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Turf Paradise's 59th Opening Day Is October 18th

The long wait is almost over as Turf Paradise starts its 59th season on October 18th ushering in another great season of horseracing where fans can watch and bet on live, local horseracing during the meet which runs to May 5th.

This year fans have a new way to wager. Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) will be in place opening day. ADW permits betting on horse races by phone. The new state law gives Turf Paradise the tools to be more competitive as 37 other states already have ADW.

The additional wagering option means that Turf Paradise will be offering record purses for the horsemen in the upcoming meet in order to attract some of the top horses, trainers, and jockeys.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, "Phone betting is customer convenience for when they can't get to the track or an OTB. It will increase revenue and equally important, it pours more money into the purse structure for our horsemen".

In addition to a full card of horse racing there will be live music, a family fun park and free t-shirts for the first 4,000 paid admissions. Grandstand admission is just $2. The first post time for opening day is 1p.m.

Last year more than 280,000 attended the meet, about 9,000 more than the previous year at a time when tracks across the country are struggling to break even in terms of attendance.

Turf Paradise employs 480 people and an additional 1,000 are employed at the stables.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (15th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.


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June 3, 2014

Mike Harlow Named Director of Racing at Turf Paradise

Mike Harlow has been named Director of Racing of Turf Paradise Race Course.

Former Racing Secretary Shawn Swartz will remain as Harlow's assistant.

Harlow, a graduate of the University of Arizona's Racetrack Industry Program in 1988, served as Turf Paradise's Racing Secretary from 1994-1999. He then served in that capacity at Santa Anita from 1999-2011.

Both Harlow and Swartz will be visiting racetracks in the west/southwest regions and Canada beginning June 19.



June 3, 2014

Ramping up for Telephone Account Wagering at Turf Paradise

Arizona Governor Jan K. Brewer signed SB 1282 into law on May 5 and by doing so legalized Telephone Account Wagering in the state. The act was heralded by the State's racing industry and by horseplayers as a boon.

"Right now we're in discussions with all the ADW providers, with the TVGs, Twin Spires, Express Bet, etc., of the market place" said track general manager Vincent Francia. "At the same time we're working diligently with the Arizona Department of Racing to come up with the rules that will govern the ADW implementation."

Francia added that Steve Sexton, the former President of Churchill Dows, has been hired as a consultant. "Mr. Sexton is an expert in the field of ADW. He's handling all our negotiations with the providers which will speed up the process of implementation."

The goal, Francia said, is to be fully operational by opening day (Oct. 18) if not sooner.

This site will continue to post ADW updates.



May 27, 2014

Scott Stevens to Ride in Met Mile on Belmont Stakes Day

Scott Stevens will make his New York debut when riding Broadway Empire in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Mile Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 7.

Stevens, older brother to Gary Stevens, will be making his first appearance at the storied Belmont Park oval as well as his first visit to New York.

"Gary's told me a lot about Belmont Park," said Scott. "I'm excited to be going there and even more so to be riding in the Met Mile, and to possibly see a Triple Crown winner".

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, if he wins the one mile and half Belmont Stakes

Scott piloted Broadway Empire to a runaway allowance victory at Turf Paradise in April for trainer Robertino Diodoro. The 4-year-old Broadway Empire previously won the Canadian and Oklahoma derbies, both Grade 3 events. He finished fourth in his most recent effort the Churchill Downs Handicap (G2), May 3.

Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 7 at Turf Paradise

In preparation for a Triple Crown possibility type of day, Turf Paradise will offer an all- day Buffet in the Turf Club, Turf Club Terrace and Players' Club. The buffet, which costs $25, includes breakfast, lunch and desserts. Reservations can be made at (603) 375-6472. For other information, call (602) 942-1101.

The Clubhouse will offer a special event menu. Admission, parking and table top TVs are free.

Gates will open at 8:00 am. The first simulcast will be 8:35 am, on track, and 10:15 am at the OTBs. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled at 3:35 pm.



May 27, 2014

Mike Harlow Named Director of Racing at Turf Paradise

Mike Harlow was named Director of Racing of Turf Paradise Race Course it was announced today by track management.

Former Racing Secretary Shawn Swartz will remain as Harlow's assistant.

Harlow, a graduate of the University of Arizona's Racetrack Industry Program in 1988, served as Turf Paradise's Racing Secretary from 1994-1999. He then served in that capacity at Santa Anita from 1999-2011.

Both Harlow and Swartz will be visiting racetracks in the west/southwest regions and Canada beginning June 19.

The 2014-2015 race meet is scheduled to start October 18.



May 21, 2014

California Chrome Goes for Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes Simulcast Saturday, June 7 at Turf Paradise

It's been a long 36 years since the last Triple Crown winner.

In fact, for horseplayers it's been a drought. The last horse to win the Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes – was Affirmed in 1978.

Can California Chrome, victorious in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, win June 7th's Belmont Stakes? Since 1979 there's been only 12 horses who have won the Derby-Preakness double only to fall short – sometimes by the slimmest of noses – in the grueling marathon distance of the Belmont Stakes.

Some say it's the 1 ½ mile Belmont distance that stops the best of them. Others speculate that it's because the three races are so close together – two weeks separate the Derby and Preakness, then three weeks to the Belmont – and that America's top-class race horses are not accustom to racing that often.

Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between. Or perhaps winning the Triple Crown is simply one of the most difficult accomplishments in all of sports.

The classic distance in American racing is 1 ¼ miles, the Kentucky Derby distance. In European racing it's 1 ½ miles. American horses are simply not bred to race Belmont's 1 ½ miles, a distance that a few select 3-year-olds will race only once in their careers.

Arguably none of the 3-years-olds racing in the Derby had ever raced the 1 ¼ mile distance; the same could be said of the Preakness' 1 3/16 distance. So, does the eventual winner of the Triple Crown simply come down to whichever horse – and there's only been 11 of them – can gut out one more victory in a time-constricted series? Or is the winner of the Belmont Stakes the horse best bred generationally to get the distance?

One thing is certain: the horseracing public is thirsting for the next Triple Crown winner. California Chrome has already proved he's an exceptional race horse. Winning the Belmont Stakes would make him one of the immortals.

Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 7 at Turf Paradise

In preparation for a Triple Crown possibility type of day, Turf Paradise will offer an all- day Buffet in the Turf Club, Turf Club Terrace and Players' Club. The buffet, which costs $25, includes breakfast, lunch and desserts. Reservations can be made at (602) 375-6478. For other information, call (602) 942-1101.

The Clubhouse will offer a special event menu. Admission, parking and table top TVs are free. Reservation are suggested at (602) 375-6478.

Gates will open at 8:00 am. The first simulcast will be 8:35 am, on track, and 10:15 am at the OTBs. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled at 3:35 pm.

 


May 12, 2014

Reusse: Jockey Von Rosen told she won't walk again but 'they are wrong'

Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
Updated: May 11, 2014 - 2:52 PM

http://www.startribune.com/sports/258781511.html


May 6, 2014

Arizona Governor Signs Telephone Account Wagering Bill Into Law, Keeping Valley's Only Horseracing Track Competitive

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) legislation, also known as Telephone Account Wagering into law Monday (May 5).

The ADW legislation, known as SB 1282, which permits betting on horse and dog race by phone, will go into effect in 90 days. The law gives Turf Paradise the tools to be more competitive as 37 other states already have ADW.

SB 1282, authored by Sen. Steve Pierce, an owner and breeder of race horses, passed the Arizona House 51-5 and then the Senate 23-3, April 24. It was one of the final two bills to be passed prior to the State Legislature's adjournment of the current session.

"We thank Sen. Pierce for shepherding this bill through the legislative process and Governor Brewer for signing it," said Turf Paradise general manager Vincent Francia. "The recent meet ended (May 4) with handle and attendance increases. Opening next meet with Telephone Account Wagering will have a positive effect on the Arizona racing industry."

Turf Paradise's 152-day race meet closed Sunday. On Saturday more than 8,400 people attended the annual Derby Day party at Turf Paradise which featured live local racing and a one-of-a-kind fashion contest.

The track's vital signs - handle and attendance - showed gains. All-sources handle was up 2%, $269,600,716 from $264,362,835. And on-track attendance rose over 4%, 268,574 to 279,967, despite dropping a Friday racing date each week for Wednesdays. It was the fifth consecutive year on-track attendance showed an increase. Live racing returns to Turf Paradise October 18.



May 4, 2014

Diodoro Shines, Handle, Attendance Up as Turf Paradise Meet Closes

Leading trainer Robertino Diodoro's Mambo Man won the traditional closing day feature, the Hasta la Vista Handicap, then he captured his first trainer's title while setting a record for most wins in a race meet as Turf Paradise's 152-day race meet closed Sunday.

Meanwhile the track's vital signs - handle and attendance - showed gains.
All-sources handle was up 2%, $269,600,716 from $264,362,835. And on-track attendance rose over 4%, 268,574 to 279,967. It was the fifth consecutive year on-track attendance showed an increase.

Diodoro's Mambo Man ($2.80) led virtually every step of the way of the 1 7/8 mile $35,000 Hasta la Vista, America's longest turf race. Major Art finished second with 12-year-old Porfido third in the field of nine grass marathoners.

 

Owned by Charles Garvey and Ted Graling, 125-pound highweighted Mambo Man with Geovanni Franco up, covered the distance in 3:11.81.

Diodoro amassed 125 wins, eclipsing the old record of 104 set 2012, to win his first trainer's title. The Diodoro stable also won five year-end awards, including Top Sprinter and Horse of the Meet, L.A. Weekend.

Jorge Carreno won his second leading rider's title with 105 tallies and Miguel Silva took his fifth leading owner's title with 52 victories..

Equally impressive was trainer Dan McFarlane sweeping the top four spots of the $55,362 ATBA Spring Sales Stakes with Brookerson ($12.60) ridden by Cesar Ordaz with stablemates Aggressive Beauty second, Tactical Rocket third and Shrewd Move fourth in the field of 12 juveniles.

Brookerson, a Kentucky-bred son of Henry Hughes, covered the 5 furlongs in :57.27 to sport a perfect 2-for-2 record.

Simulcasting will continue throughout the summer. Live racing returns to Turf Paradise October 18.

 



May 2, 2014

Magical Righter

Desert Classic Futurity
Turf Paradise   Phoenix, Arizona
Purse $68,637
300 Yards  :15.91
Amanda Casper, Owner
Eliazar Salas, Trainer
Julian Serrano, Jockey
Jess Rockn (2nd)
Jess a Cowboy (3rd)
$26.00 $9.80 $5.60
Order of Finish - 4, 8, 7, 10
Please Give Photo Credit To:  / Coady Photography


May 2, 2014

Hasta la Vista Brings Turf Paradise Meet to a Close Sunday

The Hasta la Vista Handicap, the traditional final race of the season, will bring the 58th race meet to a close Sunday at Turf Paradise.

At 1 7/8 miles, the $35,000 Hasta la Vista, which is America's longest turf race, drew a field of ten. The co-feature, the $55,362 ATBA Spring Stakes at five furlongs, attracted a full field of 12 juveniles.

Leading trainer Robertino Diodoro's Mambo Man, winner of the Hasta la Vista prep, the 1 3/8 mile Wildcat Handicap, April 5, will carry top weight of 125 pounds (conceding 5 to 17 pounds to his rivals), and will be the one to beat.

The 5-year-old Mambo Man proved his marathon credentials in southern California before being claimed by Diodoro off a 1 ¼ mile turf victory at Santa Anita, March 21. Mambo Man, who will be teamed up with Geovanni Franco, has won four of 14 efforts (all turf wins) for $170,209 in earnings.

