Ikuru Kuwajima (University of Missouri)
International Picture Story
A draft horse rests in front of a barn located by the Obihiro Racetrack in Obihiro City, Hokkaido, Japan. Most of the jockeys, trainers and staple keepers live in the barn area with draft horses.
A jockey, Hiroaki Hosokawa, sleeps before the beginning of races in the jockeys waiting room at the Obihiro racetrack.
Steam comes out of horses during the morning training at the Obihiro racetrack. Staffs start morning training as early as 4:00 a.m.
A bettor carefully looks toward draft horses at the paddock from the inside of a building at the Obihiro Racetrack.
A jockey Atsushi Kudo whips the horse while it climbs up a hump during a race.
Draft horses stride during a race. As many as 10 horses run the 218-yard/200-meter straight line dirt course for 2-3 minute, dragging more than 1,500 pounds of weights on sleighs.
Fans cheer horses while running the stands to follow the race. Since horses drag more than 1,500 pounds of weight rather slowly, fans can run and follow the horses unlike other kinds of horse racing.
Thrown tickets lie on the ground after the end of the final race. Many fans throw away tickets in the end of of each race if they lose betting.