The gates open at 4:00 this afternoon and post-time for the first race of Les Bois Park's 2013 horse racing season is set for 5:30 p.m.
"If this wasn't special to me, I wouldn't be here,"Les Bois General Manager Duayne Didericksen said. "The owners just want to break even, and pour the profits back into the business. They want to create jobs and save a good industry."
Eight races are scheduled over three hours this evening, including a Premier Quarterhorse Stakes slated for the final race of the evening.
Officials at Les Bois say a younger breed of jockeys will be seen at the track this season.
"New jockeys are always important. They're like getting a new ball player," said Didericksen, who added that fans would see some new faces from Canada and Mexico, as well.
This season, which runs through mid August, will include Nikeela Black aboard a few dozen mounts.
"If you're not passionate about it, it will break your heart," she said.
You can read Boise Weekly's conversation with Black, a champion jockey who also happens to be a Boise attorney, in the current issue of Boise Weekly.