A 131-day meet will run from October 13 thru May 5. Racing will be conducted primarily on a 5-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday. Gates open at 11am and the first post time is 12:55.
The top 10 trainers are confirmed returning, including Robertino Diodoro, who will be seeking his sixth consecutive leading trainer’s title. Eight new outfits, half of them from Canada, are expected to join the contingent of 150 total trainers.
The main track will open for training Saturday, September 15. Throughout the remainder of the month training hours will be from 5:00-9:00 am to avoid the horses training in 90-degree-plus temperatures of the warm Arizona mornings. Training will revert to the regular hours of 6:00-10:00 am in October.