South Americans are famed for their love of sport, and the notorious Latin Passion is never more evident than at the racetrack. So this month Winning Post joins fans as they celebrate the continent's Blue Riband horse race, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano.
Perhaps better known as the Longines Latin American Grand Prix, this year it returns to Uruguay's capital Montevideo, the place of its inauguration in 1981. In the build up to the event, Aly Vance visits neighbouring Argentina, which has been responsible for many of the race's recent success stories. Being the fourth biggest producers of thoroughbreds, she discovers how the country rears and trains their foals at Campagnue Stud, before finding out what it takes to win the Grand Prize from reigning Champion Sixties Song and his trainer.
There have been some stand out jockeys over the years competing in what is also South America's richest race, but none more so than Jorge Ricardo. Aly finds out how he managed to, not only win the race a phenomenal five times, but also recently break the record for all time career wins by adding his 12,845th victory to his CV. This outstanding total includes the one and only time that Uruguay have won the Gran Premio Latino Americano. It was on on home soil back in 2006, and Aly's final task is to find out who the locals will be pinning their hopes on this year at the Moronas Racetrack.