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More Than 50 Years of Top-Notch Greyhound and 

Horse Racing

Welcome to the Home of Winners

At Tucson Greyhound Park, we take pride in having six of the 25 all-time leading greyhound race winners race on our track. JR’s Ripper, the number one all-time leading race winner with 143 victories during his career, retired from racing on our park in 1986. JR’s Ripper was inducted into the prestigious Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1992.


The five other top race winners that have raced on our track include the following:

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  • 4th All-Time Leader Sarah Cap – 120 Wins
  • 10th All-Time Leader Frontier TJ DJ – 109 Wins

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  • 12th All-Time Leader Lurcher Boy – 107 Wins
  • 21st All-Time Leader K.A. Clover – 98 Wins

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  • 25th All-Time Leader Cut  Off – 95 Wins

About Our Track

1930s to 1970s 

The state of Arizona allowed pari-mutuel wagering in 1935. During its early days, it was held in racing circuits that moved from county to county.


One of the earliest major stops in the state was Tucson Greyhound Park. It has been in operation in the County of Pirma since 1944.


Tucson Greyhound Park was initially open for 60 days, the number of days allowed by the law during that time. From 60 days, the number of allowable days was increased to 90 and then 120. In the 1970s, it became 180.


Apart from Tucson Greyhound Park, the major stops back then included Yuma, Phoenix, Apache Junction, and Amado. The Funks’ Greyhound Racing Circuit, Inc. operated this early racing circuit. It was owned by the Funk brothers and the Delaware North Company.


In 1976, the state laws were changed. The racing circuit was divested, thus ending the ownership monopoly of the Arizona tracks.

1980s

In 1981, George Gillett of Nashville bought Tucson Greyhound Park and Amado Greyhound Park. A year after that, a landmark law made year-round racing legal in Arizona. When the 1982 Amado Greyhound Park season ended, its track was closed. This is to allow for year-round racing to begin in Tucson Greyhound Park in 1983. It was also during this year that state lottery started in Arizona.


In 1987, Tucson Greyhound Park changed ownership. George Gillett sold it to our current owners—Joseph Zappala and Robert Consolo, Jr.

1990s to the Present

In 1991, off-track betting (OTB) sites were allowed to operate throughout Arizona. Through an agreement, pari-mutuel permit holders of both horse and greyhound racing allowed Tucson Greyhound Park and Rillito Park to have one OTB site each within Pima County. Phoenix Greyhound Park and Turf Paradise Horse Track, meanwhile, were allowed an unlimited number of sites in all other counties.


In the Fall of 1991, Tucson Greyhound Park opened its OTB at the Wild Wild West. In 1994, Tucson Greyhound Park and Rillito Park were allowed to operate an unlimited number of OTB sites.


As of this writing, we have seven OTB sites in the Tucson area. They are located in the following:

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  • Jeff’s Pub

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  • Famous Sam’s East

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  • Old Father Inn

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  • Golden Pin Lanes

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