Idaho Racing Faces an Uncertain Future

The closing of Les Bois Park, Idaho's flagship track, leaves questions about the future of the state's horse racing industry.

Idaho Statesman

Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, has closed, leaving the future of the entire state's racing industry in doubt.

The closing of Les Bois Park in Boise has left the future of Idaho's horse racing industry in doubt.

Treasure Valley Racing's Les Bois Park, the state's flagship track, was forced to close after Idaho lawmakers pulled the plug on historical racing, the revenues from which enabled Les Bois to increase purses 72 percent.

"I do not know how we would start up again, unless somebody comes up with a solution to provide revenue, some alternate revenue source," Treasure Valley Racing's John Sheldon told the Idaho Statesman. "At this point we are in the process of trying to sell everything...from the forks, knives and spoons to the tractors."

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