09/21/2004 11:00PM

Long Turf Paradise meet to offer 44 stakes races


The $150,000 Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap and the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup are the top stakes on a roster of 44 events worth over $2 million at Turf Paradise, which opens its 2004-05 season Friday, Oct. 1. The meet runs through May 22, 2005.

The Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap, a one-mile turf race, routinely attracts not only the best middle-distance turf runners in the Southwest but some of the top Southern California runners, as well. The race is slated for Feb. 12. Also on that card are the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby and $75,000 Arizona Oaks.

The $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup will be run March 19. The six-furlong sprint, to be run for the 49th time, also lures top horses from Southern California.

Turf Paradise will inaugurate the $50,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile on Jan. 8. The mile turf event is named in honor of the late coach and executive of the Phoenix Suns basketball team and serves as a prep for the Turf Paradise BC Handicap.

2004-05 Turf Paradise stakes schedule

Sat.,Oct. 2CITY OF PHOENIX H.3YO & Up, F&M6 Furlongs$40,000
Sat.,Oct. 9CABALLOS DEL SOL H.3YO & Up6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,Oct. 16ATBA FALL SALES STAKES*2YO C&G6 Furlongs35,000
Sat.,Oct. 16ATBA FALL SALES STAKES*2YO F6 Furlongs35,000
Sat.,Oct. 16MACK HALL STARTER H.*3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs20,000
Sat.,Oct. 23AHWATUKEE EXPRESS STAKES3YO F6 Furlongs 40,000
Sat.,Oct. 30SAGUARO STAKES3YO6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,Nov. 6WALTER R. CLUER MEMORIAL H.3YO & Up7 1/2 Furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Nov. 13CHANDLER H.3YO F7 1/2 Furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Nov. 20PARADISE VALLEY H.3YO7 1/2 Furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Nov. 27QUEEN OF THE GREEN H.3YO & Up, F&M1 Mile (T)50,000
Sat.,Dec. 4ARIZONA BREEDERS' FUTURITY2YO**6 Furlongs55,000
Sat.,Dec. 4ARIZONA BREEDERS' FUTURITY2YO F**6 Furlongs55,000
Sat.,Dec. 11BLACK MOUNTAIN H.3YO & Up 1/16 Miles40,000
Sat.,Dec. 18MESA H.3YO & Up, F&M6 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sun.,Dec. 26ARIZONA JUVENILE STAKES2YO6 1/2 Furlongs50,000
Sat.,Jan. 1CACTUS WREN H.4YO & Up**6 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,Jan. 8COTTON FITZSIMMONS MILE4YO & Up1 Mile (T)50,000
Sat.,Jan. 15KACHINA H. 4YO & Up F&M1 Mile40,000
Sat.,Jan. 22SUN DEVIL STAKES3YO F1 Mile40,000
Sun.,Jan. 23RATTLESNAKE STAKES3YO1 Mile40,000
Sat.,Jan. 29SWIFT STAKES*4YO & Up5 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,Feb. 5PRINCESS OF PALMS H.*4YO & Up F&M6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,Feb. 12TURF PARADISE B.C.3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sat.,Feb. 12TURF PARADISE DERBY3YO1 1/16 Miles100,000
Sat.,Feb. 12ARIZONA OAKS3YO F1 1/16 Miles75,000
Sat.,Feb. 19GLENDALE H.4YO & Up F&M1 1/16 Miles (T)50,000
Sat.,Feb. 26COYOTE H.4YO & Up6 Furlongs40,000
Sun.,March 6PALO VERDE H.3YO6 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sun.,March 13CACTUS CUP H.3YO F6 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,March 19PHOENIX GOLD CUP3YO & Up6 Furlongs100,000
Sat.,March 19SUN CITY H.3YO & Up, F&M1 Mile (T)40,000
Sat.,March 26TEMPE H.3YO1 Mile (T)40,000
Sat.,April 2SCOTTSDALE H.3YO F1 Mile (T)40,000
Sat.,April 9ARIZONA STALLION STAKES3YO7 1/2 Furlongs (T)25,000
Sat.,April 16CACTUS FLOWER H.3YO & Up, F&M6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 30SANDRA HALL GRAND CANYON H.3YO & Up**6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 30ARIZONA BREEDERS' DERBY3YO**1 1/16 Miles55,000
Sat.,April 30MAXINE M. PIGGOTT STAKES3YO F**6 1/2 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 30ANN OWENS DISTAFF H.3YO & Up, F&M**6 Furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 30DWIGHT D. PATTERSON H.3YO & Up**1 1/16 Miles (T)40,000
Sat.,April 30PARDEE STARTER ALLOWANCE*3YO & Up, F&M**1 Mile15,000
Sat.,April 30TOM BANE STARTER ALLOWANCE*3YO & Up**6 Furlongs15,000
Sun.,May 1WILDCAT H.3YO & Up1 3/8 Miles (T)40,000
Sat.,May 7DESERT SKY H.*3YO & Up, F&M1 Mile (T)40,000
Sun.,May 22ATBA SPRING SALES STAKES2YO5 Furlongs35,000
Sun.,May 22HASTA LA VISTA H.3YO & Up1 7/8 Miles (T)50,000

*Restricted; **Az.-bred