Racing Across a Border
May 13, 2022 10:15 AM   Subscribe

The border between Mexico and the United States is a fluid cultural region with so much shared history that each side is often remarked to be more similar to the other than to the rest of its host country. Among many traditions is a legendary series of horse races unique in the world for being run in two nations simultaneously.
posted by thoroughburro (5 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
As nobody will remember, I had intended to post mainly about peppers. The connection in this case is that Relampago’s second opponent, Chiltepin, is named after the wild (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum) pepper of the region. “Chiltepin” translates to “flea pepper” from Nahuatl. More on it sometime!
posted by thoroughburro at 10:28 AM on May 13 [2 favorites]


The detail that the 30 year old champion went back and defeated a new young challenger is astonishing!
posted by jacquilynne at 11:29 AM on May 13 [3 favorites]


I had no idea. Thanks for posting this.
posted by waving at 12:48 PM on May 13 [1 favorite]


+1 eponysterical, thoroughburro

Fascinating! Thank you for posting this! And I am looking forward to more pepper posts!
posted by shoesfullofdust at 5:47 PM on May 13 [1 favorite]


The detail that the 30 year old champion went back and defeated a new young challenger is astonishing!

It is absolutely astounding! That must have been one heck of a horse.

I can't get enthused about his head being mounted on the wall, though. I would imagine by now the poor bugger is pretty moth-eaten. Too bad it wasn't a nice statue memorial instead.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:33 PM on May 13 [2 favorites]


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