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Indian Relay Races Highlight Weekend of Live Racing at Les Bois Park

June 15, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Indian Relay Races Highlight Weekend of Live Racing at Les Bois Park
Shoshone-Bannock Tribe Brings Tradition to Treasure Valley

(Boise) - Live horse racing will take a unique turn this weekend at Les Bois
Park as Capitol Racing and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe team to showcase the
tradition of Indian Relay Racing in the middle of a full card of live horse
racing. The exciting yet dangerous sport is rooted in Native American lore
dating back to the early 1900s and demonstrates skill, teamwork, and
precision training.

Eight teams featuring three horses, one rider, one "mugger" and two holders
each will perform between Races 5 and 6 both Friday and Saturday evening,
June 16 and 17. Both evenings also feature the full card of live quarter
horse and thoroughbred racing. Post time is at 6:00 p.m. and the gates open
at 5:00 p.m.

The Traditional Indian Relay Racing involves bareback riders who actually
switch horses in front of the grandstand during the race. The "muggers" and
holders assist only in handling the horses enough to make the transfer of
riders possible, yet the sport remains fast-paced and dangerous. The entire
race generally lasts less than eight minutes.

"We felt it was a must to bring the honored tradition of the Indian Relay
Races to Les Bois Park during our first full year of operations and we are
very excited to feature this exhibition race in the middle of our live
racing program," said Alan Horowitz, General Manager of Capitol Racing.
"There is determination, tradition, and skill on display every week at Les
Bois Park, and this weekend offers a chance to also show off the skill and
tradition of the Indian Relays which are the best of team racing."