Unlike racecars, horses don't run on gasoline or explode when punched by Sylvester Stallone. Watch a more graceful race with this Groupon.
- $20 for a race-day package for two (a $40 value)
- When: any live racing event during the 2013—14 season; see the calendar
- Where: Turf Paradise
- Seating: reserved, inside the Turf Club or Clubhouse
- Door time: 11 a.m. daily
- Clubhouse or Turf Club admission (a $4 value each)
- Reserved seats (a $5 value each)
- One program (a $2 value)
- One shared dessert (a $6.50 value)
- One popcorn (a $3.50 value)
- $10 worth of other food and beverages
The Scouting Report
Every week from October through early May, Turf Paradise's seven-furlong course rumbles beneath galloping hooves as racers compete for various titles and prizes. The 2013—14 season lays out a full calendar of events, as well as simulcasting opportunities on dark days. During live races, guests can watch the action while dining on sandwiches, salads, and desserts at the Turf Club. There, expansive windows overlook the track, allowing guests to cheer for their picks and play pretend emperor by giving horses a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
Before professional football, baseball, or basketball had even arrived in Arizona, Turf Paradise was thrilling crowds with horseracing. The state's first professional sports franchise, Turf Paradise opened its gates on January 7, 1956—just two years after businessman Walter Cluer had purchased 1,400 acres of barren desert to build the facility. Since Cluer, only a handful of owners have presided over Turf Paradise, and each has left their mark. For instance, in 2003, owner Jerry Simms built a state-of-the-art equine pool where horses can train or relax during a rousing game of equine Marco Polo. But horses aren't the only ones who have enjoyed improvements over the years. For its visitors, Turf Paradise boasts several dining areas, VIP clubs, and a grandstand, and at both of its entrances, the facility greets guests with stunning 90-foot marquees.