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Capitol Racing will conduct racing during Western Idaho Fair

August 23, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Boise - The Board of Ada County Commissioners announced on July 16 that Capitol Racing was selected to conduct live racing and simulcast race events at Les Bois Park in Boise during this year's Western Idaho Fair. Live horse racing will be held on August 26, 27, and 28 and simulcasting at Les Bois Park Turf Club from August 15-31. Simulcasting is offered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Western Idaho Fair runs from August 19 through 28.

According to Alan Horowitz of Capitol Racing, a full slate of Idaho Cup races will be run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 26, 27 & 28. Post time on Friday & Saturday is at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

“Capitol Racing has demonstrated their expertise and commitment to ongoing racing in the Treasure Valley,” said Commission Chairman Rick Yzaguirre. “We are very pleased to be able to offer live horse racing and simulcasting this year during the fair. Racing will be a welcome addition to all of the many activities people enjoy at the fair.”

Ada County assumed possession of Les Bois Park on July 26 after District Judge Joel Horton signed an order to remove Lariat Productions, Inc., from the premises. The court entered a default judgment for unlawful detainer and breach of contract against Lariat Productions, Inc., Arnell Jones and Lanae Jones. The Court also dismissed the complaint that Lariat Productions had filed against Ada County.

“This has been a long ordeal and we are delighted the Court ruled on this matter,” said Chairman Rick Yzaguirre. “We will make every attempt to expedite the return of live racing to Les Bois Park. Ada County can now explore all of our options and move forward on behalf of the community and horse racing industry.”

Capitol Racing would like to see both simulcasting and live racing continuing past the fair. In mid-August. Horowitz said, “At this point in time, we don’t know anything about either the satellite remaining open or live racing continuing after the 28th, which is the last day of the fair. Hopefully between now and then, that situation will resolve itself.

“Our long-term plan is that we hope in the next two weeks we will be able to work with the County to be in a position to extend both the live racing and the satellite operation. We’d like to continue racing into September and be able to keep the satellite open at least through the end of the year, hopefully under a new lease arrangement with the County.”

“We’ve been pointing to this all year. It’s nice to be able to finally move forward,” Horowitz added.

Capitol Racing participated in providing purse money for the live races at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls this summer as well as maintaining the race track for the meet.

On Monday, August 15, three non-parimutuel Quarter Horse trials were run to determine the final gate for the Capitol Racing Quarter Horse Futurity, which will run on closing day of the fair.