Tension before the start.
The 141st annual buffalo race thundered into action near Bangkok.
More than 30 animals ran the 100-meter or 109-yard course.
And one buffalo owner was confident about a win.
SOUNDBITE: Wipoon Boran, 51-year-old buffalo keeper, saying (Thai):
"This year we have four buffaloes racing. I think they might be winners because they've won in previous races. They were in second place in other races (this month). Today, if they get a good start, they'll be number one."
In scorching heart and without a saddle, staying on the buffalo can be a challenge - but not for everybody.
SOUNDBITE: Witawat Sanknua, 32-year-old former rider, saying (Thai):
"I never fall. I'm not scared, it's easy. But you have to start young; you have to start riding buffaloes young."
It's alleged that the buffaloes are fed a mixture of beer and eggs to enhance their performance -- and some say the riders also consume one of those ingredients -- to build courage before the wild bareback ride.
Thailand buffalo race kicks up dust (1:03)
Oct. 30 - More than 30 buffaloes in Chonburi, Thailand compete against each other in a 100-metre race. Tara Cleary reports. ( Transcript )