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Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

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Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

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Celebrating the very first-rate thoroughbred racehorses in South America, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious date on the continent’s racing calendar. The race, also recognized at the Longines Latin American Grand Prix, turned into the first run in Uruguay in 1981 and, much like the Breeders’ Cup inside the USA, is held at a distinct place every yr. A continuously changing venue permits the race to stay clean, with the gap and floor various every year. The lovely Club Hipico de Santiago, Chile, performed host to the cutting-edge version of the spectacle in a country steeped in racing history. The one hundred fifty-yr-old venues were designed in a European style and shared a hanging resemblance to the long-lasting Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. When the thoroughbreds fly out of the stalls to the cry of a passionate crowd, it’s not just the $500,000 prize purse up for grabs, although. National delight is also a massive part of South America’s richest horse race.

Entrants constitute their nations within the Latinoamericano — similar to in the Olympic Games. This yr’s race featured individuals from four international touring locations — Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina — who seek to mission their Chilean hosts for the prize. Brazil is the maximum prosperous country within the race’s 35-yr history, with ten winners. However, the Chilean horses had a unique benefit on the Club Hipico de Santiago.

“We run clockwise. All different race tracks in South America run counterclockwise. It’s an advantage for certain, when we host the Latino, we most effective have victories from Chilean horses,” racecourse manager Oscar Vargas instructed CNN Winning Post. It’s a pattern that yet again repeated itself in 2019, with favorite Ya Primo prevailing Chile its ninth victory. It turned into triumphing trainer Guillermo Aguirre’s first victory in the race, a feat that left him visibly emotional. “It’s one of these wonderful feelings to be up there with the alternative horses amongst such exceptional talent. I misplaced my wife four months in the past, and I’m pretty certain she’s supporting me from the sky,” he told CNN’s Winning Post.

Erika Norman

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