Live horse racing begins Saturday, July 9 at Wyoming Downs Race Track in Evanston, Wyoming with gates opening at 11:30 a.m., and the 1:05 p.m. trumpet call signaling the first 2016 race, according to a recent press release. The season extends each weekend through Sunday, July 31, with approximately nine races per day and up to ten 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 five thousand people with stalls for 850 horses.
Visitors in 2016 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 Brew Fest co-sponsored by Western Wyoming Beverages and spotlighting Craft and Wyoming Breweries. A $20.00 fee includes entrance to the races and brew fest tasting cups. The Brew Fest 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 Friday, June 10, 2016 when his truck collided with a semi-trailer in Idaho. The accident has left Mike fighting for his future with many expenses accumulating. Mike 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.
Summer job opportunities are available at the track.
“We’re hiring!“ said Ramos. “And, we’re especially looking for bartenders, waitresses, inventory control associate and security patrol.” Those interested are invited to contact Jodi Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an application online at wydowns.com/careers and submit it.
This year 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 $10.00 for general admission and $20.00 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 pm.
For more information, see www.wydowns.com or call 307-789-7223