Arizona Downs Race track will have it’s grand opening race day on May 24th. To Dennis and I , it brings back some great memories.
“Arizona Downs is a horse racing track in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The track hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. Formerly known as Yavapai Downs, it last conducted races in 2010, but intends to resume live racing in 2019.
We have been watching the progress over the last year or so since the new owners stepped in. They opened last summer for simulcast racing and have been busy remodeling. We have enjoyed Sunday brunch there and the remodel project is quite impressive.
From May through early September, Yavapai County will see an influx of horse people. Trainers, owners, groomers and horse racing media and fans. The City of Prescott Valley has not released a study on the economic impact- but I am sure all the shops, and dining and house rental business will see an increase.
J & V Racing Stables at Yavapai Downs
That was our stable name! Dennis was a horse trainer for many years before retiring our last horse in 2008. We started with four horses and ended in 2008 with 11. We had a great run for many years at Yavapai Downs and stood in the winners circle numerous times. Building a portion of the race track is what brought us to the Prescott area in 1999. At that time we were operating D & J Barns and Buildings out of Idaho…Dennis bid on the job to help build out the facilities at Yavapai Downs. D & J Barns and Buildings was awarded the contract and off we went to Prescott Valley, AZ.
A portion of what Dennis helped build is still in place today at the new Arizona Downs.
As far as horses go- we love them still!! But we don’t own them anymore. Our lives are busy with Arizona real estate but we still enjoy horses and the western lifestyle so much. That’s why we refer to ourselves as the Western Lifestyle Specialists.
Our home and office are filled with horse and western decor and we love assisting Horse breeders, Horse trainers and Horse owners find the perfect Horse setup in the Prescott, Arizona area.
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