The Brock Talk

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two Parties Show Interest In Saving Les Bois

Two groups interested in operating live and simulcast horse racing at Les Bois Park, a thoroughbred and quarter horse track located near Boise, Idaho, have submitted proposals to lease the facility from the Ada County commissioners.

The Greene Group, which operates a simulcast facility in Post Falls, Idaho, submitted its second bid for Les Bois. The group's initial proposal was rejected by the county in April. The county invited the group to bid again after the two parties discussed what equipment and responsibilities were included in the lease.

The second group that submitted a proposal is Oneida Capital LLC, a California-based company that operates off-track betting facilities and race tracks including Montana Downs in Great Fallas, Montana; and Wyoming Downs in Evanston, Wyoming as well as OTB parlors in Montana and New York.

The lease for the facility became available when former operator Capitol Racing opted out of its five-year deal, citing losses of more than $1 million in each of the three years it ran the track. The county then accepted proposals from new operators but didn't find a suitable deal, setting up this second round of bids.

Some stakes races planned for Les Bois have been moved because of the uncertainty surrounding the largest race track in Idaho.

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