Race Track Industry Program Speaker Series – Eugene Joyce
Eugene Joyce has been involved in horse racing which began under the tutelage of his father, the late, great race track owner/operator Joe Joyce. Eugene was general manager at Wyoming Downs from 1992 through 1998. There, he oversaw the racing, mutuels, food service, advertising, promotions, and press relations departments. He also headed lobbying efforts with state legislatures and negotiated simulcasting contracts.
After working with alongside his father at Wyoming Downs, he was hired by Lone Star Park where he helped produce the successful 2004 Breeders’ Cup. Eugene also worked at Arlington Park and SunRay Park and Casino and most recently operated the Wyoming tracks – Sweetwater Downs, Energy Downs, and the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds . He was an active racing committee member and past chairman of the graded stakes sub-committee for the American Quarter Horse Association.
Joyce also has extensive experience in sports sales & marketing. The graduate of Marquette University held positions with Host Communications, Turner Broadcasting Systems and Madison Square Garden Network before venturing into horse racing.
During his time at the University of Arizona, Eugene spoke in the Race Track Organization, Structure & Financial Management class as well as sharing his racing management experience with students in the Hirsch Speaker Series. “Eugene’s father, Joe Joyce, was once of the all-time great race track operators and Joe did so much to foster the growth of the Race Track Industry Program. It was wonderful to have Eugene here on campus to continue in his father’s footsteps.” said Robert Hartman, Race Track Industry Program Chair.