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Record Number of Horses Expected for Turf Paradise’s New Season
The first of over 1,980 expected horses arrived today (Sept. 12) to fill the 2,046 available stalls as Turf Paradise Race Course prepares to open its 62nd season in mid-October.
A 132-day race meet will run from October 14 thru May 6, 2018. Racing will be conducted primarily on five-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday with a first race post of 12:55 pm.
There will be three special live race day Fridays: Nov. 1, the first day of the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championship simulcasts; the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 and May 4, to accommodate the Kentucky Oaks simulcast.
“This has been a record response from horsemen and issuance of stalls,” said Director of Racing, Mike Harlow. “In addition to our regulars coming back, we’ve also had an increase of trainers who’ve raced here before and are now returning after a few years absence plus an influx of new trainers, racing here for the first time.”
There are seven returning trainers and a half-dozen new trainers, representing over 200 new horses. “It should be a good race meet,” Harlow added.
The Top 10 trainers are expected back, headed by the 60-horse stable of Robertino Diordoro, who will be seeking his fifth consecutive trainer’s title. Others among the Top 10 trainers returning are, Miguel Silva, Jeff Metz, Joe Toye, Dan McFarlane, Kevin Eikleberry, Molly Pearson and Stetson Rushton.