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Les Bois Park racing moving forward


February 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

A lease transfer between Lariat Productions and Capitol Racing for the operating privileges at Les Bois Park in Boise is slowly but surely moving forward. The Ada County Commission, which owns the Western Idaho Fairgrounds and racetrack facilities, has received the agreement from Lariat and Capitol, but as of Thursday, February 10, that agreement had not closed, according to Melinda Nothern, communications liaison for the county commission. The Ada County Commission must carry out the process of due diligence on the new operator before agreeing to the transfer.

“The County has begun due diligence and requested information from Capitol, and are performing that,” Nothern said. “The transfer of the lease has to go before the entire Board of Commissioners, and those meetings have not been requested yet, so we are waiting to hear on that.”

Nothern noted a 48-hour advance notice is required to post items to a Commission meeting agenda. The Commission meets daily.
Once the Commission has agreed to the transfer, the new operator must obtain a license from the Idaho Racing Commission to conduct live racing and simulcasting at the Park.

In the meantime, simulcasting remains dark at the Les Bois Park facility until the lease transfer and all licenses are in place.
In a notice to horsemen published by the Idaho Quarter Horse Association, Capitol Racing is moving forward with plans to have the track ready for spring training by March 1. Steve Woods, race track consultant from Southern California Thoroughbred tracks, has agreed to oversee the racing surface. The process of selecting a Racing Secretary has begun, and Capitol Racing is committed to professionals in all positions to create a quality program at the track, according to the notice.