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And they’re off! Capitol Racing’s commitment to Idaho

April 28, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Les Bois Park – The 2006 live horse racing and simulcast wagering season begins in earnest on Friday, May 5 at Boise’s Les Bois Park, and officials with Capitol Racing are pointing to several improvements this season as a way to show their commitment to a long-term partnership with horse owners, the racing community in Idaho, and citizens of the Treasure Valley.

“There have been many changes in the physical operations at Les Bois Park this year,” said Capitol Racing Owner Steve Bieri. “In conjunction with Ada County, we have installed new lighting, electrical conduits and roof supports in the stable area. We have upgraded walkways, bathrooms, and ramps to allow for improved handicapped access, and we have greatly improved the condition of the track and infield areas from last season.”

Bieri says Les Bois Park is now a “true national horse racing operation,” that will broadcast races from Boise throughout the country.

“Live racing in Boise will be broadcast via satellite to wagering locations across the country,” Bieri said. “Les Bois Park is officially on the national racing map. We want to show off the quality of racing here and we want to make Les Bois a destination for people to not only enjoy live and simulcast racing, but for fine food, fun, and family entertainment.”

Capitol Racing General Manager Alan Horowitz pointed to the large number of special promotions being offered at the Park this season and noted plans to create lasting traditions which surround great races like the Kentucky Derby.

“We have the traditional Idaho Cup Races on August 5, but we are adding many more promotions such as opening with a Cinco De Mayo celebration May 5, a bluegrass celebration on Kentucky Derby day May 6, and Mother’s, Father’s, and Veterans Day celebrations,” Horowitz said.

There will be expanded opportunities to win at the track as well. Horowitz says for the first time Capitol Racing will offer live racing Tuesdays to balance out the Friday and Saturday live racing schedule. Capitol has worked closely with the leaders of the Thoroughbred industry to provide a full slate of stakes and feature races as well as creating a special $250,000 bonus if an entrant successfully wins a “trifecta” of three popular local quarter horse races—the Bitterroot Futurity, the AQHA Challenge and the new Capitol Racing Futurity.

Parking is free and Grandstand admission will be held to $2.00 for adults, 13 to 17-year olds $1.00 and children 12 and under are free. Most important, he said, is cementing the good relationship with the Treasure Valley’s horsemen and women who comprise an industry which faced an uncertain future last year and reestablishing the value and importance of the horse racing industry to the local and statewide communities.

“We are working hard to continually upgrade the quality and quantity of race horses that participate in live racing at Les Bois Park. We have a great product to promote here in Idaho and we will bring that product to a national audience,” Horowitz said. “Live horse racing in Idaho has an extremely bright future here.

“We hope to expand live racing from three to four days a week. This year we were able to fill all of our 875 stalls. We actually had more than 1300 stall requests from horsemen and women. This level of interest tells us that racing is very much alive and well and we plan to build upon that partnership and foundation with our racing partners and the general public for many years to come.”

Both Bieri and Horowitz come to Idaho after many years of managing successful racing in California. For more information on the horse racing season, please call (208) 321-0222.