Historic Rillito Park Sets 2019 Race Dates
The historic track's annual winter season opens February 9.

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Historic Rillito Park Sets 2019 Race Dates

TUCSON, AZ—NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Rillito Park Racetrack in Tucson, Arizona, will open its 2019 winter race meet on February 9.

Live racing will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays through March 17. Rillito Park is also home to the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Internship Program with as many as four dozen students helping produce race events. Rillito is also hosts PRISE, the Paribet Racing Industry Student Experience training up to 30 students per season in jobs related to horse racing careers.

The track's 2019 race dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 9 Opening Weekend - Pima County Fair Racing
  • Sunday, Feb. 10 Opening Weekend - Pima County Fair Racing
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 Military & First Responders - Pima County Fair Racing
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 Arizona VIPs
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 University of Arizona Days - Pima County Fair Racing - El Moro De Cumpas Trials
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 University of Arizona Days
  • Saturday, March 2 Rillito History Day
  • Sunday, March 3 Mardi Gras Celebration
  • Saturday, March 9 Western Heritage Days - Country Concert
  • Sunday, March 10 Western Heritage Days
  • Saturday, March 16 Hispanic Heritage - El Moro De Cumpas
  • Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

Post times for Saturday and Sunday racing is 1:30 p.m. (MST). Rillito Race Track will again air simulcasts for parimutuel wagering available from tracks around the country. Bert W. Martin Foundation and the Warden Family provided the major funding of Rillito Park Foundation.

Rillito Park opened in the 1940s and is considered the birthplace of modern Quarter Horse racing. World famous horses such as Shue Fly, Joe Reed II, Piggin String, Hard Twist, Queenie and Miss Panama all raced there. A American Quarter Horse historical marker was placed at the track in 1996.

For more information about the winter race meet, table reservations and sponsorships, visit or call 520-RILLITO.