Photo: Mexican horse racing may be coming to Colorado
Looking to bring in more revenue, city leaders are considering bringing Mexican horse racing Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colorado.
The Greeley Stampede is the park’s largest celebration, and Island Grove has become well known for its dog show facilities in recent years.
But recently, Greeley business man Alberto Loya suggested that the park bring horse racing enthusiasts to the venue year-round by holding Mexican horse racing events.
The quarter-mile track needed for Mexican horse racing would be on the south side of the park in the extra parking usually only used during the Greeley Stampede.
Mexican horse racing has two horses – one on one – run down the track, usually in front of hundreds or even thousands of people.
Loya would rent the park, as well as bleachers and fencing for the events, which would run 20-30 weekends a year when the park is not occupied by other events.
“This project is about bridging the cultural gap,” the executive summary stated. “It’s about bringing the community together. It’s about highlighting Greeley as a welcoming community.”
Loya regularly hosts events at Island Grove, including Mexican rodeos and concerts. This type of horse racing is very popular amongst Latinos.