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MOVIN THE DOE
Arizona Quarter Racing President's Open Fall Futurity
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
October 30, 2016 Race #03
350 Yards :17.95
Luis Gonzalez, Owner
Angel Hernandez Dominguez, Trainer
Emilio Tapia, Jockey
One Sweet Dasher (2nd)
What Up Buttercup (3rd)
$6.20 $4.20 $2.80
Order of Finish - 7, 10, 9, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography
Plus Live Local Horseracing
It’s a chance to bet like no other. Horseracing fans who can’t make the trip to Santa Anita will converge on Turf Paradise Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5st to watch and wager and win on the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup.
Gate opening and times are as follows:
Friday: Gates Open: 9am. 1st Breeders’ Cup Race: 2:25pm. 1st Live Race: 12:55 pm. Breeders’ Cup Distafff is set for 4:35pm
Saturday: Gates Open: 9am; 1st Breeders’ Cup Race: 12:05pm. 1st Live Race: 11:30am. Breeders’ Cup Classic is set for 5:35pm
The two-day, 13-race Breeders’ Cup Championship, which will be contested at Santa Anita Park will be simulcast in its entirety at Turf Paradise and all 60 OTB (Off Track Betting) sites.
To mark the event, Turf Paradise will offer live local racing on Friday. In addition to live racing on Saturday, Turf is also offering all day buffets allowing fans to watch the Breeders’ Cup races in style while taking in a day of live and local horseracing.
The Breeders’ Cup all day buffet at the clubhouse is $29.00. The Turf Club offers a more formal atmosphere for $38.00. Clubhouse Reservations: (602) 375-6470. Turf Club Reservations: (602) 375-6472.
The show piece of the Breeders’ Cup races is the $6 million Classic at 1 ¼ miles.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “It’s the best of both worlds. You can watch the simulcast and bet like no other on some of the nation’s top horses and you can watch, wager and win on the best local horseracing in Arizona.”
In addition to the Breeders’ Cup season also includes:
Who: Turf Paradise
What: Breeders’ Cup Party
When: November 4th and 5th
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
How Much: Grandstand admission is just $2
Clubhouse Buffet $29
Turf Club Buffet $38
On paper it would appear that each of the seven entrants in Saturday’s (Oct. 22) Princess of Palms Stakes at Turf Paradise has a chance of winning the $30,000 stakes.
Of course, there can be only one winner.
The 6-furlong Princess of Palms will go as the seventh race on an eight race card with post time at 12:55 pm
Three of the seven entrants will be making their Turf debut while the remaining four have local victories to their credit.
The First Timers
Among the first timers, the Robertino Diodoro-trained Star of Munster, shipping in from tougher southern California competition, will attract attention. The 3-year-old filly has finished fourth twice against older company. She has won three of nine efforts this year.
BCZ Middleton, also a 3-year-old with a won against older, comes in with a third place effort for trainer Jeff Metz at Oak Tree. She has won four of 19 efforts lifetime.
The Roddina Barrett-trained Dance With Effie comes off a front running victory in Prairie Meadows Mitnuma Falls Handicap. The 4-year-old has also won three races at Emerald Downs this year.
Those With Local Experience
Kera Kera has finished in the money in seven out eight local starts with four victories. The 4-year-old finished third in the $100,000 Donna Reed at Prairie Meadows.
The speedy Zenita has won three of six local efforts in allowance and high-priced claiming company. The daughter of Zensational turned in a bullet work of :59.4 for 5 furlongs on October 8.
Trainer Valorie Lund has double entrants in the front-running Makinmymark, a win at Turf and the late-closing 6-year-old Queen Kate who three local wins.
Defending champion Absolutely Cool heads a field of nine sprinters in the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes as Turf Paradise opens its 130-day meet Saturday.
The meet will run from October 15 thru May 7 with racing being conducted primarily on a five-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday with first post at 12:55 pm.
However, the track will run an abbreviated three-day a week schedule – Saturday thru Monday the first two weekends of the meet. The five day a week schedule starts Saturday, October 29.
Also there are three Fridays when live racing will be conducted: November 4 (first day of Breeders’ Cup); November 25 (Thanksgiving weekend) and May 5 (Kentucky Oaks Day).
Among last meet’s Top 10 leading conditioners returning are: three-time leading trainer Robertino Diodoro, Dan McFarlane, Valorie Lund, Molly Pearson and Kevin Eikleberry.
Scott Stevens, who will be seeking his third consecutive leading jockey’s title and ninth overall, will be joined by Top 10 riders Jorge Martin Bourdieu, Andrew Ramgeet and Jake Barton.
Absolutely Cool, former Horse of the Meet and two-time Bienvenidos winner (2015 and 2013) comes off a month and half freshener to tackle a field of nine at 6 ½ furlongs. A winner of ten races locally, the 9-year-old continues to be the stalwart of the Lund barn.