Next in line weight wise is the British-bred Major Art at 120 pounds. The 6-year-old, winner of three of 20 efforts, has been campaigning with moderate success on the New Mexico circuit, including a recent win at Allowance win at Sunland Park, March 11. Major Art finished fifth in the Turf Paradise Handicap in his lone appearance locally, February 15.

Another New Mexico shipper is Super Candy (116), who's coming off a Sunland Park stakes win at 1 ¼ miles.

The Chilean bred Porfido should not be overlooked, having finished second in the Hasta la Vista last year and fourth in the Wildcat Handicap. The elder of the field at 12-yeasr-old, Porfido has won 15 of 73 outings for earnings of $751,560.

Aspiring 2-year-olds will be lining up in the ATBA Spring Sales Stakes. The 12-horse field is evenly split between colts/geldings and fillies. Trainer Dan McFarlane has five entered and Molly Pearson four to dominate the entries. Pearson won this race last year with the filly Lazy Daisy May and McFarlane in 2011 with the filly Page Springs.

The McFarlane-trained filly Aggressive Beauty, a $35,000 Keeneland Sales purchase. looked sharp in winning her maiden debut, April 16. The Midnight Lute miss seized command soon after the start, dueled with intent and then cleared for a one-length victory.


April 30, 2014

Two Turns Wins Grizzled Veterans Sprint

Fitting that the winning trainer of the Grizzled Veterans Sprint Wednesday at Turf Paradise would be the oldest among the eight trainers who saddled horses in the race.

The 6 ½ furlong Grizzled Veterans Sprint was for horses 9-years-old and older, the elder statesmen of the local thoroughbred racing set. The winning horse was 10-year-old Two Turns, trained by 84-year-old F.C. Frazier.

"I was born in 'Missoura' in 1930," said Frazier, who came to Arizona 40 years ago. "I was raised in a cabin so deep in the Ozarks sunshine had to be piped in".

Two Turns ($12.60), under Kelly Bridges, was 5 ¼ lengths clear of 9-year-old Warren's Blvd., with the oldest horse in the field, 11-year-old Engineer, third.

Two Turns, who covered the distance in 1:17.50 for owner Diana Wendlinger, was winning for the sixth time in 70 career starts with 20 runnerup finishes.


 

April 29, 2014

Just Eagle
AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity Consolation

Purse $7,000
300 Yards :15.91
Jesus Javier Balboa, Owner
Matthew Fales, Trainer
Robert Valero, Jockey
Captivating Cara (2nd)
Corazon Tirano (3rd)
$15.40 $7.60 $3.60
Order of Finish - 4, 6, 9, 3
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April 29, 2014

Creston Pride
AQRA President's Open Spring Derby Consolation

Purse $7,000
350 Yards :17.58
Jose J. Ruiz, Owner
Jose Botello, Trainer
Jarell James, Jockey
Kr Brookstone Gray (2nd)
A Catchy Six (3rd)
$9.60 $4.00 $3.80
Order of Finish - 3, 6, 5, 10
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



April 28, 2014

"Grizzled Veterans" Sprint Highlights Wednesday Card at Turf Paradise

The Senior Citizens of the local thoroughbred set will be in the spotlight in the Grizzled Veterans Sprint Wednesday at Turf Paradise.

The 6 ½ furlong sprint, which is for 9-year-olds and older, attracted a field of nine. The race will go as the seventh race on the nine-race card.

The elder among the nine senior entrants is Engineer at 11-years old. The Arizona bred, who started his racing career in 2005, has won ten of 93 starts for over a hundred thousand dollars in earnings.

Next in line are two 10-year-olds, Two Turns and Ballestero, who between them have made 111 trips to the starting gate while winning 14 of those efforts.

The 9-year-old Way too Much leads all entrants with 11 wins from 41 efforts. Fellow 9-year-old Publish leads in the career earnings department with $190,518.

A look at the stats of the entire Grizzled Veterans field are: 538 career starts; 90 victories; 248 in-the-money efforts and $933,526 in combined earnings.



April 26, 2014

Arizona Breeders' Day Showcased the Best of State's Thoroughbred Talent

State bred horses were in the spotlight on Saturday's Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders' Day, featuring five stakes races on a nine-race card at Turf Paradise.


Arizona Breed Day began with the $35,000 Joanne Dye Stakes and a front-running 1 ¾ length victory by Don Schnell's owned and trained Aware ($4.60) ridden by Scott Stevens. Idling finished second with Fascinating Dixie third in the field if six 3-year-old fillies.
Aware covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.68 for his third win in four starts and his first stakes victory. Aware's earnings stand at $38,937.


Heavily favored (1-5) Red Zeus ($2.40) impressed by cruising to a 5 ¼ length victory with Kelly Bridges up for trainer Dan McFarlane in the $35,000 Dwight D. Patterson Handicap. Silvanus was a clear second with FD Icy third in the compact field of five older horses.
Owned by Peggy Hopwood, the multiple stakes winning Red Zeus raced the 1 1/16 over firm turf in 1:43.56. Red Zeus has won seven of 24 starts for earnings of $202,511.


Arrowhead Racing's Frisky Risky ($19.60) pulled a mild upset in the $35.000 Sandra Hall Grand Canyon Handicap, defeating Rockin Home by 1 ¼ lengths with Jamaican Memories third in the field of eight older horses.
Trained by Kaylyn Kato and ridden by Akifumi Kato, Frisky Ricky covered the 6-furlongs in 1:09.23. The 8-year-old Frisky Ricky has now won 10 of 69 lifetime starts for earnings of $166,724.


Under new owner-trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Tempe ($7.20) dominated a field of seven fillies and mares to win the $35,000 Ann Owens Distaff Handicap by 5 ¼ lengths over Tribal Gal with Lady Jila third.
Ridden by Scott Stevens, Tempe covered the 6-furlongs in 1:09.62 for her eighth victory in 15 starts for earnings of $114,114.


In the $59,584 Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby, favored J P Rocker ($4.20) stalked the pace with Juan Rivera up, drew clear with an eighth of a mile remaining and had enough left to withstand by a nose the late challenge of longshot G Faikir. Lawly's Goal finished third in the field of nine 3-year-olds.


Owned by John Pendergast and trained by Joe Johnson, J P Rocker covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.57 for his third win in seven starts and earnings of $66,731.


Two Fundraisers Benefiting Injured Jockey Bring Out The Best In The Horseracing Community

Two Fundraisers coordinated by Turf Paradise have raised more than $63,000 to assist injured jockey Anne Von Rosen.

Von Rosen was paralyzed below the waist following a spill on March 11th in which a horse she was riding fell on the backstretch following the race. She has undergone several surgeries for spinal cord injuries and is currently in physical therapy in her native Germany.

On April 12th during Fan Appreciation Day a "Walk for Annie" gave fans an opportunity to walk the track with the jockeys for 400 yards, which was the length of Von Rosen's last race. That effort raised more than $2,200.

On Wednesday April 16th a horsemen's auction, along with a bake sale and dinner raised more than $61,000 including a donation of $10,000 from Turf Paradise Owner Jerry Simms. More than 400 people attended the dinner and auction. The items sold included legendary jockey Red Pollard's satchel and leggings, an autographed saddle from the late jockey Bill Shoemaker, unpublished photos of the racehorse Zenyatta, a saddle signed by the jockey colony at Santa Anita, and a name-plated Zenyatta halter that fetched $3,500

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "We are overwhelmed by the response from Anne's extended family in the horseracing community. We hope the donations and the thoughts and prayers of Anne's many supporters will aid in her recovery."

Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort is asked to please contact Turf Paradise Horsemen's Bookkeeper Bucky Huff at bhuff@turfparadise.net.

Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made out to Turf Paradise Foundation and mark the memo line Anne Von Rosen.

 

 

 

All donations are tax deductible.
The address is:
Turf Paradise
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85023

The Turf Paradise Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) foundation.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.



April 19, 2014

Major Attendance Gains As Turf Paradise Prepares To Wrap Up Pace Setting Season With Kentucky Derby Party
9,000 Expected May 3rd

Turf Paradise is defying the odds and industry trends. As the sport of horseracing battles to increase attendance, Turf Paradise is winning that battle. Attendance at the venerable Phoenix racetrack is up by more than 17,000 (more than 7%) for the season that started in October and is on track to host the biggest Kentucky Derby party in Arizona as the season concludes.

From the upscale to the unhinged, the Kentucky Derby party at Turf Paradise is Arizona's signature horse racing and party day event of the year. This year's party is Saturday May 3rd and attendance could easily top 9,000.

The Kentucky Derby, America's most famous horse race is celebrated with all the thrills and fun at Turf paradise with Mint Juleps, ladies in bonnets and sundresses, and guys in their Kentucky-Gent finery.

There is no better place to savor all the excitement of what is described as "the greatest two minutes in sports."

It's the only place in Arizona where fans can watch and wager on the Derby while enjoying local, live horseracing at the same time.

And this year lots of fans have been watching and wagering at Turf Paradise, Phoenix's first sports franchise. Turf is enjoying a healthy attendance increase as the economy improves and as the Valley's near-perfect weather brings out more fans. This contrasts with the national story where other horse tracks are closing or seeing attendance declines.

Several factors have contributed to Turf's on track, live race day increase.

While an unusually mild winter brought an increasing number of fans to Turf Paradise, an investment of more than $400,000 in specialized soil for the track itself has made racing possible on the few rainy days the racetrack has seen this season.

Turf Paradise has reintroduced "Fiesta Sundays" events which have been attracting significant numbers of Hispanic horse racing fans. Quarterhorse racing, which is very popular in Mexico, has become a very strong draw at Turf Paradise.

The 58-year-old track has embraced social media garnering more than 12,000 Facebook fans and 5,000 followers on Twitter, introducing horseracing to a new generation of fans.

Innovation has also helped Turf Paradise set the pace. On March 15th the track raced wiener dogs, in addition to a full card of live horse racing, drawing 6,500 fans, and on March 29th it featured camel and ostrich racing drawing 7,200 people. These events extend the tracks fan base beyond traditional horse racing fans.

Price point is another factor. The $2 grandstand admission price (excluding Derby Day) has been in place for years. It has helped the track to maintain solid attendance numbers during the recession.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "We are committed to keeping the sport of horseracing alive and well in Arizona and it's good to see our efforts are bearing that out."

Turf Paradise is looking to close its winning season in style with its Kentucky Derby party May 3rd and its final day of the season May 4th.

In addition to offering fans the chance to wager on the Derby and watch the live simulcast from Kentucky, Turf Paradise also features a full card of live and local racing where fans can watch, cheer, and wager.

There is also live music, a Kids Fun Park and free Derby glasses to the first 4,000 paid admissions.

The day also features Valley's biggest and best Kentucky Derby hat and fashion contests with cash prizes.
It's the centerpiece of Derby Day as fans don their flashiest or classiest outfits and strut their stuff on a runway. A collection of customized hats dominate the fashion show is staggering as some of the contestants work on their hats all year.

Grandstand Admission is $5.00 and for those who want to kick it up a notch Turf is offering all day buffets in its onsite clubs and suites which feature tableside monitors.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "The only place in Arizona that captures the spirit and fun party atmosphere of Derby Day is Turf Paradise."

Grandstand Admission is $5.00 May 3rd and seats are first come first serve. The gates open 7:15am.
The first Turf Paradise live post is 11:30am. The Kentucky Derby is approximately 3:24pm. Times are subject to change without notice, please check www.turfparadise.com for the most current times.

Turf Paradise has also added an extra day to its calendar. The Post Derby Party May 4th features free grandstand admission and the Hasta la Vista Handicap.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in in 1956 and has been at 19th Ave. and Bell Road ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise. The current season ends on May 4th and resumes the first week in October 2014.


