Les Bois Park plans for Kentucky Derby

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Les Bois Park plans for Kentucky Derby

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by Jamie Grey

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Posted on May 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 8:05 PM

GARDEN CITY -- On Saturday, an Idaho horse will run the Kentucky Derby, and the big question is:  Could the long shot horse from Parma win? 

Les Bois owners say there's always interest at the park in the historic "Run for the Roses", but of course this year, they're planning and hoping for an even bigger turnout because of that Idaho-trained, Idaho-owned horse.

"The festivities start early. At 8:00 a.m. the Turf Club will open, and that coincides with Churchill's race day," Les Bois Marketing Director Melinda Nothern said.

After an early opening at the Turf Club, Les Bois' derby day will include a 2:00 p.m. post time with five live races on the track before the Kentucky Derby.  The "Run for the Roses" will be shown on televisions around the park.

Many eyes will be on one horse, of course.  The horse with Idaho ties that was trained here, owned by Boise's Larry and Marianne Williams.

"It's very difficult to ever get to the derby, and to know somebody that's actually there.  Guys spend a lot of money buying million dollar horses, and to find somebody you actually know, and kind of be there with them in a sense is very cool," race fan Rob Dickson said.

It's a good bet a lot of Idahoans are going to be betting on the number 7, "Rousing Sermon".  After all, if that horse won, betters say they wouldn't want to be an Idahoan who doubted.

"He's not going to beat me.  I'm going to make sure I have him in my tickets.  Absolutely," Dickson said.

In addition to owning a derby horse, Larry Williams co-owns Treasure Valley Racing with four others, including Jim Grigsby.

"I know they're excited.  They took a large group of people back there that's probably still swelling.  I think he's got 40 or 50 employees, friends, family back there and I can't imagine turning for home what that would feel like, but his heart will probably be outside his chest," Treasure Valley Racing Co-Owner Jim Grigsby said.

And at Les Bois, when the famous "fastest two minutes in sport" is up -- live racing will be back on the track with five more thoroughbred and quarter horse races.

"We encourage everybody to put on their Kentucky Derby hats and join our contest [edit] We're going to have a great day of racing," Nothern said.

The Turf Club opens at 8:00 a.m.  The gates open at noon, and live racing starts at 2:00.  The Kentucky Derby is scheduled to begin just before 4:30 mountain time.  Live racing at Les Bois will pick up again right after that.
 

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