Betting on horse racing got easier to do in Johnson County, after the County Commissioners approved a request from investors looking to put a site in Buffalo. The Commissioners approved the site at their meeting Tuesday.
Eugene Joyce, owner of Wyoming Racing, LLC of Evanston, is partnering with Jim Purdy, owner of the Cowboy Saloon east of Buffalo, to bring off-track betting to the community.
Joyce hopes to bring off-site betting to other communities as well, and he explains why.
Johnson County, as Joyce said, is one of 13 counties in the state that allow off-track betting, or paramutual horse racing. The question before the commissioners was not whether they should or should not allow betting, because it is allowed under county statute, but whether or not to approve the site.
Joyce and Purdy hope to have the facility up and running within 30 days, and then patrons can bet on horse racing from a number of sites throughout the country via live satellite feed, including some well-known races such as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont and the Breeder's Cup.
There will be an area sectioned off in the Cowboy Saloon, seperate from the rest of the club that will accommodate the patrons, monitors and other necessary equipment, according to Joyce and Purdy.
Off-track betting through Wyoming Racing, LLC is already up and running in Evanston and Rock Springs, but Joyce said his hope is to have sites in Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette and Jackson as well as the site here in Buffalo.