 

April 13, 2014

First Storm Tide
Desert Classic Futurity Trials

Purse $2,800
300 Yards :16.17
Ricardo M. Ramirez, Owner
Ricardo M. Ramirez, Trainer
Rodolfo Arvizu, Jockey
Seemerock (2nd)
Jess Rockn (3rd)
$6.20 $6.60 $3.40
Order of Finish - 1, 8, 2, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



April 12, 2014

Jo Jo Hot Legs
AQRA President's Open Spring Derby Trials

Purse $2,800
350 Yards :17.49
Orlando Guerrero, Owner
Ubaldo Guerrero, Trainer
Rodolfo Arvizu, Jockey
Heat Warning (2nd)
La Dejona (3rd)
$13.80 $3.80 $3.80
Order of Finish - 5, 7, 9, 1
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography


April 5, 2014

Diodoro Wins Wildcat Handicap, McFarlane Sweeps Stallion Stakes

Trainers Robertino Diodoro and Dan McFarlane have excelled this season in winning stakes races. The two conditioners have accounted for 16 of 32 stakes wins. That's a whopping 50%.

On Saturday, April 5, Diodoro' s prowess with claiming horses in southern California and wheeling them into immediate victory in a Turf Paradise stakes was evidenced (again) in Mambo Man's ($3.60) popular victory in winning the $35,000 Wildcat Handicap by nearly eight lengths. The Wildcat is the traditional prep race for closing day's (which by the way, is Sunday, May 4) Hasta la Vista Handicap, which at one mile and seven-eighths, is the longest turf race in America.

Diodoro, who is the meet's leading, new record-setting trainer (113 wins as of April 5) and who is currently ranked sixth in the nation in races won, has used this tactic of spotting and acquiring talent on the coast and then rewarding his owners with a quick ROI (Return On Investment) by capturing a stakes, here locally. Diodoro, with 60 horses under his care and who just turned 40, has employed this uncanny and successful method four times during the current season and the same number last season, all ending in stakes victories. Diodoro has seven stakes wins this season.

McFarlane follows a path different than Diodoro's, but with equally successful results. McFarlane, 48, currently ranked fourth in the standings, is adept at developing local talent. He patiently nurturers his 31-horse stable to become over achievers. McFarlane leads all trainers in stakes wins this season with nine victories. But McFarlane adds a touch of flare in doing so: He sweeps the stakes, running one-two-three.

On March 15, McFarlane swept the $35,000 Tempe Handicap, taking down the Win, Place and Show with Cavour, Lotsa Mischief and Saturnino. On April 5, McFarlane proved the sweep was no fluke by doing Sweep II, taking the top three spots of the $35,000 Arizona Stallion Stakes with Desert Wildcat ($34.40), Deadly Black Eagle and Saturnino.

Both McFarlane and Diodoro have reached 1,000 career wins. McFarlane reached ascended to that plateau December 23 of last year; Diodoro accomplished that feat recently on March 31, while winning five of nine races on that day's card.


April 6, 2014

Dos Tocallos
AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity Trials

Purse $2,800
300 Yards :15.99
Daisy Ruiz, Owner
Brad Trego, Trainer
Emilio Tapia, Jockey
Stoli Form (2nd)
Captivating Cara (3rd)
$6.20 $3.80 $3.20
Order of Finish - 10, 2, 4, 9
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



April 5, 2014

Rorschach - Turf Paradise Stake Trials

Purse $2,800
350 Yards :17.96
Juvencio Canales, Owner
Eloy Mendoza, Trainer
Michael Ybarra, Jockey
Pipe Dream (2nd)
Sc Corona Champion (3rd)
$25.20 $11.40 $4.60
Order of Finish - 9, 4, 5, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



April 5, 2014

Desert Wildcatter - Arizona Stallion Stakes

Purse $35,000
7-1/2 Furlongs-Turf 1:30.87
Peggy Hopwood, Owner
Dan McFarlane, Trainer
Jennifer Reid, Jockey
Deadly Black Eagle (2nd)
Saturnino (3rd)
$34.40 $14.00 $6.40
Order of Finish - 5, 2, 7, 3
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



Turf Paradise, Fans, Horseracing Community Pull Together For Two Fundraisers Benefiting Injured Jockey

Turf Paradise is coordinating two fundraisers to assist injured jockey Anne Von Rosen. Von Rosen was seriously hurt, paralyzed below the waist, in a spill on March 11th. She has undergone several surgeries for spinal cord injuries and is currently in physical therapy.
On April 12th during Fan Appreciation Day there will be a "Walk for Annie" giving fans an opportunity to walk the track with the jockeys for 400 yards, which was the length of Von Rosen's last race. To participate, fans are being asked to make a minimum contribution of $5 for a special wristband but any amount would be welcomed.
On Wednesday April 16th there will be a horsemen's auction, both silent and live, along with a bake sale and dinner benefiting Ms. Von Rosen. Among the auction items is a piece of racing history, legendary jockey Red Pollard's satchel and leggings. Pollard is best known as the jockey for Sea Biscuit. Other featured items include an autographed saddle from the late jockey Bill Shoemaker, unpublished photos of the racehorse Zenyatta, and a saddle signed by the jockey colony at Santa Anita.

The April 16th benefit will take place following the live racing schedule (no later than 6pm). Due to the huge response this event has been moved to the Turf Paradise Park Pavilion Tent on the track apron.

The fundraising efforts for Ms. Von Rosen have drawn support from the horseracing community across the country.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort is asked to please contact Turf Paradise Horsemen's Bookkeeper Bucky Huff at
602-375-6404
Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made out to Turf Paradise Foundation and mark the memo line Anne Von Rosen.
All donations are tax deductible.
The address is:

Turf Paradise
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85023

 

The Turf Paradise Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) foundation.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "We are touched by the support Anne has received from the racing community and we thank everyone who has contributed thus far. We are all in Anne's corner."
Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.



March 31, 2014

Trainer Robertino Diodoro Reaches 1,000 Win Plateau

Trainer Robertino Diodoro reached the 1,000 career wins pleateau Monday at Turf Paradise.
Entering the day just three wins shy of the magic mark, Diodoro wasted no time winning the first race with Meter Me Gone ($5.40). Diodoro then followed with consecutive wins in the fifth and sixth races with Yes It's Snowing ($4.00) and Tribaltique ($4.00) respectively. Six-time leading rider Scott Stevens was aboard Tribaltique for the 1,000th win.
Diodoro, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada won his first race at Northlands Park. "I don't remember the year," the 40-year-old trainer joked. "But I remember the horse: Manchu Prince."
Diodoro, the current leading trainer at Turf Paradise set a new standard for most wins in a race meet by notching his 105th victory on March 29. Improving on that number Diodoro now has 111 wins with 24 days still remaining in the race meet.
Not one to sit on his laurels, Diodoro doubled again, winning the eighth and ninth races with Choo Choo Charlie ($7.20) and Starry Shark ($6.20) for 1,002 career victories, and five of nine wins on Monday's card.


March 29, 2014

Robertino Diodoro Becomes Winningest Trainer at Turf Paradise

In winning the $35,000 Coyote Handicap with L.A. Weekend Saturday, trainer Robertino Diodoro reached 104 wins, equaling the record for most wins in a race meet at Turf Paradise.
One race later, Diodoro won with Apply ($2.60) to set the new training record for most wins in a race meet at 105. Diodoro is now three wins shy of 1,000 career wins.
"Considering all the good trainers that have come before me, I consider it an accomplishment," said Diodoro, 40, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. "I want my 1,000th win to take place here, since I now call Phoenix home."
Diodoro's crack sprinter, L.A. Weekend ($2.80) was throttled down by Geovanni Franco to win by 4 ¾ lengths over stablemate La Mano Nera with Magic D' Oro third in the field of six sprinters.
Owned by Rick Wiest, L.A. Weekend covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.42


March 29, 2014

Madame Pele- Mesa Handicap

Purse $35,000
6-1/2 Furlongs  1:16.32
Kama'aina Thoroughbreds, Owner
Mike Anderson, Trainer
David Lopez, Jockey
Ronda Rocks (2nd)
Chumash (3rd)
$18.20 $7.60 $4.00
Order of Finish - 2, 3, 1, 6



March 26, 2014

L.A. Weekend, Absolutely Cook Renew Rivalry in Saturday's Coyote Handicap

Two of the fastest sprinters on the grounds, L.A. Weekend and Absolutely Cool, renew their rivalry in Saturday's $35,000 Coyote Handicap. The co-feature will be the $35,000 Mesa Handicap.

Both races, which drew fields of six, will be run at 6 ½ furlongs. The Coyote is for 3-year-olds and up, the Mesa for 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares.

Absolutely Cool finally extracted revenge for four previous defeats at the hands of L.A. Weekend by defeating that one by two-lengths in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, February 15. Both Absolutely Cool, trained by Valorie Lund and L.A. Weekend conditioned by Robertino Diodoro, have turned in three credible works – with each one a bullet workout - since the Gold Cup.

Absolutely Cool, has won seven of 26 efforts for $205,103, while L.A. Weekend has captured 10 of 21 outings for $319,040.

The Mesa Handicap seems a more wide-open affair with four of the six entrants sporting last-out victories. Ronda Rocks and Tribal Gal are coming off stakes wins in the Sun City and Phoenix Handicaps respectively. Chumash and Fadeintoinfinity are coming off allowance wins.


 

"Walk For Anne" Fundraiser Highlights Fan Appreciation Day
April 12th: Turf Paradise Thanks Its Fans And Assists An Injured Jockey

Turf Paradise is thanking its fans and helping a beloved jockey on April 12th which is Fan Appreciation Day. There will be a fundraiser for injured jockey Anne Von Rosen who suffered spinal cord injuries on March 11th.

There will be a "Walk for Anne" fundraiser April 12 to assist Von Rosen and her family as Anne undertakes physical therapy and continued efforts associated with her recovery. Anyone who purchases a special wristband will be able to walk the turf course with the jockey colony during a special ceremonial walk. The walk is 400 yards which is the length of Anne's last race.

Turf Paradise is also saying thanks to its fans April 12. There will be free grandstand admission, chances to win $50 betting vouchers, and an opportunity to meet the jockeys.

Turf Paradise's fans this year helped increase attendance for the track by more than 14,000 compared to last year. The day also features a full card of live horseracing, live music, $2 draft beer, and a Kids Fun Park with bounce house inflatables, pony rides and face painting.

There's also a "Luck of the Draw" contest in which fans can trade in a losing bet ticket into a chance to win a betting voucher worth $10, $20 or $50.

It's also a great way to entertain the family on a budget. Hot dogs, sodas, popcorn, ice cream and programs will be selling for a dollar each.

Fan Appreciation day will also give the fans a chance to meet the jockeys. They will be signing photos from 11:30 to 12:30 on the track apron. Horseracing is one of the few sports where men and women compete side by side. It is also a sport where the athletes can range in age from 19 to 50+.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "Great horseracing, great weather, and a sunnier economy have given Turf Paradise one of its best seasons in recent years."

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location near 19th Ave. and Bell Road ever since. Turf Paradise is Arizona's first sports franchise. The current racing season end May 3, 2014 when Turf Paradise hosts its annual Kentucky Derby Party, the biggest and best Derby party in Arizona.


March 18, 2014

Fast Track Sets New Record For Turf Mile

Fast Track ran to his name by setting a new track record for one mile on the turf Tuesday at Turf Paradise.

