Uruguay horse racing

Uruguayans’ Passion For Racing On Full Display On Ramirez Day

I spent a few days in Montevideo, Uruguay, earlier this month to see the G1 Gran Premio José Pedro Ramírez, contested at the historic Hipódromo de Maroñas.  Held each year on Jan. 6, the Ramírez is Uruguay’s most famous horse race in a country that truly appreciates the horse and horse racing. Uruguay is small, […]

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Uruguay’s Maroñas Racetrack Enjoys Record Crowd, Increased Handle On Signature Race Day

The record 18,000 people who packed into the stands at Hipódromo de Maroñas on Jan. 6 were treated to over 11 hours of entertainment and world class racing, highlighted by Gandhii di Job’s impressive victory in the Clásico Gran Premio José Pedro Ramírez (URU-G1). With innovative promotions that appealed to fans of all levels and savvy […]

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Racetrack Life: Uruguayan Adventures

The Paulick Report is excited to offer readers the chance to follow along with Molly Jo Rosen as she travels to Uruguay and attends the country’s biggest race of the year, the Ramirez Stakes. The following is her firsthand account of the experience. Day 1: Arrival I get why people talk about loving Uruguay. This […]

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Stakes Win In Uruguay Marks 1,000th Victory For A Barry Irwin-Led Syndicate

Team Valor International reached a milestone over the weekend when Blossom d’Orange landed the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by five lengths in Saturday’s Group 3 Produccion Nacional at Maronas in Uruguay. Irwin and Jeff Siegel began putting together public syndicates in 1987 under the banner of Clover Racing Stables, which […]

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With Two-Time Winner Hielo Out, Mi Centinela Favored In Uruguay’s Ramirez

Trainer Pico Perdomo had been pointing his talented runner, Hielo, for the 120th running of the Clasico Gran Premio Jose Ramirez (Group 1) since the pair won the race for the second straight time at Hipódromo Nacional de Maroñas on Jan. 6 last year. After all, no one had ever won Uruguay’s most prestigious race […]

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A Dream Fulfilled For Father And Son Team In Uruguay

Since 2004, Jorge and Ignacio Portela have dreamed of owning, training and breeding Thoroughbreds together. As father and son, they shared a passion for reaching the winner’s circle, and this past Sunday their dreams were realized at Hipodromo de las Maroñas, a Thoroughbred track in their hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay. Back in 2011, Jorge and […]

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Perdomo-Trained Hielo Repeats in José Pedro Ramirez

Brazilian-bred Hielo won Uruguay’s most important race, the Group 1 Gran Premio José Pedro Ramirez, for the second year in a row, coming from off the pace to win by 3 1/2 lengths over the Macho Uno colt Whoopee Maker, also bred in Brazil. Esscabio was third, followed by All Saints, stablemate of the winner, […]

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Uruguay Native Perdomo’s Life Has Come Full Circle

“I’m a stranger in my own country.” That’s how trainer Pico Perdomo feels these days, standing trackside at the Maroñas race course in Montevideo, 45 years after leaving his native Uruguay, where he was one of the country’s leading jockeys. He spent nearly 40 years training horses in the United States, then went to Saudi […]

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Greetings From Uruguay: ‘At Home’ Under the Shade Trees

There are few things more appealing to me than going to a racetrack for the first time, especially if that track is in an out-of-the way place like Uruguay. Yes, Uruguay, or it might be better said, “Si, Uruguay.” I came to this South American country as the guest of the Codere Group’s racetrack division […]

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