Rillito Temporary Permit OKd

Rillito has tentative dates to race in 2015.

Press Release

Rillito is expected to race in 2015.

The Arizona Racing Commission gave temporary approval for a permit to conduct a 20-day live racing meet at historic Rillito Park in Tucson beginning in February of 2015.

The decision by the Commission during a special telephone meeting held on October 21 allows for management of Rillito Racing Inc. to begin preparations for live racing at the Tucson facility, while its commercial racetrack application is under substantive review. The temporary permit remains in effect until such time as the permit review process is complete and the Commission has made its final decision.

In July of 2014, the Pima County Board of Supervisors awarded a lease of the racetrack facility to the Rillito Racing, Inc., a subsidiary of the non-profit Rillito Park Racing Foundation. The group won the competitive bid against the Pima County Horsemen’s Association, which conducted the race meet for more than 25 years.

The proposed 20-day meet calls for racing on Saturdays and Sundays from February 7 through April 11. In addition, two special Friday cards are planned for March 27 and April 10. On Easter Sunday no racing will be conducted.

The proposed schedule is as follows:

Feb. 7-Live Racing Day 1
Feb. 8-Live Racing Day 2
Feb. 14-Live Racing Day 3
Feb. 15-Live Racing Day 4
Feb. 21-Live Racing Day 5
Feb. 22-Live Racing Day 6
Feb. 28-Live Racing Day 7
March 1-Live Racing Day 8
March 7-Live Racing Day 9
March 8-Live Racing Day 10
March 14-Live Racing Day 11
March 15-Live Racing Day 12
March 21-Live Racing Day 13
March 22-Live Racing Day 14
Friday, March 27—Live Racing Day 15
March 28–Live Racing Day 16
March 29-Live Racing Day 17
Sat., April 4—Live Racing Day 18
Friday, April 10-Live Racing Day 19
Sat., April 11-Live Racing Day 20

The Arizona Racing Commission is a five-member board that prepares and adopts rules to govern racing meetings as may be required to protect and promote the safety and welfare of the animals participating in racing meetings; protect and to promote public health, safety and the proper conduct of racing and pari-mutuel wagering.

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