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Wielka Warszawska, a century-old horse race in Warsaw, achieves international recognition with “Listed” status, adding to its rich history and prestige.
The 110th edition of the Wielka Warszawska, held at the Służewiec Horse Racing Track, marked a historic moment as it achieved the prestigious international “Listed” status for the first time in its history. This status, awarded by the European Pattern Committee, places the Warsaw event among the most esteemed thoroughbred horse races in Europe. Horses finishing in the top three positions receive valuable pedigree recognition, enhancing their worth.
This year’s Wielka Warszawska was won by jockey Szczepan Mazur on the four-year-old stallion Le Destrier, with a remarkable time of 2:42:1. Jolly Jumper and Westminster Moon secured the second and third places, respectively.
Women Power Series:
The event also featured the finals of the fourth edition of the Women Power Series, exclusively for female jockeys. This initiative has garnered increasing interest, highlighting the growing role of women in the racing world. Karolina Kamińska, riding Via Flora, triumphed in this year’s series, while Oliwia Szarłat emerged as the overall winner.
A Day of Extravaganza:
Apart from thrilling races, the event offered a wide range of activities, including a contest for the best 1960s-inspired hat, a fashion show by designer Dorota Goldpoint, and displays of cavalry and vintage carriages between races.
A Century-Old Tradition:
Established in 1895 by Count August Potocki, the Wielka Warszawska has maintained its century-old tradition. Each year, in late September and early October, thousands gather at the historic Służewiec Racing Track to witness the best horses from Poland and abroad compete over a 2600-meter course.
Totalizator Sportowy’s Role:
Totalizator Sportowy has been a patron of the Służewiec Track since 2008, revitalizing this iconic venue and organizing horse races. It remains a symbol of Warsaw’s past and future, providing unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors alike.
The Wielka Warszawska continues to capture the essence of history and competition, now with international acclaim. This event, rich in tradition and prestige, remains a significant fixture in the cultural and sporting calendar of the capital city.