12/18/2009 12:00AM

Turf Paradise to open nights for simulcasts


Turf Paradise will offer night-time simulcasting beginning Saturday, Dec. 26.

"With the closing of Phoenix Greyhound Park, the opportunity was there for us to introduce nighttime simulcasting as a way to boost purses for our horsemen," said Eugene Joyce, the track's president and general manager. "Turf Paradise and select OTBs will be offering full cards from nighttime tracks, seven nights a week."

Arizona state statute holds that the daytime belongs to horse racing and the nighttime to greyhound racing. With the closing of Phoenix Greyhound Park on Dec. 19, the nighttime simulcasts of horse racing became available.

Turf Paradise will offer simulcasting from Australia, Penn National Charles Town, Mountaineer, Delta Downs, and Los Alamitos, among others.