Storm Power, who won this race in 2014 for Diodoro, looks to continue his summer sharpness that resulted in two stakes wins in Prairie Meadows’ Skinner Memorial and Canterbury’s HBPA Sprint championship.
The Jeff Metz-trained Kaabraaj, who failed to menace in three stakes efforts at Del Mar and Santa Anita, finds softer competition in the Bienvenidos.
Others scheduled to run in the Bienvenidos: Mike Man’s Gold, Don’t Hold Back, Back Alley Rally, Midnight Officer, Oh Newman and Fire the Trainer.
Considerable Direct, Indirect and Induced Economic Activity Generated By Turf Paradise for Phoenix and Arizona
A study, recently released by economist Dr. Margaret Ray of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia found that Turf Paradise Race Course generates an annual economic impact of $91 million to the state of Arizona.
Since its establishment in 1956 as Arizona’s first sports franchise, Turf Paradise has continually been ranked among the state’s Top 5 sports attendance attractions. The racetrack draws horse racing enthusiasts from all across the United States, Canada and Mexico and has served as the center of the Arizona equine industry for more than 60 years.
It’s significant to note that the economic impact Ms. Ray’s report takes place within a 7 ½ month window, mid-October thru early May, which coincides with Turf Paradise’s live race meet. The report does not factor in the economic impact of Turf Paradise as a stand-alone tourist attraction. The 2016-2017, 130-day live meet runs from October 15th through May 7th.
The study closely analyzes the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of Turf Paradise’s activities in order to determine the total baseline economic impact in 2015. Direct economic impact includes expenditures made by Turf Paradise. Indirect economic impact consists of Turf Paradise’s direct impact expenditures in other business sectors of the local economy. Finally, induced economic impact is comprised of the amount of money spent by racetrack employees on goods and services in the region.
In addition to the $91 million annual impact of Turf Paradise to Arizona, the report also listed other major points of economic contribution in 2015:
Turf Paradise now hosts one of the longest seasons of thoroughbred racing in the United States and the racetrack’s races are simulcast to more than 2,000 locations in 40 different countries around the world.
“Turf Paradise is delighted to be a continuing and positive contributor to Arizona’s economic engine as well as its horse racing being ranked among the state’s top-tiered sports’ attendance attractions,” said Vincent Francia Turf Paradise General Manager.”
For more information on the study analyzing Turf Paradise’s economic impact, please contact Michael Scerbo at MScerbo@rosemoserallynpr.com or 602-615-6523.
The first of over 1,900 expected horses arrived today (Sept. 15) for the upcoming race meet at Turf Paradise.
A 130-day meet will run from October 15-May 7 with racing conducted primarily on a five-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday. The live race day exceptions will be three Fridays: November 4 (Breeders’ Cup), November 25 (Thanksgiving Weekend) and May 5 (Kentucky Oaks Day). Post time will be 12:55 pm.
Director of Racing Mike Harlow reports that Top 10 leading trainers are returning, including four-time leading conditioner Robertino Diodoro, along with Dan McFarlane, Valorie Lund, Molly Pearson, Kevin Eikleberry and Carl O’Callaghan,
“We will also have 30 new trainers, mostly from Washington and New Mexico” said Harlow. “Everything’s looking good for a great meet.”
The waiting is almost over for horse racing fans. Turf Paradise, Arizona’s first sports franchise, opens its doors for its 61st season Saturday October 15th.
There will be a full card of live horse racing and free t-shirts for the first 5,000 paid admissions. There will also be live music, a kids’ fun park, and a barbecue tent.
Opening day’s feature race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes
Gates open at 11am and the first post time is 12:55. As always Grandstand admission is $2 and general parking is free.
Fans can watch and wager on races locally as well as on simulcasts from major racetracks from around the country.
Turf Paradise’s 61st seasons runs from October 15th to May 7th. Turf Paradise, located at 19th Ave and Bell Road, first opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location ever since. It has maintained Arizona’s horse racing tradition for more than six decades.
There are 35 stakes races this season. They include the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile (Jan. 14) the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup (Feb. 11), and the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby (Feb. 20).
Opening day is just the beginning. The season also includes:
Who: Turf Paradise
What: Opening Day at Turf Paradise
When: October 15th Gates open at 11a.m.
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
Why: To start the 61st season of horseracing in Arizona
How Much: Grandstand admission is just $2
More Info: Call (602) 942-1101/ Online www.turfparadise.com
It may be hot in the Valley of the Sun. Let’s just agree, it’s hot. But that’s no reason not to enjoy horse racing’s two great summer race meets - Del Mar and Saratoga - in either the air-conditioned comfort of Turf Paradise’s Clubhouse or at any of our 65 OTB sites.
Del Mar runs from Fri. July 15 to Mon. Sept. 5. Saratoga opens a week later, running from Fri. July 22 to Sept. 5.
