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Idaho Quarter Horse races feature $250,000 Triple Crown bonus


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

The Idaho Quarter Horse Association (IQHA) is teaming up with Capitol Racing to give horsemen 250,000 reasons to race at Les Bois Park this season.

The Capitol Racing $250,000 Bonanza is offered this year to the winner of the three following two-year-old contests offered at the City of Trees oval: The Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) run May 30, the AQHA Ford Juvenile Challenge run July 2, and the new $20,000-added Les Bois Quarter Horse Futurity to be run August 14.

The 2005 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) for Quarter Horses will hold a $70,000-guaranteed purse, the total purse of which is estimated at $160,000. Trials will run May 14 and 15.

The AQHA Ford Juvenile Challenge trials will run June 18. A minimum $20,000-added is guaranteed to the purse.

The new Les Bois Quarter Horse Futurity will fill in the gap created by the demise of the traditional John Hoag Futurity. The new 350-yard race is Open to the World, with first payment due March 15.

A notice to horsemen from Clayton Russell, an AQHA Director and Vice President of Racing for IQHA, announced that Capitol Racing’s goal is to make Les Bois Park the premiere race meet in the Northwest. It further notes that Capitol Racing has expressed a desire to expand the number of races per day and the number of race days per meet at the track.

IQHA looks forward to the opportunity to partner with Capitol Racing in building a Quarter Horse racing program at Les Bois Park that will be second to none.