Horse racing is Open at the Rillito Race Track

Thousands of people went to Rillito, now in it’s 76th year of live horse racing, for opening day.

This year, the Rillito Race Track is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to launch the Rillito Equine Wellness Program. Students will be able to receive college credit through the program and work alongside trainers, scientists, and veterinarians.

Races will continue each weekend through March 17. Post time is 1:30 p.m.

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