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Horse Racing in Phoenix, Arizona

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Horse Racing at Turf Paradise

Horse Racing at Turf Paradise

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The history of Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona dates back to January 1956. It was the first organized professional sports franchise in Arizona. Turf Paradise has one of the longest seasons of thoroughbred racing in the U.S. The track is a seven-furlong infield turf course with a one mile and one-eighth chute.

What is Turf Paradise?

Live thoroughbred racing is the attraction at Turf Paradise, located in north central Phoenix, Arizona. Live horse racing is conducted five days a week at Turf Paradise, generally Friday through Tuesday. Simulcasting from race tracks around the country complement on all race days. Turf Paradise hosts about 10 races a day scheduled approximately 30 minutes apart. Simulcasts from Turf Paradise are shown in over 2,000 locations in 35 countries.

Enjoy these historical and current photos of Turf Paradise!

When does horse racing start?

The racing season at Turf Paradise runs from early October through early May. On live race days (Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, except major holidays) gates open at 11 a.m. Post time is  12:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. Most Thursdays and Fridays -- but not all -- are dark. You can see the entire season calendar online.

Simulcasting is offered seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where is Turf Paradise?

Turf Paradise is located in north central Phoenix at 1501 W. Bell Road. That's at 15th Avenue. Here's a map and directions to Turf Paradise.
 

How much does it cost to get in (2013)?

Grandstand: $2
Clubhouse & Turf Club: $4
There is a $5 per person seating charge in the Clubhouse and Turf Club. There is no seating charge in the Grandstand. Parking at Turf Paradise is free. Valet parking is available for a charge. Seniors discounts are available on certain days.
 

Are discounts available?

Check the Turf Paradise web site for special events and discount days.
 

What else should I know?

Children 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is a grassy picnic area adjacent to the Grandstand where there are shaded tables and a railbird’s view of the races.

There are two places where you can enjoy a meal while you watch your favorite horse win the race. The Turf Club is the VIP dining room, with tiered seating. Preferred dress is Country Club Casual. There's a $5 per person seating charge. For more casual fare, The Clubhouse offers both full service and self service. Reservations are suggested for either dining option.

There are many Off Track Betting (OTB) sites for Turf Paradise in the greater Phoenix area.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, contact Turf Paradise at 602-942-1101 or visit Turf Paradise online .
 

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