Wyoming Downs Meet Opens with Full Stands

The track's eight-day meet runs through July 31.

Edited press release

Wyoming Downs opened its eight-day meet last weekend.

Wyoming Downs opened its eight-day meet last weekend, as the track drew 4,038 fans who wagered $176,242 during its two-day opening weekend.

"It couldn't have been better," said track owner Eric Nelson.

"We had a really well-attended Brew Fest, co-sponsored by Western Wyoming Beverage, which gave the crowd a chance to enjoy craft brews from local and national breweries," added Wyoming Downs director of corporate operations Joan Ramos.

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Wyoming Downs' meet, which runs through July 31, was shortened from 16 to eight days due to the temporary shutdown of the company's statewide offtrack wagering facilities last October. Revenues from the Instant Racing machines at these facilities help fund purses and track operations. These facilities are back in operation, so track officials anticipate returning to a full 16-day season next year.

A series of special events are planned throughout the remainder of the season, including a July 24 silent and live auction to benefit longtime Intermountain region horseman Mike Taylor, who was injured in an auto accident several weeks ago.

On July 16, Wyoming Downs' "Bet on Business" will feature local businesses and showcase their products and services. On Wyoming Lottery Day, July 30, the track will raffle off a 2016 Chevy Camaro.

Also, Wyoming Downs will celebrate "Kentucky Derby Day" on closing day, July 31, with a derby hat contest and stick-horse races for children.

For more information, visit Wyoming Downs' website or call the track at (307) 789-7223.

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