ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Three weekends of live horse racing are coming to Sweetwater County, but local facilities are becoming dilapidated and racing organizers are searching for a revenue source to address the problem.
Wyoming Horse Racing returns to the Sweetwater Events Complex starting Aug. 23.
President Eugene Joyce told the Rocket-Miner in May that while Wyoming Horse Racing is pleased to have racing this year, events for 2020 and beyond are in jeopardy if the Events Complex’s facilities cannot be upgraded.
Joyce and Events Complex Executive Director Larry Lloyd came before the Sweetwater County Commission at the Aug. 6 meeting. Joyce said capital improvements must be done in order to move forward.
The Rocket-Miner reported in May that horse racing has brought $1.355 million directly to the city of Rock Springs and more than $1.355 million directly to Sweetwater County. Money comes from historic horse racing in Rock Springs and now Green River as well as live horse racing.
An option brought up at the commission meeting was diverting some of that revenue in order to upgrade and maintain facilities used for horse racing.