POCATELLO, ID—JANUARY 4, 2021—Pocatello Downs announced their tentative stakes schedule for 2021 today.
The Eastern Idaho racetrack is is expected to open for training March 1, 20201. Stalls will be available through September 30 for a fee of $65 per stall, per month. A user fee for those not wishing to rent stalls but still full have full usage of track & starting gates for timed workouts is $20 per day, $200 per month or $350 for the full season.
While the world is still battling the COVID-19 Pandemic Pocatello race officials are planning to put forth a live racing schedule, stakes book & condition book. The specific dates and added monies may change due to obstacles that are outside of thier control.
"Our priorities are, as they always have been, with the safety of the equine athletes, jockeys and those who work with them. Without the support of them we wouldn’t be successful. We look forward to working with our local Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department (SIPH), Idaho State Racing Commission (ISRC) and Bannock County Commissioners, in order to follow state and local guidelines for a safe opening of the 2021 season", track officials said in a press release today.
Pocatello Downs, Inc. relies heavily on live crowds and public attendance for financial stability.
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Pocatello Downs Tentative Stakes SchedulePurse structure for overnight races is projected @ a 20% increase from 2020
- Crush the Curve Futurity (Open Futurity) $20,000 Added
- Maiden Frolic (Colts & Geldings) $7,500 Added
- Maiden Frolic Oaks (Filly’s & Mares) $7,500 Added
- Gary & Sharilyn Blattner Memorial (Open Derby) $10,000 Added
- Snapp Memorial (Thoroughbred Sprint) $7,500 Added
- Spring Championship (QH 3&UP open) $7,500 Added
June: 18th & 25th
- Lynn Bowman Memorial ( Filly’s & Mares open) $7,500 Added
- Social Distancing Futurity (Paint & Appy) $5,000 Added
July: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
- Adequan Derby Challenge (AQHA) $30,500 Added
- Bank Of America Challenge Championship (AQHA) $40,500 Added
- Bitterroot Futurity (IQHA) $70,000 Added
- Bitterroot Derby (IQHA) $15,000 Added
- NW2 Stakes (Pocatello Downs) $10,000 Added
- Idaho Cup Futurity trials (IQHA)
- Idaho Cup Derby Trials (IQHA)
- John Buchannan Memorial (Thoroughbred Stakes) $5,000 Added
September: 12th, 25th
- Idaho Cup Futurity Finals (IQHA) $10,000 Added
- Idaho Cup Derby Finals (IQHA) $10,000 Added
- John Deere Juvenile Challenge (AQHA) (Trials EISF 9/5) $30,500 Added
- Merial Distaff Challenge (AQHA) (Trials EISF 9/6) $20,500 Added