As one of the two special administrative regions of China, Macau has its own special character which comprises traditional Chinese and European cultures. Under these circumstances, horse racing - a sport welcomed by both Chinese and Westerners - became a unique game in this tiny but energetic city.
The Macau Jockey Club (formerly the Macau Trotting Club) changed ownership in 1989 and was transformed into the flat-racing club of today. The first race was held on the 10th of September 1989. In 1991, the Macau Jockey Club was acquired by a consortium led by the late Dr Stanley Ho. The Macau Jockey Club is one of the largest private employers in Macau, with some 900 employees including part-timers.
The Macau Jockey Club schedules races all year round on both turf and sand, with around one to two race meetings per week with night meeting on Fridays and day meeting or twilight meeting on weekends. The Racing Season starts in September and ends at the end of August the following year.