The waiting is almost over for horseracing fans as Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, gets ready to start its 63rd season on Saturday, Oct. 13. In addition to a full card of live, local horseracing the day will also feature ceremonies honoring veterans, Native American veterans, and first responders.

Visitors will enjoy live music, a kids’ fun park and a barbeque tent. The season begins as fans are celebrating yet another Triple Crown victory by Justify, trained by Arizona’s own Bob Baffert.

Opening day’s featured race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes. Gates open at 11a.m. and the first post time is 12:55 p.m. Grandstand admission is $3 and general parking is free.

Turf Paradise will also offer free grandstand admission to veterans, active military, as well as police officers and firefighters (with ID). For more information, call 602-942-1101 or visit



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