Who: Turf Paradise
What: Opening Day at Turf Paradise
When: October 14th Gates open at 11a.m.
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
Why: To start the 62nd season of horseracing in Arizona
How Much: Grandstand admission is just $3
More Info: Call (602) 942-1101/ Online www.turfparadise.com
The thunder of the hoof beats. The run down the home stretch. The race to the finish line. Live horseracing returns to Arizona October 14th at Turf Paradise as the iconic track marks its 62nd season in Phoenix at 19th Ave and Bell.
There will be live horseracing where fans can watch, wager, and win. Turf Paradise is also welcoming back the fans on October 14th with free t-shirts for the first 5,000 paid admissions, live music, a kids’ fun park, and a barbecue tent.
Opening day’s featured race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes
Gates open at 11am October 14th and the first post time is 12:55. As always Grandstand admission is $3 and general parking is free.
In addition to live horseracing, fans can watch, wager, and win on simulcasts from major racetracks from around the country. And for fans who can’t get to the track, there are 55 Off Track Betting locations statewide.
There are 35 stakes races this season. They include the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile (Jan. 13) the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup (Feb. 10), and the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby (Feb. 20).
Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, “Horses are cool, that’s why so many people come out to watch the races and of course wager on them. Arizona’s proud tradition of live and local horseracing is alive and well at Turf Paradise. We look forward to opening our doors for our 62nd season where new fans can discover the sport of kings and returning fans can rediscover the thrill of cheering a horse to victory.”
Turf Paradise’s 62nd season runs from October 14th to May 5th. Turf Paradise, located at 19th Ave and Bell Road, first opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location ever since. It has maintained Arizona’s horse racing tradition for more than six decades.