Discuss as:

Joy unconfined at Siena's legendary Palio horse race

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

A supporter celebrates with the horse after jockey Luigi Bruschelli of the Onda contrada (Wave parish) won the Palio race in Siena, Italy on July 2, 2012.

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

Jockey Luigi Bruschelli, right, looks back as he wins the race.

Il Palio, which dates back to the mid-1600s, takes place twice each summer in the Tuscan city of Siena. 10 jockeys ride bareback around a makeshift race course set up in the city's central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child. 

See more great sporting images in The Week in Sports Pictures.

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

Jockey Luigi Bruschelli, right, leads the runners and riders.

Fabio Muzzi / AFP - Getty Images

Luigi Bruschelli is congratulated after winning the race.