HORSE RACES have been held at the Sopot Hippodrome for many years. This exceptionally spectacular event gathers many visitors, both devoted fans and lay viewers as the races are easy to comprehend and exciting for everyone. Horses from the stables of Warsaw and Wrocław mounted by the best Polish riders participate in these meetings.
Horse races have been known and performed since the ancient times. They were most widespread in the Ancient Rome but the chariot races were among the events of the Greek Olympic Games.
Apart from the gallop races, also the trotter races in harnesses or saddles are held. Racing horses are mounted by experienced riders – jockeys who need to be short and light. Jockeys are always weighed with their saddles before the race. If a jockey is too light, special weights are inserted into the saddle to make sure that all horses carry the same load.
During the races, parimutuel betting is a typical practice. Among others, the spectators bet on the the winning horse, the winning horse and the runner-up, the three first positions or positions to be won by a particular horse.
This year English and Arab full-blood horses and trotters with carts called sulky participated in the races at the Sopot Hippodrome.
Sopot Races will be held on 14-15 and 21-22 July, at 3pm - 7 pm. The admission is free. Hipodrom Sopot ul. Polna 1 (1 Polna Street) Sopot www.hipodrom.sopot.pl/en
Place: Hipodrom Sopot
Date:21.07 - 22.07, 15:00 - 19:00
Hour: 15:00 - 19:00
Address: Polna 1, 81-745 Sopot
Organizer: Hipodrom Sopot