A 144-day meet will run from October 18 thru May 5. Racing will be conducted on a five-day a week basis, primarily Saturday thru Wednesday with post time at 12:55 pm.
Opening day’s special guest will be Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. Van Berg, who trained Alysheba to victory in the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and who ranks fifth all-time among trainers with over 5,200 victories, will be promoting and signing his new book, “From Grit to Glory.”
Phone Betting, which was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in May, went into effect with the approval of rules by the Arizona Racing Commission on October 9.
“Our goal is to have Phone Betting operational as soon as possible,” said track general manager Vincent Francia.
Opening day’s feature race will be the $35,000 Bienvenidos Stakes.
Overnight purses have been increased between 5 and 10%. A program of 42 stakes will offer $1.6 million.