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Arizona Working Toward A Permanent Way To Fund Breeders

The Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association wants to make sure the state’s breeders are rewarded for their work. The group hopes to implement a permanent incentive program after state funding was cut more than a year ago. “What we’re trying to establish is a permanent way to fund these people that need a guarantee in front of […]

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Report: Arizona Officials Investigating ‘Abnormal’ Test Results

The Arizona Department of Racing is looking into a possible cause for abnormal test results involving seven different race horses that were euthanized during Turf Paradise’s 2014-15 race meet. During the current meet, more than 1,000 routine post-race blood samples have been tested by an independent laboratory with no signs of two specific prohibited substances. […]

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UPDATED: McFarlane Fined $1,000 For Running Horses In Wrong Name At Turf Paradise

Owner-trainer Dan McFarlane was fined $1,000 by Arizona Department of Racing stewards at Turf Paradise for his involvement in the misidentification of two horses from his barn who ran in the seventh race at the Phoenix track on March 28. Cavour, owned by Filippo Santoro, was originally credited with the victory at odds of 29-1, […]

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Longshot Winner At Turf Paradise Ran Under Wrong Name

Arizona Department of Racing officials are investigating how two runners from the barn of trainer Dan McFarlane erroneously ran in each other’s name in Saturday’s seventh race at Turf Paradise. Cavour, carrying saddle cloth 5, was credited with the victory at odds of 29-1 in the $15,000 mile and a half starter stakes on the […]

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Diodoro Suspended 15 Days for Turf Paradise Fluphenazine Positive

Turf Paradise’s leading trainer, Robertino Diodoro, began a 15-day suspension on Monday for a positive test for the antipsychotic human drug fluphenazine (sold under the brand name Prolixin) found in the post-race test of Mercedes Stable’s Freakin Amazing, first-place finisher of the Arizona Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 27. According […]

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Arizona Officials Launch Investigation Into ‘Underground’ Racing Operation

Officials with Arizona’s Department of Racing have launched an investigation into what appears to be an illegal horse racing operation located west of Phoenix. State regulators began the investigation after a local news affiliate, KPHO/CBS5, recently broadcast its undercover report on the operation. The news station received a tip about the operation over a year […]

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Yavapai Downs: Purchase negotiations continuing

Negotiations are continuing between federal officials and a potential buyer for the bankrupt Yavapai Downs racetrack in Prescott Valley, Arizona, according to an article in the Daily Courier. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, which holds about $14.7 million in loans on the racetrack, is negotiating with Gary Miller, the former president […]

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Arizona imposes sanctions on two for medication violations

Bill Walsh, Director of the Arizona Department of Racing (ADOR), has imposed sanctions on two individuals involved in the illegal medication of racehorses. Following two hearings, owner Jose Luis Ruiz-Vasquez and trainer Jose Luis Marquez-Cardena have been penalized for illicitly doping their horses with Class 1 and Class 2 drugs. In both instances, Director Walsh […]

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Former RMTC director Waterman named to Arizona post

Lonny Powell, Director of the Arizona Department of Racing (ADOR), has named Scot Waterman, DVM, as the agency’s first Animal Medical and Welfare Advisor.  Dr. Waterman will be formally introduced at the regularly scheduled Arizona Racing Commission meeting September 14th. Waterman most recently served, for the past nine years, as the Executive Director for the […]

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Report: Arizona racing hires undocumented workers

 A state ombudsman’s report says the Arizona Department of Racing has been licensing improperly documented workers at horse and dog racing tracks. The report says stewards and administrators “do not uphold immigration statutes or consistently enforce visa requirements for foreign workers.”

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