Beirut Hippodrome: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

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Photo Blog by Haitham Moussawi

During the Lebanese Civil War (1975 - 1990), the opening of the race track was a sign that the combatants were taking a break. The horses raced across the demarcation lines that divided the city – the beautiful animals had a privilege that the humans did not.

The track has been around for decades and the fans have always flooded the gates to bet on their favorite horse.

Gamblers take many factors into consideration before placing their bets, but once the gates it is all up to the horses. The winners cheer at the finish line while the losers cook up conspiracy stories. The winners cash in, while the losers always come back to bet the next race. As for the horses, they retire to their stables awaiting the chance to take center stage again.

(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)
(Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

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