Horse racing is a blood-pumping, heart-racing sport that is at least as old as the domestication of horses itself. From its origins in 4500 BC among central Asian nomads to the ancient Greek and Roman empires to the Arab world, it eventually became known as the sport of kings, especially in England. They discovered it in the 12th century around the time of the Crusades, but it was not until the 16th century and the reign of Queen Anne that it became a professional sport, with the foundation of the Jockey Club in 1750. It became extremely popular in the United States in the late 19th century starting after the end of the Civil War. Over the years, horse racing has been integral to the story lines of numerous classic movies from Hollywood, including National Velvet, Auntie Mame, and My Fair Lady; it has also been a major part of more recent films such as Hidalgo and Seabiscuit. These days, it is not necessary for you to be either a king or a queen in order to be able to enjoy it, or hold any kind of political office whatsoever; horse racing is a highly enjoyable sport for people from every type of background you can imagine! One of the most exciting places in the southwestern United States to go to watch a horse race is at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.
What started out as 19,000 acres of barren desert land became a racing track with a mile-long oval and a seven-furlong turf oval in 1954 when Walter Cluer purchased it. Turf Paradise opened in 1956. Even though skeptics believed the distance from Phoenix proper and the lack of well-maintained roads at the time would doom it to failure, it succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. It is the first professional franchise for any competitive sport in the state of Arizona. Walter Cluer is no longer with us, but he is still remembered today in a memorial stakes race. In 2003, Jerry Sims bought the property and invested in major renovations to bring it into the 21st century technologically. Now it is known as Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise.
Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise is open to the general public seven days a week during the racing season, which begins in October and ends in May. Full of mild, pleasant winters and plenty of sunshine, the gates to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise open at 11:00 AM, but on- and off-track simulcast racing begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. The upcoming thoroughbred races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise for this season include the Phoenix Gold Cup, the Sun City Handicap for both fillies and mares, and the Turf Paradise Handicap on February 10. While the last two races will offer a $30,000 guaranteed prize for the winner, the first one has a guaranteed first prize of $75,000.
Following those three races, the week after that on February 17 are the Arizona Oaks and the Turf Paradise Derby. March 10th brings the Scottsdale Handicap and the Tempe Handicap to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, each one with guaranteed $30,000 stakes. On March 31st, Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise will play host to the Wildcat Handicap and the Arizona Stallion stakes, and they are also going to have guaranteed stakes of $30,000. Rounding those out is the Lyman and Bradley Rollins Handicap and the Ann Owens Distaff Handicap; each of those races have guaranteed $25,000 stakes.
Whenever you take a little bit of time out of your busy schedule to come out to Phoenix, Arizona to spend an afternoon taking in the horse races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, you are more than likely to witness a lot of lifelong dreams of victory come true for jockeys and guests alike. Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise has awarded cash prizes of as much as $38,124 recently to an off-track betting winner at Mr. Haney’s Castaways on January 7. That could be you feeling the thrill of victory if you win a similar or greater cash payout, but obviously, you have to be in it to win it.
Off-track betting for the races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise does not require you to actually show up there to watch them live. In Phoenix, Arizona alone, there are several places where you can actually make bets on the races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, including the American Legion on N. 7th Street to the Armadillo Grill on E. Camelback Road. Gallagher’s Sports Grill is another good place to make off-track bets; it has four locations within the city of Phoenix. Other in-city locations that take off-track bets include the Azool Grill, Casey Jones Grill, Roman’s County Line, Padre Murphy, and the Purple Turtle. There are other locations throughout the state of Arizona that also take off-track bets for the races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise.
Every day provides a new opportunity for you to become a winner at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise. By logging into the website for Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise with a DRF Bets account, it allows you to take exclusive advantage of a lot of things non-subscribers do not have access to, such as analysis & picks, closer looks, and free enhanced entries. DRF Bets offer a reward account with varying levels of benefits based on how much money you put into it. If you put in $1,000 a month, then you can get $20 in DRF Store Cash and up to 1.5% cash back if you qualify. You are also entitled to all the basic perks of membership along with five- and ten-card formulators and enhanced points if you can afford to pay for the highest monthly wager of $8,000. Even a wager of $1,000 a month will get you more benefits than you would get from one of DRF’s competitors, and it does not offer a needlessly complicated system of points the way that some of the competition does.