Fast Track, a 7-year-old gelding, with Tammi Piermarini up, sped the one mile over firm turf in 1:34.06, eclipsing the old record of 1:34.12 set by Mutak Gold set in 2009.

Fast Track ($10.20) was a nose in front of Tones (IRE) with Az Ridge another 1 ½ lengths back in the field of five.

The Kentucky bred son of Taste of Paradise, Fast Track is owned by David Bloom and trained by Molly Pearson.


Kentucky Derby Party at Turf Paradise: The Biggest. The Best.

Year after year, the biggest and best Kentucky Derby party in Arizona is at Turf Paradise, Arizona's home for thoroughbred racing.

The Kentucky Derby, America's most famous horse race is celebrated with all the thrills and fun at Turf Paradise in what has become the biggest spring party in town. Mint juleps, ladies in bonnets and sundresses, and guys in their Kentucky-Gent finery, there is no better place to savor all the excitement of what is described as "the greatest two minutes in sports." This year's party is Saturday, May 3 at Turf Paradise. For more details click here.

It's the only place in Arizona where you can watch and wager on the Derby while enjoying local, live horse racing at the same time. That's because in addition to watching the simulcast from Kentucky, the day also features a full card of live racing, giving fans a chance to bet on the derby and live local horse racing.

Last year more than 8,000 fans attended. For pictures of last year's party click here.

There is also live music, a family fun park and free Derby glasses to the first 3,500 paid admissions. Add to that the Valley's biggest and best Kentucky Derby Hat and fashion contests with cash prizes.

Grandstand Admission is $5.00. For those who want to kick it up a notch we offer all day buffets in the air conditioned comfort of our clubs and suites which feature tableside monitors.

 

 

"Top of the Park" Directors Suite Buffet $65
Reservations: 602-375-6471
Turf Club All Day Buffet $65
Turf Club Reservations: 602-375-6472
Clubhouse All Day Buffet $40
Clubhouse Reservations: 602-375-6470
Party on the Rail $25
(Prime outdoor seating/ Food and beverage not included). Reservations: 602-375-6471


Winners and Wieners Dominated Saint Patrick's Weekend Party At Turf Paradise

The Thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise got a little company on March 17, 2014 during Saint Patrick's Day weekend. Wiener Mania came to Turf Paradise for the first time on Saturday March 15th. Sponsored by Arizona Adopt a Greyhound , the event featured wiener dog races with more than 100 dogs participating .

For more pictures of the event click here.

For a video of the dog races click here.

 

 

 

Dozens of dog owners registered their pets and they had a massive audience. More than 6,500 people watched the dog races and a full card of live horse racing including two compelling stakes races, The Tempe and Scottsdale Handicaps.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.


Special Fund Established For Injured Jockey

Turf Paradise is coordinating efforts to raise funds to assist jockey Anne Von Rosen.
Von Rosen was seriously injured in a spill on March 11th. She has undergone several surgeries for spinal cord injuries.

Von Rosen, currently ranked third in the jockey standings at Turf Paradise, was pulling up Panchita Bonita after finishing second in the first race of the day. Suddenly the horse went down on the backstretch, somersaulting, and then pinning the rider underneath. Von Rosen was immediately rushed to the hospital.

On Wednesday April 16th at the Turf Terrace at Turf Paradise, following the races (no later than 6pm) there will be a horsemen's auction, both silent and live, along with a bake sale and dinner benefiting Ms. Von Rosen. Volunteers are seeking donations of items for auction.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort is asked to please contact Turf Paradise Horsemen's Bookkeeper Bucky Huff at bhuff@turfparadise.net.

Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made out to Turf Paradise Foundation and mark the memo line Anne Von Rosen.

All donations are tax deductible.
The address is:
Turf Paradise
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85023

In addition, on Fan Appreciation Day April 12th, a "Walk for Annie" fundraiser is scheduled. Fans will be able to purchase either a bracelet or t-shirt and then walk with the local jockey colony on the Turf course. All proceeds will benefit Anne Von Rosen.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "Turf Paradise and the horse racing industry are like a large family and Anne Von Rosen's accident impacts us all. Anne's family and her extended family in the horse racing industry continue to hope and pray for the best possible outcome. We hope as many people come together to help make that happen."

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.



March 15, 2014

Papa's Flashy Girl - Scottsdale Handicap

Purse $35,000
One Mile  1:37.42
Pinnacle Racing, Saratoga West, Patrick McGhee & Lloyd DeBruycker, Owners
Jeffrey Metz, Trainer
Rocco Bowen, Jockey
George's Peach  (2nd)
Idling (3rd)
$35.40 $15.80 $6.60
Order of Finish - 7, 8, 9, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To:  / Coady Photography


March 15, 2014

Trainer McFarlane, Owner Santoro Run One-Two-Three in Tempe Handicap

Trainer Dan McFarlane and owner Filippo Santoro swept the top three positions in winning the $35,000 Tempe Handicap, including the upset winner Cavour ($77.20).
Cavour came roaring from dead last with Cesar Ordaz up, to collar front-running stablemate - and favorite - Lotsa Mischief and fellow barnmate and 32-1 longshot Saturnino in the field of nine 3-year-olds. All three horses are trained by McFarlane and owned by Santoro with runner-up Lotsa Mischief owned in partnership with William Matthews and Marvin Fleming.
Cavour covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:36.80.

In a three-way photo finish in the co-featured $35,000 Scottsdale Handicap for 3-year-old fillies, longshot Papa's Flashy Girl ($35.40) also followed the from last-to-first route to win the head-bob over George's Peach, who was a nose in front of Idling in the field of nine.
Trained by Jeff Metz and ridden by Rocco Bowen, Papa's Flashy Girl covered the one mile over the turf in 1:37.42.


March 12, 2014

Jockey Anne Von Rosen Sustains Serious Injury in Spill

Jockey Anne Von Rosen suffered serious spinal injury in a spill Tuesday at Turf Paradise.

Von Rosen, 43, currently ranked third in the jockey standings, was pulling up Panchita Bonita after finishing second in the first race, a 400 yard Quarter Horse allowance event. Suddenly Panchita Bonita went down on the backstretch, somersaulting, and then pinning the rider underneath.

Von Rosen was rushed to John C. Lincoln Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery Tuesday evening to address injuries to her spine.

Panchita Bonita, a 5-year-old mare, was not injured.



March 12, 2014

Tempe, Scottsdale Handicaps Highlight Saturday's Races

Three-year-olds will be in the spotlight in the $35,000 Tempe and $35,000 Scottsdale Handicaps Saturday at Turf Paradise.

Each stakes attracted nine entrants and both races will be run at one mile on the turf course.

The Tempe Handicap, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, features Lotsa Mischief, winner of the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby. Prior to that effort, Lotsa Mischief dazzled in a wire-to-wire, 6-length win over the grass. Trained by Dan McFarlane, Lotsa Mischief turned in a best-of-17 bullet workout of :46.2 on March 10 in preparation for the Tempe.

But a Tempe victory is not a given for Lotsa Mischief. Top of the World seems to have worked out his bad gate manners, after posting a decisive maiden victory over the turf on February 18. Cavour also posted a maiden win over the grass recently as did At My Discretion on the dirt. Add to the mix, the wonderfully turf bred JP Rocker, recent 7 ½ length winner of an optional claiming event and the French bred My Rochester, and the Tempe comes up contentious.

Three-year-old fillies will be showcased in the Scottsdale Handicap with One More Wild Ride, winner of the Arizona Oaks, sure to grab attention. Previously campaigned at Santa Anita, One More Ride made her local debut – the Arizona Oaks – a memorable one.

But like the Scottsdale, One More Wild Ride's victory is not a slam dunk.
The highly accomplished Lazy Daisy May, who went off form in the Arizona Oaks to finish third, figures in the mix. Southern California shippers Tom Kha, who won locally at first asking on the turf on February 8 and the closing kick of Papa's Flashy Girl whose lone win came over the green at Turf on January 28, figure in the race. And not to be overlooked, Giant Rainbow, dominant maiden winner last out in her second go over the greensward, is certain to spice up the Scottsdale.


4th Annual Wine, Women, And Horses Charity Event At Turf Paradise Raises $40,000 for Child Crisis Center

March 1, 2014 marked the 4th charity event hosted by Turf Paradise which raised $40,000 for the Child Crisis Center. The first WWH event held in 2010 raised $11,000.

More than 425 tickets were sold for this event which included live horse racing, a hat contest with prizes, lunch, raffle prizes, silent auction, and instruction on how to bet on the ponies.

In addition to drawing eager crowds of race fans, the event also saw participation from a long list of sponsors who helped make the event happen.

The Child Crisis Center is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect through a wide range of services which include an emergency shelter, adoption and foster care, and a family resource center. You can donate to the Child Crisis Center click here

Two view more pictures of the event click here.

Turf Paradise Director of Corporate Sales Serena Simms said, "As a business operating in the Valley for more than 58 years, Turf Paradise understands the need to give back to the community.

One of the ways we do that is through assisting the Child Crisis center which fills a critical need in the Valley. We are pleased and honored to help in that regard"

 

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.



February 22, 2014

Lotsa Mischief Wins Turf Paradise Derby

Lotsa Mischief sailed to an easy victory in the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby Saturday at the Phoenix Oval.

Piloted by Skyler Whiteshield, Lotsa Mischief ($6.80) pressed the pace early on and then drew away in the stretch for a 3 ½ length victory over Lawly's Goal with the favorite My Rochester third in the field of eight 3-year-olds.

Owned by the trio of Filippo Santoro, William Mathews and Marvin Fleming and trained by Dan McFarlane, Lotsa Mischief covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.50.

In winning his first stakes, Lotsa Mischief, has now won four of eight efforts for earnings of $88,084.

Earlier in the program, in the co-featured $35,000 Arizona Oaks, One More Wild Ride ($4.80) and Jorge Carreno easily handled a field of five fellow 3-year-old fillies to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Idling with the favored Lazy Daisy May third. The winner covered the one mile in 1:39.10.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro the recently $32,000-claimed One More Wild Ride returned immediate dividends for owner Charles Garvey. It was the third win in 11 efforts and first stakes victory for One More Wild Ride whose earnings now stand at $54,758.

The win marked the second consecutive year Diodoro has won the Az Oaks (Agent Scully, 2013)



February 22, 2014

One More Wild Ride - Arizona Oaks

Purse $35,000
One Mile 1:39.10
Robertino Diodoro & Charles Garvey, Owners
Robertino Diodoro, Trainer
Jorge Carreno, Jockey
Idling (2nd)
Lazy Daisy May (3rd)
$4.80 $3.00 $2.10
Order of Finish - 6, 4, 1, 2
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography



February 22, 2014

Lotsa Mischief - Turf Paradise Derby

Purse $75,000
1-1/16 Miles 1:45.56
William Matthews, Marvin Fleming & Filippo Santoro, Owners
Dan McFarlane, Trainer
Skyler Whiteshield, Jockey
Lawly's Goal (2nd)
My Rochester (3rd)
$6.80 $3.60 $2.60
Order of Finish - 6, 1, 7, 4
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography




February 19, 2014

Turf Paradise Derby, AZ Oaks Featured Saturday

Aspiring three-year-olds with dreams of the Kentucky Derby will get a prelim test in the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby Saturday. The $35,000 Arizona Oaks is also on the program.

The TP Derby attracted a field of eight for 1 1/16 mile test. The Arizona Oaks, at one mile, drew a field of seven.

