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Rillito Park Horse Racetrack

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Address: 13477 North Heritage Gateway, Tucson, AZ
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Historical landmark for quarter horse racing for 50 year.

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Historic Tucson Horse Track

This track opened in 1943 and is the home to the beginningt of Quarter Horse Racing in America. Open only on week ends during the months of Feb. & Mar. this is not Churchill... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Paul G
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This track opened in 1943 and is the home to the beginningt of Quarter Horse Racing in America. Open only on week ends during the months of Feb. & Mar. this is not Churchill Downs or Santa Anita or Gulfstream, what it is, is a fantastic local track that is well worth a visit. Parking is $2.00, general admission is... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great local place. It's fun too just people watch and feel the excitement. The entrance fee was doable. The one word of caution. Go early as the parking lot fills quickly.

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We are racing enthusiasts so when my son mentioned this we said why not? What a blast, this is not Churchill Downs, Delmar or Arlington Park but it is good inexpensive racing. Also a great up close experience. You can see and feel the passion of the jockeys and the trainers. Food and drink good and inexpensive. I will definatly... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great time making simple 2$ bets and cheering for our horses. Without really knowing what we doing we ended up winning for the day! Bring your binoculars.

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Tucson, Arizona
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Went to an 8-race card on opening day 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed Tuscon's version of a day at the races. Rillito has been around since 1943 and is enthusiastically supported by the local community even though publicity/promotion is sadly lacking. A million dollars has recently been funded for a much needed update of the infrastructure and hopefully this will keep... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

You can bet as little as $2. Plenty of parking and $5 to get in per person. Before the race you can get up close and see each of the horses. Fun atmosphere. They have food and drink carts outside. The pizza was yummy!

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1 Thank PortsTraveler
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118 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

Watching the ponies run is so exciting that next year I will be looking at season passes. The saddle room is in need of improvements. Some cosmetic, some staff corrections and the food needs a complete overhaul. However, the feel of this place is wonderful. I feel like "the Profit", I see success in this place if managed right and... More 

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Park City, Utah
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

It was a really fun day at the races! I love to watch Quarter Horse races (especially when they face the TBs), and I had a lot of fun! The only down side is that unfortunately now you have to pay for parking, to get in the clubhouse and the typical betting, drinking etc. I was bummed to have to... More 

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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Every year we are in Tucson we go to this track and it is an interesting and in expensive experience. But know that the specialty is quarter horse racing. About 50% of the races are only about 330 yards long and take 18-20 seconds from the top of the stretch to the finish line (the other half are more like... More 

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118 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2015

This was a first experience so we sat in the club house. The wagering staff were very helpful to me since I was such a rookie to the sport. The food was not so great as was the service. Very unorganized staff and the food was below ballpark standard However, the atmosphere was great and my wife and I are... More 

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