The simulcasting stand-off between an arm of The Stronach Group (TSG) tasked with distributing the company’s signal and the Arizona Department of Gaming has nearly reached the two-week mark, and the affected stakeholders are sending out mixed signals of their own as to its impact.
Three days into a state-mandated simulcast standoff that has resulted in Arizona horseplayers being unable to wager on signals distributed by a subsidiary of The Stronach Group (TSG), management at Turf Paradise issued a press release to try and quell rumors that the track would be closing because of its inability to accept wagers on popular winter tracks..
A simulcast distribution company owned by The Stronach Group suffered a setback in court on Dec. 20 when a federal judge in Arizona denied an application for a temporary restraining order that would block recently enacted legislation designed to regulate simulcasts of horse races imported into the state.
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.