Horse Racing held in Santa Elena, Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 January 2018 00:00

When elicited in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, no other sport can bring forth so much passion as the sport of horse racing. So on Sunday the Peter August Memorial Jockey Club took out their best horses to unwind the crowds. This time it was at the Peter August Memorial Race track in Santa Elena Town where raw horse power and strategic thinking by jockeys paid off after a year of training.

As a climax for the evening in the Sixth Furlongs race, Byron Robinson Junior walked away with $1,200.00 for coming first place with his horse Cheese Royal. This horse was trained by Javier Guzman and came from the Kenworth Stables. Coming in second was the horse Eclipse from the Manuel Rodriquez stable and the light Jockey ‘Chepe’ also walked away with $800.00

As former jockey and horse racing enthusiast Alejandro Rodriquez Junior explained to the cheering crowd on Sunday, that these riders were going atop some 800 to 900 pounds of fluctuating flesh.  Any horse race is a daunting experience, he said, against such variables as wind and body weight.

Representative for the Cayo Central Division the Hon. Rene Montero announced that in 2018 there will be more horse races.  The Peter August Memorial Jockey Club has scheduled additional horse races for Holy Saturday, Father’s Day, Pan American Day and New Year’s Day at the Peter August Memorial horse track.

Ben Rhodas from the Public Works Department and his team were thanked publicly for maintaining the Peter August Race Track; so keeping the spirit of horse racing alive. With more horse races coming this year it is hoped that visitors from both at home and abroad can come and enjoy a horse racing sport that brings out the best in all of us.