• 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)....
  • The Soul Of The Matter

    The hot topic at the race track these days is the long time it’s taking for Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul to return home after an unsuccessful tilt at the Caribbean Classic at Gulfstream Park, Florida. Apparently, the horse was cleared for travel to Florida by local Racing Commission...
  • 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...