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Phoenix racetrack to end live racing, which means its OTB sites will close



PHOENIX (AP) – Turf Paradise, a racetrack that has been a staple of horse racing in Arizona for decades, announced Monday that it will cease live racing.

Jerry Simms, the longtime owner, announced that he is retiring to spend more time with his family.

There will be no live racing or simulcasts from north Phoenix beginning October 1st.

This also means the closure of the 37 Off Track Betting sites run by Turf Paradise, which make up more than half of the OTB sites across the state. OTB sites broadcast live races and simulcasts from other racetracks around the country for betting purposes. They are inside bars and restaurants. But live racing is a requirement for operating off-track betting facilities.

Turf Paradise opened in January 1956. Simms has been in charge since 2000.

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