Lotsa Mischief, one of two horses entered by Dan McFarlane, tuned up for the Derby with a six-length win on the turf. The son of Into Mischief has twice won locally and finished third in December's Lost in the Fog Stakes,

Leading trainer Robertino Diodoro also has two lightly raced but talented candidates in the Derby: My Rochester, a winner of two of three, including a victory in the Lost in the Fog and a follow-up second place finish in Sunland's KHEY Country Sprint Stakes; and Gross Misconduct, a 7 ½ length maiden winner on February 3.

In the Oaks, double stakes winner Lazy Daisy May will get tested by Santa Anita shipper One More Wild Ride, who was recently claimed by Diodoro for $32,000.

Another of interest is Portland Meadows-based Jet Set Kitten who broke her maiden by winning the Catalina Harbor stakes. She recently finished second against the boys in the Portland Meadows Derby at one mile.



February 15, 2014

Absolutely Cool Finally Beats L.A. Weekend in Phoenix Gold Cup

Absolutely Cool finally got his revenge, defeating defending champion L.A. Weekend in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Following four close defeats by L.A. Weekend, including last year's Gold Cup, Absolutely Cool ($31.00) wore his arch nemesis down in the final yards with Valiant Flame finishing third in the field of nine older horses.
"Finally!" exclaimed owner Karl Krieg.
"Revenge really is so sweet," said trainer Valorie Lund.
"He just wasn't going to get beat by him today," said jockey Rocco Bowen.
Absolutely Cool and Bowen bided their time in mid-pack while L.A. Weekend blistered the opening half-mile in :43.62. With less than 70 yards to the wire, Absolutely Cool drew on even terms with that one and then drew away to a two-length victory.
Absolutely Cool covered the 6-furlongs in 1:08.54 for his seventh win in 26 efforts for earnings over $205,103.
$35,000 Sun City Handicap
Ronda Rocks ($17.20) and Gallyn Mitchell took advantage of 4-5 favorite Ricspretentiousgal's poor start and went on to post a wire-to-wire half-length victory over Vonn Nez with Warrensmymysterydice third in the Sun City Handicap. Rickspretentiousgal finished fourth in the field of eight fillies and mares.
Owned and trained by Frank Lucarelli, Ronda Rocks covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:36.98.
$35,000 Turf Paradise Handicap
Even-money favorite Az Ridge ($4.00) with Kelly Bridges up was a neck best in a three-horse photo finish with Mysterious Soul second and Red Zeus a neck back in third among the field of seven older horses in the Turf Paradise Handicap
Owned by Sawyer Cattle Company and trained by Dan McFarlane, Az Ridge covered the 1 1/16 miles over the turf in 1:42.76.



February 12, 2014

L.A. Weekend Defends Title Against Full Field of 12

L.A. Weekend will defend his title against a full field of 12 in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The track's ranking sprint ace and last year's Gold Cup winner, L.A. Weekend, who's won his last three races, drew post 12 for the 6-furlong Gold Cup.
Two co-features, the $35,000 Sun City Handicap and $35,000 Turf Paradise Handicap, both one mile turf stakes, attracted fields of eight and ten respectively.
L.A. Weekend is a perfect 5-for-5 locally. The 6-year-old won his last two races, the Caballos del Sol and Swift Stakes by a combined total of 12 lengths.
Perhaps 12 will be L. A. Weekend's lucky number. For in drawing the 12 post for a front-runner like L.A. Weekend, with so much speed inside him, it makes for a daunting challenging.
Among those prone to dictating the pace is California-shipper Moonshine Bay. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Moonshine Bay has been holding his own against tougher northern/southern California stakes caliber competition. Moonshine Bay's recent third place finish in Santa Anita's Palo Verdes (G2) in a near wire-to-wire performance is testament to that.
Another of the fleet-of-foot is the well-traveled Homerun Berti. The leading earner of the field with $379,970, Homerun Berti has been knocking them out of the park at eight different race tracks in his last ten starts.
Absolutely Cool, who's tasted defeat four times when facing L.A. Weekend (including last year's Gold Cup) has shown a good closing kick. Finishing in the money locally, in 15 of 16 efforts, with four victories, Absolutely Cool, with a career best effort, could benefit from a sizzling pace.
Sun City Handicap
A talented group of eight fillies and mares lineup for the eight-furlong grass test. Four of the eight entrants are coming off wins with three of those turf victories.
Ricspretentiousgal just notched a win in the Glendale Handicap and Vonn Nez was impressive in winning an allowance test against the talented She's Stella Marie, also in this race.
Turf Paradise Handicap
Ten colts and geldings line up for their one-mile go over the greensward with the ultra-consistent Az Ridge and Red Zeus leading the lineup.
Az Ridge showed he could handle the grass by putting in a game runner-up effort in the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile. And Red Zeus' double stakes wins in the Walter Clure and Jack Coady Stakes while being in the money in 13 of 21 efforts, shows he always one to be reckoned with.


February 1, 2014

Fort Bragg - "Papa" Wayne Brasher Legacy

Purse $9,000
440 Yards :21.81
Marcos Antonio Pesqueira Chacon, Owner
Eloy Mendoza, Trainer
Emilio Tapia, Jockey
Cuz I Say So (2nd)
Bomb Diggity (3rd)
$11.80 $3.20 $2.20
Order of Finish - 6, 4, 2, 1


January 24, 2014

L. A. Weekend Preps in Saturday's Swift Stakes

L. A. Weekend will have his eyes on a bigger prize as he preps in the $35,000 Swift Stakes this Saturday at Turf Paradise.

The 5 ½ furlong Swift attracted a field of seven. It will go as the fourth race on the 8-race card.

L.A. Weekend, who is a perfect 4-for-4 on dirt locally, will use the Swift Stakes as a spring board to the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, February 15, where he will be the defending champ.

Coming from the barn of the leading trainer and leading stakes trainer, Robertino Diodoro, L.A. Weekend demolished the competition in winning the Caballos del Sol Stakes by 7 ½ lengths December 7. The 6-year-old son of Tribal Rule will be a prohibitive favorite.

Longshot hopes ride with Goodbye Charlie, a rapidly improving sprinter who has won four of five starts and Absolutely Cool, who's been in the money in 14 of 15 efforts, but who has tasted defeat three times at the hands of L.A. Weekend.



Super Saturday February 15 at Turf Paradise

Taking the entire family to most sports venues in Phoenix would set most people back more than $200. That's not so at Turf Paradise where grandstand admission is just $2 and kids 16 and under get in free. That's for a full day of live horse racing. To drive home that point Turf Paradise is holding Super Saturday February 15th. The first 4,000 paid admissions will get a free T-shirt.

The day also features:
Live Music
A Family Fun Park with bounce house inflatables, pony rides and face painting
$2 Draft Beer
A BBQ Tent
A full card of live horse racing
The Bud Girls from 1:30 to 3:30pm

Super Saturday is also a signature day for local horse racing as Turf Paradise hosts three stakes races.
The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup
The $35,000 Turf Paradise Handicap
The $35,000 Sun City Handicap

The day also features the Budweiser Classic.

As always, general parking is free at Turf Paradise. Valet parking is also available for $5

Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia stated, "This is a great opportunity to take the family out for a day at the races without busting a budget. It also happens to be one of the most competitive days of the season with three stakes races and the Budweiser Classic."

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.



January 18, 2014

Fire With Fire
Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile

Purse $75,000
One Mile-Turf 1:35.81
David Heerensperger, Owner
Neil D. Drysdale, Trainer
Julien Couton, Jockey
AZ Ridge (2nd)
Hammers Terror (3rd)
$4.60 $3.00 $3.00
Order of Finish - 3, 1, 9, 6


January 18, 2014

Ricspretentiousgal
Glendale Handicap

Purse $35,000
1-1/16 Miles-Turf 1:43.10
Robertino Diodoro, Owner
Robertino Diodoro, Trainer
Geovanni Franco, Jockey
She's Stella Marie (2nd)
Enlightened (3rd)
$7.80 $4.60 $3.60
Order of Finish - 8, 1, 10, 9


January 15, 2014

Full Field of 12 Scheduled for Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile

A full field of 12, split between local hopefuls and out-of-state shippers have entered the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Saturday at Turf Paradise as the track also celebrates its 58th anniversary.

The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, named after the late coach and executive of the Phoenix Suns, who was also an avid horse player, will be run at eight furlongs on the turf. Cotton's widow, JoAnne Fitzsimmons will be present the winner's trophy.

The Fitzsimmons Mile does not lack for talent among the locals or horses shipping in. The 12 entrants have won a cumulative 46 races over the turf.

Heading the local contingent is the 4-year-old Red Zeus and the 10-year-old Grandpa Roy. Red Zeus has won three of six turf starts including the Walter Cluer and Jack Coady stakes. The venerable 'Grandpa' has won 16 local turf races, an accomplishment making him the winningest local turf horse.

Another local of interest is Az Ridge who has won seven races including three stakes. A game competitor, Az Ridge has finished in the money in 18 out of 23 efforts, though he has yet to win in three starts over the local turf course.

Of the shippers, the Neil Drysdale-trained Fire With Fire, leading all entrants with over $351,000 in career earnings, is sure to attract attention and will probably be the post time favorite. The 6-year-old has been competing competitively in graded stakes races at Santa Anita.

Also shipping in from Santa Anita is Mr. Bossy Pants with 11 wins, nine of those over the grass, who will be stepping up from medium priced claiming ranks.

Coming in from Zia Park, is For Cash, recent winner of that track's $200,000 Derby, who will be making his first ever turf start.

Glendale Handicap Attracts 11 Fillies and Mares

All but one of the 11 fillies and mares for the $35,000 Glendale Handicap at 1 1/16 miles (turf) is based locally. The exception is Santa Anita shipper Ricspretentiousgal recently claimed for $40,000 by leading trainer Robertino Diodoro.
Multiple stakes winner E Z Kitty leads the local contingent of hopefuls.



December 31, 2013

Uncle Dave Upsets Luke Kruytbosch Stakes

Upset-minded Uncle Dave won the last stakes of 2013 by winning the $35,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes Tuesday at Turf Paradise.

Ridden by Luis Rodriquez Uncle Dave ($18.00) was gunned to the lead and held off even-money favorite Red Zeus by 1 ¼ lengths with On the Key third in the field of eight 3-year-olds.

Owned by Betty Bay, Uncle Dave covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:42.62, for trainer Manny Ortiz, Sr.



December 31, 2013

Kachina Handicap Featured New Year's Day

EZ Kitty's easy recent allowance victory may give her the favorite's status in New Year's Day $35,000 Kachina Handicap at Turf Paradise.

The one-mile dirt test attracted a field of nine fillies and mares, four-year-olds and up.

Only four rivals took on EZ Kitty in her recent one-mile turf victory but by all accounts she was the easiest of winners. Scott Stevens returns aboard the 6-year-old mare for trainer Jeff Metz.

Of Royalty comes off a layoff after winning the Chandler Handicap November 16. And Love Makor stretches out following her runner-up effort in the 6-furlong Phoenix Stakes.



