Turfway Park


Racing Dates: January – December 
Max Per Race Payout: US$ 15,000
Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 990 ft
Turf: 7 Furlongs

Located in Phoenix, Arizona Turf Paradise Race Track opened its gates on January 7, 1956 and quickly became home to some of the finest pari-mutuel horse racing the Salt River Valley has ever seen. Despite its success over the years, Turf Paradise changed hands several times before ending up in the hands of self-made multi-millionaire Jerry Simms in June 2000 for a tidy sum of $53 million.

Simms pumped an additional $5 million in renovations to the race track, updating the Clubhouse and Turf Club and later built a $125,000 equine swimming pool near the stables. The track has a one mile dirt oval and a seven furlong turf oval.

A $1 million stakes race held annually in February, the Turf Paradise Derby attracts many of the sport’s top three-year-old contenders vying for a chance to compete in the Kentucky Derby and a shot at the Triple Crown.