Big first ride for mother, daughter
Cammie Papineau, left, and her daughter Cassie stand in the winner’s circle at Les Bois Park last Friday after Cassie won her first-ever race as an apprentice jockey.

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BOISE -; Cammie Papineau knew it'd be emotional, but after the fourth race at Les Bois Park on Friday night, the long-time jockey couldn't hold back the tears.

Riding Drive Your Stake and finishing ninth had nothing to do with Papineau's emotions, either, as the night turned out to be historic with apprentice jockey Cassie Papineau not only riding in her first-ever race, but winning the 6 1-2 furlong claimer on Love Our Kinzie.

"It was definitely fun to ride it," the 20-year-old daughter of Cammie said. "It was more fun to win it."

Her mom couldn't have been more proud, either, and it all started before either hit the track.

"I thought I'd be more nervous for her, which I was, but when we left the paddock and I heard the crowd cheering for her, it was just so cool," Papineau said, adding that her daughter was raised in part at the Boise track from the time she was 2 years old.

"She had a lot of support, so that made me feel really good. And then when she won, I couldn't help it, I was crying," Cammie said.

It was a well-earned victory as mom and Drive Your Stake fell behind early and never challenged.

"Somebody told me, 'Well, if it's you and her coming down the lane aren't you gonna let her win? ' I said never would I let her win. I want her to win because she won, not because anybody let her," Cammie said.

"I was really nervous about her first race," mom added, "I know she's gonna make mistakes, but she couldn't have rode a more perfect race if I had been whispering in her ear, telling her what to do. In fact, she rode a better race than I would have rode, she actually did awesome."

All after mom tried and tried to discourage her daughter from riding, and even figured that when she started exercising horses two years ago, the bumps and bruises would change her mind.

It didn't.

"I've always thought it was real fun to come out and watch mom ride, but I think it's just -; I love the horses," Cassie said, "something I could never keep myself away from if I tried."

And as much as mom tried to dissuade Cassie, she also helped her just as much.

"She's taught me everything I know," Cassie said, "I tell you what, one thing I am lucky to have is I've got the best coach around."

Race fans will get to see plenty of the mother-daughter duo on the track this weekend as Cassie rides in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth races on Friday. The two go head-to-head in three of those starts, including Cassie's first Stakes race, the Stars & Stripes Handicap.

Weekend fun for everyone

Capitol Racing didn't want to forget the kids, and so Les Bois Park is rolling out the welcome mat on the Fourth of July for Family Fun Day.

"When we were starting to put the racing year together, one of the things we decided is we needed to step up the things we did for kids and families," Les Bois general manager Alan Horowitz said.

So along with a packed race card starting with the first post time at 1:30 p.m., Friday, there will be even more things for kids and families, starting with free admission for kids 12-and-under, a free hot dog and a free Pepsi beverage.

There will also be a petting zoo, clowns, face painting, an inflatable slide and bounce house for kids to enjoy.

There will also be plenty of on-track action for the parents to enjoy, with no race smaller than an eight-horse field Friday, and then an All-Stakes day Saturday.

"It's all the finals of all the Stake we were running," Horowitz said, "and that day was very good for us last year."

Can't miss race

Along with being Family Fun Day at Les Bois Park on Friday, race fans will want to catch the Stars & Stripes Handicap, a nine-horse, 7 1-2 furlong Stakes race.


"Tracfurtogafur, who's probably the best horse we have on the track," Horowitz said.

Tracfurtogafur won The Inaugural Handicap against top 3-year-old and older thoroughbreds back on May 3, then beat the best again in the Ron Yanke Memorial on June 7, and is a perfect 3-0 and the gelding is a perfect 3-0, Horowitz adds.

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