The 2020 Winter Meet will have 7 weekends of live racing, February 8 through March 22, 2020. This year includes 14 live race days! Gates open at 10 a.m. on race days. Dates are subject to approval by Arizona Board of Racing and may change.
Thirty abused horses were relocated after they were rescued by volunteers with the Rillito Race Track. The Pima County Sheriff's Department identified them as abused, neglected and in bad shape at a property in Oro Valley. KGUN 9 News
Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year.
Horse racing proceedings at Rillito Park Racetrack Feb. 10-11 had a distinctly Wildcat-like feel to them, with University of Arizona students at the helm of nearly every facet of race-day operations. That’s all by design, according to the tracks General Manager and UA alum Michael Weiss.
A former race horse captured everyone’s attention Thursday afternoon as students from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program took over the UA Mall in support of Rillito Park’s 75th Annual horse racing season starting Saturday, Feb. 10.
They are two desert racetracks separated by some 8,378 miles and hundreds of millions of dollars. But the tracks share two things: a passion for fast horses and the thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert.