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 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

Horse Trainer responds to lawsuit involving American Pharoah’s sibling

Triple Crown NEWARK, NJ — The Pittsgrove woman accused in a lawsuit filed in federal court of reneging on a deal to sell three horses — including a sibling of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah — denies the accusations and says the horses never were for sale. Heather Hollahan said she offered the horses for free to Dominic DeBellis,… [Read more…]