December 8, 2018 - Southwest: Fun In The Sun

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Tucson's Rillito Park creates racing fans

By Alexa Ravit

IF ASKED TO NAME A STATE known for horse racing, few would men-tion Arizona. Although Turf Paradise outside Phoenix runs for parts of eight months a year, the state does not host a graded stakes race for Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses. Yet, at a dusty bullring track in Tucson, racing is alive, and is starting to make waves. In the shadows of the Santa Catalina Mountains sits Rillito Park, a historic landmark that has survived decades of adversity to become the epitome of resolve, a learning laboratory for the next generation of racing leaders, and the embodiment of the live racetrack experience.

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