This year, for the second time after 2011, the Kincsem Race was organized on the Hoppegarten racecourse in Berlin, in honour of Kincsem, the former invincible Hungarian wonder mare. The jockey, the trainer and the owner of the winning horse received Herend prizes.
The Hoppegarten racecourse having long traditions was established in 1968, at present it is Germany’s most famous track. Last year Gerhard Schöningh, the owner ofthe racecourse announced to organize a special race in honour of Kincsem, fulfilling his old dream. Kincsem, the multiple award-winning Hungarian racehorse was born in 1874 and during its career it won all 54 races which it started on.
In its time Kincsem was extraordinary popular in Germany. It is a special pride for Hoppegarten that the invincible ‘diva’ won its first two races on the racecourse of Berlin. According to the chronicles, Kincsem – also called ‘Mein Schatz’ by the Germans – triumphed for the first time on 21 June 1876 as winning the 1000-meter race by four horse-lengths. This year – like last year – the 1000-meter race from 1876 was repeated on the Hoppegarten racecourse in honour of Kincsem.
The Hoppegarten racecourse asked this year once again the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, which is in Germany well-known and well-recognized, to make special ornaments for the winners. The Manufactory is committed to preserve Hungarian values and traditions and bequeath them to younger generations; thus, it began with great pleasure to design the prizes of the 2nd Kincsem Race. In 2012, the winners received a large, 24-carat gold-labelled matte white horse statue and 2 trophies painted in Apponyi pattern.