“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Hacienda Moltacqua

American Quarter Horse Historical Marker

Hacienda Moltacqua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 21, 2011
1. Hacienda Moltacqua Marker
Inscription. The first World's Championship Quarter Horse Speed Trials were held just north of this site in 1941 at the newly-constructed Hacienda Moltacqua Racetrack. Bob Locke, owner of the track, was a member of the Southern Arizona Horse Breeders Association. He, along with other SAHBA members J. Rukin Jelks, Jake Meyer, Clancy Wollard and Joe Flieger, hosted the trials in conjunction with the Tucson Horse Show. As a five-year-old, Clabber, owned by A.A. (Ab) Nichols of Gilbert, Arizona, defeated Little Joe Jr and War Chief to become the first horse ever to be named World Champion Quarter Running Horse.

World famous sprinters such as Shue Fly, Joe Reed II and Nobodies Friend ran at Hacienda Moltacqua before Locke sold the property in 1943. This building was Locke's guest home and was used by those attending the races at the track.

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.
Erected 1995 by American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, Amarillo, Texas. (Marker Number AQHHMP #2.)
Marker series.
Hacienda Moltacqua Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 21, 2011
2. Hacienda Moltacqua Marker
This marker is included in the American Quarter Horse Markers marker series.
Location. 32° 15.517′ N, 110° 50.3′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Vactor Ranch Trail and East Vuelta Rancho Mesquite. Click for map. Marker is in breezeway at Vactor Ranch Club house on southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Lowell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cottonwood Lane (approx. 2.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rugged Pioneer Soldiers (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Lowell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Chapel of San Pedro at Fort Lowell (approx. 2.5 miles away); Officer Erik Hite (approx. 3.7 miles away); Cattle Tank (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
More about this marker. The historical marker was originally at the east entrance to The Tack Room resturant. The marker was moved to it's present location when the Tack Room was razed.
Also see . . .  From the Racetrack to Restaurant, The History of The Tack Room. The history of what happened to Hacienda Moltacqua.
Vactor Ranch Club House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 21, 2011
3. Vactor Ranch Club House
Hacienda Moltacqua Marker is in the breezeway just to right of the doors.
(Submitted on February 23, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
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