Les Bois ready for racing

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Les Bois ready for racing

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by Zach Wolken

Idaho's News Channel 7

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 1:14 PM

GARDEN CITY -- There hasn't been horse racing in the Treasure Valley since the summer of 2008, but that simple fact will change a week from Saturday when Les Bois reopens its doors as Boise's home for horse racing.

Treasure Valley racing, the group that took over as the tenant at Les Bois Park just this year, has had a lot of work to do in order to get the track up and running for its July 2nd open. 

"There was just a lot of stuff you know missing, really.  I don't know how, you can't blame anybody really," said Les Bois Park General Manager Doug Okuniewicz.  "You don't know how the things have happened and it's been far more intensive than we expected on some of the infrastructure."

Coming into the situation the group knew they'd have to work on the track itself as well as clean up many of the fan amenities, but they unfortunately discovered some other issues with the park. 

Much of the wiring and cables, which are used for racing and communication had been cut and-or removed.  So those same wires and cables had to be relaid and added some additional costs to the renovation and remodeling process. 

Okuniewicz estimates the group spent somewhere around $200,000 in repairs since taking over the park, but he believes it has been money well spent because the park is coming alive as the race season approaches.

"We got a lot of horses coming in now and we're hoping for a large population to get some really good racing," said Okuniewicz. 

Around 100 horses are in stables at the park and there will hopefully be even more. 

Treasure Valley Racing does not charge horse owners rent for the stables as long as the horses they keep at Les Bois compete in the races. 

Les Bois will open for racing on July 2nd, but its off-track betting club has been open since June 1st. 

There will be a total of 15 days of racing this summer. 

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