The Hobby Horse Race Track

Horse racing came early to the Bahamas, incredibly early in fact, when a rudi mentary track was built near Fort Charlotte in 1792 by the occupying colonists.

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Horse racing came early to the Bahamas, incredibly early in fact, when a rudi mentary track was built near Fort Charlotte in 1792 by the occupying colonists.

A “proper” track was constructed later opposite Cable Beach where the Baha Mar resort now stands and was popular from the 1930’s onwards until a major fire destroyed most of the facilities in February 1958. By 1960 a new grandstand and parade ring were built and state of the art starting gates and photo finish cameras were installed. It became the haunt of the rich colonial elite who mingled with the famous such as the likes of Erol Flynn and they enjoyed charcoal grilled lobster, turtle pie and steaks on the dining terrace while watching top jockeys and horses some from Miami. It had such a colourful social scene that the press eagerly wrote society columns publishing photographs of the celebrities and the fashions and hats worn by the ladies.

 

 

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