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Y Estan Apagados! November 23, 2009

Posted by Jen Pappas in Argentina Posts, Buenos Aires.
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The finish line. -Buenos Aires, Argentina

I´m pretty sure that´s the translation for “And they´re off!”
When Steve and I realized that Hippodrome was another word for horse track, we were there. We wandered in on a Friday afternoon without paying any admission fee. The first race was scheduled to go off at 2:30 p.m. We explored a little bit before the first race, trying to figure out the whole Argentina system of horse tracks. We weren´t allowed entrance into the fancy restaurant and stands because of Steve´s indecent footwear, but we found a racing form and sat down with the normal folks outside to look over the schedule.
Two things stood out immediately. One: their method of displaying odds was, uh, odd. We weren´t sure which one was the favorite and which one was the long shot until after the first race. Second: these Argentine horses run far! The distances were listed in meters, with the first race measuring in at 1800 meters, or 8.9 furlongs. The longest race of the day was a whopping 2200 meters, 10.9 furlongs. That´s no joke.
We didn´t have any luck betting. We couldn´t even get a horse named Scrabble or Gringo to race in the money. But we did have a good time and will most likely be heading back on Monday to see if we can win a few pesos.

We thought it would be funny to take a picture of Steve on the big screen at the track. Here he is waving. -Buenos Aires, Artentina



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