Club Hipico de Santiago, Chile

Horse Racing in Chile

Club Hipico de Santiago is a thoroughbred racecourse in Santiago, Chile. It is a 2400m (1.5 miles approx) right-handed turf track and is one of three primary racecourses in Chile, the other two being Hipodromo Chile and Valparaiso Sporting Club. It is home to some significant events, most notably El Ensayo – one leg of the national Triple Crown.

Club Hipico de Santiago is Chile’s oldest racecourse, founded in 1869. Its first director was Francisco Baeza Sotomayor and the first meeting took place on 20th September 1870. The original stands were constructed from wood and glass but was completely destroyed by fire in 1892. The current building was designed by Chilean architect, Josué Smith Solar and opened on 7th April 1923. These stands were designed to mimic those of Longchamp in France.

The majority of meetings take place on Mondays and Fridays with occasional Sunday meetings.

Principal races:

  • El Ensayo
  • Alberto Vial Infante
  • Arturo Lyon Peña
  • Polla de Potrillos
  • Polla de Potrancas
  • Nacional Ricardo Lyon
  • Las Oaks (The Oaks)
  • Gran Clásico Coronación

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