Horse racing in Barbados, grab your hat, we’re off !
Racing in Barbados first began when wealthy plantation owners, merchants and cavalrymen started to challenge each other on horseback in the 1700s. This then carried on until the 1800s where a track was created, on what was then the parade ground, by British army officers at Garrison Savannah; just south of Bridgetown in St Michael. The course is six furlongs in length and races are run from 5 to 11 furlongs, with horses running clock wise, which if you’re familiar with racing is unusual. I know of only one other course that runs this way which is the ancient walled Roman city of Chester in the UK.