Turf Paradise

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Address: 1501 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Phone: 1-602-942-1101

Website: https://www.turfparadise.com/

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Turf Paradise Facts

Main dirt course: 1 mile (oval) with 6-1/2 F and 1-1/14 mi. chutes

Last Turn to Finish on Main Track: 1,097 feet

Main track stretch length: 900 feet

Main track width of stretch: 90 feet

Main track surface composition: 6" sandy loam cushion over a 8" compacted, and a 10" clay base

Main turf course: 7f oval with a 1-1/8 chute and is 62 feet wide with 3% banking on the turns

Main turf course composition: The grass is 6" of a Bermuda and Winter Rye hybrid

Turf Paradise is the third largest sports attraction in the Grand Canyon state and home to the Turf Paradise Derby. With a backstretch built to accommodate 2,000 horses and a 4f training track, Turf Paradise is one of horse racing's the premiere destinations for training.

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Turf Paradise is the third largest sports attraction in the Grand Canyon state and home to the Turf Paradise Derby. With a backstretch built to accommodate 2,000 horses and a 4f training track, Turf Paradise is one of horse racing's the premiere destinations for training.

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NOTABLE STAKES AND LISTED LIVE RACING EVENTS AT TURF PARADISE

  • Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap (Stakes) | 4-year-olds & up going 3/4 mi.
  • Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile (Stakes) | 4-year-olds & up going 1 mi. on turf
  • Arizona Oaks (Stakes) | 3-year-old fillies going 1 mi.
  • Turf Paradise Derby (Stakes) 3-year-olds going 1-1/16 mi.

TURF PARADISE RACING AND TRACK HISTORY

Turf Paradise opened in 1956 on 1,400 acres of land purchased two years earlier by Phoenix businessman Walter Cluer, and was the first professional sports franchise to open in Arizona. Cluer faced many challenges in opening the track, with many speculating it would fail due to its 25 mile distance from downtown Phoenix and the poorly maintained dirt roads needed to get there. Despite these issues, Turf Paradise opened to great success and Cluer served as head of the track for almost 25 years.

Over the years the track has undergone several major changes, with a turf course being added in 1980 when the track changed hands for the first time, and further moved into off-track betting in early 90's. When current owner Jerry Simms purchased the track in 2000, he immediately renovated and re-styled the Clubhouse and Turf Club, revamped both the dirt and turf tracks, and installed an equine pool for training and therapy to assist horses racing at the track.

WHAT TO DO AT THE RACETRACK

The amenities at Turf Paradise let their visitors enjoy world-class live horse racing in style. The racetrack has great dining options, from the upscale Turf Club dining room to The Player’s Club, one of the tracks many sports bars. The racetrack also hosts a plethora of events including discounts, giveaways and festivals.

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