Rillito Race Track

Rillito Race Track (HMQYQ)

Location: Tucson, AZ 85718 Pima County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 17.356', W 110° 57.286'

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American Quarter Horse Historical Marker

This famous track on the banks of the Rillito River was the birthplace of many racing innovations still in use today. The Southern Arizona Horse Breeders Association, the organization that pioneered Quarter Horse Racing in Tucson, had been hosting races at the Hacienda Moltacqua track since 1941. When Moltacqua was sold in 1943, J. Rukin Jelks volunteered the use the training track on his ranch.

Under the direction of Melville Haskell, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee, and Van Smelker, who later became head of the AQHA Performance Department, SAHBA experimented with grading races, weighted handicaps, futurities, derbies and stake races, and photo-electric timers. World famous sprinters such as Shue Fly, Joe Reed II., Piggin String, Hard Twist, Queenie, and Miss Panama all ran at Rillito.

American Quarter Horses are competing in races around the world and are in demand for showing, ranch work, rodeo, recreational riding and many other activities. AQHA is the world's largest equine breed registry, with its international headquarters located in Amarillo, Texas.
Series This marker is part of the American Quarter Horse Markers series
Marker NumberAQHHMP #8
Year Placed1996
Placed ByAmerican Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, Amarillo, Texas
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 504259 N 3572500
Decimal Degrees32.28926667, -110.95476667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 17.356', W 110° 57.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 17' 21.36" N, 110° 57' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)520
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4502 N 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85718, US
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