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BOISE -- The issue of historical horse racing at Les Bois Park was the topic of a public meeting Tuesday night.

At the meeting, around 150 people told the Ada County Commissioners about what they think about the idea.

Treasure Valley Racing, which manages live and simulcast horse racing at Les Bois Park, is hoping to add self-service historical racing video machines in the Turf Club.

It would allow customers to bet on previously run races any time during business hours.

Simulcast wagering is now accessible via the internet and has lead to reduced sales revenue in live locations. Without additional sources of revenue, Idaho's horse racing industry is not sustainable, said John Sheldon, President of Treasure Valley Racing.

After Treasure Valley Racing presented its proposal to Ada County in August, Garden City officials expressed concern.

We have a county owned piece of land here. We have a private enterprise that's operating at a loss, and you're being asked, essentially, to bail them out, said Garden City Mayor John Evans at Tuesday night's meeting.

No decisions were to be made Tuesday night

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