Ada County has officially announced its plans to hold a public meeting on a proposal to install 200 horse race-betting devices, called instant racing or historical horse racing, at the county-owned Turf Club at Expo Idaho.
Here is the press release the county sent out on Friday:
Historical Horse Racing Informational Meeting
Public comment to be taken for consideration
An Informational Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m. by the Board of Ada County Commissioners, for the purpose of allowing public comment on Treasure Valley Racing, LLC’s proposal to bring historical horse racing to Les Bois Park. This meeting will be held in the Ada County Courthouse, Commissioners Public Hearing Room at 200 W. Front St., Boise, first floor.
Historical horse racing was authorized by the Idaho Legislature and signed into law by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter earlier this year. Treasure Valley Racing, LLC, Ada County’s tenant at Les Bois Park, manages live and simulcast horse racing, and has proposed the addition of historical horse racing in the Turf Club at Les Bois Park. Historical horse racing is similar to the existing simulcast racing, but allows patrons to bet on previously run races via self-serve video terminals, where statistical information similar to that provided for live race betting is available. Treasure Valley Racing has also requested permission to remodel the Turf Club at Les Bois Park.
In addition to Commissioners, others expected to be in attendance at the Informational Meeting include Expo Idaho staff and officials from Treasure Valley Racing. The Commissioners have also extended an invitation to Garden City officials to attend.
Citizens wishing to learn more about this proposal and voice their comments on historical horse racing at Les Bois Park are encouraged to attend this Informational Meeting.