Turf Paradise To Close Oct. 1

Turf Paradise will no longer offer live racing or simulcasting beginning Oct. 1. Jerry Simms, the owner of the Phoenix-based track, announced Monday that after 23 years of operating the race track, he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Turf Paradise also maintains 37 Off Track Betting sites throughout Arizona, which televise the live product and simulcasts from other race tracks across America for the purpose of wagering. In order for the OTB sites to operate, live racing is required. Since Turf Paradise will not be running...

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Citing HISA Concerns, Fonner Won't Simulcast Races

With uncertainties regarding the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) still swirling, Fonner Park management announced Friday that it will not simulcast its races to locations outside of Nebraska. The meet is set to begin Feb. 10 and run through May 6. Fonner will become the second track not sending out its signal due to questions over HISA. Last year, the Texas Racing Commission ordered its tracks to cut off simulcasting because of HISA, only to reverse the decision earlier this month after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of...

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Aqueduct To Remain Open For Simulcasting Following Meet

Edited Press Release The New York Racing Association Inc (NYRA) has announced that Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open for simulcasting on live race days during the upcoming Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which begins Apr. 28 and continues through July 10 Beginning Thursday, Apr. 28, fans can access the second floor of Aqueduct to watch and wager on racing action from Belmont Park and tracks across the country. In accordance with the live racing schedule at Belmont, Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting Thursday through Sunday, apart from certain holiday weekends...

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HKJC Granted Additional Simulcast Days

The Hong Kong SAR Government has granted the Hong Kong Jockey Club permission to increase its maximum number of simulcast days per year by 14 days, from 23 to 37, and for simulcast days to take place during the summer beginning this year. This new arrangement will address the demand of Hong Kong residents to bet on overseas races during the nation's summer break in racing, and should also help curtail illegal betting. The HKJC said the change will also promote the globalization of horse racing. A statement from the...

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Live Racing Returns to Lone Star Friday

Lone Star Park's 2020 Thoroughbred racing season will begin Friday, May 22. At this time, racing operations will be conducted with no spectators. Lone Star's Bar & Book Simulcasting will reopen Friday at 10:30 a.m. with occupancy limited to 25% capacity and all appropriate physical distancing measures in place. "The health and safety of our patrons and employees continues to be our top priority," a statement from Lone Star read. "We continue to monitor closely all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and public health advancements, and we...

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Turf Paradise Closes Doors For Summer Under Cloud of Uncertainty

This week saw the final horses stabled at Turf Paradise leave the premises as the facility closes its doors for the summer beneath an array of question marks dangling over the industry in the state. For one, the horses weren't the only Turf Paradise residents to vacate the facility this week. At the beginning of May, track management sent the Arizona Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) a letter giving the organization 30 days to "remove its belongings" from its Turf Paradise office and to "remove the trailer (medical trailer)...

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