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Rillito Racetrack to mark 75th anniversary with horse races

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Rillito Race Track will celebrate its 75th Anniversary this spring with live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing action. 

Live racing will be begin in February every weekend through mid-March at the historic site, famous as the birthplace of modern day Quarter Horse racing.  

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be a feature attraction the first weekend of March.

Day Date                Theme                                                        National Anthem Performer

Sat  Feb 10            Opening Weekend                               Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus  

Sun Feb 11           Opening Weekend                               Brittany Bohland

Sat Feb 17             Military & First Responders       DMAFB

Sun Feb 18           Arizona VIP Day                                  Brittany Bohland

Sat Feb 24             University of Arizona                      UA Pep Band  

Sun Feb 25           University of Arizona                      UA Pep Band  

Sat Mar 3               Budweiser Clydesdales                  Brittany Bohland

Sun Mar 4             Budweiser Clydesdales                  Brittany Mazur

Sat Mar 10            Hispanic Heritage                               Mariachi Azteca

Sun Mar 11          Hispanic Heritage                               Los Changuitos Feos (Tentative)

Sat Mar 17            St. Patrick’s Day                                   Crystal Stark

Sun Mar 18          Closing Day                                             Leighton Rockefeller (Tentative)

Michael Weiss begins his third year as General Manager and Scott Little joins him this season as Assistant Manager. Both are alumni of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. “The celebration of 75 years is quite an accomplishment, and we look forward to an action-packed winter meet, including a visit from the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales,” according to General Manager Mike Weiss. “We expect to have as many as 30 U of A students interested in the racing industry from the Race Track Industry Program working at the track and will have an alumni reunion this year”, said Weiss.

Post times for Saturday and Sunday racing is 1:00pm. Again this season Rillito Race Track will air simulcasts and pari-mutuel wagering available from tracks around the country.  Bert W. Martin Foundation and Chandler Warden and family provided the major funding of Rillito Park Foundation. For more information about the winter race meet, table reservations and sponsorships, visit www.rillitoracetrack.com or call 520-RILLITO.

###Rillito Racing Inc. has an agreement with Pima County to operate the track under the auspices of Rillito Park Foundation through 2021.  The park is on the national register of historic places.  The facility is the site of horse racing, the Jelk’s Farm Studhouse, the largest farmer’s market in southern Arizona, soccer fields, special events and festivals and is in the Pima County Park system.

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