Horses are known for their beauty. Witness true elegance with this GrouponLive deal to see horse racing at Turf Paradise from inside the Clubhouse and Turf Club, the facility's multitiered VIP dining room (proper attire is required). Choose from the following options:
For $20, you get a race package for two (up to a $40 total value):
For $40, you get a race package for four (up to an $80 total value):
- Four admissions to the Turf Club or Clubhouse (up to a $4 value each)
- Four reserved seats (up to a $5 value each)
- $20 worth of food at the Clubhouse or Turf Club. See the Clubhouse menu and Turf Club menu.
- Two desserts (a $5 value each)
- Two racing programs (a $2 value each)
- A $10 voucher for the gift shop
For $60, you get a race package for six (up to a $120 total value):
- Six admissions to the Turf Club or Clubhouse (up to a $4 value each)
- Six reserved seats (up to a $5 value each)
- $30 worth of food at the Clubhouse or Turf Club. See the Clubhouse menu and Turf Club menu.
- Three desserts (a $5 value each)
- Three racing programs (a $2 value each)
- A $15 voucher for the gift shop
On Friday–Tuesday from early October through early May, Turf Paradise's seven-furlong course rumbles beneath galloping hooves as racers compete for various titles and prizes. The 2012–13 season lays out a full calendar of events, including the Queen of the Green Stakes on October 27 and the Cactus Flower Stakes on November 24, which features only state-bred fillies and mares with Arizona license plates on their saddles. During the races, guests can watch the action while dining on sandwiches, salads, and desserts at the Turf Club, a dining room whose expansive windows overlook the track.
Turf Paradise opened in 1956, two years after businessman Walter Cluer purchased 1,400 acres of desert on which to build a track for racing more than tumbleweeds and armadillos. The hot setting turned out to be one of the track's greatest assets, though, as Turf Paradise now plays host to one of the longest thoroughbred-racing seasons in the United States.
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.