The Cochise County Fair Association will host the El Moro de Cumpas finals May 21-22, 2016. Trials will take place in April and May at the county fairgrounds in Safford and Sonoita. Visit the El Moro Foundation website for information about featured races, schedules, nominations and purses.

The Cochise County Fair Association seeks sponsors to assist with the expenses of running two days of live racing. Click here to see details about pledge levels.

The Cochise County Fairgrounds is home to a 7/8-mile dirt racetrack that has been part of the spring racing circuit for many years.

The track has been home to the famed El Moro de Cumpas Stakes and trials. It consistently ranks as a favorite racing venue among trainers and jockeys, and it is maintained year round and available weekday mornings for race training.

Racing has not taken place at most Arizona county fairgrounds in recent years due to a lack of state funding. In 2015, Rillito Park Racetrack, under new management, hosted the Cochise County Fair Association’s early February race dates and the El Moro de Cumpas Stakes. Plans are underway to bring back the county racing circuit in spring 2016, with an April/May racing rotation in Safford, Sonoita and Douglas. The newly formed El Moro Foundation envisions building the El Moro de Cumpas into one of the quarterhorse industry’s richest races.

Your donation is much appreciated and incredibly valuable to this effort. As a state-sanctioned event, the fair association will bear significant costs related to equipment rental, facilities preparation, and temporary personnel.

View our photo gallery below for  exciting moments from previous race years. Photos courtesy of Bruce Whetten, Backdrop Photography/Douglas Dispatch.

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2 Comments on “Racing”

  1. Congratulations on a terrific website. Great photos, important information carefully written, logical organization of categories. Might suggest additional photos in each area for a mini slideshow
    for each section of the fair category. Great job!

  2. Thank you! Yes, we need more pictures of people doing things at the fair and other events and having a good time. If anybody has any they’re willing to share, please contact the fair office!

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