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Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club Sep 8, 2018

Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Location: The Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Bangkok, Thailand
Website: www.rbsc.org

Just Curious
My Dad used to race horses together with his friends - that's what I grew up with. I'd hear them talk about horses, being at the track, winning and losing, the could-have-beens and the should-have-beens. I even remember one guy, Tito Romy to me, a brilliant guy who co-wrote an important legislation in the Philippines, who gave everything up to do a fulltime career in horse racing. Mention a horse name to him and he'll tell you how many wins, when it ran, what kind of track the horse was good at, winning time, etc. Amazing! I wanted to see the world he sees. But horse racing never really interested me. But there is a lot of hype about horse racing. There are even a handful of good movies about horse racing - Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Hidalgo, etc. When I heard a hostel guest say he was going to the races, I got curious and asked if he could tag me along. I wanted to see what I was missing.

Heads Up on Conventions
Getting to the races was painless. You could walk it from the Siam BTS station. Approaching the venue, we came upon vendors selling race programs and renting out binoculars. Entrance tickets were B50, B100 and higher for the VIP area. We took the B100 for ringside viewing. Betting was done right in the premises. Minimum bet was B50 and max was B40k. Spectators can only see the homestretch so there's a big jumbotron to see the horses when they're off from the other side of the hippodrome. Races were 35 minutes apart and the course was 1200 meters long. The horses ran on manicured grass - not on soil. According to my companion, the horse breed in this race are British horses. Apparently, in horse racing, there are 2 breeds - British which are larger, and Arabian stallions. They don't get mixed up in a race. Most of the attendees were old males - perhaps it's their diversion for the week. There were a few females but it was clearly a male sport. Racing is done every other Sunday.

Betting
On the 2nd race, I placed the minimum bet - B50, in the hope it might get exciting for me. My horse came third to the last. So much for excitement. After the 2nd race, I thought I've seen enough and went ahead of my companion.

Ending Thoughts
I got a sense of the excitement amongst the veteran afficionados who probably waited 2 weeks to be there. For me though, it was too much of a waiting game - 35 minutes between races. Besides you don't get to see the entire race...only the part where they near the homestretch. So you get about 10 seconds of viewing before it ends and another 35 minutes of waiting begins. It's like fishing or surfing...a lot of waiting for something to happen - but that's just me. I was never a gambling man. It's one case of "done it and moving on". Whatever the magic is will have to remain a mystery.

--- TheLoneRider
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Bangkok Cost Index

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  3. daily train schedule:
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