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RusPat_704

San Juan, Puerto Rico940 contributions

Fun horse racing, sad facilities

Dec 2019

The clubhouse and stands suffered a direct hit from Maria, but the attitude and excitement makes up for the viewing facilities. The track and grounds are in great shape and the races are competitive and exciting. The betting windows are open, there are concessions for food and drink. I really enjoyed our beautiful Friday afternoon here. The track is a relatively short drive from Isla Verde or Condado, a little further from Old San Juan. If you enjoy horse races, this is for you.

Written December 28, 2019

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Tourist Junkie

Puerto Rico10 contributions

Sad place to be…

May 2019 • Family

This race track is empty and sad looking. They have tried to declare bankruptcy three times and even changed the name because it is empty and people are not interested.

Not a good time for families, I would go to the beach instead.

Written June 13, 2019

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Vicente R

Arecibo, Puerto Rico103 contributions

one in a life time!

Apr 2019 • Family

great to visit on sundays..after the hurracaine Maria the facilities where afectect but they are building back. ..and you can visit….have to say I won good money in 1 day!

Written April 19, 2019

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MaryneldaRamirez

3 contributions

Horse Races

Aug 2017 • Couples

It is so much fun, very exciting, you just enjoy and forget time. It is an afternoon of emotions, fun, laughs, you can bet on your favorites, eat, drink amd if you win, it gets even better. Good luck.

Written August 10, 2017

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Chelly L

50 contributions

New adventure

May 2017 • Couples

We wanted to enjoy new adventures and here it’s was an excellent choice. Nice restaurant, bar & convention center, the menu yummy !!!

Written May 5, 2017

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Luis Rafael

Puerto Rico164 contributions

A different place to gather.

Dec 2015 • Business

Probably not the best. However, the restaurant at Hipódromo Camarero is a good option for the weekends.

Written March 15, 2016

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Love2travel2222

Delray Beach, FL2,063 contributions

Do you like to see horse race?

Jul 2015 • Family

Take a time to enjoy, eat, share with friends or family, relax and why not probably win some extra money if you are lucky. We went to the restaurant area. The food is good, service is excellent.The place is clean, well located and organize.

Written February 7, 2016

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golflover26

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico706 contributions

Beautiful and entertaining

Jan 2016 • Friends

We spent a whole afternoon at this race track’s clubhouse.
Wonderful experience.
Looking forward to go back.
Good service.
Affordable food prices.

Written January 15, 2016

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Eva M

Wildwood, MO20 contributions

Great outing for the whole family!

Jan 2016 • Family

A great way to spend an hour or an afternoon. We had visited Old San Juan and put in our hours at the beach and were looking for something cheap and relaxing to do. This was the perfect activity for our family of 4, kids aged 18 and 20. The race track is in a beautiful setting with the mountains in the background. Admission and parking is free. On the main floor you can view the horses as they walk them around for you to see before the race. You can place your bets at this level and then walk directly out to the track and view the race up close. There is also a second viewing area on the second floor that is enclosed in glass windows, it has a drinks, food, pool tables and another betting window. There are many tables and has a great view of the entire course and tv showing the race at many of the tables. Our family had a great time and I would recommend this venue. Even if you chose not to bet you can just watch the races and still have a great time. There were people of all ages from young children to the more elderly. Please note — it is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

Written January 8, 2016

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paolat257

Miamisburg, Oh363 contributions

Off the beaten path

Jan 2015 • Family

For a change of pace we spent a day at the horse races. The track itself was gorgeous. The clubhouse was also very nice. The food and service were great. We just happened to pick a poor time to be there as it was during San Juan biggest festival of the year so we were one of only two tables in the clubhouse. It would have been much more fun with some energy in the room. If you go, make sure to arrange for a taxi to come back to pick you up since you won’t find them outside waiting at the end of the races.

Written January 23, 2015

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hipodromo Camarero


Hipodromo Camarero is open:

  • Wed — Sun 12:00 PM — 7:00 PM

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  • (0.03 mi) Winner’s Restaurant & Convention Center
  • (0.32 mi) The Terrace Room Restaurant
  • (1.11 mi) Pizzeria Trattoria Italiana
  • (1.21 mi) Cilantro Mexican Grill & Cantina
  • (0.59 mi) Azteca Restaurants

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On Location: Hipodromo Camarero in Puerto Rico

During the final week of August 2013, my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to Hipodromo Camarero in Puerto Rico. I have always wanted to visit Camarero and was very excited to visit the track! I follow several horses who’ve raced there, such as Guerrilla Warfare who was in the money 16 of 23 starts. My co-workers and I also enjoy the race caller’s excitement during Camarero races.

The weather was amazing all week and horse racing is year round in Puerto Rico. The infield was a beautiful pond with teaming wildlife and plant life. El Yunque national park, which is a tropical rainforest and mountain range, can be seen as a backdrop, and of course warm weather! 

