Arizona is one of just a handful of states in the United States that offers a year-round racing circuit. Turf Paradise, located in Phoenix, Arizona, runs one of the longest race meets in the country -- the meet typically, begins in late October, and continues through the first week of May. Arizona Downs, located in Prescott Valley (about 80 miles north of Phoenix), runs a summer schedule from late May through September. Rillito Park Race Track (Tucson, Arizona), southern Arizona’s horse racing venue, runs a boutique meet in February and March with the help of the students from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. Rillito Park has been recognized nationally as the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing.
Arizona has two county fairs that currently offer live racing. Santa Cruz County, southwest of Tucson, Arizona, runs a two-day meet on the first weekend of May. Cochise County runs a two-day live racing meet in Douglas, Arizona, a community on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Horse Racing Locations:
Turf Paradise October through May (602) 942-1101 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023 ADG Racing Licensing Office 602-866-1890 turfparadise.com
Rillito Park Race Track February and March (520) 745-5486 4502 North 1st Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718 rillitoracetrack.com
Arizona Downs May through September (928) 227-1996 10501 E. Route 89A, Prescott Valley, Arizona 86315 arizonadowns.com
County Fairs (Live Racing):
Cochise County Horse Racing Commission (Douglas, AZ) May 18 & 19, 2019 (520) 364-3819 3677 N Leslie Canyon Road Douglas, AZ 85607 cochisecountyfair.org
Santa Cruz County Fair (Sonoita, AZ) May 4 & 5, 2019 (520) 455-5553 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita, AZ 85637 sonoitafairgrounds.com