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In its early 20th century heyday, el turf was as popular as soccer, as proved by the number of tangos that reference it (Gardel’s “Por una cabeza,” popularized in Scent of a Woman, being the best-known example). Its popularity is much declined, but November’s Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) still draws big crowds of punters and socialites. The Beaux-Arts tribune from 1908 is a minor masterpiece.

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Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo

In its early 20th century heyday, el turf was as popular as soccer, as proved by the number of tangos that reference it (Gardel’s “Por una cabeza,” popularized in Scent of a Woman, being the best-known example). Its popularity is much declined, but November’s Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) still draws big crowds of punters and socialites. The Beaux-Arts tribune from 1908 is a minor masterpiece.