Arizona Agency Now Says Live Racing Not Threatened

A nearly 50-percent reduction in state funding will not shutdown racing at the state's tracks.

The Arizona Department of Gaming, which regulates the state's horse racing industry, is expected to end the fiscal year with a surplus.

Arizona Department of Gaming officials, who recently warned that budget cuts might shut down pari-mutuel racing in the state by early 2018, now say the sport is not threatened after all.

In a written statement, Greg Stiles, department enforcement officer, said a nearly 50-percent funding reduction will not shut down horse racing at Arizona's tracks, including Turf Paradise in Phoenix and Rillito Park in Tucson.

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