Rillito Park

Coronavirus Concerns: Turf Paradise Ends Season Early, Parx Cancels For Two Weeks

While a number of racetracks have continued live racing without allowing patrons on-site, several other tracks have announced racing cancellations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Turf Paradise Turf Paradise is ending its season immediately due to the Coronavirus, and to assist Arizona in slowing the spread of the illness. As state and federal officials […]

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Jockey Richard Gamez Dies After Fall At Rillito Park

Jockey Richard Gamez succumbed to injuries sustained after a fall at Rillito Park on Sunday, reports Gamez was transported to the Banner-University Medical Center after his mount, Drama Is Overrated, stumbled and unseated him during the fifth race. The long-time Rillito rider later died due to his injuries. He was 67 years old. Read […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Always Knew I Loved Animals’

For Kaila Sereg, her first experience working at the racetrack was a winning one. Kaila, who was an integral part of Rillito’s Equine Wellness Program came in with the will to learn the veterinarian side of the racing industry. However, throughout the six weeks of racing in Tucson, Ariz., she gained a vast amount of […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘It’s Like March Madness Only It’s Every Single Race Day’

Illinois-bred Abel Zander grew up outside Chicago, so it’s fitting that his interest in racing sprang from a trip to Arlington Park. After cashing a ticket on Sarava in the 2002 Belmont, his interest in racing reached a crescendo when he enrolled in the Race Track Industry Program in 2016. Since enrolling at the University […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Positive Changes’ In Store

Though Hugh Alan Drexler was born in Massachusetts, his family is deeply rooted in Puerto Rico’s thoroughbred racing scene. Around the time his father lost his bug allowance as a jockey, the family relocated to Massachusetts. Due to his frequent family visits back to Puerto Rico, Hugh is an English-Spanish bilingual who appreciates all aspects […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Dedicated To ‘Health, Safety And Protection Of The Animals’

Arizona-Bred Elise Peters got her first taste of the racing industry at the 2019 Rillito Park race meet. Through the PRISE program, Elise learned the sport expands far beyond a five-week span starting on the first Saturday in May. The atmosphere and camaraderie of Rillito helped increase Elise’s passion for the sport; however, it all […]

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PariBet Racetrack Student Experience: With A Racing Pedigree, Seeking A Hands-On Role

Cal-bred Nick Fanucchi may have been born into the industry, but as time has gone on his love for the sport has continued to flourish. Since joining the Race Track Industry Program, Nick has experienced many different aspects of the business and has developed a broad perspective on the different jobs that make horse racing […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: An Eye On Equine Wellness

Elisabeth Carter has been riding horses as long as she can remember. She has competed in rodeos since junior high all the way to the collegiate level and has competitively barrel raced for over ten years. She currently serves as vice president of the Southern Arizona Barrel Racing Association. Carter also trains her own horses […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Learning (Yet) Another Language

New Mexico-bred Kietzecume Garcia is no stranger to the horse. He spent much of his childhood working with horses on the ranches around Santa Ana Pueblo where he grew up. Garcia’s interest in racing started to gather after trips with his family to Albuquerque Downs and the New Mexico state fair races. Rillito’s resident multilingual […]

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