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‘Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been This Stressed’: Trainers Already Hanging By A Thread

Although most of the country is only a few weeks into closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing industry is already hurting badly, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officials and horsemen at Canterbury Park, which is scheduled to begin its meet mid-May, have watched the turn of events at other […]

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Owners And Trainers ‘Blindsided’ By Turf Paradise’s Sudden Shut Down

The Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association opposes Turf Paradise management’s sudden cancellation of the rest of its race meet without any consultation with horsemen nor the required regulatory approval of Arizona’s racing regulators. We understand how grave the coronavirus is and in no way are trivializing its seriousness and the fact that America faces […]

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Coronavirus Concerns: Turf Paradise Ends Season Early, Parx Cancels For Two Weeks

While a number of racetracks have continued live racing without allowing patrons on-site, several other tracks have announced racing cancellations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Turf Paradise Turf Paradise is ending its season immediately due to the Coronavirus, and to assist Arizona in slowing the spread of the illness. As state and federal officials […]

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At 59, Jockey Scott Stevens Collects Career Victory Number 5,000

Jockey Scott Stevens rode his first winner when he was 15 years old. That was in 1976. Monday, in the fourth race at Turf Paradise, Stevens came home a winner for the 5000th time. Stevens was aboard 1-2 race favorite Royal Privacy, a 7-year-old gelding who drew off in the five-furlong claiming race to win […]

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‘Ball Is In Monarch’s Court’: Arizona Horseplayers Shut Out Of Major Signals In Simulcast Dispute

Horseplayers in Arizona have been unable to wager on several major tracks since Friday when the Arizona Racing Commission ordered simulcast signals distributed by Monarch Content Management, LLC a subsidiary of The Stronach Group, to be cut off to all tracks, OTBs and ADW customers in the state. The decision came one day before the […]

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Federal Judge Denies Injunction In Challenge To New Arizona Simulcasting Law

A simulcast distribution company owned by The Stronach Group suffered a setback in court on Dec. 20 when a federal judge in Arizona denied an application for a temporary restraining order that would block recently enacted legislation designed to regulate simulcasts of horse races imported into the state. Monarch Content Management, which brokers simulcast contracts […]

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Robert Junk Will Return To Canterbury Park As Director Of Racing And Racing Secretary

Canterbury Park racing officials today announced that Robert Junk will return to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack as Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, a position he held previously from 2016 through 2018 before leaving for a similar job at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Because Turf Paradise conducts racing during a timeframe that Canterbury is not […]

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Arizona Downs Announces Suspension Of Summer Racing Season

Arizona Downs has informed employees and horsemen that the racetrack’s summer season is being suspended due to ongoing issues in the battle for fair and equal access to out-of-state racing signals for its Off Track Betting system. Pending additional financing, the final live race days for the 2019 summer meet are Saturday and Sunday. “OTBs […]

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Turf Paradise Reports 40% Decline In Racing Fatalities After New Safety Protocols

Phoenix-based Turf Paradise, Arizona’s largest horse racing track, saw racing-related equine fatalities fall by nearly 40% during the season that ended May 3, according to a press release from the Rose, Moser, Allyn public relations firm. During the 2017-’18 meet there were 7,452 starts and 23 Thoroughbred racing related equine fatalities. During the 2018-’19 meet […]

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