Turf Paradise will open its 59th season of racing with Phone Betting, purse increases and a $1.6 million stakes program.
A 144-day meet will run from October 18 thru May 5. The meet represents a 10-day reduction of race days from previous meets. Daily cards will offer eight races, a reduction of one-race per day.
"We have designed this new-look meet by working with our partners, the AzHBPA," said track general manager Vincent Francia.
The long wait is almost over as Turf Paradise starts its 59th season on October 18th ushering in another great season of horseracing where fans can watch and bet on live, local horse racing during the meet which runs to May 5th.
This year fans have a new way to wager. Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) will be in place opening day. ADW permits betting on horse races by phone. The new state law gives Turf Paradise the tools to be more competitive as 37 other states already have ADW.
The additional wagering option means that Turf Paradise will be offering record purses for the horsemen in the upcoming meet in order to attract some of the top horses, trainers, and jockeys.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, "Phone betting is customer convenience for when they can't get to the track or an OTB. It will increase revenue and equally important, it pours more money into the purse structure for our horsemen".
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