Just like they say in television commercials: but wait, there’s more! Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise is not just limited to horse races. At Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, you can also watch dog races. There are other animals that come to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise to race. This year on March 17, Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise is going to be the home of a camel and ostrich race.
There are many more events at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise than just horse and dog races. 2018 is bringing something new and exciting: a bulldog fashion show at this year’s Super Saturday event! That’s right! For only $5, you can parade your bulldog around Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise and prove how much smarter, better-looking, and more talented he or she is than all the other bulldogs in the contest are. There are even races that involve humans: motorcycle races, that is. Every year since 2016 after horse racing season ends, Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise has hosted the Arizona Mile.
Needless to say, Super Saturday at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise has more than just that to offer. Food is never in short supply here. Special fiesta Sundays are a festive celebration full of Mexican cuisine and live music. If you like beer, then you definitely cannot miss the Budweiser Classic, part of Super Saturday at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise on February 10.
The Turf Club is the place to go to when you want to enjoy something a little bit more upscale. Reservations are recommended. Adjacent to that is the Turf Club Terrace, which you can rent out for different types of events from meetings to weddings. Meanwhile, if you are feeling hungry and you want to eat a meal without missing any of the action, then you can do it in the Clubhouse. This 1000-seat casual dining hall offers two bars and a deli to satisfy appetites both large and small. For a smaller, more intimate, upscale gathering, you might find your needs best served by the Director’s Suite, which offers a mesmerizing vantage point that allows you and your guests to look at the entire track and much of the surrounding area.
As if that was not enough to whet your appetite for fun and excitement, then take advantage of the opportunities that Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise offers for your dog to find a way to shine, especially if he is a wiener dog. This year’s Wiener Mania is on March 3rd; there are the adult, senior, and juvenile races, as well as non-racing entries and tickets for guests of Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise. Different levels also allow admission to different numbers of humans so you can enjoy the festivities and help Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise support a good cause: Arizona Adopt a Greyhound, Inc. and Happy Tails Doxie Rescue.
Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise has been the host of this event since 1990, and the donations these organizations receive help them make enough money not only to rescue these greyhounds but to feed and medicate them while they are waiting for someone to come along and adopt them. Every year, 100-200 former racing dogs find loving new homes this way, proving just how much Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise is invested in the long-term care and safety of the dogs that race here.
While it is fun to watch the horses and dogs racing at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, there is also on- and off-track simulcasting that allows you to watch races from all over the country, from Churchill Downs to Santa Anita. Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise has 14 big screen TV showing up to 28 race tracks a day out of 60 tracks offered throughout the year. There is no extra admission charge to bet in the air-conditioned, 1,000-seat Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise clubhouse, but there are concessions that are available for sale inside.
Children are welcome at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise. While they are not legally old enough to bet on the races, they are more than welcome to come and play at the Grandstand. There, you can let your kids run on the grass in the family picnic area, and if there’s a special event going on at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, then there will likely be something for them to play on, such as a bounce house. The Grandstand also has concession stands and bars as well as a gift shop and a recently added Party on the Rail. Located trackside right by the finish line, it enables you to invite your friends and family right to the race itself as you have a picnic or celebrate some special, meaningful event.
Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise is 24 miles from Sky Harbor Airport via either the AZ-51 or the 101 North. If you are looking for a place to stay that is conveniently located near Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise, then your best bet for that is probably going to be at the La Quinta Inns and Suites at I-17 and Greenway Road. It offers a special rate if you mention to the concierge that you have been to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise and you have documented proof of it. Parking is free, but there is a $6 charge for valet parking that goes up to $8 on Kentucky Derby Day. That’s right, you can watch the Kentucky Derby from inside the comfort of Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise and its clubhouses, with several dining options available. There are also buffets for the Breeders’ Cup, the Preakness & Belmont Stakes, and Mother’s Day.
Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise offers more than just horse and dog racing. It offers fine dining, music, and fun for all ages and every member of the family. If you think you can make money betting on horses, then do it responsibly, and do it at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise.