Having already said a prayer and blessed himself with the Catholic sign of the cross, as they traditionally do in Panama, this jockey is in a moment of restful contemplation before the race. His mount is calm, yet alert. They await their turn to go into the starting gate. This is painted loosely, and I let the paint bloom to create watercolor effects. The red jockey silks and colors give striking contrast to the subtle suggestion of the curved rail in the background.