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YO Y ME
Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
April 22, 2017 Race #08
1-1/16 Miles 1:45.45
Kevin Eikleberry, William Matthews & J. Lloyd Yother, Owners Kevin
Eikleberry, Trainer Ry Eikleberry, Jockey Ida Goodest (2nd) Wolf Bounty (3rd)
$3.00 $2.20 $2.10
Order of Finish - 8, 4, 5, 2
Please Give Photo Credit To: Coady Photography
The Only Kentucky Derby Party Where You Can Watch, Wager, and Win On Live Local Horseracing
A Kentucky Derby party without horses is like a mint julep without mint or a Kentucky Derby outfit without a hat or a horse race without jockeys or a ….well you get the idea. In Arizona, the only Kentucky Derby party with live horseracing is at Turf Paradise Saturday May 6th. It’s the only place in Arizona where you can watch the Derby simulcast and bet on the race, plus you can watch, wager, and win on live local horse racing.
It’s the biggest and best Kentucky Derby party in Arizona. Grandstand admission is just $5, and kids 16 and under get in free. There is also live music, a kids fun park with bounce house inflatables, and food and drink specials.
Turf’s over-the-top fashion contest is like no other with prizes in categories for Best Ensemble, Outrageous Hats, Best Dressed Gents, Best Dressed Couples, and a Little Bonnets contest for kids 12 and under. The first 5,000 paid admissions get a free commemorative Kentucky Derby glass.
For a look at highlights from last year’s Kentucky Derby Party click here.
For those wanting to kick it up a notch, there are all day buffets in the air conditioned comfort of Turf’s Directors’ Suite, Turf Club, and Club House. Details are on our Kentucky Derby page.
"Top of the Park" Directors Suite Buffet $80
Turf Club All Day Buffet $80
Turf Club Reservations: 602-375-6472
Clubhouse All Day Buffet $55
Clubhouse Reservations: 602-375-6470
Party on the Rail $30 per person or $180 for a table of six.
Prime outdoor seating/Includes BBQ Combo Meal. Reservations: 602-375-6471
Tickets are also on sale now for a trackside experience in luxury tents. The Stella Artois Kentucky Derby DayClub includes admission to climate controlled tents featuring betting terminals, big-screen TV’s a DJ and the Hefeweizen and Craft Beer Garden. For more information or to buy tickets for the DerbyDayclub Click here.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “Whether you are in the Director’s Suite, the Grandstand, the Turf Club, The Clubhouse, or the Derby DayClub Turf Paradise offers up the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party experience. It is a celebration of spring, horseracing, and it’s a signature day at Turf Paradise celebrating the greatest two minutes in sports. Turf Paradise has been entertaining horseracing fans for 61 seasons and Derby Day exemplifies that tradition.”
Grandstand Admission is $5.00 May 6th and seats are first come first serve. The gates open 7:15am.
The first Turf Paradise live post is 11:30am. The Kentucky Derby is approximately 3:24pm.
Those times are subject to change without notice, please check our Kentucky Derby Page for the most current times.
Turf Paradise opened its doors in in 1956 and has been at 19th Ave. and Bell Road ever since making it Arizona’s first sports franchise.
Sermon On The Track: Valley Congregation Returns To Turf Paradise Outdoor Grandstand for 55th Sunrise Easter Service
The Lutheran Church of the Master in Phoenix is once again holding its annual Easter Sunrise Service at Turf Paradise on Sunday April 16 in a tradition that began 55 years ago.
The church first opened in the early 60’s but there wasn’t enough room to accommodate an Easter service. Turf Paradise opened its doors a few years earlier and agreed to provide the Church of the Master space for the service. That tradition continues today.
The service begins at 6am in the third floor grandstand providing parishioners a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the track.
The service is open to all faiths. Pastor David Fechner will be officiating. Turf Paradise is located at 1501 West Bell Road in Phoenix.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia stated, “Who could have imagined this Easter service would become a 55 year tradition? We’re honored to provide this unique venue.”
The service takes place in the outdoor third floor grandstand overlooking the beautifully landscaped track, with its lagoon and palm trees, and the surrounding mountains providing an inspiring backdrop.
Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona’s first sports franchise.
In delivering a repeat performance in winning the $30,000 Wildcat Handicap, Blue Bomber also set a new course record for the marathon race. Meanwhile, 20-1 longshot Ida Goodest upset the $30,000 Arizona Stallion Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Under the patient hands of Natasha Coddington, Blue Bomber ($11.80) shot to the lead as is his custom but did not open a 20-length lead as he did in winning this race last year. Instead, Coddington permitted Aventador to race alongside Blue Bomber for the last half mile of the race. Then, in deep stretch, Coddington asked the 6-year-old for one more gear, and Blue Bomber drew away for his repeat victory by a length and a new course record of 2:14.09 for the 1 3/8 miles over firm turf. The old record was 2:16.80, set 19 years ago by Doctor Trotter in 1998.
Aventador held second, four lengths clear of Sir Searsucker who finished third in the field of eight older horses.
Blue Bomber, owned by Jim McFadyen and conditioned by leading trainer Robertino Diodoro, was winning for the sixth time 28 starts and now has earnings of $132,752.
Az Stallion Stakes
Upset minded Ida Goodest ($43.60) lodged his bid at the head of the lane and drew away to win by 2 ½ lengths over the favored Chelokee’s Legacy with the filly Top Hat Wildcat another half-length back in third in the field of nine 3-year-olds Arizona breds.
Ridden by David Lopez, Ida Goodest covered the 7 ½ furlongs over the turf in 1:3056 for owner Lloyd Yother and owner/trainer Kevin Eikleberry for his first lifetime win in five career efforts.
The victory was worth $18,735 to Ida Goodest.