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Indonesia's child jockeys brave danger for cash and glory

Endiansyah Mohammad, center, warms up his horse on Kalaki beach.
Endiansyah Mohammad, center, warms up his horse on Kalaki beach.Beawiharta / Reuters
Child jockeys race their horses at a racetrack outside Bima, Indonesia, Nov. 17.
Child jockeys race their horses at a racetrack outside Bima, Indonesia, Nov. 17.Beawiharta / Reuters
A gambler collects his money after a win on a horse race.
A gambler collects his money after a win on a horse race.Beawiharta / Reuters

Dozens of child jockeys, some as young as eight-years-old take part in the races. Involving nearly 600 horses they take place around a dusty, oval track of 1,400 meters (nearly one mile). The reward for the winner is a handful of cash for his family and glory for the jockey. The grand prize is one million rupiah ($100). Those who win their groups get two cows. The chairman of the races' organizing team, Hajji Sukri, denies that there is any danger to the children saying they are all skilful riders and none have been killed or seriously hurt.

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Child jockey Herman Sarifudin is lifted up by his father in the starting gates before a horse race.Beawiharta / Reuters
Child jockeys sit inside a starting gate before a race.Beawiharta / Reuters
The foot of child jockey is seen as he sits on his horse at Panda racetrack.Beawiharta / Reuters
Horses race at Panda racetrack.Beawiharta / Reuters
Spectators cheer during a race at Panda racetrack.Beawiharta / Reuters
A child jockey hugs his horse after finishing a race at Panda racetrack.Beawiharta / Reuters
Endiansyah Mohammad, center, warms up his horse on Kalaki beach.Beawiharta / Reuters
A boy washes a horse after a race at Kalaki beach outside Bima.Beawiharta / Reuters