08/20/2014 3:08PM

Turf Paradise slates 42 stakes


Turf Paradise unveiled a $1.6 million stakes schedule as the Phoenix track prepares for its 59th racing season. The 144-day meet opens Oct. 18 and runs through May 5. The 42-stakes roster is headed by the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup on Feb. 14.

This will be the first meeting with phone wagering. That, plus a reduction in dates and races, will result in an increase of between 5 percent and 10 percent for overnight purses. Phone wagering was signed into law last May and went into effect this month.

“Our goal is to have phone betting operational by opening day,” said general manager Vince Francia.

There will be a 10-day reduction in race days from last year, and the daily cards will be eight-race programs, a reduction of one race per day.

“We have designed a new-look meet working with the Arizona HBPA,” said Francia.

Racing will be conducted five days a week, primarily Saturdays through Wednesdays. Two notable live-race Fridays will be the first day of the Breeders’ Cup, Oct. 31, and Kentucky Oaks Day, May 1. Post time will be 12:55 p.m. from opening day until March 8, when it moves to 1:25 p.m.

Jim More than 1 year ago
It's just amazing how year after year the palm trees are so over grown they block the racing. I even wrote a letter to the track suggestiing they contact a local tree trimmer and offer free advertising on the wall or something in order to get it done. Almost more amazing is noboby but me seems to think the over grown trees are a problem
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Love this facility/ track.I'm surprised they can't compete more with top tier of racing.The greater Phoenix area has pro baseball,football,basketball,even hockey,plus other asst. semi-pro teams.Maybe move the track closer to Phoenix would help instead of out in the sticks.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
The track location is totally fine Festus. If Tup could ever get slots, so they could have higher purses then they could get higher quality stock. Best of luck to you. have fun.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Turf Paradise puts out a good show and product. BUT, the simple fact is and has remained....Turf Paradise needs to LOWER the takeout. In today's racing World, the horse player has many options of where to wager their money. It's true, NY, Kee and SO Cal do have higher quality racing...this is a given. But, if Turf Paradise would just trust the law of economics....and LOWER the takeout on WPS wagers to 15%...their handle will keep going up...which INCREASES the total amount made by the track. Yes, it takes guts...but LOWER the takeout and believe me horse players will wager on Turf Paradise races more often.
Michael Cusortelli More than 1 year ago
Amen, Frank. TuP's takeout for WPS is 20%, and that is way too high.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Go As
rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
Mike, Is the phone betting only for Turf Paradise races? if No, may one set up an ADW to bet other tracks? Ray in Arizona
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
I believe only on turf paradise and tucson dog racing...it will flop completely