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Turf Paradise - Horse Racing - Phoenix, Arizona

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Turf Paradise Racing

Turf Paradise Race Track

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell

Turf Paradise Horse Racing:


Enjoy live horse racing at a historic Phoenix track. The season runs from October through May. Special venues for dining and viewing the track and races are available.

Location:


Located 18 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; 14 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix; approximately 9 miles east of Sun City; a short drive from Scottsdale and the East Valley region. Just East of I-17 on Bell Road to 15th Avenue. The address is 1501 W. Bell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023. Map

Contact Information:


Main: 602-942-1101
Fax: 602-942-8659
Fax On Demand: 602-588-2002
Race Results: 602-789-8873

Schedule:


October to May are the live racing dates (See website for exact dates). Generally Wednesdays and Thursdays are dark day simulcast only. Please check the Season Calendar for live race days. General Post times: 12:40 PM

History:


Turf Paradise, once desert just like most of the Phoenix area, is now in a very rapidly growing area. In 1954 Phoenix businessman Walter Cluer, purchased 1,400 acres of barren desert at what is now Bell Road and 19th Avenue. Cluer was a horse owner and had a dream to build a first class race track. On January 7, 1956, Turf Paradise opened its doors and Phoenicians responded by filling every seat. Since that time, the track has changed ownership and each owner has upgraded the venue and added new features.

Betting at Turf Paradise:


The articles listed under Horse Racing for Beginners offer tips on betting. It would be a good idea to read some of this information before going to Turf Paradise if you are new to horse racing.

When you get to Turf Paradise, look for a brochure titled, "How to Have a Fun-Filled Day at the Races." It explains everything!

Restaurants and Clubs:


The Turf Club is their VIP dining room located on the 3rd level of the property which can accommodate up to 400 guests. It is floor to ceiling glass and provides a very luxurious and comfortable way to enjoy the races and view.

You can also enjoy the Clubhouse casual dining. This location also has a view. Outside, enjoy the grandstand and picnic area. There is not a lot of shade in these areas. When it gets hot in Arizona, I would head for the indoor venues.

Admission:


Free Seating can be found outdoors in the grandstand – Seating on two inside and two outside levels; one outside level trackside, the other an upper balcony area. It is also free in the Family Picnic Area. Other areas of the Grand Stand: Seniors $1, General $2. In the Clubhouse/Turf Club: Seniors $2, General $4. In the Players’ Club – 75 betting carrels are available at $5.00 each.

Parking:


Free. There is a charge for Valet Parking.

Enjoying a Day at the Races:


I found the combination of lunch at the Turf Club with a visit outside to photograph the activities railside the best way to go. The lunch was excellent and the visit outside gave me a great view of the horses and riders.

If you are with a group, consider calling ahead and booking a tour. Our group booked lunch at the Turf Club and a tour. We were able to see the stables, the unique horse swimming pool and learned about the workings of Turf Paradise as well as how racing is regulated.

When I attended with a local saddle club and we reserved a section at the Turf Club. The Turf Club is their VIP dining room located on the 3rd level of the property which can accommodate up to 400 guests. It is floor to ceiling glass and provides a very luxurious and comfortable way to enjoy the races and view. But not to worry... the dress is country club casual. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the Turf Club at 602-375-6472, Friday – Tuesday 9AM-5PM. The Turf Club is only open on live race days throughout the season, Friday-Tuesday from October through most of May. May dates may vary, please call for availability.

You can also enjoy the Clubhouse casual dining. This location also has a view. Outside, enjoy the grandstand and picnic area. There is not a lot of shade in these areas. When it gets hot in Arizona, I would head for the indoor venues.

We enjoyed a variety of races, different distances and some on the actual turf. Coupled with a beautiful view of the mountains and palm trees, our visit to Turf Paradise was a day well-spent.

Each season Turf Paradise offers "Alternative Race Day." This promises to be quite an event with camels, ostriches, pigs and more racing at the track. They make this a family event with pony rides, inflatables and face painting. I saw the pictures from prior events it it looked like a blast!

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