Turf Paradise Anniversary

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(PHOENIX) In 1956 Elvis Presley had his first hit with Heartbreak Hotel, Park Central opened as Arizona’s first mall, and gas was 22cents a gallon. When Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956, the area surrounding 19th Ave. and Bell Road was dirt roads and desert.

Today north Phoenix has literally grown up around the iconic track which celebrates its 60th anniversary with a birthday party January 16th that includes, free umbrellas while supplies last, a kids fun park, $3 bottled beer and the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile stakes race, and of course free birthday cake.

Turf Paradise is Arizona’s first sports franchise, and has operated continuously at the same location at 19th Ave and Bell. That tradition continues to this day. It offers one of the longest racing seasons in the United States thanks to Arizona’s great weather. Through Off Track Betting networks its races are viewed at OTB locations all over the United States and worldwide.

On January 16th Turf’s fans will gather at the track to commemorate six decades in Arizona. Grandstand admission is just $2. The gates open at 11am and the first post time is 12:40pm. A full card of live horse racing includes the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile named after the late Phoenix Suns coach who was a horseracing fan and a regular at the track.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “After 60 years in Arizona it’s safe to say we’re more than just a fad. As loyal fans and those new to horseracing continue to come to Turf Paradise, we expect to be around for at least another 60 years.”
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