Pima County Supervisors to Vote on Extension of Racing at Rillito Park

The vote will take place on December 13 in Tucson.

Rillito Park Racetrack

On December 13, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote on a contract that would guarantee live racing at historic Rillito Park through 2021.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will on December 13 vote on whether or not to extend live horse racing at Rillito Park in Tucson through 2021.

A meeting will precede the vote in Tucson at 130 West Congress Street, first floor, beginning at 9 a.m. (MST).

On January 19, 2016, the board of supervisors approved an extension of live racing at Rillito through June 30 of this year. The Rillito Park Foundation has been awarded a $1-million grant for improvements to the park's racing facilities, but the grant is predicated on a minimum four-year agreement for operation of the racing facilities through the 2021 racing season.

Rillito Park is historically significant, as it is recognized as the birthplace of organized American Quarter Horse racing and the photo finish. The track opened in 1943. The American Quarter Horse Foundation placed a historical marker at the track in '96.

Rillito Park's 2017 season runs weekends from February 11-March 19.

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