Free Tote Bags. $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile. $10,000 Contribution To The Glendale Union High School District
(PHOENIX) Turf Paradise is celebrating 63 years in Arizona with a birthday party January 12th that includes free tote bags for the first 4,000 paid admissions and a $10,000 contribution to the Glendale Union High School District as part of the track’s #ThroroughbredForEd initiative.
In addition to a full card of live horseracing there’s also live music, a kids fun park, free birthday cake, and $3 aluminum bottled beer. Grandstand admission is $3 and kids 16 and under get in free. Grandstand admission is free for teachers with valid ID.
The birthday party also features one of the premier races of the season named after one of the track’s most iconic fans. The $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile is named in honor of the late Phoenix Suns coach who was an avid racing fan and a regular at the track.
To commemorate 63 years in the community Turf Paradise is donating $10,000 to the Glendale Union High School District as part of its ThoroughbredForED initiative in support of public schools.
As part of the celebration, longtime trainer Ray Odom will be signing copies of his book, “A Lifetime of Radio, Records, and Racehorses” from noon to 2pm at Clubhouse gift shop. In addition to training horses Ray was a radio station owner and concert promoter who counted Elvis Presley among his friends.
Turf Paradise opened its doors at 19th Ave and Bell in 1956. At the time Elvis was on top of the charts and the average price of a home was $12,000. Back then Turf Paradise’s location was considered the far outskirts of the city, surrounded by desert and dirt roads. Turf Paradise is the state’s first professional sports franchise.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “For 63 years we have had the privilege of bringing live local horseracing to Arizona. This is our way of thanking fans for more than six decades in Phoenix.”
The season also includes:
Fiesta Sundays featuring Mexican food and music the last Sunday of every month.
Super Saturday February 9th
Wiener Dog Races March 9th
Fan Appreciation Day March 23rd
Cornhole Tournament April 6th
Kentucky Derby Party May 4th
Who: Turf Paradise
What: 63rd Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, January 12. Gates open at 11a.m.
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
Why: To celebrate 63 seasons of horseracing in Arizona
How Much: Grandstand admission is just $3
More Info: Call (602) 942-1101/ Online www.turfparadise.com