Much to his surprise, Bill Shaner had a race named after him on opening day at Turf Paradise. “I do?" he said. "Well I guess it’s better to have a race named after me than to have my name in an obituary.” Turf Paradise decided to name the fourth race on its 64th annual opening-day card after the 90-year-old Shaner, who has attended every opening day since the North Phoenix horse racing track opened in 1956.
A disagreement over signal rights for off-track betting (OTB) parlors has led to Arizona Downs to cut its racing meet short. Officials at the Prescott Valley track announced on Friday that this weekend would be the final days of racing in 2019. The track, where racing resumed in May after a nine-year absence, was initially scheduled to hold races through Labor Day.