Attendance, Handle Records Fall at Wyoming Downs

The track plans for a 16-day meet in 2017.

Edited press release

Oscar Cervantes was Wyoming Downs' leading jockey during the track's eight-day meet, which ended July 31. PHOTO: Alexandra Ortiz

Wyoming Downs drew a track-record 2,700 fans on July 31, closing day of the track’s eight-day meet.

Wyoming Downs’ two-day closing weekend attendance and handle reached 5,012 and $214,996, respectively, both records.

Also, Wyoming Downs chief operations director Joan Ramos reported that WyoLotto tickets sold at the track during closing weekend surpassed lotto ticket sales at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

On closing day, the track honored its leading horsemen: jockey Oscar Cervantes, owner A & C Racing and Roping, and trainer Chancey Spencer.

“We really appreciate all the horsemen and fans who came out for this year’s races and want them to know we’ve already got our sights set on next year’s eight-weekend, 16-day meet, starting June 17,” said Wyoming Downs owner Eric Nelson. “Wyoming Downs new historic racing terminals were recently turned on in our off-track betting facilities and will be operating at the track next year as well. They’ll add to the fun.”

Among the factors leading to Wyoming Downs’ records were the special events the track held in conjunction with its live racing, including the first annual Wyoming Downs Brewfest, seminars on how to bet and an auction benefiting injured horseman Mike Taylor.

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