Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Last Days of the Race Track

Tamás Dezso... The Last Days of the Race Track at the Mai Manó Gallery of the Hungarian House of Photography. "...When it was opened in 1933, the Race Track in Kerepesi Street was the most modern and beautiful racecourse in Europe. A french investor will build a 3-story shopping center of 30.000 square meters in its place. During its 71 years, the Race Track saw several booms and went through many difficulties. Its fate was sealed in 1989, when the sudden spread of other types of gambling led to a decrease in visitors, and horce racing could not keep abreast of the times. Hungary is the only country when horce racing is not profitable." More at Tamás Dezso Photographer.

6 Comments:

Blogger Vida Fuleira said...

The end of an age is always very sad. I ask myself if in 70 yearssomeone will regret the demolition of the shopping mall...

Anyway, the pictures are very good...

8:14 PM  
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Anonymous Professional Punter said...

It's odd how continental racing has taken a downturn at the same time that UK and US racing have taken an upturn thanks to the opening of betting exchanges. In the UK there are even plans to open several new courses, principally an extravagant site near Manchester.

The pictures are hauntingly beautiful and testament to an age that shouldn't be forgotten - but it will be. As time ticks by, the people of Hungary will look upon horse racing as some eccentric and antiquarian fashion that only the very rich in the UK and France seem entitled to have access to.

Bring back the old days as descirbed in the book The Art of Legging, that's what I say... ;-)

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Blogger STICKYBOI - said...

like the photo's, particularly the action shots of the horses. the one of the old man is cool also... I think that the internet itself has contributed to the downturn of what is a historically important sporting event.

Punters now have virtual price transparency thanks to online sports betting which reduces the need for them to actually go to the race. Infact, a punter could search, select, and monitor their horse racing betting on the internet or in a betting shop without needing to go to the track. It is, of course, less fun this way and if people are not coming through the gates then this is an example of what can happen.

3:32 AM  

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