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Sorry, Wrong Number: Turf Paradise Ending Telephone Wagering

Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., is pulling the plug on telephone wagering less than three years after the outdated service went into effect. A statement on the Turf Paradise website said: “Effective January 9, 2018, all Phone Betting Accounts for Arizona residents will no longer be active. This includes phone betting accounts with TVG, Twin Spires, Xpressbet […]

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Jockey Green Taking Advantage Of Fair Grounds ‘Learning Experience’

Jockey Aubrie Green took a leap of faith when she decided to ride full-time at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the winter. Said leap has proven to be a good decision as the native of Boise, Idaho has been competitive on the circuit. “It’s been really good so far,” Green, 30, said. “I was […]

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Diodoro Begins Serving 15-Day Suspension For Drug Positives

Trainer Robertino Diodoro began serving a 15-day suspension on Sunday for three medication positives his stable incurred at Turf Paradise over the winter. According to the Daily Racing Form, Diodoro had three horses test positive for the tranquilizer hydroxyethylpromazine sulfoxide, which is a Class 3 drug. Diodoro has paid $5,250 in fines; he initially received a 30-day suspension, […]

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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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30-Year-Old Apprentice Aubrie Green Finds A Place To ‘Belong’ At Louisiana Downs

Many features on apprentice jockeys making their mark involve young riders, even teenagers, winning their first races at an early age. Some come from a racing family, following in the footsteps of a father, uncle or cousin. Louisiana Downs apprentice Aubrie Green has written a very different story for her journey in becoming a professional […]

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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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Is Arizona HBPA Selectively Enforcing Bylaws For Board Election?

John Campo III is an attorney in Phoenix who breeds and races Thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise. He’s seen the quality of racing and purses deteriorate there, and thinks the board of directors for the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association could use some fresh blood as tit prepares to negotiate a new contract with track owner […]

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Girls Rule At Turf Paradise, Where Female Jockey Colony Is Strong

Although most jockeys’ rooms around the United States are male-dominated, a recent article at Cronkite News observes that Turf Paradise has become a comparative haven for female riders. While 10 percent of licensed American jockeys are women, about 20 percent of Turf Paradise’s riders are female. Jockey Natasha Coddington said the track has a reputation outside its […]

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