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Turf Paradise Derby

Ungraded race
Turf Paradise Derby
Location Turf Paradise
Phoenix, Arizona
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website turfparadise.com
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Turf Paradise Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually between early and mid February at Turf Paradise Race Course in Phoenix, Arizona. The race is open to three-year-old horses and is competed over a distance of one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. An ungraded stakes that is an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby, it currently offers a purse of $100,000.

Inaugurated in 1986, the Turf Paradise Derby was run at a distance of one mile but the following year was modified to its present distance of one-sixteenth miles.


Speed record:

  • 1:41.72 - Startac (2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Alfredo Guerrero (1989, 1990)
  • 2 - Tim Masters (1991, 1992)
  • 2 - Scott A. Stevens (1993, 2006)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 5 - Doug Oliver (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Alice Mettler (1989, 1990)
  • 2 - Allan Burdick / Arnulf & Rebecca Ueland (1991, 1992)
  • 2 - Dennis E. Weir (1996, 1999)

Winners of the Turf Paradise Derby






2010 Dixie Commander Wilson Dieguez Miyadi Blue Gate Corp. and Steve Miyadi 1:45.97
2009 Mayor Marv David Flores Bob Baffert Michael Pegram 1:43.23
2008 Nikki’sgoldensteed Jon Court Robert Hess Jr. Lomas & Spenser 1:42.81
2007 Tie Rod Juan G. Rivera Joe Johnson J. Pendergast/J. Johnson 1:43.91
2006 Keagan Scott A. Stevens Scott Kruljac Kruljac, Olsun et al. 1:43.90
2005 General John B Jon Court Roger Stein Ross McLeod 1:45.48
2004 Mambo Train Emile Ramsammy Marcelo Polanco Everest Stables 1:42.07
2003 Robledo David Flores Vladimir Cerin Push Push Stables 1:41.74
2002 Captain Squire Chance Rollins Donald Mills Jeff Diener/Robert Bone 1:41.76
2001 Startac Alex Solis Simon Bray A. E Paulson Trust 1:41.72
2000 Gilty Moment Luis H. Jauregui Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing 1:42.60
1999 Eagleton Isaias Enriquez Kevin Lewis Dennis E. Weir 1:47:80
1998 Availability Garrett Gomez Walter Greenman Verne Winchell 1:44.20
1997 White Hot Danny Sorenson Kathy Walsh Dolan & Duggan 1:44.40
1996 Bombay Sandi L. Gann Kevin Lewis Jim & Dennis E. Weir 1:44.20
1995 Speed Predicted Jake Barton Doug Oliver K. & W. Underwood 1:43.40
1994 Screaming Don Joey Castro Lanny Sharp Said, Heim & Sharp 1:42.00
1993 Smokin Albert Scott A. Stevens Zenon Lipowicz Phon Sutton 1:42.60
1992 Wavering Scene Tim Masters Doug Oliver A. Burdick/A.& R Ueland 1:48.40
1991 Honor the Hero Tim Masters Doug Oliver A. Burdick/A. & R. Ueland 1:44.80
1990 Axe Age Alfredo Guerrero Doug Oliver Alice Mettler 1:42.60
1989 Stalixis Alfredo Guerrero Doug Oliver Alice Mettler 1:44.60
1988 Art's Angel Darrel McHargue Neil French Robert & Bonnie Walker 1:44.20
1987 Three Phase Carl Kutz Bart Hone Sky Hi Stable 1:43.60
1986 Chuck N Luck Kenneth Hare Creed Botts Donald Baldwin 1:36.40


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