Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing and Breeding in Far East AsiaSaturday Oct 25th, 2014
Asians are notoriously the biggest gamblers on the planet and there are plenty of opportunities all over Asia to bet on horse racing. Hong Kong is home to one of the most famous jockey clubs in the world, the Hong Kong Jockey Club. http://www.hkjc.com/english/index.asp Hong Kong Jockey Cub is one of the largest racing organizations in the world, and the largest single taxpayer in Hong Kong, it has 4,200 full-time & 18,000 part-time staff. HKJC also runs the Happy Valley racetrack, one of the most famous in the world. It is the most visited website of its kind worldwide.
Prior to casinos opening one of the highest betting daily turnovers is at the Singapore Turf Club. http://www.turfclub.com.sg In mainland China the Beijing Jockey Club is one of the biggest horse-racing clubs in Asia; and covers an area of 160 hectares.
Asia also has its own racing organization http://www.asianracing.org/ and an annual Asian Racing Conference which in 2007 is held in Dubai. http://www.arcdubai2007.com . Countries in Asia who are members of the Asian Racing Organization include Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. With the absence of casinos in Thailand the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. always has a huge turnout. Horse racing is also very popular in Vietnam.
Main greyhound racing centers in Asia are Macau, Vietnam. The tiny nation of Guam has a large track and offers racing 6 days a week. While there is greyhound racing in Korea and China it is classed as a spectator sport as gambling on it is illegal. Indo China Racing and Entertainment, the company operating the Ba Ria racetrack in Vietnam has been granted a 30 year lease for the development of greyhound racing in Cambodia. Greyhound races are held year round at the Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau which claims to be the biggest track in Asia
Macau is easily the Jai Alai capital of Far East Asia. In the Philippines Jai Alai games were terminated following a game-fixing scandal in 1998, in 1994 an attempt to resurrect the game was blocked when the Supreme Court declared that gambling was against the national interest. Jai Alai is also played in Mainland China and Indonesia.