Press Releases

August 11, 2023 - Richest Race on Record in Wyoming

Casper, WY - On Sunday, August 6, 2023, a newfound excitement circulated the backside of Wyoming Downs and it spread to the fans in the grandstands, a historical and pivotal event was about to ensue.  The Wyoming Downs Futurity qualifiers would be competing for a purse of $200,400, the richest race on record in Wyoming.     

In racing, the true test of a state’s breeders program is if homebred horses can compete in the big leagues with open company. Well the proof is in the pudding that Wyoming is breeding some of the finest around as not only did the historic race have three Accredited Wyoming Bred qualifiers but the top two finishers in the final were breed registered. It was some of the most exciting 17 seconds in sports, as nine (9)
two- year-old quarter horses sprinted 350 yards to the finish in a well fought battle to the end. The victor was then bound for the winner circle for a celebratory photo and awards presentation with all the winning connections.  

Eddie and Andrea Jensen’s Accredited Wyoming Bred Pappas Fame was raised by the late Ron Moosman with his wife Laurie, trained by Kylie Valenzuela and ridden by Jesus Valenzuela.  The Pappasito gelding out of the mare Makn Moves came flying on the end to win the historical race, making his record a perfect 5 for 5 and earned $92,184 for his effort. Pappas Fame also won the $115,000 Powder River Wyoming Bred Futurity at Energy Downs in June.

Running out of trainer Josh Taylor’s barn, Accredited Wyoming Bred Ivorybudsnblossoms was guided by jockey Juan Rivas to a stellar effort but was overtaken right at the wire to place second by a nose. Brook Black bred the Ivory James gelding out of One Famous Blossom and earned $40,080 for owner Eugene Joyce.

The Wyoming Breeders Award Program is currently one of the best in the country.


Brande Koltiska

May 6, 2022 - WGC Approves Two Additional Online Sports Wagering Operators

Casper, WY - The Wyoming Gaming Commission approved two additional online sports wagering operators during its May 5th, 2022 special meeting, bringing the total number of operators in the state to six.

Penn Sports Interactive, LLC., dba Barstool Sportsbook and American Wagering, Inc., dba Caesars Sportsbook both were approved unanimously by the Commission.  Caesars Sportsbook expects to launch by the end of May, while Barstool Sportsbook expects to launch in the coming months.

Current Online Sportsbook Operators include the following:

Crown Gaming WY, dba DraftKings Sportsbook
BetMGM, dba RoarDigital
BetFair Interactive US LLC, dba Fanduel Sportsbook
PointsBet Wyoming LLC
Penn Sports Interactive, LLC, dba Barstool Sportsbook
American Wagering, Inc., dba Caesars Sportsbook


Michael Steinberg

May 6, 2022 - WGC Approves 2022 Amended Live Race Dates

Casper, WY - During the Wyoming Gaming Commission's special meeting, held Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Casper, WY, the Commissioners approved the request by Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC to amend the live race dates at Sweetwater Downs.  The WGC has scheduled a total of 52 live race days for 2022.

Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC will still offer 16 live race days beginning a week later than originally requested.  Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs will host the following dates:
August 20, 21, 27, 28; September 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25; and October 1, 2.

Wyoming Downs, LLC will offer 20 live race days at Wyoming Downs Racetrack during the following dates:
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31; and August 6, 7.

307 Horse Racing, Inc. will offer 16 live race days, hosted at Energy Downs in Gillette, during the following dates:
May 21, 22, 28, 29, 30; June 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.

The Commission continues to strive for the protection of the wagering public and the health, safety and welfare of both human and equine participants with our regulatory processes, presence and integrity.

For more information on the latest information and news regarding horse racing in Wyoming, please visit the following sites:
307 Horse Racing, Inc.
Wyoming Downs, LLC
Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC


Brande Koltiska