Arizona Downs Opens 32-Day Summer Racing Season

The sights, sounds and excitement of live horse racing are back at Arizona Downs.

The Prescott Valley track will host a full season of thoroughbred racing in a decade and the first racing of any kind in two years. Opening Day is Tuesday, with doors opening at 9 a.m. and the first of nine races set to begin at 2:30 p.m. MST. Every race will be simulcast, providing an opportunity to show off the beauty of Prescott Valley.

Parking and general admission are free, with track admission open to fans of all ages.

“We’re excited to welcome fans back to the track and experience racing like we’ve never had here before,” general manager Mike Weiss said. “The community response to re-opening our doors has been overwhelming and we know it is going to be an unforgettable season at Arizona Downs.”

The track has partnered with the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to develop the most attractive race program in track history. Live racing happens every Tuesday and Wednesday through September – 32 dates in all.

Families and horse lovers from across the Quad Cities will find a new management team, renovated facility and the biggest purses in track history drawing nearly 700 horses from Arizona and across the country, including New Mexico, California and Minnesota, among other states.

Arizona Downs is being managed this season by Peninsula Pacific Entertainment (P2E), a trailblazer in the gaming, racing and entertainment industry. Among the properties they own and operate is Colonial Downs, a Virginia thoroughbred track that had been shuttered for six years and now serves as a thriving, revenue-generating entertainment destination.

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