Crews were out before sunrise this morning, preparing for today's opening of the 2012 live horse racing season at Les Bois Park. Following an abbreviated, but successful 15-day season in 2011, local owners are gearing up for a full 36-day season running through Wednesday, Aug. 11. This year makes the first full live racing season at Les Bois since 2008.
"We'll have all of our 820 stalls filled," Les Bois general manager Kerry Lawson told BW. "We had over 1,300 apply to come here this season."
Lawson said his track crew is usually out by 4 a.m. and horses and trainers are out on the track as early as 6 a.m..
Post time is 5:30 p.m. and gates open one hour prior.
"Everybody needs to know that we're going to be here for a long time, and we're going to supply a great product," said Lawson. "We're pretty excited."