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Turf Paradise, Phoenix

Categories: Casinos & Gambling, Horse Tracks, Fun & Games
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3.7/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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 is our Birthday Place to go! You can bet $2, or as much as you want and have a great day here. Food was very good here a couple of years ago, not so much now. Sandwiches are the best value. Desse...  read more »
  • Unless you're a professional gambler, it really doesn't matter if the horses are Triple Crown level or run-of-the-mill. There's always fun watching the action at the paddock area, watching on tv or st...  read more »
  • We went and had lunch and watch the horse races. I haven't gone to Turf Paradise in over 10 years and forgot how much fun it was. The food was very good and it was nice because you could have a minimu...  read more »
  • 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.
  • These IDIOTS plan of torturing Zebras...forcing them to run on their track. This is barbaric...these animals will be beaten and is just disgusting!!! Boycott them...don't go to the POS track.
  • 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
  • The live races are fun but this place REALLY needs a renovation. A lot of the simulcast TVs are really outdated and some even hard to see the image making it unpleasing.
  • Been a horse lover/rider all my life but never made it to a racetrack until I moved to Phoenix! Although I'm sure it's not the highest quality racing in the country, I still had a lot of fun; the price was right with free parking, $2 admission and $2 bets. You can get up close to the track and watch the horses in the saddling area or stay inside out of the sun.
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