Oct 22 Goffs UK Autumn Sale (includes Silver Yearling Sale) HIPS
Oct 26 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2020 October Yearling Sale HIPS
Oct 26 Tattersalls 2020 Autumn Horses in Training Sale HIPS
Nov 8 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2020 November Sale of Selected Breeding Stock HIPS
Nov 9 Keeneland 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale HIPS
View All Auctions

Live Racing to Resume at Turf Paradise in January

An 84-day meet will run from Jan. 2 to May 1 in 2021.

Racing at Turf Paradise

Racing at Turf Paradise

Coady Photography

Turf Paradise and the Arizona Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (AZHBPA) have agreed to resume live racing at the Phoenix-based oval with an 84-day meeting running from January 2 thru May 1, 2021.

The meet would run on a five-day a week schedule, Saturday thru Wednesday. Horsemen can arrive Nov. 19 for stall preparations and then bring horses into the stable area Nov. 25. Training would begin Dec. 2.

The decision to resume live racing follows weeks of talks between the AZHBPA and Turf management. The forum for on-going discussions between the two sides was provided by Rudy Casillas, the Director for the Division of Racing, and the state's regulatory body for the sport.

Last season was cut short because of COVID-19 and the meet ended March 14. 

In a letter penned by Casillas and addressed to Bob Hutton, President of the AZHBPA and Jerry Simms, the owner of Turf Paradise, he said, "Many thanks to both of you for finally reaching terms to allow for the racing industry to move forward. The Licensees and horseracing patrons will be pleased."

"The AZHBPA is all about live racing," said Hutton. "The AZHBPA is enthusiastic to help provide the opportunity for horsemen to race close to home and be with their families. Racing close to home will help eliminate unnecessary travel expenses and financial anxiety for our members."

"We're happy for our horsemen that they're going to be racing," said Simms. "Unfortunately we still have to deal with Covid-19, and we will. We thank Rudy Casillas for bringing us together and getting this done."

Industry News Releases - In support of Thoroughbred industry organizations, BloodHorse is posting news releases relating to the industry. The releases have not been edited by Blood-Horse. If there are any questions please contact the organization that has produced the news release as directed in the news release.