There were very few women, just middle-aged and older men, which gave the place a bit of a seedy vibe, but the very few people who spoke to us were friendly with one notable exception.
|Cell phones are not allowed at the Beirut Racetrack|
This sign indicates that you cannot have cell phones on at any time during the races because they could be used for cheating during simulcasted races, at least I'm assuming. A friend was almost thrown out by a very grumpy security guard because he couldn't read the sign. The situation was compounded by the fact that my friend was Arab, and the security guard assumed that he could read Arabic and was just lying. So, just remember, no phones.
|Ruins in the center of the track|
|After the races, handlers took turns giving me the horses in their charge to hold and take pictures with|