Sweetwater Downs Meet Closes

Wyoming racetrack closes second year with gains.

Press Release
September 5, 2012

Sweetwater downs

In only its second year of operation, Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs, Wyoming, improved on all aspects of its measurable business levels during its four-day meet that concluded September 2.

Purses of $210,700 paid to horsemen were up 29 percent over last year while the number of horses running in all races was up 37 percent to 233 this year. This led to an increase in the number of races run to 34, which was 17 percent more than in 2011. The average field size of 7.15 also saw an increase of 18 percent.

Race fans wagered $142,638, an improvement of 23 percent over last year. Attendance reached 5,362, an increase of 20 percent over last year.

“We couldn’t be more happy with the favorable response to our racing program from the horsemen, especially those from Wyoming” said Eugene Joyce, General Manager of Wyoming Horse Racing LLC. “The increases this year are directly attributable the increase in the number of Wyoming-bred horses running at our meet.”

This year’s leading trainer was Ron Cook Jr. from Mills, Wyoming, and the leading jockey was Shaunda Larsen, who calls Evanston, Wyoming, home.

The Sweetwater Downs race meet is a private enterprise run in cooperation with the Sweetwater Events Complex. Horsemen from all around the Intermountain West participated, including trainers from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota and California.

For more information contact Eugene Joyce at (307) 708-2331 or etjoyce13@yahoo.com.