Wyoming Downs Meet Opens Saturday

The 16-day season runs through August 19.

Edited press release

Wyoming Downs opens its 16-day meet on Saturday.

Wyoming Downs in Evanston will open its 16-day season on Saturday.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. (MDT), with first post time scheduled for 1:05. General admission is $10, and children under 12 will be admitted free in the general admission section.

This year marks Wyoming Downs' sixth consecutive racing season since owner Eric Nelson repurchased the track and revived live racing. The only privately-owned track in the state, Wyoming Downs will feature an average of approximately nine horses competing in eight races per day. The final race of the day will usually take place between 5-5:30 p.m.

According to a press release distributed by the track, purses have increased from $320,000 in 2017 to $580,000 this year. Nelson projects that purses will climb to $1 million in 2019. Horsemen come from approximately six states to compete for the purses.

"The racetrack has been resurfaced for the 2018 season, resulting in higher quality with a softer, faster and safer track," said Jodi Lopez, Wyoming Downs director of operations. "We're looking forward to a terrific year."

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