Horses were very approachable at the track. In fact, prior to one race, two different grooms brought horses over to a young boy of 5 to pet the horses while waiting in the indoor saddling paddock. There was a dividing wall, but that would not normally happen at other tracks. I was thinking how much that may have impacted that boys life, maybe he will be a fan or industry member for life.

The receiving barn is directly right of the grandstand and an open standing area that was open during the week days to public. The glass main grandstand was not available, at least I didn’t try to find out. You could watch horses coming to the track from the stables, appear from behind the tote board and settle in at the receiving barn, then move from the receiving barn to the indoor saddling paddock underneath the grandstand. It is very compact, but so easy to scope out the competition.

At the track I met an individual who gave me an inside look at racing in Puerto Rico. I will not disclose his name, but appreciated his hospitality, transparent honesty, and the education he gave me. We will call him «A.» A is a small time Puerto Rican trainer who has been around to sales and lower level claiming races/tracks most of his life, but who’s home is in Puerto Rico for most of his life. He has played the claiming and sales game at larger tracks inside the continental United States.

A discussed the track life in Puerto Rico, explained changes that happened when the former U.S.-based owners sold Camarero to a group of Puerto Rican buisnessmen. There was discussion on the breeding, import and export of horses, and he talked about the role of Latin America in racing, Latin American trade, and the major race meets like the Clasico del Caribe (Carribean Classic Showcase). A had a lot of passion and desire to see the sport improve and grow in Puerto Rico, with larger field sizes, more fans, and more players at the tracks.

The following photos are organized in a few groups. The first group is a series of scenes providing a virtual tour, which are then followed by a dissection of the first race, and then other racing scenes. All photos by Adam & Erica Spradling.

Driving into the main entrance of the race track.

The front entrance to the race track facility.

Standing in the first row of the parking lot, looking at the covered front entrance.

A giant banner to the left of the front turn-stall entrance. My head touched the top of the red swoosh, to give size conext.

Looking back at the grandstand while standing next to the jockey paddock.

A tractor pulls one of two starting gates into position.

A view across the jockey paddock to the track and tote board from where the crowd stands.

 

A Burst of Speed

After arriving at the track, the second race of the day was set to go off. Thus my wife and I ventured over to the saddling paddock to look at horses for race 3. The horse with the white blinkers is the horse I really liked, #3 Burst of Glory. My wife and I discussed who else looked like a winner and we settled on #1 Carifeo as well. Burst of Glory looked great, but as you scroll down and watch the replay, was three wide most of the race and moved a little too early and tired at the wire. The jockey also stood up before the wire, which I yelled about at the time, but the replay revealed that Burst of Glory wasn’t going to hold off the pressure. 



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Burst of Glory Replay:


 

Horses are led across the track to the receiving barn from behind the tote board.

A horse for the next race leaves the receiving barn and heading to the saddling paddock.

A groom brings a horse to greet a young patron.

The first try resulted in the young patron shying away, but a second horse and groom proved successful.

The receiving barn.

The Program.

CaribEthnoExp. I. Puerto Rico

The remaining unvisited countries of the Caribbean were lined up and visited by plane, catamaran and cruise ship as part of an expedition called CaribEthnoExp.

An itinerary was put together to cover all the Caribbean countries I hadn’t visited yet, and we proceeded to travel through them all by plane, catamaran and cruise ship on an expedition that was dubbed CaribEthnoExp.

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On the world map
Map

March 14 … April 5, 2014

March 14th . .. April 5th, 2013

We are here.

We are here.

San Juan

San Juan

On the world map
Map

  • 10th
  • January

  • March, April
  • ten
  • january

  • march–april

The airplane is ready.

Aerousique is ready.

The suitcases are ready.

Our suitcases are ready.

You can start. We check into a hostel. The last time they did repairs here was before the Americans.

Off we go. We check into a guesthouse. The last time this place was renovated was before the American invasion.

Removal of condensate from the air conditioner.

An AC condensate drain.

Light in the bathroom and toilet.

The light in the bathroom.

Video camera of the 19th century.

A 19th-century security camera.

A broken hydrant is whipping on the street. It’s more beautiful in the cinema.

Water gushing from a broken fire hydrant. It looks more spectacular in the movies.

Highways are marked with pictures.

Highways are denoted with pictograms.

The main ethnographic event in Puerto Rico is cockfighting. The audience here is something like in Moscow at the hippodrome, only the guards are not stupid and do not interfere with filming.

The main ethnographic event in Puerto Rico is the cockfight. The public at the fights is more or less the same as at the Moscow Hippodrome, only the security guards aren’t boneheads and don’t try to stop you from taking photos.

First, the players evaluate the participants in the battles by eye. They make notes, negotiate rates.

Before the fighting begins, the gamblers size up the combatants, take notes and set up bets.

At this time, special masters prepare fighters. They sharpen their claws with files, do a pedicure.

Meanwhile, special professionals prepare the gamecocks. First, they give them pedicures, sharpening their claws with a file.

