$24.5 Million Breeders' Cup Simulcasts at Turf Paradise and All OTPs, Oct. 30 & 31
Opening day for Turf Paradise’s 60th Anniversary season is set for Saturday, Oct. 17. With just enough time to catch your breath, the $24.5 million Breeders’ Cup comes up two weekends later, on Oct. 30 & 31. The two-day, 13-race Breeders’ Cup Championship, which will be contested at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky for the first time, will be simulcast in its entirety at Turf Paradise and all 62 OTB sites. Read More
Turf Paradise's 60th Season Gets Under Way Oct. 17th
The first of 1,900 expected horses began to arrive today (Sept. 10) much to the satisfaction of Turf Paradise Racing Secretary Michael Harlow. The track, which is celebrating its 60th season, will offer a 136-day meet that will run from Oct. 17 – May 8. Racing will be conducted on a 5-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday, with a post time of 12:55 pm. Two Friday live race day exceptions will be Oct. 30 (first day of Breeders’ Cup) and May 6 (Kentucky Oaks Day). Overnight purses have been raised 6% and a 10% incentive bonus program has been instituted for Arizona breds which win open races. Harlow traveled extensively during the summer, covering 9,000 miles and 15 racetracks in eight states and Canada, with one specific purpose in mind: to recruit horses....... Read More
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.
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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