After football, horse-racing is the nation's other favourite sport. Pay a visit to the Maroñas racetrack to see what all the fuss is about.
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Although it isn't quite as popular as football, Montevideo is home to a fair few fans of the exhilarating sport of horse-racing. The Hipódromo de Maroñas is the country's leading horse-racing venue, located in the Ituzaingó neighbourhood. Dating back to 1889, it is still a firm favourite among entire families who flock here to catch the most prestigious races in the region and to marvel at the thoroughbreds as they charge around the 2,065-metre course. The classic event of the season is the Gran Premio José Pedro Ramírez, which has been running since 1889: it is currently held on 6 January each year along with other big races, making for the most important day on the horse-racing calendar. Another very prestigious race is the Gran Premio Nacional, which takes place during the first or the second week of November, depending on the calendar.
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