• Time For a Hall of Fame or National Sports Museum

    The annual “thank you” for our athletes who have performed and brought this nation pleasure and joy over the past 12 months — known as the RJR/Gleaner Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony — has inspired a debate about how we say thanks to...
  • Happy New Year!

    Congratulations to 2019 Champion Trainer Anthony Nunes on a comprehensive and emphatic victory in the championship race. After his obvious disappointment in 2018 he put his foot on the gas from the outset in 2019 and never let up. His handling of the classic season was outstanding and resulted...
  • Encouraging Developments In West Indies Cricket

    The West Indies cricket team’s win over India in the second One Day International (ODI) is not being afforded the accolades that this comprehensive victory requires. When the election for President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) came up, there was a contest between the incumbent Dave Cameron and the...
  • How To Win Money At The Races

    I’ve been asked if I ever win money betting on horses. There’s a straight (boring) and a tongue-in-cheek (entertaining) answer. Both are true. The boring answer is, in the long term, nobody wins betting on anything. The “House” always wins. Totalisators ensure this outcome by fixing the system so...
  • A DIAMOND MILE PREVIEW

    We’re a week away from the season’s biggest racing weekend as, sadly, the Diamond Mile has replaced the Superstakes as the year’s championship race. How was this illusion constructed? As usual, it’s all about the money as the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission has, on at least suspect authority,...
  • There may be hope for horse racing, but…

    An article that appeared in the Sunday and Monday edition of the Gleaner has reignited discussion on the topic of the future of the racehorse industry in Jamaica. Ainsley Walters, a veteran racing journalist and host of his own radio programme on the local racing industry, in a two-part...
  • Trainers’ championship all over? Again!

    Jamaica’s brainless, unoriginal, sycophantic horse racing media “analysts” are at it again. From as far back as July this year, one excitable radio commentator announced that Anthony “Baba” Nunes was the 2019 Champion Trainer and has been applying that prefix to his name ever since. He made that identical...
  • Ignore myths and other public tipsters

    Over the years, I’ve done my best to encourage punting fanatics to spend time learning the fundamentals of the horse; of picking winners; AND (the most crucial skill) the fundamentals of bet selection. The first and most important no-no is listening to public tipsters. By and large, they’re ignorant...
  • What to do about doping in sport

    Doping in sport is once again in the spotlight, as last Tuesday word came that “Super Coach” Alberto Salazar has been found guilty after a 4-year investigation by the USADA, led by the indefatigable Travis Tygart. Readers may recall that Travis Tygart is the man who led the investigation...