Turf Paradise opened its doors January 7, 1956, making Valley history as the first organized professional sports franchise in Arizona.
Turf Paradise features live thoroughbred horse racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Open for simulcast racing Thursday and Friday.
Admission is $2 and then you bet on horses.
See website for more info. Www.turfparadise.com
Established in 1956.
n 1954, Phoenix businessman Walter Cluer purchased 1,400 acres of barren desert which is now 19th Avenue & Bell Road with a vision. He wanted to build a first class race track in Phoenix. Only with his passion & dream Turf Paradise became a reality.
Turf Paradise opened its doors January 7, 1956, making Valley history as the first organized professional sports franchise in Arizona. Hosting only five owners in 50+ years Turf Paradise was purchased by Jerry Simms, a self-made successful valley businessman.
Simms invested in a multimillion dollar renovation plan for the Clubhouse and Turf Club as well as renovating the main & turf track.
In 2003, Simms built a 30’x60′ state-of-the-art equine pool for the training & therapy of the 2,200 horses which call Turf Paradise their home during the season.
Entering our 57th Season, Turf Paradise is now the 3rd largest sports attraction in the State & holds court to one of the longest seasons of Thoroughbred racing in the country.