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reportage Long Shot in the fast track
Horseracing is not usually
associated with the Caribbean.
Photographer Wayne Tippetts
went to Caymanas Park in Kingston,
Jamaica and found a world full
of characters and stories
The Jockeys

Three jockeys resting between races

Champion jockey Andrew Ramgeet

A winning horse gets a little frisky

A winning jockey at the post-race weigh-in

The winner leaves the track with the trainer and stable-boy

After the race: the course is a dirt-track which is watered after each race
The Punters

Following the race

Excitement in the grandstand

In one of the special boxes, a leading businessman watches the race surrounded by his family

Below the stand

Couples resting between races

A leading trainer Eileen Cligott, originally from Cheltenham in England, accompanies an owner with his horse. She is known as the 'Iron Lady" because she has had many hip and joint replacements

Bottle boys who make a few dollars collecting empty bottles. They sometimes bet on races

A retired jockey who now leads out the horses at the racecourse. He is placing a bet on an international race in the jockeys' rest area