Each track has its history, beauty and great racing. While the seaside lure of Del Mar attracts the vacationers and Los Angloites to the always perfect climate of the San Diego area, Saratoga’s old world charm entices humidity-baked easterners to refresh themselves in the cool pines of the Adirondack Mountains.
Both tracks showcase high-priced 2-year-old racing with each young horse carrying the hopes of its owners and trainers to become a good enough 3-year-old to make it into the starting gate at Churchill Down on the first Saturday of May for the Kentucky Derby.
And both Del Mar and Saratoga offer lucrative stakes purses throughout their short meets.
Del Mar’s marque race is the $1,000,000 Pacific Coast Classic (G1) on August 20. Saratoga’s highlight is the $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) on August 27. Both races will be run at the classic American distance of 1 ¼ miles.
Derby Winner Nyquist Heads Home to California for R & R
The Third Jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, will serve as the marquee race among many stakes races as part of Belmont Park’s Racing Festival Saturday, June 11.
At Turf Paradise doors will open at 8:00 am with the first Belmont simulcast scheduled for 8:35 am. The Belmont Stakes itself is scheduled for 3:26 pm. All of Belmont’s races, including races from other tracks across the country, will be simulcast at Turf Paradise and at all 65 in-state OTB facilities.
There is no admission or parking fee at Turf Paradise.
Other stakes on Belmont Day are: the $500,000 Wood Stevens (G2), $1,000,000 Ogden Phillips (G1), $150,000 Easy Goer, $1,000,000 Manhattan, (G1) $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap (G1), $300,000 Jaipur (G3), $700,000 Just a Game (G1), $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) and $700,000 Acorn (G1)
True, there will be no Triple Crown winner this year: Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby (G1), defeating Exaggerator and then Exaggerator won racing’s Second Jewel, the Preakness (G1) Stakes, with Nyquist finishing third. So, no grudge-match showdown between the two colts in the Belmont. Following the Preakness, Nyquist developed a fever and a low white-cell blood count. Given the grueling 1 ½ miles of the Belmont Stakes, it made no sense for Nyquist, who would be losing valuable training, to show up if he’s not at 100%.
However, given the exceptional menu of stakes on Belmont day, no one should leave disappointed.
The Belmont Stakes itself should come up with a strong field to contest the Preakness winner. Exaggerator himself will get plenty of action, given that he is by Curlin, who is bred to run all day. The colt should have no trouble handling the 1 ½ Belmont Stakes. After coming from way behind in the Derby, Exaggerator showed in the Preakness he can race closer to the pace and still have another gear when hitting the stretch.
Cherry Wine, who nosed out Nyquist for the place in the Preakness, showed he belonged with the current crop of 3-year-olds. A one-run, deep closer, Cherry Wine can only improve upon his Preakness effort, even though his come-from-behind running style does not conform to most close-to-the-pace Belmont winners.
Stratavari, the lightly raced colt who finished fourth in the Preakness, is scheduled to take another run at his more accomplished peers. Also Lani, the temperamental and highly unpredictable colt from Japan, who finished ninth in the Derby and fifth in the Preakness, should find himself in the Belmont starting gate along with several others, like Creator (13th Derby) and Suddenbreakingnews (5th Derby), Brody’s Cause (7th Derby). Destin, Mo Tom and Governor Malibu.
Arizona Race Fans To Gather At Turf Paradise As Nyquist Competes for Second Leg In Triple Crown In The May 21st Preakness
2,000 Local Race Fans Will Be At Turf Paradise To Watch Simulcast
Can Nyquist do it? Horse racing fans at Turf Paradise will be watching and wagering.
The undefeated colt, who won the Kentucky Derby, arrived on Monday evening at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, the host of the Preakness.
Turf Paradise is hosting a Preakness watching party Saturday, May 21 where fans can be part of a potential history-making sports event.
At Turf Paradise doors will open at 7:00 am on Preakness Day, Saturday May 21st.
The first Preakness simulcast is at 7:30 am.
The Preakness is scheduled for 3:45 pm.
OTB’s will open at 9:30 am.
Advanced wagering for Preakness Day’s entire card will take place at approximately 4pm Friday.
The air-conditioned Clubhouse, Turf Club and Players’ Club will be open at Turf Paradise. There is no admission charge or seat charge at the Clubhouse. The Grandstand will be closed. The Turf Club and Players Club will offer an all-day buffet for $25 per person. The Clubhouse will offer a limited A La Carte menu. For reservations or more information please call 602 375 6472.
Last year American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. There have only been 12 Triple Crown winners. Sir Barton was the first horse to accomplish the feat in 1919
The third race in the prestigious series is the Belmont Stakes which takes place June 11th. Turf Paradise is also hosting a Belmont watching party.
Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and is Arizona’s first sports franchise at 19th Ave and Bell. Live racing resumes October 15th. Until then, the air conditioned Clubhouse remains open where fans can watch and wager on simulcast races across the country and around the world.