Turf Paradise and OTBs to Open for Simulcasting, Saturday, May 23
Turf Paradise Race Course and 25 OTBs will open for simulcasting Saturday, May 23. The track and OTB system have been dark since March 14 when Arizona shutdown of businesses due to the Coronavirus went into effect.
Simulcasting will be offered Thursday thru Sunday. However, the OTBs will be open for simulcasting Memorial Day Monday the 25th. Early Bird wagering on-track will start at 9:30 am. Additional simulcast days will be added as the summer progresses and more track come on line.
On track at Turf, wagering will take place on the first floor of the Grandstand. Social distancing and other health protocols will be in effect.
The 25 OTBs will offer tellers as well as self-service machines, if social distancing allows. Health safety protocols will also be followed at the OTBs.
The 25 OTBs scheduled to open May 23 are: Harold’s (Cave Creek); two sites in Chandler, The Ivy and Copper Still; three sites in Mesa, R.T.O’Sullivan’s, O’Kelley’s and JJ Madison; three sites in Scottsdale, K O’Donnell’s, Tavern Grill and R.T. O’Sullivan’s; nine sites in Phoenix, Padre Murphy’s, Arena Sports, Roman’s County Line, Armadillo Grill, Azool Grill, Casey Jones, The Burg, Gallagher’s Baseline and Gallagher’s 16th Street; in Surprise, the Brookside Bar; in Prescott Valley Antelope Lanes and in Tempe Boston’s Bar.
Apache Greyhound Park (Apache Junction) and Max’s Sports Bar (Phoenix) OTBs will open June 5.
In addition four OTBs will be open in Tucson: Tucson Greyhound Park, Famous Sam’s East, Midtown Tavern and Old Father Inn.
Other OTBs will be added in the coming weeks.
Simulcast tracks featured in May will be Churchill Downs, Charlestown, Los Alamitos, Assiniboia, Will Rogers, Fonner Park, Ruidoso Down and Mountaineer Park.
In June additional tracks, such as Belmont Park, Charlestown, Louisiana Downs, Indiana Grand and Emerald Downs, will join the schedule.
A request has been put in with the Department of Racing to simulcast Monarch tracks, such as Santa Anita, Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, etc.
Turf Paradise Race Track Owner Jerry Simms Donates $1 Million to Support Arizona Coronavirus Relief Effort
Jerry Simms, owner of Turf Paradise Race Course, has donated $1 million to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund.
The fund, part of the Arizona Together initiative established by Governor Doug Ducey, provides financial support for organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, including funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel, supporting non-profit organizations that help vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters and domestic violence facilities, among other services.
“We all have to do our part in fighting this virus,” said Simms, who has owned the race track for 20 years. “I’m happy I’m able to do mine.”
Governor Doug Ducey expressed his thanks in a statement to the Arizona Commerce Authority.
“Businesses throughout the state have done tremendous work to help ensure Arizona comes out on the other side of COVID-19 stronger than ever,” said Governor Ducey. “This generous contribution from Jerry Simms will help our medical professionals and vulnerable populations amid this health emergency. Thank you to Jerry and all our community partners who are stepping up to help others.”
Turf Paradise has called Arizona home for more than 50 years and has a long history of contributing to community efforts such as UCP of Central Arizona, and the Glendale Union High School District.
Recently, Turf Paradise also donated $25,000 worth of food to the Saint Mary’s Food Bank.
Turf Paradise first opened in 1956 as Arizona’s first sport’s franchise. Its racing season was cut short and has been closed since March 14 because of the Coronavirus. Live racing is expected to return in the fall pending direction from Governor Ducey and state health officials.
Today (Tuesday, March 17) Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego ordered all bars and restaurants in the City to close until April 1 due to the Coronavirus. This, of course, affects all of Turf Paradise’s OTBs as well as the track itself, since the track and over 40 OTBs are located in Phoenix’s jurisdiction. Other cities where OTBs are located have followed suit. Therefore all Turf Paradise OTBs will be closed along with the Clubhouse until further notice.
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