Les Bois Opens For Training

Idaho track prepares for its May 2 opening.

March 15, 2012

Les Bois Park

Treasure Valley Racing at Les Bois Park is preparing in earnest for the 2012 live race meet that begins Wednesday, May 2, and runs through August 11. The race track and stable area are now open. More than 200 horses have just arrived and the trainers and riders will begin preparing for the 36-day meet. Les Bois Park has already accepted over 817 applications and has a waiting list of over 300 horses. Officials expect over 600 horses to arrive in the next 30 days.

Spearheading the spring training activities is the new management team at Les Bois Park. Kerry Lawson has been named General Manager of Les Bois Park and Tim Thibert will take over the reins as Les Bois Park's Racing Secretary. Both have longstanding knowledge and experience in the horse racing industry, professionally and personally.

“We are very excited to bring back live horse racing to the Treasure Valley and are committed to making this 36-day season a great experience for horse racing enthusiasts and patrons,” said General Manager Kerry Lawson. “Les Bois Park boasts an over 40 year live horse racing history and has been an integral part of the economic stability for the horse industry in Idaho. Les Bois Park is now 100 percent Idaho owned and the new principals have invested their resources in personnel, equipment and are making significant capital improvements at the track in order to insure the live and simulcast racing program has a strong future in Idaho.”

As horses move in, the heavy equipment has begun the process of upgrading the track’s composition and resurfacing the three-quarter mile oval. Les Bois Park has also added Tony Martinez as the new Track Superintendent, an expert in preparing tracks for safe racing conditions.

The newly refurbished Turf Club Bar is now open year round and features a full service restaurant and bar along with simulcast wagering from tracks across the nation. The Turf Club Bar and Grill simulcast facility is open Wednesday through Sunday each week. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Turf Club table and group party reservations are available now and during the 2012 live racing meet.

Nomination deadlines are approaching for the Maiden Frolic, Les Bois Derby and Knight Transportation Futurity at Les Bois park.

Download the nomination blanks by clicking below:

Maiden Frolic
- $5,000 added
3-and-up – 350 yards
Trials on June 6 - final on June 17

Les Bois Derby - $5,000 added
3-year-olds – 400 yards
Trials on July 28 - final on August 10

Knight Transportation Futurity - $10,000 added
2-year-olds – 350 yards
Trials on July 25 - final on August 10

For more information and Turf Club reservations please call (208) 258-2177 or visit the website at www.lesboispark.com.