A head shorter than his peers, Fallou Diop quickly vanishes into the crowd of jockeys preparing for early morning drills in the western Senegalese village of Niaga.
Dressed in vibrant yellow and blue, Diop calmly mounted his steed and led it towards the track.
Diop went on to finish first in three of his five races that day, taking home nearly $1,000 in winnings.
"I want to be the best jockey in a country other than mine," he said. "In Morocco or France, anywhere there is horse racing."