Donkey Races In Negril

The Donkey Races at Uncle Sams Bar in Little Bay was an idea hatched over 6 years ago. The Donkey Races have gradually evolved into what this year promises to be another excellent opportunity for people from all over the globe to gather and watch, as jockeys with names like Yute, Bob, Dred and Brother are mounted on their favorite steeds that answer to names like Breeze, Jet, Rocket and Root. They will come from places like Delphi, Broughton, Little London and Old Hope.

Patrons will study the donkeys, the jockeys and the tote board that hangs high outside the thatched bar. The jockeys will take their mounts to the starting line just through the bush west of the bar. They start at the top of a small hill and at the command of “Go”, will be urged forward down the hill, some more cooperative than others. The first half of the course is bordered by a fence on one side and bush on the other, a few have been known to take to the bush. At 200 yards the track meets the road through Little Bay, where the jockeys encourage their mounts to turn right for about 30 yards and then another right takes them straight up the lane towards the bar. There they will make another loop of the track and hopefully find the finish line just outside the bar only yards from the sea. Not all that start will finish, as some donkeys choose their own overland route. The trick is not necessarily to hold the ticket to the fastest but maybe the most agreeable.

All in all, everyone is a winner at Uncle Sams. Races in the afternoon, great food and drinks all day and excellent live music at night.

Information on the Event
6th Annual Donkey Races
Uncle Sams Bar
Little Bay, Jamaica
Sunday – Feb 2, 2003
Races start at 2:00 P.M.
Admission: 150J or $3.00US

This years’ expanded venue includes, direct from Trelawny:

RAS SHABBAMAN with the MOTHERS BLESSING CREW and the GOD ALONE BAND, playing original Roots Rasta music throughout the night.

Raffle drawings throughout the day.


Sponsors so far include :
Patrick Foster’s tours and transportation
Wickermans Wicker Furniture
Little Bay Beach Club
Captain Georgies Fishing and boat excursions, Little Bay
Romies Oceanfront Cottages, Little Bay
Coral Cove Resort, Little Bay


About the author

Dulcimer "Peaches" Robothom