Idaho Racing Challenge Races
The Bank of America Sandy Downs Championship moves to Pocatello Downs.

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Idaho Racing Challenge Races

Q RACING—MAY 31, 2020—In the wake of the cancellation of the 2020 meet at Sandy Downs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pocatello Downs at Pocatello, Idaho, has requested to also run the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship-division race originally scheduled to be run at Sandy Downs.

The Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge will have trials July 1 and the final July 15.

The added money will remain the same.

In addition, Pocatello Downs is still planning to hold the Adequan® Pocatello Derby Challenge, but with the dates moved -- trials are now scheduled for June 17, and the final July 4.

The track plans to run the ARC Pocatello Distaff Challenge and John Deere Pocatello Juvenile Challenge in September as originally planned.

Pocatello management said in a written statement, “During these very troubling times full of uncertainty, our board of directors are working endlessly to provide Intermountain horsemen and -women alike a place to come and race. Our goal is to provide a central location in Pocatello that is easily accessible from both I-15 & I-84. The Wednesday twilight scheduling provides a unique opportunity to showcase the sport of horse racing through ADW networks.”

The racetrack has received approval from local government officials to conduct 12-days of spectator-free live racing. The racing dates must be approved by the Idaho State Racing Commission before they are finalized.

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