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stark
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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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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3OtaaQEgDg


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Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:16 pm

It looks in far better shape than you would expect. Wishing them luck.
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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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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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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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Tue May 21, 2019 6:41 pm

Arizona Downs opens for live racing this Friday, May 24th, with Michael Wrona calling the races. Got the place spruced up nicely for the Memorial Day weekend inauguration. 7 million dollars worth of sprucing. Good luck to them.

www.signalsaz.com/articles/horse-racing ... s-weekend/

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Tue May 21, 2019 7:13 pm

they've got a great announcer in Michael wrona...glad he's gotten a place to "land" since the whole Santa Anita fiasco with him..
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Tue May 28, 2019 9:16 am

TapitsGal wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 7:13 pm
they've got a great announcer in Michael wrona...glad he's gotten a place to "land" since the whole Santa Anita fiasco with him..
Is he full-time there or was it just an opening-day guest appearance?

At one point during the Belmont simulcast on Saturday, the words "ARIZONA DOWNS" were shown above the right side of the info at the bottom of the screen -- not where the Runhappy ad goes but right above it. I wonder why they bought advertising time/space on the NYRA feed, considering AzD is a small-time operation with, as far as I can tell, little simulcast presence.
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Tue May 28, 2019 12:56 pm

WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 9:16 am
TapitsGal wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 7:13 pm
they've got a great announcer in Michael wrona...glad he's gotten a place to "land" since the whole Santa Anita fiasco with him..
Is he full-time there or was it just an opening-day guest appearance?

At one point during the Belmont simulcast on Saturday, the words "ARIZONA DOWNS" were shown above the right side of the info at the bottom of the screen -- not where the Runhappy ad goes but right above it. I wonder why they bought advertising time/space on the NYRA feed, considering AzD is a small-time operation with, as far as I can tell, little simulcast presence.
I believe he is now full time at Arizona Downs and Kentucky Downs.

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Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:34 pm

Well, that didn't last long. Feel bad for a lot of folks here, including Michael Wrona.

www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/ariz ... ng-season/

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:06 am

I hope they got their $7 million worth.

I read with interest whenever tracks reopen, like this one or Colonial Downs. But I keep thinking I'd short the heck out of it in market conditions.
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Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:54 pm

Well, that didn't last long either - the suspension of racing, that is. Track reopens for business this Saturday (7/20/19). Have not heard if Michael Wrona will be back.

www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/inve ... n-july-20/

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