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Big final weekends for Intermountain tracks

August 1, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Les Bois Park and Wyoming Downs are concluding their successful mid-summer meets with big stakes weekends before their horses and horsemen travel down the road to late-summer race meetings across TRJ territory.

In its mix of new ideas for the 2015 season, Les Bois Park management has turned Idaho Cup and Idaho-bred stakes races into a two-day festival featuring the best state-bred runners. Friday’s race card featured the Idaho Cup Sprint and Idaho Cup Claiming Stakes for Thoroughbreds. Quarter Horses competed in the Idaho Cup Derby and Idaho Cup Futurity.

Saturday’s all-stakes program features the John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Merial Distaff Challenge, Bank of America Challenge Championship, Idaho Cup Juvenile, Idaho Cup Distaff Derby, Idaho Cup Thoroughbred Derby, Idaho Cup Ladies Classic, Idaho Cup Classic, and the Au Revoir. Posttime is 5:30 p.m.

Les Bois Park’s own Scott Stevens will be a special guest on Saturday competing in two Idaho Cup races including the Idaho Cup Juvenile aboard Top Game and in The Idaho Cup Au Revoir aboard Marvelosa Marcos.

Scott Stevens began his jockey career as a teenager at Les Bois Park. He is older brother to Gary Stevens, who credits Scott with mentoring him when he was starting out as a jockey. Scott has since enjoyed a highly successful career achieving over $36 million in career winnings and over 30,000 starts. He was the leading rider at Les Bois Park for many years before going to larger tracks. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott races regularly at Turf Paradise in Arizona and Canterbury Park in Minnesota and is a Canterbury Park Hall of Fame Jockey. The Stevens family still races at Les Bois Park.

Wyoming Down caps off its 2015 season with a nine-race card on Sunday, posttime 1:05 p.m. Ten juvenile Quarter Horses close out the meet by running for $47,550 in the 350-yard Wyoming Downs Quarter Horse Futurity.