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Free admission marks Grand Opening of Capitol Racing at Les Bois Park

May 4, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Full fields of horses fill out the race card on opening weekend

(Boise) – For the first time in two years, a full 46-day season of live horse racing returns to Les Bois Park this Friday and Saturday. And another big difference awaits those coming to the track: for the first time in years, full fields of horses will fill out eight cards of racing on opening night.

Admission is free to all attending Opening Night - Friday, May 5. First post time is at 5:15 pm. Saturday May 6 is Kentucky Derby Day with the first post time at 2:00 p.m. Grandstand admission is $2.00 per adult, 13-17 year olds $1.00 and children under 12 are free.

“We are proud to partner with more horse owners than ever to bring full fields of live racing back to Les Bois Park,” said Capitol Racing Owner Steve Bieri.

Bieri noted the 875 stable capacity at the track is filled-Capitol actually had requests for nearly four hundred more. Capitol Racing took over operations at Les Bois this year. They, in concert with Ada County and Expo Idaho, made significant improvements throughout the Park, including improving the track, installing new walkways, lighting, and bathrooms, and repairing the stable areas and infield.

Bieri and Capitol Racing General Manager Alan Horowitz credited horsemen and track staff alike with preparing excellent fields of live racing, expanded promotions, and increased winning potential for visitors this season at Les Bois Park.

“We will honor mothers, fathers, veterans; host hats and clothing promotions; and of course celebrate the great heritage and national splendor of live horse racing.”

The Opening Night celebration begins with free admission for everyone so all, from racing enthusiasts to the merely fun loving and curious, can celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday right at the track. Post time is at 5:15 pm and the gates open at 4:00 pm. Patrons will get right into the action with the season’s first stakes race, the Premier Handicap for three-year old quarter horses.

Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 6, renews an annual local event at Les Bois Park, with a full live racing card beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live from Churchill Downs at 4:00, followed by more live racing action including the Inaugural Handicap, the first thoroughbred stakes race of the new season. Idaho’s own Buckhorn Mountain Boys will be on hand providing live bluegrass music and there will be a special Kentucky Derby Day Hat Contest, with prizes for the best hat. Dressing up to go to the track on Kentucky Derby Day has become a national traditional.

“Another big change this year is that the full cards of racing here at Les Bois will be seen by more people than ever in the track’s history,” Bieri added. “For the first time in Les Bois Park’s history, we have created a simulcast horse racing feed for our live meet out of Boise to numerous tracks around the country, coast to coast.” Plus, a new bonus offering of $250,000 is available to an entrant who takes first place in the local “trifecta” of races—the Bitterroot Futurity, the AQHA Challenge, and the new Capitol Racing Futurity.

“We hope to set a lot of records this year. But the most important one will be a long-term partnership with horse owners and the community here in the Treasure Valley. We want to invite everyone back to the track,” he said.