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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘The Industry Is Changing, Not Dying’

Florida native Mitch Gerson has much more experience in the horse racing industry than his 24 years would indicate. He has worked for multiple trainers, including Charles Simon, Todd Pletcher, and Kiaran McLaughlin. Gerson has also filled many roles during each of his four Rillito Park race meets. Starting as a timing and photo finish […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Great ‘Triple Crown On The Radio’ Story

Growing up in a military family, Taylor Owens has moved all over the country. When she was only eight years old, she visited Prairie Meadows in Iowa to see her uncle’s horse run. From that visit, she knew she wanted a career as a racehorse trainer. When she was old enough, Owens spent summers learning […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Fresh Eyes, Fresh Ears, And Enthusiasm’

Tucson native Claudia Alvarez is seeking her second bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona through the Race Track Industry Program. Her first degree is in Visual Communications, with an emphasis on graphic design and illustration. At the time of her first graduation, she had still not been bitten by the racing bug. Since entering […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘More And Better Turf Racing’ A Positive

Growing up, Jacob Shepard was a city boy who was a fan of racing. He watched racing on TV, had a subscription to The Blood-Horse and would go to racetracks and breeding farms in Kentucky with his parents on spring break from school. Around age 14, his family moved to a small farm south of […]

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Rillito Racetrack Launches Equine Wellness Program In Partnership With University Of Arizona

Rillito Park racetrack in Tucson, Ariz., is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to launch the Rillito Equine Wellness Program. The purpose of the Equine Wellness Program is to create a racing environment whereby the health and safety of horses and riders is a primary objective. “The health and […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: A Proper Introduction

It’s amazing how the proper introduction to horse racing can set a person on a journey they never expected. Add Nina Nez to that list of people. While pursuing a degree in equine science at the University of Arizona, Nez took a class called Introduction to the Animal Racing Industry. She was quickly intrigued by […]

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Rillito Park Chips In To Help Horses In Abuse Case

Rillito Park Race Track has joined in the rescue effort to rehabilitate 30 horses seized as part of an abuse case in Pima County, Ariz. The horses were characterized by the Pima County Sherriff’s Office as abused and neglected at a property in Oro Valley, according to KGUN 9 News. The station reports their former […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Driven To Succeed

Ashley Hentges got on a horse for the first time when she was 4 years old; and riding became a way of life. Barbaro made her a racing fan at age ten; and a trip to Arlington Park crystallized her destiny. Hentges was going to attend the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: An Eye On Regulation

Claudia Alvarez needed a hobby; just something to fill her free time. In May of 2015, she found horse racing. Already a University of Arizona graduate with a degree in visual communications, horse racing brought her back to UA to join the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to pursue a second degree and a career […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Cowboy Up!

Jayson Campbell is a real cowboy. And he wears his nickname of “Cowboy” with pride. The Safford, Ariz., native has been on the back of a horse most of his life and has competed in events from rodeo to jumping. So, it was no surprise that he jumped at the opportunity to be a morning […]

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