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$100,000 Stakes Win for an Arizona-Bred

An Arizona-Bred gelding is making waves this summer! Bushrod won the $100,000 Mystic Lake Turf Express Stakes on August 25, 2018. Bushrod not only won this stakes race, but 18 days later Bushrod won a $100,000 Starter Allowance at Kentucky Downs (September 12, 2018). Bushrod was sold as a yearling in the 2014 ATBA Fall Mixed Sale for $5,700. Roger P. Downes is the breeder of this gelding, it was sold to Doug Oliver and consigned by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm LLC as agent. This gelding has been claimed several times, and the new owners Judd Becker and Tim Rosin have owned him for 6 starts – with 3 third place finishes and 3 first place finishes. Please come and join us on November 15, 2018 at the ATBA Fall Mixed Sale, to purchase your next $100,000 Stakes winner!

Notice to Horsemen: Health certificates for upcoming Turf Paradise season

All horsemen entering Turf Paradise will need to have a current Health Certificate for all horses indicating vaccination for EHV-1 no less than 14 days and no more than 90 days prior to arrival. A current negative Coggins is required for all horses shipping in to Turf Paradise. All current vaccinations are recommended. Contact the […]

Arizona Downs open for simulcasting

The former Yavapai Downs racetrack has reopened with a new name. The new ownership of the track in Prescott Valley has changed its name to Arizona Downs, which was the name of a former racetrack in Phoenix that opened in 1951 at one site and later ran its annual race meetings by leasing Turf Paradise […]

Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity – Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Second Annual Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity will be ran on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The futurity is the seventh race on an eight card race closing out the 2017-2018 Turf Paradise Meet. There were three trials ran on April 14, 2018, and the first four of each trial qualified. The top six finishers […]

Champions showcased on Arizona Breeders’ Festival card

Three newly minted Arizona-bred champions of 2017 went to post on Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Festival day at Turf Paradise on April 21, and each returned a winner in their respective events. Fortified Effort, champion Arizona-bred 2-year-old male of 2017, bounced back from a unplaced outing in the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby to win the […]

ATBA Breeders Banquet, Festival coming soon

The ATBA Breeders Banquet is slated for Friday, April 20, to be followed on Saturday by the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Festival, a stakes-filled day at Turf Paradise for Arizona-breds. The banquet, to be held at the Turf Club Terrace at Turf Paradise, begins with a no-host bar at 5:30 pm, with dinner starting at 7 pm. The […]

The Jockey Club announces new mares bred report fee for 2018

The Jockey Club has announced that starting with the 2018 breeding season, there will be a $35 charge for each mare reported bred. The fee is earmarked to support thoroughbred aftercare initiatives: the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP). For more information: See the full story […]