Horse Racing
Top Trainers, Jockeys to Defend Titles as Turf Paradise Gears Up for October 5 Opening Day
Sep 19, 2013, 10:00

(Phoenix) With stables expected to be at capacity of 2,000 race horses, Turf Paradise is set to open its 58th season of racing.

A 155-day race meet will run from October 5 thru May 6. Live racing will be conducted Saturday thru Wednesday, with weekday post times of 1:00 pm and weekday posts at 12:30 pm.

Over 200 trainers from 24 states and four provinces of Canada have been allotted stalls for the upcoming meet. Last seasonís leading trainer Miguel Silva is back with 56 horses as is leading stakes trainer, Canadian-based Robertino Diodoro with 60 horses. In fact, all of the top 10 trainers will be returning for the new season.

Jockey leader Geovanni Franco along with top runner-ups Scott Stevens, Anne Von Rosen and Daniel Vergara are returning as Turf Paradise starts its 58th season.

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (15th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizonaís first sports franchise. Learn more at

Who: Turf Paradise
What: Opening Day at Turf Paradise
When: October 5th Gates open at 11a.m.
Where: Turf Paradise 1501 West Bell Road
Why: To start the 58th season of horseracing in Arizona
How Much: Grandstand admission is just $2