Mexico City’s Hipodromo De Las Americas Launches Racing Season Amidst ‘Overwhelming Challenges’

Hipodromo de las Americas, Mexico’s only racetrack, launched its 2021 racing season on Saturday with a 10-race card beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. Like most North American tracks, there will be no spectators during the meet, or until the pandemic is resolved.

“We’re extremely pleased that we have been able to provide jobs and racing opportunities for our horsemen in spite of the COVID-19 limitations,” said Ramon Rionda, director of racing for Codere, “the track’s owner. “Everyone in the industry has had to face overwhelming challenges during the pandemic, so we’re delighted we can have a positive impact on the industry.”

Codere is a publicly traded racing and gaming company based in Madrid, Spain. Codere has over 50,000 gaming machines in Europe and Latin America and also owns Hipodromo Presidente Remon in Panama City, and two tracks in Uruguay – Maronas National Racecourse in Montevideo and Las Piedras Racecourse in Canelones.

Las Americas had its first season in 1943, and since then has served as a popular training ground for jockeys hoping to advance their careers in Europe and North America. Successful riders like Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza have started their careers at the Mexico City track.

The sprawling racing facility is 5.3 million square feet and also houses over 1,300 horses in its stable area.

The annual race meeting runs for almost 11 months, from February to December, offering Thoroughbred racing on Fridays and Saturdays and Quarter Horse Racing on Sundays.

The entire card is available for simulcast wagering on TwinSpires and other ADW providers.

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