Hipodromo da Gavea
Hipodromo da Gavea
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senhorcook
Boise, ID39 contributions
As a former jockey in the U.S., I loved spending my last day in Brazil at the racetrack. The stands were mostly empty, but the racing was actually pretty good. The one major disappointment is that for the first several hundred yards (furlongs in some cases) spectators cannot even see the horses. They are simply too far out of sight. The design of the racetrack itself is a flaw, but the experience was simply awesome. Watching the different culture aspects of horse racing in Brazil vs the U.S. was quite interesting. Never once did I untack my horse and have another saddle put on simply for the win picture. Odd, but cool nonetheless. And they are more like the Europeans in the fact that they prefer to not have pony horses. As a jockey, I definitely preferred to have a pony horse so that I could relax more before the race. After the race the jockeys ride the horses all the way back into the paddock area, another "different" aspect. Overall, I loved it! I was actually there in January of 2015.
Written April 20, 2016
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alanlid
Oxford, UK279 contributions
A friend wanted to see the Hippodrome de Gavea while we were in Rio; since I like horse racing I went along and I'm glad I did. It's about a km from Ipanema beach, just opposite the Jardim Botanico (Botanical Gardens, also worth a visit). It must be about the most statuesque/classical hipodromo in Latin America (I've been to Palermo and S. Isidro, Buenos Aires, and the Hippodrome de las Americas in Mexico City); also clean and well-maintained; entry is free; and the racing is not bad (on turf, wide track, plenty of runners of Anglo-Irish ancestry); Tote monopoly, of course. Odd thing: despite all these pluses, the place - on a Saturday afternoon - was very empty, so not much atmosphere, but easy to relax, have a beer + food (not great food, at least in the bar).
Written June 28, 2016
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criz11
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Lovely old race course. Free entry and races at weekends. Dress smarter as no flipflops and shorts in the posh part (also free). Had good cocktails at one of the bars but sadly no winners!
Written December 31, 2014
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