Horse racing returns to Les Bois Park on Saturday

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Horse racing returns to Les Bois Park on Saturday

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by Mark Johnson

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Posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:56 PM

BOISE -- A sound will be coming from Les Bois Park this weekend that hasn't been heard since 2008.  It will be the sound of live horse racing!

After a series of setbacks and failures by leaseholders and horsemen to get a season going, Treasure Valley Racing has broken through and it was all smiles and tears Thursday at the track.'

"This gets too emotional for me, it did before and it is today," said co-owner Harry Bettis.

The emotion that flowed from this fourth generation Idahoan over getting horse racing going back in the valley was contagious for at least one of the horsemen, a man who started his racing career at the age of 13 at Les Bois Park -- it's first year back in 1969.

“It's our livelihood here and I have a ranch also, so it means everything not only to us but the community, everybody,"said Paul Treasure.

Ditto for jockey Dirk Crane who has been running here for 12 years.

"A 15-day meet turns into a five-year contract for us, so I'm on board with these because it's so important for everyone in our industry to make a living," said Crane.

In addition to upgrades on the track, stables, paddock and infield, the new owners have also remodeled The Turf Club, which is open for simulcast racing from tracks all over the country.

It is an ownership group with deep pockets, with a successful business track record, but they have said from the first day this venture is not about making money, this is about the love of the sport and community.

"When we first started this I said would we really get in 15 days this summer and it's very exciting I can hardly wait 'til Saturday!" said co-owner Linda Yanke. "You gotta take this thing pretty seriously and we're hoping it goes like hell. Thank you!"

Officials says the gates will open at Les Bois Park at 4 p.m. for Saturday's races.  Post time is 5:30 p.m.

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