the reporter ends and nothing will be the same from now on.
Even though few Argentinians have been to the racecourse, its jockeys and horses are part of the Argentinian popular identity.
From the beginning, the Mecca of Argentinian turf became quite noticeable for most dwellers of the Río de la Plata area. When it opened its gates, the city
became paralized. Not even the trains and tramways were enough. The railway system management even ordered to add cars to the trains so that everybody could attend. But they were not enough for the number of enthusiasts who would not miss the first seven races.
Thus, over ten thousand porteños
vibrated with “Resbaloso”
’s victory, the great winner of the first race.
But today the racecourse is not just the venue for horse races. From the start, it became established as an environment for glamor and style, where the enthusiasm for turf encouraged the construction of an elegant architectural work from the belle époque
which combines betting and the pleasures of life.
Inaugurated in 1876, the venue has three racks made of sand, two of which are used for horse training and exercising. The third track, considered one of the best in the world, is made up by extraordinary materials (80% sand, 14% mud and 8% clay). During races, it unfolds 2,400 meters of vertigo and speed hard to be found in other latitudes.
However, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo
, as it has been called since 1953, is much more than betting and gambling.
Tattersal hall, created by the the Italian architect V. Cestari, is the place chosen by great celebrities to hold splendid formal celebrations, whereas the members’ wing, a venue where politicians and characters of the establishment gather, was born from the imagination of the French architect Fauré Dujarric.
The scenery is completed with the charming gardens decorated with sculptures and staircases that invite visitors to access the sides of the track and the grandstands. Entertainment options include pubs and coffee-shops such as Salón Oval
and París restaurant, as well as the two slot machine rooms, which today include over one thousand machines.
Enough of race tracks, no more gambling,
a photo-finish I’m not watching again,
but if a pony looks like a sure thing on Sunday,
I’ll bet everything again, what can I do?….