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 Pari-Mutual wagering was approved in Arizona in 1935. In 1937 the first pari-mutual site opened, a dog track in Phoenix. The first horse venue Rillito Park did not open until 1943. The States premier site Turf Paradise opened in 1956. Racing is also run at a handful of fairs during the year.

 In 2011 in Prescott, where racing has gone on for over 100 years Yavapai Downs suddenly closed down, days before their meet was to begin. Arizona tracks are still running without the benefit of a racino format even though casinos are legal in the state.