Historic horse racing comes to Torrington

Jess Oaks/Torrington Telegram Kris Brown, the director of gaming for the 777 Derby Club, is helping local patron, Stan Todorovich, use one of the machines during the opening of the gaming parlor on Wednesday morning.

TORRINGTON – The newest location of the 777 Derby Club opened its doors for the very first time Wednesday, January 24.

The club invited everyone to the opening of the Torrington location which was previously the Bucking Horse Grill. 

The gaming parlor was lit up like a Christmas tree as people slowly trickled their way through the doors. 

Stan Todorovich was one of the first few patrons to register for exclusive offers as he proudly waited in line for the parlor to open for business.  

The restaurant will be opening next week at the club and many of the employees spoke highly of the menu. 

“It’s going to be a steak house, and everything is 100% scratch,” Emily Longmire of the club said. “All homemade stuff.”

A bigger event will be scheduled at a later date but it’s important to make sure all of the bugs are worked out before the event, Longmire explained.

“We will eventually do a grand opening, but we typically wait a little bit and let everything settle for a little bit before we do a big ribbon cutting with the chamber and stuff,” Longmire said.

The gaming club has historic horse racing gaming machines as well as simulcast horse betting.

“We are the only Wyoming owned company, which is huge,” Longmire said. “Our founder is 5th generation horse racing all of our money stays here. We are really community connected.” 

“Everything is progressive,” Kris Brown, the Director of Gaming for the 777 Derby Club explained to the Telegram as she pointed to a machine nearby. “Every penny machine, at every location, all ten locations across the state, of this specific machine, every person is funding the pool.”

The club is open Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight and they are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. 

The restaurant will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day, except Sundays. 

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