It will be off to the races once again in Prescott Valley.
Starting today the new Arizona Downs will bring back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the former Yavapai Downs off Highway 89A. Arizona Downs’ Simulcast Room is being constructed on the first floor of the grandstand, part of more than 2 million dollars in planned renovations. The facility will be open 7 days a week starting at 9 am. Admission and parking are free. The Yavapai Downs name was changed last month. Arizona Downs was the name of a former racetrack that opened in Phoenix in 1951 and closed in 1985. Yavapai Downs last ran in 2010. It was bought for more than 3 million dollars out of bankruptcy court in January. New owners J and J Equine Enterprises plan on bringing back live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing next year.
A Cottonwood man has died in a vehicle-pedestrian crash.
The accident occurred just before 8:30 Tuesday night on Highway 260 near its intersection with Western Drive in Cottonwood. According to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr, a car driven by a 20 year old Camp Verde man was traveling on 260 reportedly at a high rate of speed. He hit a pedestrian and his vehicle went off the road into a ravine. The pedestrian, identified as 31 year old Cottonwood resident Jesus Zazueta, died at the scene from his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries. The road was blocked until the next morning. The collision remains under investigation.