Buenos Aires is the center of the Polo World. Argentinian polo players make up the top 5, 8 out of the top 10, and 22 out of the top 25. In November and December they come home for the biggest tournament in polo.
The Campo Argentino de Polo is the center of this universe. It is like going to the Kentucky Derby and finding polo.
Each major sponsor has their own pavilion, some seemingly unusual for this setting like Case Tractors.
But now the polo ponies are being prepped and ready for action.
Being Argentina a bit of soccer mentality takes over at the start of the game.
It is time for polo. The players are indeed very skilled, with little delay in their game. The horses as well have been bred just for this sport.
It is so popular it is televised, but for now our afternoon of polo is over.
The San Isidro Hippodromo was opened in suburban Buenos Aires in 1935. In addition to horse racing, they often have concerts here.
Because it’s primary tracks are grass, it is known as the Casa de Turf.
Unlike most American tracks, the starting gates were far away from the finish, so the horses only passed the grandstands once.
On this day there the track was having an open house, with food trucks and entertainment in the infield.
For the most part you could get up close to the horses and jockeys.
When we arrived the lady at the gate strongly encouraged us to take the free ‘bus tour’. This tour took us around the grounds.
It turned out we had a local model/tv ‘personality’ on our tour.
We stopped in the far back corner of the grounds at one of the starting gates where people were allowed to play on the starting gates before the horses arrived for the next race while our TV host did her story.
Our location allowed us a great close up of the start.
And they were off! It was a nice afternoon at the San Isidro Hippodromo.