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Sandy Downs offers The Mayor’s Cup Mile, Bitterroot Futurity & Derby,


June 23, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sandy Downs—the home track of IdaRacing—continues the racing season on June 25 with a City of Idaho Falls Appreciation Day. Highlights of the day will be The Mayor’s Cup Mile, the Bitterroot Futurity & Derby, and the Idaho Thoroughbred Association Idaho Cup Series races.

A special treat this year is the running of The Mayor’s Cup Mile with special guest Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and city of Idaho Falls officials & staff on hand to meet and greet horsemen and racing enthusiasts. Fans will also be thrilled to watch the excitement of the finals for the Bitterroot Futurity, Derby & Juvenile sprints running for an estimated purse of $162,000.

New this year, the Sandy Downs oval has the honor of hosting the prestigious Idaho Cup series Thoroughbred races for an estimated purse of $60,000 and the Giltner Trucking – IdaBet.com Maiden Derby. Total purses for horsemen on this historic day of live racing at Sandy Downs will be an estimated $250,000. Fans will be able to watch and wager on live racing at the track or from home at IdaBet.com.Saturday, June 25th Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with first post time for live racing at 4:45 p.m.

Eleven high-stakes races are scheduled with the Idaho Quarter Horse Racing Association’s Premiere Bitterroot Futurity & Derby with 20 of the fastest –2- and 3-year-old Quarter Horses hauling in from all across the Intermountain West to Idaho Falls for a chance to be one of the coveted top place finishers for an estimated $162,000 in purse money. Racing fans will also enjoy the excitement and thrill of top notch Thoroughbreds as they compete in four distance races: Idaho Cup Classic, Idaho Cup Distaff Derby, The Idaho Cup Ladies’ Classic, and the Idaho Cup Sprint. These races at Sandy Downs will draw crowds from near and far and will be a great boost for the local economy. Sandy Downs is excited that Mayor Casper and the City of Idaho Falls staff will be on hand to greet horsemen and racing fans from across Idaho and surrounding states.

Record crowds are expected to attend with such high stakes races as never before seen at Sandy Downs and combined with The Mayor’s Cup Mile– it should be a great day! Saturday’s event will feature live horse racing,the American Legion Post 56 Flag ceremony& local veteran bugle first call,area Rodeo Queens on horseback, live music, an old-time photo booth, and gifts and prizes with fun for the whole family hosted by the Colt Whitmore Show in between races. There are fun bounces and water works for the kids, many giveaways, free betting vouchers& free kids dogswhile supplies last as well as good eats and ice cold beverages all evening long with this non-stop trackside party.

Fans are reminded to come early to be able to enjoy the pre-racing flag show and events and BET early to avoid being shut out at the windows. Post times listed are when the horses actually leave the starting gate beginning with the first race. Don’t be late or you’ll miss it!

IdaRacing would like to thank all of their sponsors who make racing possible in the community. Special mention needs to go to Mayor Casper and Parks & Recreation Director Greg Weitzel and their entire City of Idaho Falls team who do an incredible job at the Sandy Downs events center to support IdaRacing’s horse racing venue. IdaRacing also thanks theirCorporate sponsors who really make a difference by supporting racing; a rural and long-standing family tradition and livelihood for many. A big thank you and shout out to Sand Hill Media, Bingham Memorial Hospital, Hawthorne Animal Hospital, TEC Distributing& Coors Light, The Dakri Bernard Realty Group, LaQunita Inns & Suites and IdaBet.com! You can find a complete listing of all sponsors at IdaRacing.com – remember to support these great businesses.

Sandy Downs is located on East 65th Street in Idaho Falls. For further information visit IdaRacing.com or call 208-745-8433. If you can’t make it to the track, watch the races from the comfort of your own home and wager online with Idabet.com or by phonetoll-free at 877-782-9994. Fans can open an account by logging onto Idabet.com or calling the Phonebet number. The service is available in all states where online betting is permitted.

Players earn IdaRewards - a daily cash back program for most bets, premium monthly rewards, easy access to extensive information to handicap the races and exceptional personalized service. As a special promotion, Idabet is offering a 10% reward on all exotics bets on the day’s races from Sandy Downs.