Didericksen to Manage Les Bois

Duayne Didericksen to help manage and grow Les Bois Park.

Q-Racing Journal
January 4, 2013

Les Bois Park

Idaho horseman Duayne Didericksen is moving into a management position at Les Bois Park to help promote the track at Boise, Idaho.

Les Bois is operated by Treasure Valley Racing, comprising five local businesspeople who in 2011 reopened the 40-year track for live racing after a three-year absence.

“The owners are really good people, and they’re looking for someone to help get this thing on the right track, so we’ve offered to help them,” Didericksen said. A former jockey, trainer and racing secretary at Les Bois and other tracks, Didericksen will be helping with all aspects of the operation, from live racing and simulcasting to legislation and working with local entities.

“We’re lucky to have them involved in horse racing,” Didericksen said of the owners. “They’re all for the horsemen, and they’re not really concerned with profit – they just want to break even and pour it back into the business. They’re very prominent people in the industry, and they just want to create jobs and save a good industry.”

The group has already done improvement work to the facility, which was evidenced in average daily attendance of 4,000, and they work to encourage the breeding industry in the area.

“Of course, I’m a little prejudiced toward Les Bois,” said Didericksen, who owned and managed the track from 1994 until it was sold in 2002. “But it’s a great little facility, and with these folks owning it, there will be a lot of capital improvements done, which is good for the horsemen as well as the general public. They’ll make sure the racetrack surface is race for both horse and jockey.”

The Turf Club facility at Les Bois Park is open year-round and offers a full-service restaurant/bar and simulcast wagering with live video feeds from tracks nationwide. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with Turf Club table and group party reservations available. For more information, visit www.lesboispark.com or call (208) 258-2177.