbred, harness, Quarter Horse, and Greyhound racing.

“The Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino will offer the finest racing in the world,” said Jim Bernard of Ida Racing & Simulcasting, “at the best tracks from all sections of North America, including key international racing events.”

Expected on the wagering menu are such tracks as Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, Aqueduct, Laurel, Oaklawn Park, Hollywood Park, Los Alamitos, and Golden Gate Fields.

The Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino also plans to offer a complete schedule of live televised sports events, including NFL games, and NCAA football and basketball games for patron viewing.

For more information about the new Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino, go to or contact Ida Racing & Simulcasting at