Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The most prestigious race in South American horse racing

The Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious horse race in South America. It is
the Champions League of horse racing and brings together the best of the best from the
continent. It may not be as well-known globally as the Grand National, Kentucky Derby, or
Arc de Triomphe, but it is one of the most exciting races held each year. Horse racing fans
are gearing up for a busy spring and they can go to to wager on races
from around the world.

Gran Premio Latinoamericano – What is it?
The Gran Premio Latinoamericano was first held in 1981 in Uruguay. The inaugural race
emanated from the Hipodromo Nacional de Maronas. Since then, it has been held in a
different location each year. Due to the Gran Premio Latinoamericano moving from year to
year, the race’s distance vary as due the racing surfaces.

Changing venues has kept the Gran Premio Latinoamericano fresh. A new host city and
country organises the event and gives participants new courses to prepare for. Host
countries also get behind their entrants and support the jockeys and horses with fiery
national pride.

Gran Premio Latinoamericano – The 2019 edition
The 2019 Gran Premio Latinoamericano was run on March 10th at the amazing Club Hipico
de Santiago in Chile. The racecourse resembles Paris’ breath-taking Longchamp Racecourse.
The venue was constructed 150 years ago and definitely draws influence from Europe. Chile
is rich with horse racing history and Club Hipico has hosted many great race days during its
century and a half.

Jockeys and horses competed for a share of the $500,000 prize purse that was up for grabs
in 2019. The prize purse makes it the richest race in South America. Competitors from Chile,
Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina all contested the race.

Chile’s Ya Primo was the 2019 winner as the host country claimed victory. According to Club
Hipico racecourse manager Oscar Vargas, Chile is the only South American country to run
horse races clockwise. The country dominated the 2019 Gran Premio Latinoamericano held
on home soil with five of the first six horses home hailing from Chile.

Chile has now won nine Gran Premio Latinoamericano events. The country is one race away
from tying Brazil for the most wins in the Gran Premio Latinoamericano’s 35-year history.

Gran Premio Latinoamericano – The Future
The future of the race could see it move to a new continent. The 2020 version of the event
will be held at La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But the 2021 edition of the Gran Premio
Latinoamericano could be run in North America.

There are claims the race is headed to Florida’s Gulfstream Park. In September 2018, the
racecourse announced its intentions of luring the prestigious South American race to

In 2017, Gulfstream lured the Internacional del Caribe to the racecourse from its home in
Latin American and the Caribbean. It looks likely the Gran Premio Latinoamericano could
join it for at least one edition at Gulfstream in two years’ time.