Iconic Racetrack Turf Paradise Kicks Off Its 60th Historic Season
Opening Day Is October 17th
Disneyland is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and so is Turf Paradise. Arizona’s first sports franchise, opened its doors in January 1956 at 15th Ave. and Bell Road. At the time the track was in the middle of the desert and fans had to navigate a pair of dirt roads to watch and wager on horse racing. Since then, Phoenix has grown up around Turf Paradise as it gets ready to celebrate its 60th season just months after renewed interest in the sport of horse racing following American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory... Read More
Robert Fox Named Track Announcer for Upcoming Turf Paradise Meet
Robert Fox, Jr., has been named track announcer for the upcoming race meet at Turf Paradise. Fox, who is currently the announcer for Ruidoso Downs and Rillito Park, has also served in that capacity at Evangeline Downs and Zia Park. “Mr. Fox was selected from among 17 applicants,” said track general manager Vincent Francia. “There’s a lot of talent out there, which was good for us and is good for racing”. A graduate of the Columbia School of Broadcasting, Fox will assume his duties at Turf Paradise’s opening day, Oct. 17 for a 136-day meet which will run thru May 8. Racing will be conducted on a five-day a week basis – Saturday-Wednesday – with post time at 12:30 pm.
Turf Paradise Opens 60th Season Saturday, October 17
Turf Paradise was founded by Walter Cluer and first opened its doors on January 7, 1956 in what was then a barren desert serviced by two dirt roads that stretched south towards the fledgling city of Phoenix.
It what is considered Arizona’s first sport’s franchise, Turf Paradise has passed through three other owners to its current owner, Jerry Simms, who will preside over the track’s 60th season of racing with a 136-day meet running from October 17-May 8, 2016...... Read More
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Hours of Operation:
Simulcast Racing seven days a week starting at 9 a.m.
Live Racing Season: Oct - May
Gates open for General Public at 11 a.m.
Live Racing Sat - Wed - check calendar for exceptions