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Horse racing in Barbados

Enjoy a day at the races in true Barbadian style, where music and culture combine with top-class horse racing.

For a fun-filled afternoon in Barbados, head to the races at historic Garrison Savannah! With street food, parades, picnics and partying, it’s a day the whole family will enjoy.

Woven into the history of Barbados, horse racing has been a part of the sporting and social scene since 1845 when Barbados was part of the British Empire. Still hugely popular, locals and visitors alike flock to the races organised by the official Barbados Turf Club. Racing takes place throughout the year at the Garrison Savannah, one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the Americas and part of the UNESCO world heritage site.

The historic Garrison Savannah is home to more than just racing. Barbadians and holiday-makers enjoy morning and evening jogs while trainers are exercising their horses. Rugby, football, cricket and basketball are regularly played here. But it’s the internationally renowned racing that attracts people from all over. Highlights on the Barbados racing calendar include the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, The Banks Guineas, the Midsummer Creole Classic, the Barbados Derby and the much-loved Boxing Day Stakes & Trophy.

The pinnacle of the racing season, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, is an unparalleled racing experience. Imagine a week in the Caribbean sun, staying at one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Then add in racing from the top regional and international horses, jockeys and trainers for a once in a lifetime experience.

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