Turf Paradise Race Course was the realized dream of manufactured goods and millwork tycoon Walter Cluer, who in 1954 purchased 1400 acres of desert land 25 miles away from the city of Phoenix in Arizona. Cluer, also known as an avid horse racing enthusiast, wished to build a top-notch stakes venue that could rival other American Thoroughbred locations, but faced a great deal of opposition early on due to the poor condition of the dirt road leading to the site and a long distance between the track and downtown Phoenix.

However, after lots of hard work and perseverance, Cluer was finally able to open the doors of Turf Paradise Race Course on January 7th, 1956, to great success and critical acclaim; he remained atop of his enterprise for a period of time that extended for over two decades.

Much-needed renovations were performed when Herb Owens purchased the track in 1980, which included a seven-furlong inner turf course. Great changes also came about by 1984, when ownership went to Robert Walker, who pushed changes in state legislation that would allow off-track betting. He succeeded in his efforts, and within a very short time span, he was able to clear the track's debts and provide the stockholders with the first-time dividends for the enterprise.

More recently, during the year of 2000, millionaire Jerry Simms took over Turf Paradise Race Course and inaugurated an equine swimming pool, destined to provide horses with special therapeutic treatments that greatly improved their health and performance.

Turf Paradise Race Course possesses a one-mile dirt track, with an inner seven-furlong turf oval. It also hosts occasional Quarter Horse races and is the host of off-season American Flat Track motorcycle competitions.

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Turf Paradise Race Course Facts:

  • Racecourse type: American Thoroughbred (dirt & turf)
  • Purse: varies.
  • Venue Capacity: N/A
  • Track length: 1 mile oval dirt track & seven-furlong turf.
  • Important Records: N/A