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Camarero Racetrack to reopen after $15 million renovation

Camarero Racetrack in Canóvanas is slated to reopen on Dec. 3 after an investment of $15 million in renovations.

By John McPhaul

Camarero Racetrack President & CEO Ervin Rodríguez Vélez announced Wednesday that the venue in Canóvanas will reopen on Dec. 3, after an investment of $15 million in its renovation.

The operating company plans to diversify its offering and, in addition to holding horse races at Camarero, it will also hold concerts, festivals, dances, and various sporting events, among other attractions.

The new facilities will house two restaurants, nine bars, an activity room, VIP suites, shops, terraces and a refurbished clubhouse.

“Successfully operating a world-class racetrack such as Camarero requires the diversification of its offerings to the public, such as those mentioned above, which we will implement starting in December of this year and which also include outdoor terraces for family enjoyment and recreation,” Rodriguez Velez said.

He noted that the planned Dec. 3 inauguration coincides with the return of the much acclaimed “Night at the Races” on the first Friday of each month, followed on this occasion that same weekend with the staging of the prestigious equestrian event, the Classic International Del Caribe, on Dec. 4-5.

The best thoroughbred horses from Panama, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico will participate in the event.

To that end, the organizing committee appointed Jennifer Córdova as special projects coordinator and Joe Bruno Ortiz as press and content director.

Rodríguez Vélez said Grupo Camarero, owner of the oval, continues to demonstrate that Puerto Rico’s business community is capable of operating an internationally recognized racetrack and also developing beneficial projects for the Puerto Rico economy.

“The Camarero Racetrack constitutes the central axis on which the equestrian sport and industry moves, and today we reaffirm our commitment to its strengthening and development for the preservation of the nearly 8,000 direct and indirect jobs it generates,” Rodríguez Vélez said.

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