Horse race culture runs deep on Colombia’s San Andres Island


              Breeder Patrick Stephens rests in a hammock near his horse Pinot before race day on San Andres Island in Colombia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Horse racing teams keep their horses under close watch for days before races in order to protect them from being harmed in some way. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Leadid de la Cruz, center, poses for photos with her daughters Sheileanojm, right and Kissandra Dawkings on San Andres Island in Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. De la Cruz is the island’s first female jockey, who retired in her late 20s. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Race horse Chelsea finishes last, after race horse Dubai, in a two-horse race on San Andres Island in Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. There’s no racetrack on the tiny Caribbean island of San Andres, but passion for horse racing runs deep. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Horse trainer Jose Guerrero rides one of his thoroughbred horses in the shallow part of the sea on San Andres Island in Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Horse races used to be held on the beach but the spread of hotels and tourists made that impractical, so they've been moved to a forest trail. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Horse caretaker Anselmo Sams poses for a portrait with a race horse named Cleopatra on San Andres Island in Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The twin island archipelago in the western Caribbean is inhabited largely by English speakers and was once a British colony. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Spectators cheer as racehorse Time Will Tell runs past during a race through the forest on San Andres Island in Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. The race pitted the 7-year-old mare against Black Stallion in a kilometer-long race for a $16,000 prize. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Riders bathe their race horses in the sea in the early hours of the morning on San Andres Island in Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Thoroughbreds train on sand beaches and compete on a rocky trail that cuts through the forest. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Jockey Derwin Botero poses with his race horse Tim Will Tell on San Andres Island in Colombia, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. The 7-year-old mare defeated Black Stallion in a kilometer-long race for a $16,000 prize. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Horse trainer Jose Guerrero rides one of his thoroughbred horses on San Andres Island in Colombia, early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Guerrero, also a jockey, doesn't wear shoes when training on the beach. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              A thoroughbred race horse stands outside a home in San Andres Island, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Horse racing has a long history on San Andres and its sister island of Providencia despite their small populations and distance from the mainland. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Race horse Time Will Tell leads Black Stallion to win a kilometer-long race through the forest on San Andres Island in Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Jockey Derwin Botero rode the 7-year-old mare Time Will Tell for a $16,000 prize. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              A rider walks his horse on the beach of San Andres Island in Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Horse racing has a long history on San Andres and its sister island of Providencia, inhabited largely by English speakers and was once a British colony, but is now a Colombian tourist mecca. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Horse trainer Denis Hooker poses with his horse Pereque and Pereque's winning trophies on San Andres Island in Colombia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. The 69-year-old uses traditional training methods and is considered an icon in thoroughbred horse training on the island. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Horse trainer Erick Corpus caresses his race horse named Dubai on San Andres Island, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Corpus said that sometimes "black magic" is used on horses before races to make them less competative. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
            
              Denis Hooker trains his race horse named Pereque in the sea near the shore of San Andres Island in Colombia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. The 69-year-old uses traditional training methods and is considered an icon in thoroughbred horse training on the island where his horses have won numerous races. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
Horse race culture runs deep on Colombia’s San Andres Island