Rillito Opposes Proposed Bill to End Arizona Dog Racing

The bill would eventually revert management of county OTBs to Turf Paradise.

Rillito Park management opposes a bill that would shut down Tucson Greyhound Park and end live dog racing in Arizona.

The managers of Rillito Park Racetrack are opposed to a bill that would end live racing at Tucson Greyhound Park, Arizona's last remaining greyhound track.

A proposed state law would allow Tucson Greyhound Park to end its dog races and still operate its eight off-track wagering facilities in Pima County for two years. Animal rights groups and Tucson Greyhound Park support the bill.

Rillito Park general manager Michael Weiss said that, while his track would like to get into the OTB business, it does not run enough live races to qualify.

"The fact that we can't run 140 days, we can't step into the (OTB) business," Weiss told KVOA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tucson. "The only one that can get in the business is Turf Paradise in Maricopa County, which means all the monies wagered in Pima County will be going to support Maricopa."

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