December 28, 2013

Idling
Arizona Juvenile Fillies Stakes

Purse $35,000
6-1/2 Furlongs 1:17.0
Don Schnell & Barry Arnason, Owners
Don Schnell, Trainer
Scott Stevens, Jockey
Lazy Daisy May (2nd)
Jet Set Kitten (3rd)
$39.60 $11.20 $4.40
Order of Finish - 6, 1, 7, 3
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography


December 28, 2013

My Rochester
Lost In The Fog Juvenile Stakes

Purse $35,000
6-1/2 Furlongs 1:16.23
Randy Howg, Owner
Robertino Diodoro, Trainer
Kate Fales, Jockey
J P Rocker (2nd)
Lotsa Mischief (3rd)
$29.00 $14.80 $6.60
Order of Finish - 1, 2, 5, 4
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December 28, 2013

Luke Kruytbosch Stakes Rings in New Year's Eve at Turf Paradise

Trainer Dan McFarlane, who recently marked his 1,000th career victory, will try to add to that milestone with Red Zeus in the $35,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes on New Year's Eve Tuesday's 10-race card at Turf Paradise.
The Kruytbosch, named after Turf Paradise and Churchill Downs' late announcer, attracted a field of eight 3-year-olds for the 1 1/16 mile test.
Red Zeus, coming off double stakes wins, has been a surprise stable star for both McFarlane and owner Peggy Hopwood, who bred the horse. A consistent performer, Red Zeus' record of 6 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 18 starts has earned him a bankroll of $164,524. Kelly Bridges, who guided Red Zeus to victory in the Walter Cluer Memorial and Jack Coady, Sr. Stakes, returns aboard.
The up and coming Mark, trained by Mark Anderson, will be a worthy opponent following his seasonal local debut starter allowance win December 17. The son of Rosberg won last season's Tempe Handicap.


December 26, 2013

Double Juvenile Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise

Aspiring 2-year-olds will have one last chance before their group birthdays to win a stakes with the $35,000 Arizona Juvenile Fillies and $35,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.

All thoroughbreds celebrate a collective birthday on January 1.

Lazy Daisy May tops a field of seven fillies in the Arizona Juvenile Fillies at 6 ½ furlongs. The Rocky Bar miss already has three stakes wins to her credit and will be odds on to improve her record to four-in-a-row.

The Lost in the Fog stakes, also at 6 ½ furlongs, also features a progeny of Rocky Bar in Rockin Home. Owned by Tamara Metzen, Rockin Home has won his last three, including the Arizona Breeders' Futurity.



December 23, 2013

Trainer Dan McFarlane Reaches Milestone 1,000 Career Wins

Santa Claus came early for Dan McFarlane as the trainer reached the 1,000 victories plateau Monday at Turf Paradise.

McFarlane, 48, hit the milestone by winning the ninth and final race of the day with Enter Back ($25.00) with Skyler Whiteshield up for owners Hal and Patti Earnhardt.

"Nice Christmas gift," said McFarlane, who's currently ranked fourth in the trainers' standings. "And nice to get that monkey off my back. I'm grateful to all the owners who helped me get here."

McFarlane, who was born in Pontiac, Illinois, has been training for 24 years. He won his first race at Rillito Park in Tucson in 1989.

There will be no live or simulcast racing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Live racing resumes Thursday, Dec. 26 which is also the opening day of Santa Anita.


December 22, 2013

This Task Is Easy
Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Championship

Purse $15,000
440 Yards :21.55
Amanda Casper, Owner
Jesse Ray Godinez, Trainer
Emilio Tapia, Jockey
Cuz I Say So (2nd)
French Fury (3rd)
$38.80 $17.40 $7.80
Order of Finish - 3, 4, 8, 2


December 22, 2013

So You See
Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity

Purse $28,737.50
400 Yards :20.20
Ralph & Carolyn Fales, Owners
Matthew Fales, Trainer
Martin Bourdieu, Jockey
Rapido Y Furioso (2nd)
Allright Already (3rd)
$5.60 $2.80 $2.60


December 21, 2013

AZ Ridge
Hank Mills, Sr. Handicap

Purse $35,000
One Mile  1:38.34
Sawyer Cattle Company, Owner
Dan McFarlane, Trainer
Kelly Bridges, Jockey
Mysterious Soul (2nd)
Hurricane Lake (3rd)
$6.40 $5.40 $2.60
Order of Finish - 1, 3, 4, 8
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December 15, 2013

Caracortada
AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Futurity

Purse $72,057.50
400 Yards :19.92
Ramon O. Vejar, Owner
Raymond S. Felix, Trainer
Carlos Marquez, Jockey
Jo Jo Hot Legs (2nd)
Eyesa Famous Eagle (3rd)
$10.80 $6.00 $5.00
Order of Finish - 6, 3, 5, 10


December 14, 2013

Tribal Gal Delivers in City of Phoenix Stakes

Tribal Gal delivered on her favoritism, scoring an easy three-length victory in the $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.

Ridden by Juan Rivera, Tribal Gal ($5.80) took command at the half-mile pole and was never threatened by nine fillies and mare rivals. Love Makor finished second a length in front of Kind of Naughty.

Owned by John Pendergast and trained by Joe Johnson, Tribal Gal covered the 6-furlongs in 1:08.85 for her fifth victory in 11 outings this year, including three stakes wins. A 3-year-old filly, Tribal Gal's earnings stand at $187,845


December 14, 2013

Turf Paradise Going Strong After 58 Years
Racetrack Celebrates Anniversary With Big Party and $75,000 Stakes Race January 18th

In 1956 Elvis Presley had his first number one hit; Garth Brooks was born; you could purchase a car for $2,000; and a ticket to the World Series would set you back about $2. 1956 is also the year Turf Paradise opened its doors in north Phoenix. While Elvis left us years ago and Garth Brooks continues to come in and out of retirement, Turf Paradise is going strong.

Phoenix's 1st sports franchise celebrates its 58th birthday January 18th and is thanking its thousands of fans with a massive birthday party. In addition to a great day of live horse racing, Turf Paradise is also giving away free hats to the first 3,500 paid admissions.

The day will also feature

• Live music
• A family fun park with bounce house inflatables
• $2 domestic draft beer
• Free birthday cake

And while $2 will no longer get you a ticket to the World Series, it will cover the cost of grandstand admission to Turf Paradise. Kids 16 and under get in free.
The day will also feature The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, named after the late coach of the Phoenix Suns. Mr. Fitzsimmons was an avid horse racing fan and frequent visitor to Turf Paradise. The purse on the race is $75,000. The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile will be run at eight furlongs over the turf.

Turf Paradise has remained a fixture at 19th Ave and Bell Road in Phoenix for nearly six decades. When it opened, the surrounding area was nearly all desert. Today a vibrant community has grown up around the racetrack. Turf Paradise continues to draw record crowds. More than 7,100 people attended opening day October 5th.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, "Very few entertainment venues in Phoenix have been operating for nearly six decades. We are dedicated to bringing live horse racing and wagering to new generations of fans."


December 11, 2013

Jaws n' Paws Faces 10 Tough Rivals in Saturday's City of Phoenix Stakes

Although she's returning to the track where she's won most of her 15 races, Jaw n' Paws will have no easy time of it in the $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The City of Phoenix, run at 6 furlongs, attracted a field of 11 fillies and mares.
Trained by leading reinsman Robertino Diodoro, Jaws n Paws returns from a recent out-of-state stakes engagement at Zia Park in New Mexico where she disappointed as the 2-1 co-favorite, finishing seventh. The 6-year-old Jaws n' Paws, winner of 15 of 33 races and earnings of $325,430 statistically towers over her rivals. Yet her assignment is not easy.
Jaws n' Paws' 10 rivals have won 60 of 197 starts for a 30% win clip, including 13 stakes. Leading the group is Lady Jila, winner of 16 of 37 efforts. The two mares will be facing each other for the first time.
But a two-horse race this is not: There's Kind of Naughty, runnerup in the Queen of the Green, Gosailgo, a multiple stakes winning Canadian shipper, the fleet-footed Page Springs, Tribal Gal, Princess of Palms winner, and the consistent closing punch of Amber Got Even.


December 7, 2013

L.A. Weekend Easily Wins Caballos del Sol

In what amounted to little more than a fast workout, prohibitive favorite L.A. Weekend easily won the $35,000 Caballos del Sol Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Under a tight hold by Geovanni Franco, L.A. Weekend ($2.10) was 7 ¼ lengths clear of Our Magic Couple with Absolutely Cool third in the field of five three-year-olds and up.
Owned by Rick Wiest and trained by leading conditioner Robertino Diodoro, L.A Weekend covered the 6-furlongs in a hand ride in 1:07.39. It was Diodoro's third Caballos del Sol win - (Dancing Tribal, 2011), (Chaplain, 2010)
"We're pointing to the Gold Cup since he's (L.A. Weekend) the defending champion," said Diodoro. The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup is scheduled for February 15.


December 1, 2013

Harlee Tucker
AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Quarter Horse Derby

Purse $18,715
400 Yards  :19.73
Ralph & Carolyn Fales, Owners
Matthew Fales, Trainer
Joe Ruiz, Jockey
French Fury (2nd)
Cuz I Say So (3rd)
$16.60 $6.00 $3.40
Order of Finish - 2, 8, 10, 9


December 1, 2013

Bomb Diggity
Mike Hastings Memorial

Purse $19,000
400 Yards  :20.00
Juan G. Robles, Owner
Alejandro Perez Sanchez, Trainer
Efran Prado, Jockey
Bringin It On (2nd)
Check N Chick Out (3rd)
$17.60 $5.80 $3.80
Order of Finish - 4, 6, 5, 1


November 29, 2013

YN Thalia
Turf Paradise Maiden Stake Trials

*Fastest Qualifier Purse $2,900
300 Yards  :15.65
Y/N Horse Stables LLC, Owner
Omar Lorta, Trainer
Jarell James, Jockey
JDF Choice (2nd)
Guitar On Fire (3rd)
$14.00 $4.80 $3.40
Order of Finish - 9, 10, 6, 8


November 30, 2013

Heat Warning
AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Futurity Trial

Purse $2,900.00
400 Yards  :19.87
Ralph & Carolyn Fales, Owners
Matthew Fales, Trainer
Martin Bourdieu, Jockey
Princess Of The Sky (2nd)
La Dejona (3rd)
$7.40 $3.40 $2.80
Order of Finish - 7, 9, 8, 1


November 23, 2013

Triple AAA Ranch's Stallion Rocky Bar Shines on Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders' Fall Festival

The Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders' Fall Festival could just as well have been named The Rocky Bar Progeny Parade Day as the prolific Triple AAA stallion was responsible for three of the four stakes winners Saturday at Turf Paradise.

All races were run over a sealed, wet-fast track.

The $28,500 Cactus Flower
Longshot Got an Itch ($30.40), with Geovanni Franco for trainer Molly Pearson, settled nicely into mid-pack and then scooted forward in the stretch to post a one length victory over Lady Jila with Hindu Kush moved up to third via disqualification of Rock U Up in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Owned by Jan Osborn, Got an Itch covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.78. The 6-year-old Rocky Bar mare has now won seven of 26 lifetime efforts for earnings of $197.464.

The $56,807 Az Breeders' Futurity, Colts & Geldings
Delivering on his odds, 7-5 favorite Rockin Home ($4.80)) with leading rider Jorge Carreno up, turned in a wire-to-wire 4 ¾ length victory over JP Rocker with Rocked Twice third in the field of ten 2-year-olds.
Owned by Tamara Metzen and trained by David Van Winkle, Rockin Home covered the 6-furlongs in 1:08.72 A winner of two of five starts Rockin Home now has earnings of $38,472.
To note: The first three finishers were bred by Triple AAA Ranch's sire Rocky Bar.

The $26,750 Cactus Wren Stakes
The ultra-consistent Az Ridge ($4.40) with Kelly Bridges up for trainer Dan McFarlane delivered as the 6-5 favorite, tracking the eventual runner-up Espresso Springs for the first half-mile and then drawing away to an easy-glide 3 ½ length victory. Espresso Springs was a half-length clear of Jamaican Memories (after a poor start) and Listen You Fool who dead heated for third in the field of five older horses.
Owned by Sawyer Cattle Company, Az Ridge covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.46. Az Ridge has won six of 22 efforts for earnings of $148,902.

