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Yavapai Downs permit approved

On May 10 J & J Equine Enterprises, LLC (Yavapai Downs) received their temporary permit approval by the Arizona Racing Commission for three years (fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021). Ann McGovern is the new General Manager of the facility, which has been named Arizona Downs by the management team.

Racing is slated to resume next year, with a meet running from Memorial Day to Labor Day, offering state horsemen a new, in-state summer destination.

ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale set for Nov. 15

The ATBA Fall Yearling & Mixed Sale is to be held at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre on Thursday, Nov. 15. Additional information and consignment forms will be coming soon. For any questions in the meantime, please contact the ATBA office at (602) 942-1310. Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre is located at 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen […]

Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity – Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Second Annual Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity will be ran on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The futurity is the seventh race on an eight card race closing out the 2017-2018 Turf Paradise Meet. There were three trials ran on April 14, 2018, and the first four of each trial qualified. The top six finishers […]

Champions showcased on Arizona Breeders’ Festival card

Three newly minted Arizona-bred champions of 2017 went to post on Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Festival day at Turf Paradise on April 21, and each returned a winner in their respective events. Fortified Effort, champion Arizona-bred 2-year-old male of 2017, bounced back from a unplaced outing in the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby to win the […]

ATBA Breeders Banquet, Festival coming soon

The ATBA Breeders Banquet is slated for Friday, April 20, to be followed on Saturday by the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Festival, a stakes-filled day at Turf Paradise for Arizona-breds. The banquet, to be held at the Turf Club Terrace at Turf Paradise, begins with a no-host bar at 5:30 pm, with dinner starting at 7 pm. The […]

The Jockey Club announces new mares bred report fee for 2018

The Jockey Club has announced that starting with the 2018 breeding season, there will be a $35 charge for each mare reported bred. The fee is earmarked to support thoroughbred aftercare initiatives: the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP). For more information: See the full story […]

Yavapai Downs purchased by JACOR Partners

Yavapai Downs has been purchased by real estate company JACOR Partners for $3.22 million. Depending on how long it takes to receive a permit from the Arizona Racing Commission and the amount of work needed on the property, the track could open in 2018. The return of live racing to the facility would more likely […]