Welcome to Arizona Downs

Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby stark » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:50 pm

The former Yavapai Downs racetrack will reopen with a new name.

The new ownership of the track in Prescott Valley has changed its name to Arizona Downs, which was the name of a former racetrack in Phoenix that opened in 1951 at one site and later ran its annual race meetings by leasing Turf Paradise before it ceased operations in 1985.

Yavapai Downs last ran in 2010. The facility was bought for $3.22 million out of bankruptcy court in January by J&J Equine Enterprises LLC, an entity formed by brothers and Phoenix-based JACOR Partners principals Tom, Dave, and Mike Auther and their partner Joe Jackson, along with longtime racing executive Corey Johnsen.

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Re: Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby WarBiscuit » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:20 pm

Interesting. They have a little cleaning up to do, but the surrounding area is quite beautiful. Looks quite forlorn in the video.

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Re: Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby Catalina » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:16 pm

It looks in far better shape than you would expect. Wishing them luck.
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Re: Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:26 pm

It'll be interesting to see how this impacts Emerald Downs. We'll see how many trainers keep their strings in Arizona for the summer instead of moving west.
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Re: Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby WaquoitNBroadBrush » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:17 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:It'll be interesting to see how this impacts Emerald Downs. We'll see how many trainers keep their strings in Arizona for the summer instead of moving west.


It also has the potential to impact field sizes at Canterbury Park, summer home to several Arizona winter operations, and maybe even Arapahoe in Colorado, although I really have no idea where their horsemen spend the winter, since their track has zero simulcast presence here in the East.
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Re: Welcome to Arizona Downs

Postby Curtis » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:01 pm

WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:
Sparrow Castle wrote:It'll be interesting to see how this impacts Emerald Downs. We'll see how many trainers keep their strings in Arizona for the summer instead of moving west.


It also has the potential to impact field sizes at Canterbury Park, summer home to several Arizona winter operations, and maybe even Arapahoe in Colorado, although I really have no idea where their horsemen spend the winter, since their track has zero simulcast presence here in the East.

When Yavapai was last in service, it was a notch below Turf Paradise and I consider Canterbury and EMD to be on par with TUP so it will depend on where their horses fit. Yavapai to TUP was similar to what Portland Meadows is to EMD.
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