Less known is how large horses loom in Minorca's history, and how popular racing is today

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Horse Races

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One of Minorca's lesser known traditions is its horse racing, one of the island's most popular sporting activities, and a legacy of the importance of equine culture in the history of the island as an object of conquest over the centuries. Two race courses - one in Maó and a slightly smaller one in Ciutadella - were built over the course of the 20th century, and they give each other a run for their money in terms of best quality racing. Perhaps the island's most important are the harness races on Saturdays around 6 pm at Ciutadella's Hipodrom Torre de Ram. In fact, it's a tradition for newbies here to place a symbolic bet on the winning horse.

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