Horse Racing in Panama
Place Your Bets at Presidente Remon Racetrack
The President Remon Racetrack (El Hipódromo Presidente Remón) is located just 10 minutes from downtown Panama City by car on the Southern Corridor Tollway (Corredor Sur). The track is located in the Juan Diaz area of the City, on the Via Jose Agustin Arango. The racecourse remains open daily with international races, while national races are on Thursdays from 5:30 pm, Saturdays and on Sundays from 2:00 pm., and closes at 9 pm. Admission is $1.00, refundable if you bet. Besides watching beautiful horses and trying your luck, President Remon is a nice place to spend a Sunday with friends and family.
The track offers a Mutual Manager betting system. Many types of bets can be placed including Ganador (winner), Exacta (winner and runner-up), Quiniela (winner and second place regardless of order), Trifecta (winner, second and third place in exact order), Cuatrifecta (four first horses in exact order), Dupleta (winner of two consecutive races) or Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 6 (winners of 3, 4, and 6 consecutive races).
There are other attractions besides watching the horse racing in Panama. You can lean on the rail of the horse warm up arena and watch the handlers walk the racers to get them ready to run. (You are literally a few feet away.) In the covered grandstand building – where you watch the races through floor to ceiling windows – you will find a VIP area, restaurants and the new and comfortable Turff Betting & Sports Bar on the first and second floors. There is a Crown Casino on the grounds. There are pony rides for your kids. Or you can simply sit in the open-air grandstands and enjoy Panama’s warm tropical weather while you cheer your favorite horses on.
According to many sports experts, President Remon is considered to be the “Cradle of the best riders in the world’ and is famous for turning out some of the most famous racehorses and jockeys in the Western Hemisphere. The track has produced Caribbean International champions 13 times, with the horses such Montecarlo, Barremina, The Comedian, Stilt, Bread for the Poor, Leonardo, Angelic, Evaristo, Cortisol, Alexia, Cafajeste, Spago and Oh Dad. This track also has produced Fellowship Cup winners such as Eugenio, Espaviento, By Pass, Patrick, Man On The Moon and Steffany’s Lady. Jockeys like Braulio Baeza, Laffit Pincay Jr., and Jacinto Vásquez, just to mention a few, trained at Remon before traveling to the United States and great success.
President Remon opened for racing on Saturday July 14, 1956, shortly after Panama President José Ramon Antonio Remón Cantera was mysteriously assassinated at Juan Franco Racetrack on January 2, 1955. It was a sad day for horse racing enthusiasts, since President Remón was passionate about racing horses. It was his dream to build a place where all visitors and lovers of riding, could rejoice with the latest facilities of the Sport of Kings. Back then, there was only the old racetrack Juan Franco, which despite Cantera’s his best efforts, did not meet the infrastructure requirement standards. He gave the orders to start building Juan Franco’s replacement in 1952 in order to fulfill the expectations of the Panamanian public – who loved horse races.
President Remon Racetrack is part of the Irving Saladino sports complex, which includes the the Roberto Duran arena, the Rommel Fernandez stadium, and the Eyleen Coparropa pool. This is Panama City’s largest sporting event complex.