Horsemen Leave Turf Paradise Wondering — Will We Be Back?

As the last trainers removed their horses from the Turf Paradise property this week, the Thoroughbred Daily News reports that many of them are wondering whether they’ll be back.

The outlook for Arizona racing was already uncertain independent of COVID-19, as a simulcasting dispute led The Stronach Group’s Monarch Group to stop sending its signals to the state. Further complicating matters, there are just two members on the Arizona racing commission right now, which is not enough for a quorum, meaning the commission can’t meet or take any actions.

That means it was unable to step in when Turf Paradise cancelled racing and gave horsemen days to vacate the property earlier this year in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis (it later walked that back and allowed them to stay until other barn areas reopened). It also means the commission can’t approve simulcast signals to come into the state — which is a problem, since OTBs may technically be allowed to reopen later this week.

Further adding to the ominous feel of their departure, horsemen told the TDN that the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was told to remove all its equipment from its office at the track and haul away the medical trailer. Those items would normally stay in place through the summer, awaiting the racing colony’s return.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News

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