Appeals Court Upholds Arizona Horse Racing Signals Law

A federal appeals court won’t block enforcement of a law that requires companies that provide off-track betting signals to sell them to anyone who will buy then.

In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the attorney for Monarch Content Management that the Arizona Legislature had no right to enact the 2019 law. The judges said nothing in the state’s regulation of OTB signals conflicts with federal laws regulating horse racing and wagering.

The judges also rejected claims that the statute interfered with the company’s First Amendment rights and its right to contract.

But it still does not mean that the owners of Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley, who had pushed for the law, are getting the signals they want for its seven OTB sites. Instead, Monarch, faced with the all-or-nothing choice simply chose the latter.

Co-owner Tom Auther said that’s a victory…

Turf Paradise Cancels Fall/Winter Meet

Turf Paradise will not run its 2020-21 meet due to challenges related to COVID-19, track representatives told the Arizona Racing Commission in a video conference Aug. 13. The Arizona track has traditionally run a meet from the fall through early May.

Turf Paradise announced last month that it planned to run a shortened season, but a previously-proposed 121-day meet that was to begin Nov. 1 was scrapped early during the commission meeting by track representatives. The track last raced March 10, an early ending to its 2019-20 meet.

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Turf Paradise celebrates 63 years of horse racing today with a salute to racing pioneer

When Turf Paradise is celebrates 63 years in Arizona January 12th it will salute another Arizona treasure, radio and racing pioneer Ray Odom. Ray came to the Valley in the early 50’s as a radio programmer who went on to own two radio stations. He was also a concert promotor who counted Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra among his friends.

Ray’s other passion has always been horse racing. He continues to train horses to this day at Turf Paradise. His association with the track goes back decades. In 1960 he set up a studio at Turf and broadcast the races live until 1975. Odom will be signing copies of his book, “A Lifetime of Radio, Records, and Racehorses” from noon to 2pm at Clubhouse gift shop.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “Ray has been and continues to be a compelling chapter in the history of Turf Paradise. That’s in addition to his legendary status as a broadcaster and concert promoter. To say this man has done it all would be an understatement.”

Ray Odom was recently featured on Channel Eight’s Horizon program. Here is a link.

Turf’s anniversary party also includes free tote bags for the first 4,000 paid admissions and a $10,000 contribution to the Glendale Union High School District as part of the track’s #ThroroughbredForEd initiative…

Turf Paradise figure seeks $10.8 million to cover legal fight over horse racing license

Turf Paradise in Legal Fight

In a court motion, Ron Simms claims a director of the state Department of Racing, as well as members of the Arizona Racing Commission, “corruptly” tried to strip him of his license to operate the Phoenix enterprise.

According to the filing, state officials in 2014 began a “collusive campaign” to help Jerry Simms — Ron’s brother and former business partner — in an eight-year legal war over control of TP Racing LLP, the partnership that owned Turf Paradise. Full coverage: Turf Paradise figure seeks $10.8 million to cover legal fight over horse racing license

New Owners Plan to Restart Racing at Yavapai Downs

A Phoenix-based ownership group that also includes Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen has purchased Yavapai Downs with plans to restart racing at the Prescott Valley, Ariz. track.

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Rillito Horse Racing gets New Lease on Life through 2021

Arizona Daily StarRillito horse racing gets new lease on life through 2021

Arizona Daily Star – Despite the years-long tension between horse racing and some local youth soccer organizations, which have advocated for converting the entire park to sports fields and moving the horse racing facilities, representatives of the two sides had positive …

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