Budget Cuts Could Force End to Live Racing in Arizona

The agency that regulates the sport could run out of money by March 2018.

AzCentral.com

The racing division of the Arizona Dept. of Gaming could run out of money by March 2018.

Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing in Arizona could hit a dead end in early 2018, as the state agency that regulates the sport is running out of money.

A spokesman for the Arizona Dept. of Gaming told AzCentral.com that funding cuts by the state legislature have already forced some layoffs, and the Division of Racing treasury is expected to be empty by March.

Quarter Horses in Arizona race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix and Rillito Park in Tucson, as well as at fair circuit tracks.

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