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Arizona Downs’ New OTB Triggers 25 Percent Increase In Simulcast Handle

The new Arizona Downs’ off-track-betting operation triggered a 25-percent surge in simulcast wagering in the greater Prescott market for August, the facility’s first full month in business, over the same time frame in 2017, according to the state’s racing commission. Arizona Downs brought back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the […]

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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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Arizona Downs In Prescott Valley Opening Simulcast Facility July 13

Friday, July 13th, will be a lucky day for those in the Arizona’s Prescott Valley region wanting a new place to bet on horse racing as well as another entertainment venue. The new Arizona Downs is bringing back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the old Yavapai Downs on July 13. […]

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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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Miller Continues to Struggle in Quest to Open Yavapai

Yavapai Downs owner Gary Miller continues to struggle with his plans to open the Arizona track. Miller, who bought the indebted track, said he has still not secured financing to do the necessary repairs to the facility. Miller has been able to reopen a neighboring dirt racecar track and event center near Yavapai Downs, both […]

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Yavapai Downs Summer Meet in Jeopardy

Yavapai Downs is unlikely to re-open in June as originally scheduled due to a change in financing for the track’s new owner, according to The Daily Courier. New owner Gary Miller said he had secured financing in February for necessary repairs to the facility after finalizing his purchase, but that deal has since fallen through. […]

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Potential Yavapai Downs buyer moving forward with paperwork

Gary Miller, a potential buyer of Arizona’s Yavapai Downs, submitted an application Tuesday to the Arizona Department of Racing for a license for the track. While he has not made a final decision on whether or not to purchase, Miller says he wants to be able to open the track in May if he does […]

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Court approves tentative sale of Yavapai Downs

An Arizona bankruptcy court on Tuesday approved the tentative sale of Yavapai Downs to Gary Miller for $5.5 million. Along with the bankruptcy court, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development had to agree to the sale since it holds $14.65 million in loans on the track. The USDA agreed to the deal […]

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