Wyoming Breeders Program Awards $1.7 Million In Incentives For 2017

The revenue from these historic racing terminals has been used as a way to restore the viability of Wyoming’s horse racing industry, as well as to secure some economic stability for the state  In 2017 the combined total handle for the Historic Racing terminals throughout Wyoming exceeded over $420 million, of which over $4.2 million was returned as revenue to cities and counties in Wyoming where the terminals where located. Additionally, over $1.6 million was supplemented as incentives for horse breeders throughout the state.

Many changes have been seen in Wyoming racing over the past couple years; in April 2017, the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission was designated as the State Breed Registrar for Wyoming as well as the payee of the breeder’s award fund. There has been a rise in the number of weanlings, yearlings and broodmares accredited through the Wyoming Bred Program, proving the racing equine industry in Wyoming is resilient.

The Wyoming Bred Breeders Award Program paid out an astonishing $1,723,458.62 to 79 awardees in 2017, including six individuals earning triple digit numbers. The top awardee was the late KC Carden-Sheridan, WY  ($176,404.26), followed by Gerald Kaul-Sheridan, WY ($167,092.89), Broken Bones Cattle Company, John & Marie Whipp-Lander, WY ($147,858.93), Dan & Carol Lee- Riverton, WY  ($112,202.91), Mike Lipp-Greybull, WY ($110,793.63) and Pedro Mena-Evanston, WY  ($107,682.70).

Additionally, the revenue from simulcasting and historic horse racing has helped boost the live race days and horsemen’s purses for live horse racing events, part of the reason thatthe Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commissioners approved 34 race dates to be conducted in 2018. Wyoming Downs will run 16 days total, Saturdays and Sundays, starting June 30 and running through August 19, 2018 at the Evanston, Wyoming racetrack. Wyoming Horse Racing, LLC will run 18 days total throughout the state. Energy Downs in Gillette, Wyoming will run 9 days; June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs will run 9 days; August 24, 25, 26, 31, September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9.

With the resurrection of racing in Wyoming, the Commission strives to continue 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.  After much discussion and consideration, the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commissioners are taking the first step in the rule change process to allow hair testing on the equine athletes.

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