The buyer of Turf Paradise is going to be Richard Moore and the Turf Paradise Land Trust. Frank Nickens is the visionary. Mr. Moore’s purchase of the track will save over 5,000 jobs.
Turf Paradise, located at 19th Ave and Bell Road, first opened its doors in 1956. It has maintained Arizona’s horse racing tradition for more than six decades and is Arizona’s FIRST sports franchise.
The reason the AZHBPA extended the simulcast contract until November 12, was because there’s a buyer for Turf Paradise.
“There were a number of buyers that wanted to buy the track, perhaps at a higher price,” said Jerry Simms. ”But I decided on this gentleman because he’s going to run racing. I wanted to keep live racing alive in Arizona.”
The Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (AZ HBPA) has extended Turf Paradise’s contract to simulcast races for wagering until November 12th.
The extension avoids a shutdown of the track’s 37 Off Track Betting sites. Read more...
Turf Paradise Will Not Continue Live Racing or Simulcasting Beginning October 1, 2023
Phoenix, AZ - The owner of Turf Paradise, Jerry Simms, announced today that after 23 years of operating the race track, he is retiring to spend more time with his family. There will be no more live racing or simulcasting at the Phoenix-based race track, beginning October 1, 2023.
Turf Paradise also maintains 37 Off Track Betting sites throughout Arizona, which televise the live product and simulcasts from other race tracks across America for the purpose of wagering. In order for the OTB sites to operate, live racing is required. Since Turf Paradise will not be running a live race meet and the contract with the Arizona Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association (AZHBPA) terminates September 30 of this year, the OTBs will have to close effective October 1.
Turf Paradise opened on January 7, 1956.
Turf Paradise Will Not Open for Live Meet in November
Turf Paradise Race Course announced today that the Phoenix track will not open for its live race meet in early November.
For the past several years, with the exception of Covid in 2020, the track opened its live meet in conjunction with the simulcast of the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championship on the first weekend of November. The meet then extended 130 live race days thru the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.
Turf Paradise first opened its doors on January 7, 1956.
Hours of Operation:
Simulcast Racing seven days a week starting at 9 a.m.
Live Racing Season: November - May
Post time: 1:25pm
Gates open for General Public at 11 a.m.
Live Racing Sat. Mon. Tue. Wed.
Check calendar for exceptions