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Save the Date! Breeders Festival Race Day – April 26, 2014

The Breeders Festival Race Day is slated for Saturday, April 26, part of a weekend of festivities for owners and breeders of Arizona thoroughbreds. The day’s racing will include five stakes events for Arizona-breds, headlined by the $50,000 guaranteed Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby. Also on the day’s card are the Sandra Hall Grand Canyon Handicap, and the Dwight D. Patterson Handicap, both for older horses; the Ann Owens Distaff Handicap for older fillies and mares; and the Joanne Dye for 3-year-old fillies.

The Members Award Dinner will be held Friday, April 25, and will include a silent auction.



Arizona Legislative Update – Senate Bill 1282

On the morning of Feb. 12, ATBA President Kevin Owens, Vice President Dennis Miller and Lobbyist Susan Stevens attended a hearing of the Senate Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Senator Steve Pierce at the Arizona State Senate. The ATBA registered its support of Senate Bill 1282 – Advanced Deposit Wagering, the bill passed […]

Hope remains for 2014 Yavapai meet

Yavapai Downs owner Gary Miller still hopes to reopen the Prescott Valley facility in time for a 2014 meeting. See the full story here: Yavapai Downs horse racetrack’s owner still looks to reopen (The Daily Courier)

“50 to 1” expected in theaters in spring 2014

“50 to 1,” featuring the story of longshot Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will be appearing in theaters this spring. Slated to be shown first in New Mexico, where the Mine That Bird connections were based, the movie is expected to open in other areas throughout April. Skeet Ulrich will play trainer Chip Woolley, […]

Tribal Gal wins City of Phoenix at Turf Paradise (Video added)

The $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes, run Dec. 14 at Turf Paradise, was a showcase for Arizona-bred Tribal Gal, who won the six-furlong event by three lengths in 1:08.85. John Pendergast bred and campaigns the 3-year-old daughter of Tribal Rule, who has won five of 11 starts this year including three stakes at Turf Paradise. […]

Rocky Bar progeny star in Arizona stakes showcase

A pair of short-priced Rocky Bar juveniles headlined the day’s events at Turf Paradise on Nov. 23, a card which featured the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity divisions as well as the Cactus Wren and Cactus Flower, stakes events for older horses that are Arizona-breds or which have been sold through the Arizona fall mixed sale. The […]

Arizona Breeders’ Futurity Day

Saturday, Nov. 23, features a full slate of stakes events for Arizona-breds, highlighted by divisions of the $50,000 guaranteed Arizona Breeders’ Futurity for Arizona-bred 2-year-olds. Both Futurity events – the filly and colt/gelding divisions – will be contested at six furlongs. Also featured on the Futurity day card are the Cactus Wren and Cactus Flower, […]