• Honesty, transparency, consultation in national development

      The source of the major issues in football administration revolve around universal, dare I say, family-oriented issues.  Critical to good governance are: Speaking the truth — building trust — keeping your word and avoiding their “bigger cousin”, corruption.  Consultation and Inclusion —  stop hiding “confidential issues” from affiliates/stakeholders.  Respect for varying viewpoints, especially stakeholders. 4.  Constitutional guidance from knowledgeable...
  • Horseracing stakeholders must be prepared for compromise

    The flag-burning and demonstration of anger by stakeholders of the racing fraternity outside the gates of the country’s only racetrack a few weeks ago was the physical demonstration of frustration that “no-racing” is having on a group of people who cannot seem to understand that EVERY Jamaican is having...
  • What Can You Do For Horse Racing?

    So, local horse racing is not only on furlough but finds itself smack dab in the middle of a parish lockdown. Men are getting antsy. This seems to have severely damaged their ability to reason. In a sincere attempt to help, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) recently waived all...
  • Plus Ça Change….

    COVID-19’s closure of racing has resulted in plenty retrospection by ye olde Touty which revealed a column I wrote (published 2003) that, ironically, could’ve been published today. So here’s an edited reboot. “This series is unashamedly about betting and, more particularly, successful betting. Over the years I’ve tried to...
  • If You Can’t Hear…..

    So, local horse racing has finally been sent on furlough. This after weeks of stubborn resistance during which countless Jamaicans of modest means and most vulnerable to the current pestilence were herded into cramped, unsanitary Off Track Betting parlours (OTBs) to fiscally maintain horseracing by gambling away their meagre...
  • The fight to eliminate drug cheats from sports must continue

    As a child at the Mico Practicing School, morning assembly featured prayers, songs and a talk by our Headmaster, Ivan Shaw. He drilled into attentive children a quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that goes like this: “The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden...
  • Alien Invasion Of Vituperous Virus

    Last week’s local horse racing news was dominated by a mystery virus sweeping the stables that severely depleted Ash Wednesday entries.  Racing scheduled for Saturday, February 29, was postponed for lack of entries. Nobody seems to know the origin or nature of the virus but horses affected first started...
  • Protocol Needed To Prevent Recurrence Of The Supreme Soul Debacle

    Jamaica’s latest Triple Crown winner, (the epitome of racing quests) Supreme Soul returned to the island on Monday, February 10 2020 with full television coverage. Readers may recall that this colt, trained by Champion Trainer Nunes, left Jamaica in November 2019 to represent the country in the Caribbean Classic,...
  • The Soul Of The Guineas

    Guineas anticipation is at a high after an impressive reappearance by pre-season favourite Wow Wow and flashy, clock-stopping efforts by “talking horse” Mahogany. Wow Wow returned onFebruary 9 (3yo Graded Stakes; 1,300m) where he showed an impressive change of pace staying on well past Nipster (one for the notebook)....