Friday, May 2, 2008

Les Bois racing leaves the gate Friday

Special Derby post time Saturday

It's Kentucky Derby weekend! Post time for the 134th "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., is Saturday at 4:04 p.m. MDT, on NBC television channel 7.

And opening weekend is here for the 46-day live horseracing season at Les Bois Park in Boise. Post time is 5:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 2, for "Grand Opening," which features free grandstand admission to all patrons.

Highlight of tonight's card is the Premier Handicap for the best quarter horses at the track. Then, Saturday's afternoon racing card (post time 1:30 p.m.) has the Inaugural Handicap for the track's top thoroughbred horses.

The prestigious Kentucky Derby is showcased by simulcast Saturday.

Capitol Racing has made arrangements to once again export the audio-visual signal of Les Bois live races to racetracks, satellite wagering facilities and Advance Deposit Wagering systems throughout the United States. The company that runs Les Bois racing hopes the larger betting pools will result in large wagering payoffs for patrons during the 2008 season.

Live Les Bois Park racing continues each Tuesday, most Fridays and all Saturdays through Aug. 16. Post time for all evenings in May is 5:30 p.m., changing to 6 p.m. after June 1.

There are seven daytime racing programs, with the first post of 1:30 p.m. They are May 3 (Kentucky Derby), May 17 (Preakness Stakes), May 26 (Memorial Day), June 7 (Belmont Stakes), July 4 (Independence Day), Aug. 9 (Idaho Cup) and Aug. 16 (Closing Day).

Grandstand adult general admission is $2 and kids are free if accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating ranges from $12 to $20 per person. Visit for details.

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