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Memorial Day racing weekend—high speed and high stakes with purses over $186K

May 25, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Makn A Legacy sets the fastest time—350 yards in :17.684—from nine trials to the Bitterroot Futurity
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
The winners circle is the place to be as the fastest Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds run for over $186,000 in purses over the Memorial Day weekend of live horse racing at Les Bois Park. Saturday features the Bitterroot Derby Finals with a 5:30 p.m. posttime. Afternoon racing is on tap on Memorial Day Monday, featuring the Bitterroot Futurity. Posttime on Monday is 2:00 p.m., with gates opening at noon. Veterans will also be celebrated on Memorial Day at Les Bois Park, and will receive free admission to the park.

“Horse racing enthusiasts won’t be disappointed this weekend as the lineup includes some of the fastest Quarter Horses and Thoroughbred horses in the Northwest vying for the largest purses of the season,” said Kerry Lawson, General Manager. “Saturday’s racing program offers over $51,000 in purses followed by the Bitterroot Futurity on Monday afternoon and a $100,000 purse.”

The Bitterroot Quarter Horse Derby on Saturday is for 3-year-olds, who qualified in trials run on May 9, running for $29,130. Also featured on Saturday is the City of Trees Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses.

Monday afternoon features the famed Bitterroot Futurity, with a purse of $100,000; the $10,000 Bitterroot Juvenile for Quarter Horses; and the Memorial Day Sprint Stakes for Thoroughbreds.

Monday’s honored guest: five-time World Champion jockey Kip Didericksen

Les Bois Park is honored to host five-time World Champion Jockey Kip Didericksen as our guest on Monday afternoon. Kip is considered one of the greatest and most famous Quarter Horse jockeys of all time. Didericksen began his riding career right here at Les Bois Park, and is well-known as the rider of the legendary World Champion Refrigerator, who won the 1992 Champion of Champions. Didericksen will be on hand to sign “Legend” jockey cards designed by renowned equine artist Ginny Harding trackside.