Best Horse Racing Events in South America

By | 15 February, 2019

Horse racing is a popular sport in South America, with various competitions and races taking place throughout the year all across the continent. From the Classic St. Leger in Chile to the Quadruple Crown championship in Peru, there are many events to watch for horse racing enthusiasts, delivering a brilliant standard of horse racing and some of the best contenders in South America, as well as plenty of amazing bookies to wager with, so always check that you can get the latest free package for betting. These are some of the most-loved and anticipated throughout the horse racing calendar each year.

Gran Premio Club Hipico de Santiago-Falabella

The Gran Premio Club Hipico de Santiago-Falabella is a Group One race held in Chile, which operates as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for Chile. It’s a 2000-metre turf race that’s open to horses of three years and up and has a purse of $35,000,000 Chilean Pesos for the winner.

Grande Premio Brasil

Held at the Hipodromo da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Premio Brasil is a flat race that takes place on a turf track and is for Thoroughbreds of three and up. This is the biggest race in the Brazilian racing calendar and is held in August of each year.

Classic St. Leger

The principle race in Chile, the Classic St. Leger is known as the “Race of the Year” and is part of the selection process for three-year-old colts and fillies. It’s the second stage of the National Triple Crown and brings in horses of the same standard to the Derby and El Ensayo, as well as being the third stage of the Triple Crown for the Hippodrome Chile.

Peruvian Quadruple Crown

The Peruvian Quadruple Crown comprises several Group One races which are held at the Hipodromo de Monterrico in Peru. These include the Clasico Ricardo Ortiz de Zevallos, a 2000-metre race which takes place in October; the Clasico Enrique Ayulo Pardo, also held in October and spanning 2000 metres; the Derby Nacional, a 2400-metre race which takes place each November, and the Gran Premio Nacional Augusto B. Lequia, the longest race of the competition at 2600 metres.

Argentine Derby

Dating back to 1884, the Argentine Derby is the most anticipated competition in the equestrian calendar for three-year-old colts and brings in the very best horses and riders of the season. This race spans 2500 metres and really tests the mettle of each competitor in order to be named the champion.

Great Prize Polla de Potrillos y Potrancas

These two classic races for foals and fillies are the initial test of strength, stamina and skill for the Triple Crown of the Argentine Turf, as well as part of the selective process for each generation of horses. The horses are tested on 1600 metres of track and the winners of Las Pollas are in a position to potentially win the Triple Crown.

Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez

A Group One flat race for three-year-olds and up, the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez is run over 2400 metres in January of each year at the Hipodromo Nacional de Maronas racetrack in Uruguay. It’s a popular event that has Uruguayans fixed to their TV screens each season and over 8,000 people attend the stadium in person for the event.

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