Sweetwater Downs Opens August 18

Sweetwater Downs to run four-day meet.

June 12, 2012

Sweetwater downs

Sweetwater County, Wyoming, welcomes back the horses and racing fans to Sweetwater Downs, reinstated last year after a 17-year hiatus. The track will run a four-day meet. 

Trial races will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, leading to the $25,000-added Sweetwater Futurity. Final races run two weeks later, September 1 and 2. Off-track betting sites will take wagers on the races. Admission is $5 and includes a program. 

The Sweetwater Downs races draw hundreds of horses from all over the west, including Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and even as far away as California.

Jenissa Bartlett, Executive Director of Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism, says the horse races are just one of the exciting things happening in Sweetwater County this summer. "Sweetwater County is a sure bet for a fun-filled summer vacation," says Bartlett. "With 10,500 square miles of open space in Flaming Gorge Country you can hike, bike, fish, golf, boat, and more!" Bartlett suggests checking out the Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism website for vacation ideas and lodging options.

Here is a list of the schedule races at Sweetwater Downs. For more information visit www.wyominghorseracing.com.
•    Sweetwater Futurity: $25,000 Added - 350 YARDS. For 2-year-old Quarter Horses.
•    Sweetwater Derby: $12,500 Added - 400 YARDS. For 3-year-old Quarter Horses.
•    89 & Under Stakes: $12,500 Added - 350 YARDS. For Quarter Horses 3-years-old and up that have never run a 90 speed index or better in a race prior to January 1, 2012.
•    Wyoming-Bred Futurity: $10,000 Added - 350 YARDS. For 2-year-old Wyoming-bred Quarter Horses.
•    Wyoming-Bred Derby: $7,500 Added - 400 YARDS. For 3-year-old Wyoming-bred Quarter Horses.
•    Wyoming-Bred Maturity: $5,000 Added - 400 YARDS. For 3-year-old Wyoming-bred Quarter Horses.
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as "Flaming Gorge Country" the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.