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Capitol Racing moving forward with horsemen’s contract

November 1, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Idaho horsemen were to begin meeting with Capitol Racing in Boise the week of October 17 to devise a live racing and stakes schedule for the 2006 season at Les Bois Park. The three state horsemen’s organizations will be working with Capitol to help get live racing back on its feet after a season in which a total of three days of live racing were held during the Western Idaho Fair at the Boise fairgrounds. Horsemen’s organizations include the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Idaho Thoroughbred Association, and the Idaho Quarter Horse Racing Association.

Most of the 2005 live racing season went by the wayside due to conflict with the leaseholder of the race facilities, Lariat Productions, and the Ada County, which owns the fairgrounds.

After a district court judge removed Lariat from the premises, Capitol Racing was selected to operate simulcasting and live racing during the fair. Simulcast operations have since continued under agreements with Ada County Commissioners and now will continue through the winter months.

Alan Horowitz, general manager of Capitol Racing, said, “Right from the get-go, we’ve been meeting with representatives of all three horsemen’s groups and have developed a bit of a coalition.”

He noted that the three days of live horse racing held during the local fair, “was really a celebration that racing was back. It was such a relief!

“Boise is a lovely, pleasant community and one that’s very receptive to horse racing,” he added.

Horowitz said the company will now also be able to begin promotions for the satellite racing program. Capitol Racing is looking forward to the next five years of building and expanding a successful live horse racing program at Les Bois Park.

Capitol Racing is based in Sacramento, California and developed and operated that state’s only Standardbred racetrack for the past 10 years.