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Turf Paradise, Phoenix

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Turf Paradise is a thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack in the North Mountain section of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States.HistoryIn 1954 businessman Walter Cluer, a successful millwork company founder and manufacturer from Phoenix, purchased 1400acre of barren desert at what is now Bell Road and 19th Avenue. Cluer, who was also a horse owner, dreamt of building a first-class race track in Phoenix.Many locals thought Cluer's ambitious project was ill-timed and destined to fail, given that the property was 25mi from downtown Phoenix, and that the only way to get there was via a few badly maintained dirt roads. However, he forged ahead and on January 7, 1956, Turf Paradise opened its doors to great success. Cluer remained as head of the track for nearly 25 years.In 1980, Herb Owens took over and Turf Paradise entered into a phase of renovation. A seven-furlong infield turf course with a one mile (1.6 km) and one-eighth chute was added. The Clubhouse was enlarged and a Turf Club with penthouse-style Directors’ Suite and outdoor patio was also added.Turf Paradise’s third owner, Robert Walker of Scottsdale, Arizona had made a fortune with an aerospace company he had founded and sold. He purchased the track in 1989 and moved it into the gambling field of off-track betting. Walker’s formula seemed to be the right approach at the right time, as he retired the track’s outstanding debt and declared the first-ever dividend for Turf Paradise stockholders. In addition, Walker and a consortium of horse racing interests successfully lobbied the Arizona Legislature to legalize off track betting (OTB). The in-state OTB network is perhaps Walker’s most significant contribution to the track and Arizona’s racing industry. What started out as a single OTB site in little Cave Creek (pop. 4,000) in 1991, has now grown to over 45 in-state OTBs and over 900 out-of-state locales, located in six different countries.
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  • This was our first time coming to this race course. While we enjoyed our day the Club House seems a little run down. WE did not eat here but saw the food being served. It looked good and the portions ...  more »
  • You gotta love horses and if you do this is the place to go in the Phoenix metro area. There is lots of General Admission seating is only $3 for both inside & outside but there is club seating availab...  more »
  • We went to TP last Saturday with 2 other couples and had a great time. We wagered $2 to $3 on 7 of the races and ended up losing about $10. Not a bad price for a fun afternoon. One couple picked horse...  more »
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  • Fun times always at the track. This place is old and has a rich history in Phoenix.
  • Good food, fast horses and great company! Opening weekend is upon us, I love spending the day with fresh air and the ponies!
  • We went here for the first time and sat in the clubhouse. They have two and four seat tables and each one had a monitor to watch the races. Very good views of the track out the window as well. It was pretty empty when we went but it was because it's only a few days from Christmas. Our waitress said it's normally packed on the weekends but not this weekend. Food was good - I had the nachos which were loaded and my companions enjoyed the salads they ate. Services was good but under the circumstances our waitress didn't have much else to do since it was so empty there. It was a bit warm in the clubhouse - some additional air conditioning would have been appreciated.
  • I love the grace and grandeur of everything....I have been going to this grand sport since I was seven years old with my father James Carr. Over 50 years and counting. Now my sons go....tradition will go on.....thank you
  • Have been here many times. Don't usually win. Crowded at times.