The $48,000 Az Breeders' Futurity, Fillies
With over $30,000 of show money wagered on Stable HMA's Lazy Daisy May ($2.80) the 2-5 favorite came through with a hard-earned neck victory over Enact for the win with My Fine Lady third in the field of twelve 2-year-old fillies.
Geovanni Franco and trainer Molly Pearson were teaming up for their second Breed Day stakes win with Lazy Daisy May, who covered the 6-furlongs in 1:10.20.
Yet another progeny of Rocky Bar, Lazy Daisy May has now won three of four efforts for earnings of $117,921.


November 23, 2013

Lazy Daisy May
Arizona Breeders' Futurity Fillies

Purse $50,000
6 Furlongs 1:10.1
Stable H.M.A., Owner
Molly Pearson, Trainer
Geovanni Franco, Jockey
Enact (2nd)
My Fine Lady (3rd)
$2.80 $2.40 $2.10
Order of Finish - 5, 1, 10, 3


November 23, 2013

AZ Ridge
Cactus Wren Stakes

Purse $26,650
6-1/2 Furlongs 1:15.2
Sawyer Cattle Company, Owner
Dan McFarlane, Trainer
Kelly Bridges, Jockey
Espresso Springs (2nd)
Jamaican Memories (3rd)
$4.40 $2.20 $2.10
Order of Finish - 2, 6, 1, 4


November 23, 2013

Rockin Home
Arizona Breeders' Futurity Colts & Geldings

Purse $56,807
6 Furlongs 1:08.72
Nick & Tamara Metzen, Owners
David Van Winkle, Trainer
Jorge Carreno, Jockey
J P Rocker (2nd)
Rocked Twice (3rd)
$4.00 $3.80 $2.60
Order of Finish - 4, 8, 3, 1


November 23, 2013

Got An Itch
Cactus Flower Stakes

Purse $26,750
6-1/2 Furlongs 1:16.3
Jan Osborn, Owner
Molly Pearson, Trainer
Geovanni Franco, Jockey
Lady Jila (2nd)
Hindu Kush (3rd)
$30.40 $7.60 $14.20
Order of Finish - 1, 2, 4, 7


November 20, 2013

Arizona Bred Stakes Featured Saturday at Turf Paradise

The Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders' Fall Festival will feature an eight-race card of state breds, including four stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.

The stakes are: $25,000-added Cactus Flower, for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up and the $25,000-added Cactus Wren for 3-year-olds. Both stakes are at 6 ½ furlongs; and double divisions of the $35,000-added Arizona Breeders' Futurity for 2-year-olds, one for the colts and geldings and one for fillies.

The Cactus Flower
This extended sprint drew a field of seven, including the supersonically fast out of the gate Page Springs. The compact but competitive field has no throw outs. Each of the fillies has won at least one stakes and Lady Jila and Rock U Up are on three and four race win skeins respectively.

Breeders' Futurity, Colts & Geldings
Deadly Black Eagle, winner of four of eight starts, including local wins, a second in a $75,000 Stakes at Prairie Meadows and a win at Canterbury, will probably go to post the favorite in this field of 11. But there are a few juveniles primed to upset the 'Eagle,' including several bred by Triple AAA Ranch, which has won this race eight times.

The Cactus Wren
The ultra-consistent Az Ridge (16 in the money efforts from 21 starts) is looking for his third win in a row in this field of nine. The five-time winner finished third in this race last year to winner Jamaican Memories, who is back again in his title defense.

Breeders' Futurity, Fillies
A full field of 12 juvenile misses is headed by Lazy Daisy May, winner of the ATBA Spring and Fall Sales' stakes. Geovanni Franco, aboard for the double stakes victories, remains for the assignment.


November 19, 2013

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November 16, 2013

Trainer McFarlane Sweeps Both Stakes at Turf Paradise

Dan McFarlane, who is just eight wins shy of 1,000 career wins, swept both the $35,000 Jack Coady, Sr-Jeff Coady Stakes and $35,000 Chandler Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
McFarlane took the Coady stakes with 4-5 favorite Red Zeus. Owned by Peggy Hopwood and ridden by Kelly Bridges, Red Zeus was 1 ½ lengths clear of Hume with Pentagram third in the field of eight three year-olds
Coming off a victory in the Walter Cluer Stakes, Red Zeus ($3.20) covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:36.35. Red Zeus has never been worse than second in five local turf efforts with three stakes victories. Red Zeus' lifetime earnings stand at $164,475.
Less than an hour later, McFarlane struck again, this time with the second favorite Of Royalty ($6.20) in the Chandler Stakes. With Cesar Ordaz up for owners Hal and Patti Earnhard, Of Royalty drew away from Kissmeimdanish to win by 3 ¼ lengths with Acarpian third in the field on nine 3-year-old fillies.
Of Royalty, who is a perfect 3-for-3 over the local turf course and has earnings of $59,540, covered the one mile over the grass in 1:36.60.


November 16, 2013

French Fury - AQRA Turf Paradise Open Derby Q.H. Derby Trials

Purse $2,900
400 Yards :19.77
Angel H. Villalobos, Owner
Raul Valenzuela, Trainer
Raul Valenzuela, Jockey
Jmf Zoomin Pancho (2nd)
Harlee Tucker (3rd)
$6.60 $4.80 $4.40
Order of Finish - 8, 4, 2, 9

November 12, 2013

Three-Year-Old Turf Stakes Featured Saturday at Turf Paradise

Up and coming 3-year-olds will be in the spotlight in two grass stakes, the $35,000 Jack Coady, Sr. and $35,000 Chandler Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The Jack Coady, Sr., for colts and geldings, drew a field of nine while the Chandler filly division attracted ten. Both stakes will be run at one on the grass.
The question in the Jack Coady is, How good is Red Zeus?
Trainer Dan McFarlane admits the Arizona bred's victory in the Walter Cluer Memorial, October 26, was a surprise.
"We were just looking for a place to run him because he's out of conditions," said McFarlane of Red Zeus. "I was surprised he won."
At 16-1, so were the bettors.
But The Jack Coady will be no easy task:. Shipping in from Belmont Park is Pentagram purchased for $750,000 at the Fasig Tipton August 2011 sale; Canadian shipper Serendipity Grove, on a 5-race win skein and Hume winner of two straight on the local turf; and Sharp Richard, coming in from Santa Anita.

Chandler Stakes
The Chandler fillies are just as competitive as the boys.
Stakes winner Acarpian, fresh from an allowance win meets with the front-running Toppers Sunshine, with recent 5-length allowance winner Of Royalty, winner of three of four turf efforts and Arizona Oaks winner Agent Scully.



November 3, 2013

Famous Photo
Louie Curtis / Robert Kieckhefer Stakes

Purse $11,000
350 Yards :17.773
Amado De La Riva, Owner
Gilberto Hernandez, Trainer
Emilio Tapia, Jockey
Easy Chiseled Stone (2nd)
Flying High Again (3rd)
$21.60 $9.60 $4.40
Order of Finish - 3, 2, 4, 5


November 3, 2013

F J La Joya
AQRA Futurity Trials

Purse $2,900
350 Yards :17.84 *Fastest Qualifier
Fernando Canales, Owner
Eloy Mendoza, Trainer
Rodolfo Arvizu, Jockey
Princess Braytini (2nd)
Allright Already (3rd)
$4.00 $2.10 $2.10
Order of Finish - 3, 2, 5, 4


October 29, 2013

Turf Paradise Trainer Hopeful As Horse Competes In Breeders' Cup

Broadway Empire, which is stabled and races at Turf Paradise and conditioned by leading trainer Robertino Diodoro is scheduled to run in Friday's Breeders' Cup $1Million Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

The $26 million, two-day, 14-race Thoroughbred World Championship Breeders' Cup conducted Friday and Saturday, will be simulcast at Turf Paradise and all 60 of its OTB sites.

Robertino has been training horses for 20 years. He says he was born into it. As his accent will attest, he is one of many trainers who come from Canada. His grandfather and his father were in the industry as was his mom's side of the family. He arrived at Turf Paradise about nine years ago.

Broadway Empire's entry into the Breeder's Cup is a first for Diodoro.

"It's definitely something a guy dreams about. Hopefully it's something that will come true November 1st," said Diodoro.

Friday's live race post is 12:40pm. The first Breeders' Cup Race Friday is 1:45pm.

On Saturday November 2nd, there is a Breeders' Cup Party featuring free Breeders' Cup T-shirts to the first 3,500 paid admissions and all-day buffets in the Clubhouse and Turf Club. Saturday's first live race is 11:50 with the first Breeders' Cup post time at 12:05pm.


An Arizona Tradition: Spend Thanksgiving Weekend At Turf Paradise Without Spending A lot Of Money
Free Friday. Family Fun Saturday. Sunday Dollar Day.

Turf Paradise has taken the guesswork out of the best way to spend Thanksgiving weekend with three great events. Where else can you enjoy a day of live horse racing, spend some time with family and friends, and enjoy the great Arizona weather? If it's not already part of your Thanksgiving holiday tradition it should be.

 

Free Friday
Ladies, taking a husband holiday shopping is like giving a cat a bath. So why bother. Drop off your husband, boyfriend, father, or any male relatives taking up space at your home to Turf Paradise on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Grandstand admission is free. Gentlemen, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day of live racing and dodge a day of holding your wife's purse while she holds up dresses asking you if this looks good on her aunt. Oh, and did we mention live horse racing and $2 draft beer all weekend long?

Family Fun Day
The Saturday after Thanksgiving can be a challenge. Everyone has the day off and you spent a small fortune buying gifts for people you barely remember. Remember this! Saturday is Family Fun Day at Turf Paradise. Grandstand admission is just $2. Kids 16 and under get in free. We are giving away FREE Turf Paradise sweat shirts to the 1st 3500 paid admissions. There is also a family fun park with bounce house inflatables and live music. Oh, and did we mention live horse racing and $2 draft beer all weekend long? (Yes we did but it's worth repeating).

 

Sunday Dollar Day
By the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the holiday weekend is coming to an end and you have a house full of relatives and guests. Take the gang to Turf Paradise. Grandstand admission is just a dollar. Popcorn is just a dollar. So are hotdogs, sodas, ice cream and programs. It's a great way to spend some time with the family without spending a fortune. Oh, and did we mention live horse racing and $2 draft beer all weekend long. (You know we did, but the third time's the charm)

After those holiday dishes are done, get off the sofa, put down the remote, get out of the house and get to Turf Paradise.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia stated, "There are better ways to spend the Thanksgiving weekend then wandering through strip malls or sleeping on the couch. Have some fun instead. We have three great days of events that allow you to start your own traditions. Oh, and did we mention live horse racing and $2 draft beer all weekend long? "

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.

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October 26, 2013

Longshots Dominate Stakes at Turf Paradise

Longshots ruled, winning both the $35,000 Queen of the Green and $35,000 Walter Cluer Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Striking first was Rock Hard Bunny, the longest shot on the board at 22-1 in the Queen of the Green. The 4-year-old filly came from last with Daniel Vergara up to win by 1 ½ lengths over Kind of Naughty with Cell Line Forever third in the field of six fillies and mares.


Owned by Donald Nickou and trained by Juan Gutierrez, Rock Hard Bunny ($46.60) covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:35.96.
Three races later Red Zeus sprung an 18-1 upset in winning the Walter Cluer Stakes. Kelly Bridges was aboard for trainer Dan McFarlane as Red Zeus ($35.60) came from mid-pack to edge out a neck victory over 24-1 longshot Back Alley Rally. California shipper Leaving New York was third, a nose in front of the favored Camp Victory in the field of eight colts and geldings.
Owned by Peggy Hopwood, Red Zeus covered the one mile over the turf in 1:35.42.


