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Historical racing leads to doubled purses for Ida Racing at Sandy Downs season

August 20, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

The success of Ida Racing’s historical racing machines at Double Down Betting, Sports Bar and Grill will lead to a doubling of purse money during the five-day Sandy Downs meet that opens on Saturday, August 22. The $45,000 (est.) Hawthorne Futurity sponsored by the Hawthorne Animal Hospital on closing day Sunday, September 13, headlines the rich stakes schedule. “Historical racing as expected has provided the boon for Idaho horsemen for a bright future,” said Ida Racing president Jim Bernard. He added, “However, until a clearer picture emerges with the law, thousands of horsemen and their families anxiously await if that future will be snatched from them. Until then, we plan to celebrate the unified efforts of this most important industry that has been given new life.”

Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 and August 29-30 as well as Sunday, September 13. Gates open on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with post time for the first race at 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s first race is at 1:00 p.m., with gates opening at noon. Each race day will be packed with family fun, the fastest Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses in the Intermountain West and the fan favorite Indian Relay Races.

Non-stop entertainment in between races includes mechanical bull rides, a free photo booth, live music, and games and prizes from the daily live Colt Whitmore Show. Kids can enjoy the fun bounce, sprinkler party, and a prize for every child.

A country barbecue and fair style food is available from Lucky’s Grill. Double Down will showcase their Winning Wheel where everyone who signs up for a Player’s Card is an instant winner.

The opening day card is highlighted by the Hawthorne Futurity trials for 2-year-old Quarter Horses. The race series carries an impressive prize of an estimated $45,000, helping to send purses at the Ida Racing meet to a record in its six-year history at Sandy Downs. Co-featured on Saturday are trials for the $30,000 (est.) Double Down Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses, with its final also on September 13. For novice fans, the nationally acclaimed Q-Racing Aces team of handicappers and racing experts will be on hand with free seminars on both days of opening weekend.

The leading horses, owners, trainers, and jockeys in the Northwest are expected to be in action at Sandy Downs. “The effects of historical racing are even allowing us to become a national player in our sport,” said Bernard. “Wyoming Horse Racing, which has had phenomenal success with their historical racing legislation, is simulcasting our races to their fans at all of their facilities to help demonstrate the economic importance of these laws. Also, fans across the country can watch and wager on our races via the racing site,” added the track president.

A salute to our Armed Forces and Veterans will open each racing day. Business sponsors and supporters this year include Bingham Memorial Hospital, Coors Light and TEC Distributors, Double Down Betting Bar,, Sand Hill Radio, The Post Register, Giltner Trucking, and Hawthorne Animal Hospital.

Sandy Downs is located at 6855 S. 15th E., Idaho Falls. For more information, promotions and updates visit, on Facebook and Twitter at Ida-Racing.

Double Down will also offer live coverage of the races and wagering at the multi-entertainment restaurant and sports bar located at 3078 Outlet Blvd. in Idaho Falls. Visit or call (208) 521-4729 for more details.