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Arizona Downs

Arizona Downs is a horse-racing track in Prescott Valley, Arizona, United States. It opened in 1959, at the State Route 89A.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

Arizona Downs, originally called Yavapai Downs, is located in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It both hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The last regular races were conducted in 2010 but resumed a shortened season of live racing in 2019.

Yavapai Downs was built due to the original track, named Prescott Downs (was built on the old Rodeo Grounds in Prescott in 1959) had no room for expansion. It held race meets from 2000 to 2010 and declared bankruptcy in 2011. It still went to other bankruptcy until J&J Empire purchased it worth $3.22 million in 2018. It has expanded its footprint in Arizona by opening off track betting locations in Flagstaff, Pinetop Lake Havasu City, and two OTB sites in Phoenix, which opened last May 24, 2019.

Track Details

Now, the entire 90,000 square foot grandstand roof is covered with a state-of-the-art heat-reflecting cover. The remodeled north end of the first floor is now enclosed and converted to a simulcast room with more than 40 TVs, receiving racing information from 24 tracks around the country. There are also now new tote machines and granite program booths. The flooring is new, as well as the seating and tables.

History

Arizona Downs, originally called Yavapai Downs, is located in Prescott Valley, Arizona. It both hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The last regular races were conducted in 2010 but resumed a shortened season of live racing in 2019.

Yavapai Downs was built due to the original track, named Prescott Downs (was built on the old Rodeo Grounds in Prescott in 1959) had no room for expansion. It held race meets from 2000 to 2010 and declared bankruptcy in 2011. It still went to other bankruptcy until J&J Empire purchased it worth $3.22 million in 2018. It has expanded its footprint in Arizona by opening off track betting locations in Flagstaff, Pinetop Lake Havasu City, and two OTB sites in Phoenix, which opened last May 24, 2019.

Track Details

Now, the entire 90,000 square foot grandstand roof is covered with a state-of-the-art heat-reflecting cover. The remodeled north end of the first floor is now enclosed and converted to a simulcast room with more than 40 TVs, receiving racing information from 24 tracks around the country. There are also now new tote machines and granite program booths. The flooring is new, as well as the seating and tables.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 10501 E, AZ-89A, Prescott Valley, AZ 86315, United States

  • Phone: +1 928-227-1996

  • https://arizonadowns.com/

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