Rillito Park



4502 North First Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85718 Web:

Racing Season: Feb 7 – April 12 Saturday and Sunday: post time 1:00 MT

Notable Rillito Park Racing Events

  • $20,000 El Moro De Cumpas Stakes (QH)
  • $20,000 El Moro Rematch (QH)
  • $10,000 Budweiser Pima County Classic

History of Horse Racing at Rillito Park

Rillito Park first opened in 1942, and even 73 years later, offers Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing in Tucson, Arizona. Notable events, such as the first starting gate chute and the earliest use of photo-electric timers, have earned the charming five furlong track a place on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to its role in Quarter Horse history, the track also witnessed Bob Baffert’s first win as a Thoroughbred trainer in 1979 and continues to be a living laboratory for students of the Race Track Industry Program at nearby University of Arizona.