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Fort Hall Turf Club opens in time for Oaks, Derby


May 5, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Need to get a bet down on the Derby or Oaks? Can't figure out where? Maybe you can take advantage of a new option: the Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino.

TRJ—The Racing Journal dropped by the Turf Club yesterday to get the full skinny on the new simulcast wagering option in Eastern Idaho. The Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino is a joint venture among Eastern Idaho horsemen and the Shoshone-Bannock tribes of Fort Hall. Proceeds go to Eastern Idaho racing programs, including the Sho-Ban Indian Relays horsemen.

The Fort Hall Casino is about halfway between Pocatello and Blackfoot on I-84, about 15 minutes from either. And the brand new Turf Club is just off the bingo room at the south end of the casino. If you're into the ponies, but your spouse or buddies (or both) are keen on slots or bingo, the Turf Club at Fort Hall Casino is probably your best bet. And drag 'em into the Turf Club and show them what racing is all about.

The Turf Club is cozy, with an occupancy rated at 44, but it has everything you need, and getting a feed from Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday is a real coup.

The Turf Club features a unique program-prnting machine. You can get straight DRF forms, track programs, even single-race programs, but the whiz-bang item on the print menu is the customizable tip sheet. You choose the factors that are the most important to you, such as last-race Beyers, mud record, jockey/trainer stats, and the machine assigns points to the horses based on your choices. Then it prints out a tip sheet designed just for you. And there's a button for just about anything you can think of.

In addition to Churchill Downs, The Turf Club has the full complement of tracks all weekend, including Hollywood Park, Golden Gate Fields, Emerald Downs, Los Alamitos—all the biggies! Plus, there are harness tracks and greyhounds scattered throughout the program.

Post time for the Kentucky Derby is listed as 4:24 p.m. on Saturday, which means you can still get a bet in even if you're going to opening day at Pocatello Downs, where the post time for the final race is listed as 3:00 p.m.