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Sandy Downs, Eastern Oregon open seasons


June 10, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Two tracks renew live racing today: the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, Oregon, and Ida Racing at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

At Sandy Downs:

Horse racing returns to Idaho Falls tonight with live Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racing at Sandy Downs. Twelve days of racing are scheduled for the 2011 season with full wagering at the country style race park. Horses from the Intermountain Region, Northwest, and the Midwest are expected to compete.

Jim Bernard, President and General Manager of Ida Racing, operators of the Sandy Downs race meet, said this year’s season is just the tip of the iceberg for a renaissance for Idaho racing. He said, “There is a new era unfolding for Idaho racing and we are so pleased to grow the horse racing industry for our horsemen, local farms, and great fans. This year brings together the fun at Sandy Downs, our new Turf Club at the Fort Hall Casino and the rapid growth of our IdaBet.com online wagering service. Together, these innovations form the cornerstone of a bright future for the important racing industry and its contributions to the state.”

The 2011 race dates are June 10, 11, 17, 24, and 25; and July 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, and 30. Post time for the first race is 6:30 p.m. In addition to the live action, fans can watch and wager on races from across the country with full card simulcasting on live race days from 1:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. You can even wager on the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, on June 11, with an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

A series of fun promotions and live music will be offered throughout the meet to entertain the entire family as well as the astute racing fan, including Indian relay races, free mystery betting vouchers, nightly celebrity handicapping, AQHA Q-Racing Aces Handicapping Seminar, The Earl Sande Saga book signing, the Derby Girls, Mad Capper Handicapping Inside Tips, and much more.

At Union

The Eastern Oregon Livestock Show opens its three-day race meet this afternoon. Racing begins shortly after the highly entertaining opening ceremonies at 4:00 p.m. Note: don't forget your camera!

Opening day features full gates for every race on the card. Sixty-three horses entered for 49 opening-day slots, leaving plenty of well-rested horses to run on Saturday and Sunday.

Post time on Saturday and Sunday is 1:45 p.m. The feature race on Saturday is the Pat Stitzel Memorial. Sunday's feature race is the Queen's Handicap.