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Rehearsal of the horse racetracks at La Castellana, next Sunday May 11rh. Video: HZ.

Horse racing from Hipódromo returns to Paseo de la Castellana 80 years later

29/04/2014 - Madrid

Next Sunday May 11th, HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA, with the support of the town council will take horse racing from its habitual place and will get it closer to the general public, in an unprecedented event in which the people from Madrid will see galloping thoroughbreds from the Hipódromo on the middle of Paseo de la Castellana during the celebration of the Halcón Viajes Madrid Urban Turf. Ms. Faina Zurita, Chairperson of Hipódromo de La Zarzuela observed on the presentation that “we are proud of our horse racetracks and that is why we take it to the street. This race will be a way for showing what happens at HZ each Sunday”.

With this event it is intended to pay homage to the Spanish Turf, returning to the place on which stood the horse racing facilities from 1873 to 1933, located between the current ministerial buildings of Nuevos Ministerios and the football stadium of Santiago Bernabéu, and also showing the beauty and the emotion of the spectacle which is experienced alive every Sunday at the emblematic facility of La Zarzuela.

Besides, this will be the first initiative of the Open HZ plan which the capital’s horse racetracks will get started from May for offering the people from Madrid a renewed and ambitious leisure offer, with such proposals as concerts, exhibits, cars and motorbikes fairs, and events as the craft beer fair. Ms. Zurita added that “this event is just the starting signal of all that which the people from Madrid will be able to enjoy at the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela from May. Besides horse races we have a musical, cultural and gastronomic program which will leave nobody indifferent. The horse racetrack is fashionable again”.

An unprecedented technical display


The event will begin at 11:00 am at the open area of the football stadium of Santiago Bernabéu, where four races will take place, each with the participation of three horses.

The last of the races is programmed to take place at 01:00 pm, and the program will close at 02:00 pm with an equestrian exhibit by the stable la Yeguada de la Cartuja, the most important Andalusian horse reservoir in the world.

During the event, the public will be able to visit the paddock, the horse stables and the horses.


The event is sponsored by Halcón Viajes, the travel agencies network from the tourist group Globalia, whose President, Mr. Juan José Hidalgo thinks that this initiative constitutes “playful and enjoyable event which adds one more attraction to the many ones which Madrid offers”.

“Halcón Viajes is glad to sponsor this event – he stated – and to collaborate with the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela to achieve that the nights in Madrid have a high quality and good taste referent, as fits one of the most dynamic cities in Europe”.

On the other hand, the BMW car dealership in Madrid will be another of the event’s official sponsors. BMW will be present with a stand on which will be on display all the range of products, as well as the most representative novelties for this year.

HZ, renews itself with a new leisure offer

Furthermore, the horse racetrack renews itself, doubtless becoming in one of the capital’s reference leisure facility, with an Agenda for cultural, sports and gastronomic activities for all publics.

The varied leisure offer for these first months includes:

Information regarding image no. 1: The Mayor of Madrid, Ms. Ana Botella and the President of the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela, Ms. Faina Zurita. Photo: Kiko Huesca/EFE.

About the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela

El Hipódromo de La Zarzuela is located in the Spanish city of Madrid. It is in the middle of the park which bears the same name, near El Pardo, on km 7.8 of the Northwest Highway (A-6). It was designed by the architects Mr. Carlos Arniches Moltó and Mr. Martín Domínguez, with the collaboration of the Civil Works engineer Mr. Eduardo Torroja. Its grandstands were catalogued as a Historical Artistic Monument in 1980.

About Open HZ Experience

HZ Experience is the new cultural and leisure offer from Hipódromo de La Zarzuela; it is located within a privileged environment, which spans 110 Hectares on the midst of Nature, and just 5 minutes away from Madrid. Music concerts, car and motorbikes exhibits, boxing contests, vintage decoration, and gastronomy will be some of the events which this multidisciplinary area will offer to visitors.

HZ y Grupo SEPI

HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of more than 75,000 professionals in 2012; it also includes the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further nine companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.

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