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Ida Racing at Sandy Downs presents Summer Trifecta Meet, opening July 13

July 8, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

The thrills and big-win action of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing returns to Idaho Falls on Saturday, July 13, with the opening of the Ida Racing at Sandy Downs Summer Trifecta Meet featuring three weekends of family fun and entertainment.

Racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday, the weekends of July 13-14; 20-21 and 27-28. On Saturdays the gates will open at 4 p.m. with post time for the first race at 6 p.m. On Sunday’s matinee programs, gates will open at 11 a.m. with post time of 1 p.m.

In addition to betting on some of the Intermountain region's best horses, including many owned or trained by local horsemen and horsewomen, fans can wager on simulcast tracks from across the country.

“The 2013 season will have races with top purses as well as our headliner stakes events. The festivities include live music, good food and family entertainment," said Melissa Bernard, CEO of Intermountain Racing & Entertainment.

She added, “There will be a jump house for kids, food served from Lucky’s Grill, Happy Hour, Indian Relay races, and the antics of the Colt Whitmore Show which will provide family friendly fun and free prizes in-between races.”

Jim Bernard, general manager of the track said, “This year’s race dates have been shortened a bit, but the purses are bigger. The first weekend will feature a race for fillies and mares with a prize of close to $20,000. The winner of that race will be eligible to compete in California and race for a purse of $150,000, he said.”

Later in the season, plan too return for the Hadtobenuts Derby sponsored by Dan and Connie Moon, from Rigby, and the Hawthorne Futurity sponsored by Veterinarian Lonna Gerstner, owner of the Hawthorne Animal Clinic in Chubbuck.

Due to the resurgent of racing in the area including Sandy Downs, a number of additional race meets in the region will limit this year’s schedule to the three weekends. Jim Bernard said, “We expect to increase the number of race days next year as the tracks work on a new calendar of dates.”