Robertino Diodoro showed why he’s the leading trainer and why Mercedes Stables is such a powerful force by sweeping both the $25,000 Scottsdale Handicap and $25,000 Tempe Handicap Saturday at Turf Paradise.
In a battle of Diodoro stablemates, Malibu Kash ($7.80) claimed a wire-to-wire, half-length victory over Hymn’s Girl with 4/5 favorite Joan of Arch third another 2 ¼ lengths back in the scratched-reduced field of five 3-year-old fillies.
Owned by Mercedes Stables LLC and ridden by Daniel Vergara, Malibu Kash covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:38.0. The Kentucky bred earned $16.368 for her second career win and first stakes victory to have earnings of $29,316.
Diodoro came right back in the Tempe, again for Mercedes Stables with Gunfire ($10.40) getting the head bob in a four-horse photo-finish with Senator Robert second a nose in front of Ready Intaglio third in the field of ten 3-year-olds.
In scoring his first stakes win, Gunfire raced the one mile turf in 1:37.70 while increasing his bankroll to $37,477.
Two highly competitive stakes, the $25,000 Scottsdale and $25,000 Tempe Handicaps, will be featured Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The Scottsdale is for 3-year-olds while the Tempe is for 3-year-old fillies. Both races will be run at one mile on the turf course.
In addition, Saturday is Wiener Mania Day. The extensively cute Wiener Dogs will be racing throughout the afternoon in the family picnic area. The event raises money for the Arizona Greyhound Adoption Foundation.
The Scottsdale Handicap
The stakes drew a field of seven fillies dominated by the Roberto Diodoro triple entry of Malibu Kash, She Spends My Lute and Hymn’s Girl.
Malibu Kash is coming off a third place finish in the Arizona Oaks. She Spends My Lute recently broke her maiden at stakes distance at one mile on the turf. And Hymn’s Girl, a fourth in the Arizona Oaks, broke her maiden two starts back at 7 ½ furlongs on the grass.
The Molly Pearson-trained Joan of Arch, is a perfect two-for-two over the local lawn and just missed victory by a half-length to the undefeated Protective Shield in the Arizona Oaks. Joan of Arch won the Valid Leader Stakes January 25.
The X Factor is Santa Anita shipper and previous English racer the French bred Compel. A winner of two races in Great Britain, Compel finished sixth in her US debut at Santa Anita, January 15.
The Temper Handicap
In this field of 11, all eyes will be on the Dan McFarlane-trained Nightly News, clear winner of the Turf Paradise Derby, February 20. The son of Misremembered, who broke his maiden by 10 ½ lengths, January 20, will be making his first start on the grass. His breeding suggests he will adjust to the lawn, given his grandsire Candy Ride, was a multiple stakes winner in his native Argentina and the US on both dirt and grass.
Nightly News’ stablemate, Titanium Point, impressed in his maiden win February 10, winning as the favorite by 13 ¼ lengths.
Circus Ride, also by Candy Ride, is looking for his third consecutive win as he two-turns for the first time on his first attempt on grass for trainer Cindy Kramer.
Heber has been a model of consistency having been in the money in six of nine outings with two victories, including his last win and first go on the grass February 15 for trainer Don Schnell.
Arizona Moon, winner of the Lost in the Fog Juvenile Stakes, has been in the money in three-for-three turf efforts for trainer Stacy Campo.
Leading trainer Diodoro will send out Gunfire, a son of Tapit, who finished second to Nightly News in the Turf Paradise Derby.
They Join Camels and Ostriches March 26th
They are the ‘bad boys’ of racing, camels and ostriches, and this year they’re getting some company.
Alternative racing returns to Turf Paradise, Saturday March 26th featuring camel racing, ostrich racing and for the first time zebra racing.
Camel racing is popular in the Middle East, Australia and Africa. Ostrich racing is more difficult than camel racing. The sport is popular in Africa. Zebra racing is very difficult as well, as the animals are much more difficult to train compared to horses.
Here are some highlights from last year’s camel and ostrich racing at Turf Paradise.
The day also features a full card of live horse racing. And while you can’t wager on camels, ostriches or zebras; you can still wager, watch, and win with the horses.
In addition to some of the strangest racing to grace our track the day also features:
Grandstand admission is $2 and kids 16 and under getting in for free.
The event is sponsored by the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, “This is the first time we have ever raced zebras at Turf Paradise. Let’s hope they earn their stripes as the newest addition to alternative racing day.”
