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Horse Racing in Hungary

Photographer: Laszlo Beliczay


The Hungarian Derby is a popular gallop race in the country, with nearly ten thousand people attending the races at Kincsem Park, others prefering to follow the event from home or a betting office, as it is broadcast live on television and on the internet.


During the Hungarian Derby, bets worth 5,500 euros (7.5 million forints) were placed on horses participating in the derby, with a total of over 85,600 euros (24 million forints) on horses participating in all of the ten races of that day. The first Hungarian Derby galloping race took place in 1921 at the Alag racecourse and training center. Today the center serves as 350 stables, a 2,800m gallop course and a steeplechase-cross country course, and is a training ground for many Hungarian racing thorougbreds.


The largest racecourse in the country, Kincsem Park, was built in 1925 and is situated in Budapest. The 84 hectare territory accomodates a 400-box stable, a 1,200m illuminated course and training course for trotters, a 2,000m course for gallopers, a second course of 1,300m and a 1,900m sand course.


Besides the Kincsem Park and Alag venues there is another official racecourse in Hungary in Oroshaza, 183kms southeast of Budapest, known for holding the first official horse race on 06 June 1827.