After an eight-year absence, year-round horse racing is again in Arizona with the outlet this weekend of Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley.
The ability, as soon as referred to as Yavapai Downs, used to be purchased out of federal chapter courtroom for $3.22 million in January 2018. The brand new homeowners, J&J Equine Enterprises, have spent greater than $7 million to renovate the observe and proceed a convention of racing within the Quad Town that dates again to 1913. For years, this summer time meet dovetailed with the October-to-Would possibly agenda at Phoenix’s Turf Paradise.
“Yr-round horse racing strengthens the trade and advantages everybody – the pony homeowners, breeders, jockeys and similar professions that can now be capable of keep within the state to compete,” Arizona Downs Common Supervisor Ann McGovern mentioned in a observation. “And naturally there are millions of lovers who will be capable of experience horse racing in Arizona during the 12 months.”
The summer time meet will come with 35 dates of thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, with 8 races scheduled every day. The meet most commonly is composed of Saturdays and Sundays, with additional dates added for the Memorial Day, July four and Hard work Day vacations.
Racing starts Friday with gates opening at 10 a.m. for a first-race put up time of one p.m. Common admission is $2 and kids 10 and beneath are loose. Discuss with arizonadowns.com for more info.