The Terrible Tout

  • How government can aid and abet corruption

      The Terrible Tout Government announced the merger of the three separate regulatory bodies set up to monitor and control Jamaican gambling and horse racing too long ago but, as is the norm, hasn’t implemented. How foolish is it to have a Racing Commission (JRC; 7 political appointees) to...
  • horses racing

    Marketing and Competition the Key

      In the July 21 edition of Public Opinion, I addressed what I called the “sharp decline” of race horse owners (“Owners are People Too”) which the powers-that-be in the sport ignores as if all is hunky dory. The actual numbers from my usually reliable sources (getting information from...
  • horses racing

    Upside down taxation policy

    My usually reliable sources tell me this year’s Yearling Sale has hit rock bottom with only 86 entries. EIGHTY-SIX? Christ on a crutch, that’s down 34% from 2016’s paltry 130 and a massive 60% from 2009’s 213 entries. It can no longer be swept under the carpet. Jamaica’s breeding...
  • horses racing

    Always insist on “value”

    How often have you heard the refrain from punters exiting the track with empty pockets “but mi did pick five winners today…”? These punters have lost sight of the most important factor in any enterprise, namely its objective is the pursuit of profit.  Especially in Jamaica, where the Tote...
  • filly

    Fillies’ Time of Year

     As the long hot summer takes its toll, especially on fillies, and the months tick over into August, serious handicappers should be longing for autumn. Every summer, especially these climate-change-induced hell-fire summers we’ve recently experienced, the average punter goes berserk losing his/her hard earned cash on fillies with obviously...
  • horses racing

    Owners Are People Too!

      The most important persons in any industry are the customers, which is why the record high takeouts by Jamaica’s racing promoter must be addressed if the industry is to survive. I’ve already written on how this can be achieved (May 26, 2017: ‘Time for Financial Fundamentals’) in which...
  • horses racing

    Another winner on merit loses

    Once again, a piece of horse racing history has been written by officials instead of contestants as the stewards stepped in and disqualified yet another Grade 1 winner. From as far back as April 28, I wrote in Public Opinion about HENRY THE SECOND after his win in a...
  • horses racing

    Time for financial fundamentals

    Turning local horse racing around won’t be easy for the simple reason it’s been operating on too many fiscal fallacies for too long. Firstly, the industry’s investors have been put to sit at the back of the bus for so long they struggle to recognize the injustice. FACT: Breeders, owners...
  • horses racing

    Claiming not selling

    Some misguided, or maybe forgetful, pundits have been calling for racing to return to the handicapping system. The forgetfulness from which they appear to suffer is that we were there before. Not only was that system easily manipulated by horses’ connections and handicappers alike, it helped to put the...

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