Rillito Park Race Track

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Rillito Park Race Track Facts

  • Address: 4502 North First Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85718 
  • Phone: (520) 745-5486
  • Website: www.rillitoracetrack.com
  • Main Track (Dirt): 5/8 mile (oval) with four furlong and 550 yard chutes.
  • Stretch length: 660 feet

Known as the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing, Rillito Park has been hosting races since 1943.

Notable Stakes and Listed Racing Events at Rillito Park

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

Rillito Park Racing and Track History

Rillito Park first opened in 1942 and offers Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing in Tucson, Arizona. The track has historic relevance among race fans as it is the birthplace of modern Quarter Horse racing. Over the years Rillito Park continued to innovate as it added the first three-eighths mile straightaway or the “chute system” that we see as standard at most modern race tracks. The speed of the racing lead track officials to look for solutions that would allow them to better report race times, thus leading to the development and implementation of the "photo finish".

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.