 

October 20, 2013

Specials Gold
Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G3)

Purse $70,110
440 Yards :21.40
Gilberto Jasso, Owner
Ceasar J. Lopez, Trainer
Leonardo Gonzalez, Jockey
Valiant Valor (2nd)
Testing the Ice (3rd)
$26.20 $9.60 $4.80
Order of Finish - 7, 4, 3, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography

Coady Photography @ Turf Paradise

 


October 20, 2013

Don Quixote
John Deere Juvenile Challenge

Purse $31,140
350 Yards :17.85
Gaston Flores Valenzuela, Owner
Priscilla Leon, Trainer
Manuel Gutierrez, Jockey
Tres Magicals (2nd)
Tac A Hike (3rd)
$46.20 $25.60 $11.20
Order of Finish - 8, 2, 1, 3
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography

Coady Photography @ Turf Paradise


October 20, 2013

War Khal
Red Cell Distance Challenge

Purse $21,420
870 Yards  46.02
Ned Ellsworth, Owner
Dean Frey, Trainer
Rodolfo Arvizu, Jockey
Oso Cowboy Attitude (2nd)
Jess Perfect Miracle (3rd)
$5.80 $2.80 $2.40
Order of Finish - 1(Won By DQ), 5, 2, 4
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October 19, 2013

I Rock The Party
ATBA Fall Sales Stakes Colts & Geldings Division

Purse $61,544.60
6 Furlongs 1:12.07
C J Racing LLC, Owner
Molly Pearson, Trainer
Vince Guerra, Jockey
Lawly's Goal (2nd)
Whiz Hit (3rd)
$70.20 $28.20 $16.60
Order of Finish - 8, 6, 3, 11


October 19, 2013

Lazy Daisy May
ATBA Fall Sales Stakes Fillies Division

Purse $52,696.40
6 Furlongs 1:11.3
Stable H.M.A., Owner
Molly Pearson, Trainer
Geovanni Franco, Jockey
My Fine (2nd)
All Said and Done (3rd)
$3.60 $2.20 $2.10
Order of Finish - 5, 1, 4, 2


October 19, 2013

Trainer Molly Pearson Sweeps ATBA Sales Stakes

Molly Pearson found success with a favorite and a longshot, sweeping both divisions of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.

Pearson's 4-5 favorite Lazy Daisy May ($3.60) with Geovanni Franco up, struck first, winning the $84,149 filly division by 5 ¼ lengths with My Fine Lady second, a full 15 ½ lengths in front of third place finisher All Said and Done in the field of eight 2-year-olds.

Owned by Stable HMA, the Arizona bred Lazy Daisy May, who also won the ATBA Springs Sales Stakes, covered the 6-furlongs in 1:11.08. The winner's share of $49,499 boosted Lazy Daisy May's earnings to $92,921 from 2 wins in 3 starts.

Pearson won this race in 2010 with Stormy Crystal and 2008 with Bella Cardona.

It was bombs away in the $73,584 colts and geldings divisions as the Pearson-trained 34-1 longshot maiden I Rock the Party ($70.20), with Vince Guerra aboard, rallied from ninth in the field of 12 juveniles to be a nose best over 26-1 Lawly's Gold with Whiz Hit third.

Owned by CJ Racing, the Kentucky bred I Rock the Party covered the 6-furlongs in 1:12.07 for his first win in four efforts for earnings of $31,533.



October 15, 2013

Thoroughbred, Quarter Horses Stakes Highlight Saturday, Sunday Cards at Turf Paradise

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakes will be featured this Saturday and Sunday at Turf Paradise.
Saturday's stakes place thoroughbreds in the spotlight with the $52,696 ATBA Fall Stakes for fillies and the male counterpart the $61,544 division for colts and geldings. Both races are for 2-year-olds and both to be run at 6-furlongs.
The fillies division drew a field of eight headed by Lazy Daisy May, winner of the spring ATBA Sales Stakes, and My Fine Lady, runaway winner of this stake's trial. All entrants will carry 117 pounds.
The colts and geldings' division attracted a full field of 12 with multiple winner and stakes placed Deadly Black Eagle the pre-race favorite. All entrants will carry 120 pounds.

Sunday belongs to the Quarter Horses with the $31,140 John Deere Juvenile Challenge and the $70,110 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G3).
Ten 2-year-olds will line up for the Juvenile Challenge, headed by undefeated stakes winner Heat Warning.
The Bank of America Challenge for 3-year-olds and up at 440, features multiple stakes winners Testing the Ice and Block n Tackle among the field of ten.


October 12, 2013

Tribal Gal
Princess Of Palms Stakes

Purse $35,000
6 Furlongs 1:08.80
John Pendergast, Owner
R. Kory Owens, Trainer
Juan Rivera, Jockey
Jaws N' Paws (2nd)
E Z Kitty (3rd)
$7.00 $4.40 $2.20
Order of Finish - 8, 2, 5, 4
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October 9, 2013

A wonderful milestone. Jorge Carreno celebrates his 1,000th win


Turf Paradise's 58th Opening Day Draws More than 7,100 Racing Fans

Turf Paradise rode back into action for its 58th season on October 5, 2013 and more than 7,155 made it back to the track. It was the best opening day for the Phoenix track in more than 15 years.

"You'd have to go back to the nineties to a comparable opening day Saturday to find a six thousand-plus attendance," said track general manager Vincent Francia. "Horse racing is alive and well in Phoenix."

For more pictures of opening day click here.

The 155-day meet from October 5, 2013 thru May 3, 2014 is one of the longest meets in the country.

Turf Paradise races, showing the valley's great scenery and weather are viewed at OTB locations all over Arizona and in nearly every state and more than 30 countries from Panama to England to South America.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (15th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona's first sports franchise.


October 5, 2013

Best Crowd in Years Shows Up for Turf Paradise Opening Day

Best Crowd in Years Shows Up for Turf Paradise Opening Day

An on-track crowd of 7,155 – the best in 15 years – showed up for Turf Paradise's opening day, Saturday, October 5.

"You'd have to go back to the nineties to a comparable opening day Saturday to find a six thousand-plus attendance," said track general manager Vincent Francia. "Horse racing is alive and well in Phoenix."

Opening day's featured $35,000 Bienvenidos stakes was won by Karl Krieg's Absolutely Cool ($9.00). First Strike rallied for second while Jamaican Memories held on for third in the field of 10 sprinters.

Trained by Valorie Lund and ridden by Rocco Bowen, Absolutely Cool covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.77 for his sixth victory in 23 lifetime starts and a career bankroll of $150,103.

Purse $35,000
6-1/2 Furlongs 1:16.3
Karl Krieg, Owner
Valorie Lund, Trainer
Rocco Bowen, Jockey
First Strike (2nd)
Jamaican Memories (3rd)
$9.00 $4.80 $3.40
Order of Finish - 5, 11, 12, 8
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September 25, 2013

From Fun to Zany Promotions at Turf Paradise This Season

If you think race horses are tough competitors wait till you see the Wiener dogs, and camels and ostriches races at Turf Paradise this season.

The 19th Avenue and Bell Road racing oval will open its 58th season of racing Saturday, October 5. The live meet, which will run 155 days thru May 6, will feature racing five days a week, Saturday thru Wednesday. Weekend post times are 1:00 pm and weekday 12:30 pm. Simulcasting will be offered seven days a week.

Wiener Dog Mania arrives St. Patty's Day weekend Sat. Mar. 15. The lovable little guys will be racing in heats throughout the day in the Family Picnic grove. You're already lucky on St. Patty's Day Monday, Mar. 17 with Free Grandstand admission.

Alternative racing continues with Camels and Ostriches on Sat. Mar. 29. A family fun fest to be sure that will keep you laughing and the kids entertained with Free inflatables, pony rides and face painters in the picnic grove.

But prior to the doggies and dromedaries, is the annual Opening of the Meet T-shirt giveaway, kicking off the promotional year on Saturday, Oct. 5. A popular Fiesta Day, when margaritas and tacos are enjoyed with gusto, follows on Sunday, Oct. 20. Two weeks later the track hosts the simulcasts of the $21 Million World Championship Breeders' Cup. The two-day, 15-race event on Fri. and Sat. Nov. 1 and 2 features an all-day buffet on Saturday.

The three-day Thanksgiving weekend offers a free Sweatshirt giveaway on Sat. Nov. 30, bookended by Friday's Free Grandstand admission and Sunday's $1 Day.

The promotional season re-boots itself Sat. Jan 18, celebrating the track's birthday with a Pop-Up Hat giveaway and the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile. Super Saturday comes quickly Feb. 15 with a Free T-shirt giveaway and three stakes races, including the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup.

Fan Appreciation Day is set for Sat. Apr. 12 with Free Grandstand admission, photo-ops and jockeys' autograph signing as well as Luck of the Draw betting vouchers.

The granddaddy of all parties, the Kentucky Derby is on Sat. May 3. All-day buffets are offered in the Clubhouse and Turf Club. The mint juleps never stop flowing on the Grandstand apron where the annual Hat and Bonnet and Kentucky Derby Gents' contests take place. Derby buffet reservations open April 1 so make them early for the day's a sellout.



September 17, 2013

Top Trainers, Jockeys to Defend Titles as Turf Paradise Gears Up for October 5 Opening Day

With stables expected to be at capacity of 2,000 race horses, Turf Paradise is set to open its 58th season of racing.

A 155-day race meet will run from October 5 thru May 6. Live racing will be conducted Saturday thru Wednesday, with weekday post times of 1:00 pm and weekday posts at 12:30 pm.

Over 200 trainers from 24 states and four provinces of Canada have been allotted stalls for the upcoming meet. Last season's leading trainer Miguel Silva is back with 56 horses as is leading stakes trainer, Canadian-based Robertino Diodoro with 60 horses. In fact, all of the top 10 trainers will be returning for the new season.

Jockey leader Geovanni Franco along with top five runner-ups Scott Stevens, Anne Von Rosen and Daniel Vergara are returning.


July 23, 2013


July 15, 2013

Purse Increase for Turf Paradise's Upcoming Meet

A 5% across the board increase with a minimum$6,000 bottom purse will be offered for Turf Paradise's upcoming meet in October.
"Last meet was up 4% in all-sources handle, so we're passing this along to our horsemen in purse raises," said track general manager Vincent Francia
A 155-day meet will run from October 5 thru May 6 with racing conducted five days a week.
Significant to note, the five-day schedule moves to Saturday thru Wednesday from the previous Friday thru Tuesday. However, there are several Fridays, for example Breeders' Cup Friday (Nov. 1), Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 29) and the Friday before the Kentucky Derby (May 2), that live racing will be conducted.
Nine and 10-race weekday cards will start at 12:30 pm. Weekend eight-race cards will have a first post of 1:00 pm.
"Turf's signal plays well out of state," said Francia. "Our analysis tells us we can generate more handle and thus more purse money by racing Wednesday instead of Friday."

Track superintendent Bob Beaubien supervised a week-long renovation of the main track, training track and turf course. All three tracks were taken to their bases, re-calibrated and surfaces brought back new.

All three tracks were taken to their bases, re-calibrated and surfaces brought back new.
In addition to track renovations, video upgrades and stable area renovations are being completed, Francia added.
Racing Secretary Shawn Swartz is on a US-Canada tour of 20 different race tracks, soliciting horses and handling out Condition Book 1.
Three stakes, worth $75,000 each, the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile (Jan. 18), Phoenix Gold Cup (Feb 15) and Turf Paradise Derby (Feb. 22 ), top a list of 40 stakes valued at $1.5 million.

2013-2014 Stakes Schedule