Valparaiso Sporting Club

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Valparaiso Sporting Club is a thoroughbred horse race track in Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Region, Chile.

Horse Race Track
Valparaiso Sporting Club
Valparaiso sporting club.jpg
Location Viña del Mar, Chile
Year opened 1882
Race type Thoroughbred
Website www.sporting.cl
Principal Races
Chilean Derby (Chi-G1)
Copa de Plata (Chi-G1)

History[edit]

Valparaiso Sporting Club was founded in 1882 by members of mostly British origin. Since 1885, it is the site of the Chilean Derby Stakes. Derby Day is considered the second biggest festival in Chile and regularly attracts attendances of up to 80.000 [1].

In 1920, Valparaiso Sporting Club was also the site of the South American Championship (soccer) final.

While it is situated in Viña del Mar, the track is named for the nearby city of Valparaiso, where most of the Clubs' founders lived. As the name suggests, the site also features playing fields for various other sports, such as Cricket, Soccer, Polo and Rugby.

Physical attributes[edit]

Races are conducted on a left-handed turf course, about 2000 meters long.

Racing[edit]

Purses at VSC are lower than at the two Greater Santiago tracks, Hipodromo Chile and Club Hipico de Santiago, but considerably higher than at the provincial tracks Club Hipico de Concepcion and Club Hipico de Antofagasta. Several prestigious stakes races are run at Valparaiso.

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Preceded by
Estadio das Laranjeiras
Rio de Janeiro
South American Championship
Finals Venue

1920
Succeeded by
Estadio Sportivo Barracas
Buenos Aires

Coordinates: 33°01′21″S 71°32′21″W / 33.022482°S 71.539278°W / -33.022482; -71.539278