Saturday will be one of, if not the busiest day of the year at Les Bois Park, with five live races beginning at 2 p.m. The racing takes a break for the running of the Kentucky Derby (post time approximately 4:24 p.m.), and continues afterward with five more races.
Last year's Kentucky Derby day, which featured Idaho-born Rousing Sermon, drew nearly 8,000 fans to the track. A similar turnout is expected Saturday with sunny weather and another Idaho angle - Treasure Valley native Gary Stevens, who began his career at Les Bois, will ride Oxbow.
With Stevens riding Saturday, fans can place wagers on him or any of the other competitors at the Kentucky Derby at Les Bois Park.
Here's a look at some of the wagers available to place (for fans 18 and older) on the Derby and at the live Les Bois races:
WIN: A straight bet for the chosen horse to finish in first (for example, Oxbow's odds hovered around 25-1 on Friday).
PLACE: The chosen horse must finish first or second.
SHOW: The chosen horse must finish first, second or third; payouts are less for a show bet than a place bet, and less for place than win. A minimum $2 bet is required at Les Bois to place a win, place or show bet.
QUINELLA: Two horses are picked, and they must finish first or second, in either order.
EXACTA: Two horses are picked, and they must finish first and second, in that order.
TRIFECTA: Three horses are picked, and they must finish in the exact order picked; trifectas can have big payouts, especially when involving longer odds.
BOX: One can "box" the bets to allow all possible finish orders of the selected horses, but costs more; for example, boxing a $1 trifecta costs $6.
MULTI-RACE BETS: Offered during some races at Les Bois, you select the winner of several consecutive races.
NOTE: Check the program to see the odds for each horse, though final odds are determined by amounts bet on that horse. When placing a wager, give the teller the dollar amount being bet, the horse's number and the type of bet - for example, "$10 on No. 4 to show." Wagers can also be placed at touchscreen kiosks under the grandstands and at the Turf Club Bar & Grill.
Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_southorn