Plastic spurs are glued to the sealing wax.

Then they attach plastic spurs onto their feet using wax.

First round. A box with the first two participants descends from above.

Round one. A box with the first two participants is lowered down from the ceiling.

Roosters are bagged and weighed to show that they are in the same weight category. Then they get a little angry with each other. They start.

The cocks are put into bags and weighed to demonstrate that they’re in the same weight category. Then they’re held face-to-face to rile them up.

Additionally, they wind up with a cloth rooster.

A stuffed rooster is used to rile them up them further.

And then the fight starts.

And then the fight begins.

Something in between ballet,

It’s like a cross between ballet,

boxing

boxing,

and gladiator fights.

and gladiator games.

Vieques

Vieques

On the world map
Map

Why the rush? We are in Vieques.

What’s the hurry? We are in Vieques.

Promenade along the waterfront.

The waterfront promenade.

Vieques Island has long been an American military base. Bombs were stored on one side of the island, and firing ranges were fired on the other. About ten years ago, the base was closed, but the people had not yet had time to pour in here in a stormy stream, so it is quiet, calm and not crowded. If someone decides to break out of their coastal boarding house, there will be nothing to see. Sit, rest.

For many years, the island of Vieques served as a US military base. The army stored bombs on one end of the island and had a shooting range on the other. The base was shut down about ten years ago, but people haven’t started coming here in droves yet, so it’s quiet, peaceful and uncrowded. If you decide to break out of your beach resort, you won’t find anything to see. So just sit back and relax.

Abandoned ammunition depots.

Abandoned ammunition depots.

Tried to find an open warehouse. Secret American stockpiles were visible through the gap.

We went searching for an open bunker. A crack in a door revealed secret US military stockpiles.

Finally, our search was crowned with success. Found three open bunkers. A few scattered papers — medical records, statements, time records, etc. Ambulance doors. Cockroaches, centipedes, bats and some other wood lice.

Finally, our persistence was rewarded. We found three open bunkers. Some scattered papers: medical records, reports, time logs, etc. ambulance doors. Cockroaches, centipedes, bats and pillbugs of some kind.

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From Puerto Rico we start twice — by plane and by cruise ship. The first takeoff was marked by an iguana at the start of the runway.

Puerto Rico was to be our point of departure twice — first by plane, then by cruise ship. An iguana on the flight strip marked our departure by air.

The departure was marked with pots of flowers on the layout of some liner.

Flowerpots atop a model of a cruise ship marked our departure by sea.

They strictly monitor that more than two bottles of wine per cabin (not even per snout) are not carried during the entire cruise. Because the main source of income on the ship is booze.

They’re very strict about not letting people bring more than two bottles of wine per cabin (not even per person) for the duration of the entire cruise. Because the main source of return on the ship is booze.

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    What an amazing experience. We had a bachelor group of 9 women and we all felt very comfortable with Panda as our guide. He took amazing photos with us and us. Thank you Panda for our experience and wonderful memories.

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    My family and I did an ATV tour in late July through the rain forest and it was great! Our guide was Robin and he was very attentive and patient with the family. I greatly appreciated this patience. Robin was such a great guide and fine!!!

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    Our ATV Guide «Panda» was great with us. We wanted to do a two hour tour but all we had left was one for an hour — still a great trip through the base to the woodworking. We had a great time and the ATV’s were in excellent condition — passed fields, forests, streams and other routes. Ate at a local restaurant afterwards and the food was great — order a cheeseburger — it was big and tasty.…

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    You will be submerged!

    Last week I did a horse ride on the beach with a friend. While the tour itself was interesting and our guides were great, the trip was more than just «on the beach» as we were all the way into the water (up to my waist, the horse’s neck) to move to another part of the beach. Never before (or on the site) or during a trip have we been told that we would be submerged at any moment and I had no idea how deep we would go until I was literally in it up to my waist. Needless to say, my final concentration was on navigating the horse (which was unsteady on its feet due to the waves) in the neck — deep water, and so I didn’t pay attention to the small back of the building that was caught in my belt loop. Naturally, my bag was also loaded and my phone was completely ruined. If at any moment we were told back of the water we would come, I might just have taken a small bag from my belt and put it down my t-shirt. Yes, I was expecting to get a bit wet as part of our tour and with me splashed here and there, that wouldn’t be a problem, but he’s on a horse in the water up to my belt is a completely different story. Not only did I lose every photo I took my vacation, it cost me over $800 to replace my phone…apparently an expense I didn’t expect to take in the middle of a vacation. To add a dash of trauma, I emailed Carabali mail, twice, explaining the situation and asking for some sort of compensation, and I didn’t even get a response. Very poor customer service in my opinion.…

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    Amazing trip on the beach and ATV!

    We took our 3 11 year olds on a racetrack ride overlooking the beach which was phenomenal! Our guides, José and Carlito, were fantastic! They were great with kids — which is safety number one but also make sure they had an unforgettable time.

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