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The Heat is On! -Les Bois Park update

April 8, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Phyllis Tryon
The Idaho Racing Commission met in a special session Wednesday, April 6, to determine if the current leaseholder of the facilities at Les Bois Park, Lariat Productions, is in breech of contract with the horsemen. Jacki Livengood, State Pari-mutuel Inspector, reported that while it was determined that Lariat is indeed in breach of contract on numerous issues, the immediate concern of the commission is to get purse money retained by Lariat for the horsemen in protective custody. The money is earmarked for purses for the live race meet at the park.

The commission is looking at avenues available to them to accomplish this task. The Racing Commission has served Lariat with an order to pay all monies by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 8.

The Racing Commission received an application the first week of April, although not yet a completed application, from Capitol Racing for a license to conduct live racing and simulcasting at Les Bois Park.

With no final signed agreement yet in place between Lariat Productions and the anticipated new leaseholder, Capitol Racing, Ada County Commissioners (Ada County owns the fairgrounds where Les Bois Park is located), have taken action to encourage Lariat Productions to finalize the sale of the lease. Lariat had until 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 8, to sign a final agreement with Capitol Racing per orders of the Ada County Commission, or the commission will begin an eviction process.

Live horse racing at the Les Bois Park oval is scheduled to begin May 4.