Hippodrome de Vincennes; the temple of trotting
Publish on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 in Activities
Easily accessible from the Hotel Comète, the Hippodrome de Vincennes is a racecourse located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris that is thought to be the birthplace of harness racing. Come and discover a venue presenting exceptional fun and thrilling sporting entertainment. Some 1,255 races and international equestrian events are held here every year. Come along, soak up the sporting atmosphere and maybe even place a bet...
A high-quality sports venue
The Hippodrome de Vincennes was created in 1863, in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes, originally as an obstacle course. After being destroyed during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was completely rebuilt in 1879. It was at this time that the venue hosted its first harness races, becoming a leading centre in this sport. Harness racing, also known as trotting racing, involves a horse pulling a two-wheeled cart in which the driver sits. Each year the Hippodrome de Vincennes, which can accommodate some 35,000 spectators, hosts the world’s top harness races.
Restored in 1976, the Hippodrome de Vincennes is today one of the most modern venues of its kind in the world, offering superb services and infrastructure to passionate racing buffs and casual spectators alike. It boasts indoor and outdoor stands with views of two tracks, a video screen of 118 m2 that is unique in Europe, and a particularly excellent internal video network. If you want to eat on site, a bistro restaurant offers brunch, lunch or dinner with panoramic views of the racetracks.
Sundays at the Hippodrome de Vincennes are Super Sundays when you can bring the kids along to discover the exciting world of horses. Children are also welcome all year ‘round with their parents to enjoy various events, including late openings, bike nights and more.
Great prizes in a place of legends and trotting champions
The Hippodrome de Vincennes is the setting for the world’s greatest harness racing events such as the prestigious Prix d'Amérique and presents more than 1,255 races each year. The legendary Vincennes racecourse has been pounded by the flying hooves of sporting legends such as Ourasi, the chestnut French trotter who was probably the most famous of them all. He won the Prix d'Amérique four times, three of them consecutively. You can see the statue of this iconic horse outside the last turn of the racecourse, looking down the final straight. This 600 kg and 2.20 m high monument has even become a place of pilgrimage!
In the trot attelé category, in addition to the Prix d'Amérique, the race course hosts the Prix de Paris, Prix de France, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Luynes and more. In the trot monté category (jockeys riding directly on saddled trotters), competitors strive for the Prix du Président de la République, Prix de Vincennes, and Prix de Cornulier, among other prizes.
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