Racing Returns? 

Ada County announces new horse racing contract

It looks like Boise will have horse racing this year after all.

Ada County announced today that it had awarded a contract for live and simulcast horse racing at Les Bois Park to Idaho Entertainment after a long and drawn-out bid process that slashed the usual summer racing season.

But don’t let the name fool you. Idaho Entertainment is actually owned by Oneida Capital, a California-based company, and Plainfield Racing, which is in Greenwich, Conn. Oneida runs other racing businesses in Wyoming and Montana.

And speaking of names, the iconic Les Bois will be renamed Idaho Downs at Expo Idaho, although we’re guessing everyone will still call it Les Bois for a long while.

Idaho Entertainment will pay the county $75,000 per year for five years for the contract. Former contract holder, Capitol Racing paid $300,000 a year, according to the Idaho Statesman.

According to the county, Idaho Entertainment will offer an abbreviated racing season beginning later this summer ... that’s if it can secure the necessary licenses from the Idaho State Racing Commission.

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