Prescott Valley horse track changes name to Arizona Downs

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The new ownership group of the horse track in Prescott Valley has changed Yavapai Downs' name to Arizona Downs.

That 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 ceasing operations in 1985.
    
Yavapai Downs last ran in 2010.
    
The facility was bought of bankruptcy court in January for more than $3 million.
    
Arizona Downs will re-open to the public in July for simulcasting.
    
Live racing is scheduled to begin in 2019 with a meet running from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
    
Racetrack officials say plans call for off-track wagering facilities in sports bars and restaurants throughout the state.

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