In addition to offering live local racing through May 8th, the season also includes a Kentucky Derby Party May 7th
Turf Paradise is Arizona’s first sports franchise, and has operated continuously at the same location at 19th Ave and Bell since 1956. It offers one of the longest racing seasons in the United States thanks to Arizona’s great weather. Through Off Track Betting networks its races are viewed at OTB locations all over the United States and worldwide.
Bubba Shobert completed the AMA Pro Flat Track “Grand Slam” when the series last visited the area in 1986
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2016) – AMA Pro Flat Track will be making a return to the Phoenix area for the first time in 30 years with the Law Tigers Arizona Mile, scheduled as round four of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season on Saturday, May 14 at Turf Paradise in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Arizona is a spectacular motorcycle market and a great place to put on events,” said race promoter Chris Morgan. “We recognize the value of Arizona, the enthusiasm of the motorcycle market and how much of a perfect market it is for an AMA Pro Flat Track event.”
The Arizona Mile will be the first race in the area since 1986, when motorcycle racing legend Bubba Shobert won a half-mile event in Phoenix aboard the Honda RS750. With that victory, Shobert completed the “Grand Slam” of winning a Mile, Half-Mile, Short Track, Tourist Trophy and Road Racing main event.
Looking to add to the sport’s history in the state, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will be geared up for Turf Paradise as the first mile event of the season.
“Arizona is a great part of the country to have a race,” said Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker. “The weather will be nice and there is just a neat vibe overall. Since it will be the first mile race of the season, it will show who really did their homework over the off season to prepare. You can always count on Bryan Smith, Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. to perform well, and I know that I’m prepared to be up there with all of them.”
The race, being presented locally by Buddy-Stubbs Harley-Davidson, will be an “afternoon twilight event,” meaning that the gates will open at noon and the race will start at 3:00 p.m. In addition to the AMA Pro Flat Track action on the race track, there will be a variety of family-friendly entertainment including stunt performances and a vendor area.
“For years, the Law Tigers have proudly sponsored the AMA Pro Flat Track finals in Pomona,” said Ari Levenbaum, the Vice President of Marketing for the Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers. “With the loss of the Pomona venue last year, the promoters and I were eager to continue our partnership and tradition of putting on Flat Track races. As riders and racing enthusiasts ourselves, we felt that it was important to find another venue that both the Flat Track racers and fans would enjoy. Bringing a race to Arizona, home to Turf Paradise and the Arizona Law Tigers, just made sense. We love supporting the racing element of motorcycling and are committed to seeing the sport grow and flourish.”
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Law Tiger’s Arizona Mile, please visit http://www.ArizonaMile.com.
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A quarantine has been lifted at Turf Paradise which prevented horses from leaving or entering the stable area since January 28th.
In cooperation with the track, the Arizona Department of Agriculture declared a 21 day quarantine at the stable area meaning no horses in and no horses out because of the Equine Herpes Virus. That quarantine was lifted today, February 18th.
The virus does not impact humans.
In late January three horses were transported from Sunland Park Race Track in New Mexico to Turf Paradise. When word broke of an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus at Sunland, Turf immediately had the three horses moved to isolated pens a half a mile from the main stable population of 1700 horses. One of those three horses tested positive and died of the virus. The other two horses show no signs of illness.
No other horses at Turf Paradise have shown symptoms of the virus which poses no risk to humans. In addition, any horses that were housed briefly with the infected New Mexico horse have been tested and do not have the virus.
As part of the quarantine, Turf initiated comprehensive disinfectant protocols facility-wide as an additional measure of protection. Live racing at Turf Paradise continued during the quarantine.
Quick and preemptive measures have paid off as the quarantine was lifted today, February 18th.
As an extra precaution, Turf will not be accepting any horses from Texas or New Mexico.
In addition, any horses being brought to the Turf Paradise stable will be placed in isolation and tested for Equine Herpes, and won’t be admitted until it’s determined they are not infected.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia stated, “While our protocols have gone beyond what is required, we feel an abundance of caution is the best approach. We thank the horsemen and women for their patience and their efforts during the quarantine and moving forward as we ensure the health and safety of our horses.”
Turf Paradise is Arizona’s first sports franchise, and has operated continuously at the same location at 19th Ave and Bell. It offers one of the longest racing seasons in the United States thanks to Arizona’s great weather. Through Off Track Betting networks its races are viewed at OTB locations all over the United States and worldwide.