Club Hipico de Santiago
Horse Race Track
Club Hipico de Santiago
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Premio El Ensayo (Chi-G1)
Chilean Oaks (Chi-G1)
Polla de Potrillos (Chi-G1)
Polla de Potrancas (Chi-G1)
Club Hipico de Santiago, opened in 1870, is Chile's oldest racetrack and home to South America's oldest stakes race, the El Ensayo. It is one of Chile's three main tracks, the others being Hipodromo Chile and Valparaiso Sporting Club.
Club Hipico features a wide right-handed turf course, approximately 2400 m (12 furlongs) long, and is landscaped with gardens, fountains and ponds.
Apart from the horse racing activity, the venue is also used for concerts, due to the large audience that can attend them and the fact that it's currently the only venue in Santiago that can hold over 30,000 people for a concert (Estadio Nacional was closed for repair and will be re-opened early 2010). The Vive Latino festival was held in Chile for the first time on April 15, 2007, attracting over 30,000 people because of the diversity of artists that performed, as three stages where built up and being used at the same time. British band Keane finished the concert with 18,000 people still at the venue though their performance started at 11:30 p.m. La Cumbre Del Rock Chileno, which is an annual festival that gathers over 50 Chilean acts was held at Club Hípico on January 11, 2009. Bands and artists who have performed successful concerts include Iron Maiden (60.000 people, the highest concert attendance so far) and Jonas Brothers. Each of those bands attracted nearly 40,000 people to their shows. Depeche Mode performed an almost sold-out concert on October 15, 2009 as part of their Tour of the Universe world tour, attracting nearly 50,000 people, as well as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, who performed on October 11, 2009. Metallica performed a concert on January 26th, 2010 as part of their World Magnetic Tour, attracting more than 55,000 followers of the band, which is said to be the concert with the largest attendance at the venue after Iron Maiden.
Live racing takes place every Friday, every other Monday and on some Sundays. Racedays are extremely long by International standards, usually featuring around 18 races per card.
2007 Major Stakes Schedule
|Date||Race (Premio ...)||Distance||Age/Sex||Grade|
|Fri Feb 16||Verano - Arturo Cousino||2000 m||3+||G2|
|Fri May 4||Carlos Campino||1800 m||3+||G2|
|Sun May 20||Club Hipico de Santiago - Falabella||2000 m||3+||G1|
|Fri Jun 22||Alberto Vial Infante||1600 m||2M||G1|
|Fri Jun 29||Francisco Baeza||2000 m||3+ F&M||G2|
|Fri Jun 29||Arturo Lyon Pena||1600 m||2F||G1|
|Fri Aug 10||Criadores||1600 m||3M||G2|
|Fri Aug 10||Criadores - Dorana||1600 m||3F||G2|
|Fri Aug 24||Copa de Oro||2000 m||3+||G2|
|Fri Aug 31||Polla de Potrillos||1700 m||3M||G1|
|Fri Sep 7||Polla de Potrancas||1700 m||3F||G1|
|Fri Oct 5||Nacional Ricardo Lyon||2000 m||3yo||G1|
|Sun Nov 4||El Ensayo||2400 m||3yo||G1|
|Sun Dec 2||Las Oaks||2000 m||3F||G1|
|Mon Dec 10||Velocidad||1000 m||3+||G2|
|Fri Dec 28||Gran Clasico Coronacion - Entel||2000 m||3+||G2|