arizona racing

Arizona Downs Opens For Simulcasting Friday After Eight-Year Hiatus

Arizona Downs, the track formerly known as Yavapai Downs, opens for simulcasting for the first time since 2010 this Friday, allowing racing and sports fans to bet on horses running at tracks around the country. “We are ready to go,” said Arizona Downs general manager Ann McGovern. “Our employees are beyond excited to show off the new Arizona […]

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Back To The Future: Former Yavapai Downs To Reopen With New (Old) Name

The former Yavapai Downs horse track will reopen with a new name: Arizona Downs. The new ownership of the horse track in Prescott Valley has changed Yavapai Downs’ name to Arizona Downs. That was the name of a former racetrack in Phoenix that opened in 1951 at one site and later ran its annual race […]

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Yavapai Downs Unanimously Approved To Bring Summer Racing Back To Arizona

Yavapai Downs took another important step toward bringing summertime horse racing back to Arizona as the Arizona Racing Commission unanimously approved a three-year temporary permit for the track’s new ownership group Plans call for live racing to begin at Yavapai Downs in 2019, running from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Simulcast wagering could begin […]

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Yavapai Downs Purchased By Phoenix-Based JACOR; Corey Johnsen Part Of Ownership Group

Yavapai Downs has a new owner: a group led by Phoenix-based JACOR Partners. The Real Estate investment and development company announced at today’s meeting of the Arizona Racing Commission that its affiliate J and J Equine Enterprises LLC has closed on the purchase of the racetrack property. The new owners include brothers and JACOR principals […]

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Arizona: Layoffs, Other Cost-Cutting Measures And ‘Rollover Cash’ Keep Racing Afloat

Budget cuts implemented by the Arizona Legislature have caused great concern for those involved in the state’s racing industry, with worries that the sport would soon be forced to shutdown due to lack of funding. One agency that has been very vocal about a possible shutdown has been the Arizona Department of Gaming, which regulates the sport. However, the […]

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Arizona Dept. Of Gaming/Racing: ‘No Plans To Shut Down Racing’

Recent budget cuts by the Arizona Legislature have been the cause for much concern in the state’s horse racing industry, which has feared that racetracks would be forced to shutdown due to the lack of funds. However, as KGUN-9 in Sonoita, Ariz., now reports, the Arizona Department of Gaming/Racing has issued a report indicating that is not the […]

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‘We Were Blindsided By This’: Arizona Budget Cuts Could Force End To Live Racing In State

Recent funding cuts by the Arizona Legislature could bring the end of live horse racing in the state by early next year. AZCentral.com reports that the Arizona Department of Gaming is already feeling the effects of legislative budget cuts, and has been forced to layoff some employees. The Division of Racing treasury is expected to be […]

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‘Iconic’ And Ghostly: Long-Abandoned Phoenix Trotting Park Set For Demolition

Hopes and optimism ran high in 1965 when the Phoenix Trotting Park, a futuristically-designed harness racing track that opened in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility, which opened on Jan. 11, 1965, seemed to be doomed from the start. Originally budgeted at $3 million to build, the track ended up costing around $10 million. The track was the […]

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‘It’s Putting Us Out Of Business’: Brothers’ Legal Battle Threatens Arizona Racing Industry

Brothers Jeremy and Ronald Simms have been locked in a legal battle over control of Arizona’s Turf Paradise Racetrack for the past seven years, and according to an investigative report by the Arizona Republic, the feud could be jeopardizing the future of the state’s horse racing industry by reducing track business and race purses. Accusations […]

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Record-Breaking Season Has Rillito Park Officials Looking Forward To The Future

After concluding a record-breaking season on Sunday, officials at Rillito Park are excited about the future of horse racing at the facility. According to a report at KGUN9, the Rillito Park Foundation will begin work on upgrades to the plant after receiving a $1 million grant. “Immediately after the close, the work starts for next year,” Jaye […]

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