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5845 N Calle Tiburon Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85704
Rillito Park Horse Race Track
Rillito Downs Park Racetrack is a five-eighths mile racing in Tucson, Arizona. This recently remodeled track offers Quarterhorse, Thoroughbred and on occasion, even Arabian horse racing.
This famous track on the banks of the Rillito River was the birthplace of many racing innovations still in use today. The Southern Arizona Horse Breeders Association, the organization that pioneered Quarter Horse Racing in Tucson, had been hosting races at the Hacienda Moltacqua track since 1941. When Moltacqua was sold in 1943, J. Rukin Jelks volunteered to use the training track on his ranch.
Under the direction of Melville Haskell, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee, and Van Smelker, who later became head of the AQHA Performance Department, SAHBA experimented with grading races, weighted handicaps, futurities, derbies and stake races, and photo-electric timers. World famous sprinters such as Shue Fly, Joe Reed II, Piggin String, Hard Twist, Queenie, and Miss Panama all ran at Rillito.
Rillito Park Race Track's season lasts the months of January to March, with a live racing schedule on Saturdays and Sundays. The property has two restaurants, ADA accessible facilities, grandstand, barns, training area, special events, soccer/multi-use fields, picnic areas, ramadas, restrooms, and drinking water. All with the beautiful mountain foothills as the back drop.
Historical landmark of horse racing for more than 50 years!
4502 North First Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85718-5607
Santa Cruz County Horse Races (Sonoita)
The Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo host its annual Santa Cruz County Horse Races (Sonoita) the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. Live quarter horse and thoroughbred racing, including live simulcast and wagering of the Kentucky Derby. Full card simulcasting from Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona. Also running of the Lewis Memorial, the Santa Cruz County Derby.
Thank you to everyone who help to make the horse races such a success. Santa Cruz County Horse Races have great members who have volunteered their time to put the races on. Without them the Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association would not be able to host the horse races.
So come on out and enjoy a mint julep and have a great time watching and wagering on some of Arizona's finest race horses! Food and merchandise vendors on grounds. Gates open at 10 am, daily post time is 1 PM. Race track opens for training first week in March.
The Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association, located at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, is 1/4 mile south of the Highway 82, Highway 83 junction in Sonoita, Arizona. The Santa Cruz County Horse Races are 40 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona with easy access from I-10. At 5000' we maintain a year round temperature 10-15 degrees cooler than Tucson.
The Fairgrounds are situated on 36.5 acres with parking for approximately 2000. A covered grandstand area seats 2200, 180 horse stalls, 1/2 mile race track, lighted rodeo arena, performance arena, club house with kitchen, exhibition halls and RV hookups are also available for outside events. Contact for availability and rates.
3142 South Highway 83
P.O. Box 85
Sonoita, AZ 85637
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