Wyoming Opens July 9
Wyoming Downs prepares to open its summer meet.
July 5, 2016
Live horse racing begins Saturday, July 9, at Wyoming Downs Racetrack in Evanston, Wyoming, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m., and the 1:05 p.m. trumpet call signaling the first 2016 race. The season extends each weekend through Sunday, July 31, with approximately nine races per day and up to 10 horse fields.
Joan Ramos, Wyoming Downs operations manager said, “In addition to our Wyoming entries, we expect our largest group of owners, trainers, horses and jockeys to be from Utah and Idaho. We anticipate good crowds not only from Salt Lake City but also from the Inner Mountain West.” Wyoming Downs grandstands hold up to 5,000 people with stalls for 850 horses.
Visitors will have a series of new special events to increase their race day entertainment options. July 9, the season’s first day, kicks off with Wyoming Downs First Annual BrewFest co-sponsored by Western Wyoming Beverages and spotlighting Craft and Wyoming breweries. A $20 fee includes entrance to the races and BrewFest tasting cups. The BrewFest also begins at 11:30 and extends through the end of the races.
On July 16 the “Bet on Business Festival” showcases Evanston businesses. On both July 16 and 17 there will be AQHA handcapping seminars. A July 24 silent auction will include auction’s items provided by the local Evanston community and many equine industry organizations and racing enthusiasts with proceeds going to benefit well known racehorse trainer Mike Taylor, who was involved in a serious vehicle accident on June 10 which has left him fighting for his future with many expenses accumulating. Taylor and his family have been a huge asset to the racing community. This year’s honor and awards fundraiser is to assist with the needed support. Those wishing to be involved may contact the racetrack.
2016 marks the fourth year horses have raced at Wyoming Downs since Eric Nelson repurchased Wyoming’s only privately owned horse racing track and brought live racing back to Wyoming. The resurrection of live racing was made possible through the Wyoming 2012 legislature’s approval of historic racing terminals, which are now located in Wyoming Downs off track betting facilities throughout Wyoming. Income from the historic racing terminals funds the race track’s operations, purses and other track expenses.
Wyoming Downs Racetrack is located on Highway 89 off I-80 approximately 15 minutes north of Evanston. Coming from Utah take Exit 3 through Evanston. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $20 for clocker’s corner table seating. Children under 12 are free. A number of food concessions are available as well as wine, beer, specialty liquor drinks and soft drinks. The day’s last race will conclude at approximately 5:30 p.m.
After the races Wyoming Downs invites those over the age of 18 to its Off Track Betting facility for historical racing entertainment at 1925 Harrison Drive in downtown Evanston.
Said Ramos, “For a charming small town atmosphere and big time excitement, visit us at the track and stay over in Evanston. It’s an easy 75-minute drive to Evanston from Salt Lake City and surrounds. It’ll be a great time. You can bet on it!” For more information, see www.wydowns.com or call 307-789-7223.
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