Wednesday, June 21, 2023



There’s always something new to see at the Baha Mar Resort, Cable Beach! When Erskine and I walked past the Convention Centre there on Sunday, we came upon this beautiful “painted pony” as I call it! If you look closely at it in person, you’ll spot the Bahamas Coat of Arms among other Bahamian features and also a tiny tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

We were mystified about it, but couldn’t find anyone to explain what it was all about. So I did a search online and found this on Facebook: 

Hope you can access it, but the following is basically what they were saying:
With our 50th year of Bahamas Independence (Golden Jubilee) approaching, this historical marker for the former Hobby Horse Hall Race Track was a public art gift from “The Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky.” They had the unveiling at Baha Mar last Friday.

The Hobby Horse Hall Race Track was built in 1792 near the Cable Beach site where the Baha Mar resort is located today.

From The Bahamas Historical Society about The Hobby Horse Hall Race Track:

15th February 1958 - The Hobby Horse Hall Race Track was destroyed by fire. The track which had been in existence since 1792 was located in what is now Cable Beach on New Providence.

Then the Track was rebuilt and restarted in 1960, according to this Tribune article

It closed for good in 1977.

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