Turf Paradise is a thoroughbred and quarter horse racing horse racing facility
in Phoenix, Arizona with two tracks.
Its live racing season has been quite flexible of late, starting either in
September or January and closing in May. Turf Paradise hosts several important
stakes events each year including the Phoenix Gold Cup, Sun City Handicap,
Tempe Handicap, Scottsdale Handicap, Cactus Flower Handicap, and the Grand
Turf Paradise Track Facts
from last turn to finish line
History of Turf Paradise
- Phoenix businessman Walter Cluer, purchased 1,400 acres of barren
desert at what is now Bell Road and 19th Avenue. His vision was to build a
first-class race track in Phoenix.
- On January 7, Turf Paradise opened its doors. The people of Phoenix
filled every seat in a warm welcome to the advent of pari-mutuel racing
- Cluer remained as head of the track for nearly 25 years.
- Herb Owens took over ownership and Turf Paradise was renovated. The
Clubhouse was enlarged and a Turf Club was added. A seven-furlong infield turf
course with a one mile and one-eighth chute was also added.
- Robert Walker became Turf Paradise’s third owner. He was a prime
mover in bringing off-track betting to Arizona.
- Turf Paradise was purchased in a stock acquisition by California-based
Hollywood Park, under the chairmanship of R.D. Hubbard.
- On June 16, Jerry Simms became Turf Paradise’s new owner when
he purchased the track for $53 million. He immediately set out on a $5
million renovation plan that included complete makeovers of the Clubhouse
Clubs. He also renovated the main track and turf course.
- An equine swimming pool was built in the stable area of the race track.
The pool was designed to provide therapy for the thoroughbreds stabled on the