• Rescheduling the Diamond Mile to November… Seriously!?

    It’s been a while. Since I’ve been away, the latest public obsession has been with the spectre of unchecked profligacy at some public sector agencies conveniently summarized by the word “Petroscam”. But this isn’t an isolated problem with how public sector entities are structured and operated. We have examples...
  • Rescue our athletes from abuse, please!

      The Children’s Advocate has been noted to be a part of a move to rid the sports world of coaches who abuse athletes. From the beginning of our dominance in athletics there have been rumours/whispers of coaches who groom athletes to the extent where obvious mind boggling talent...
  • We have the formula of world champions; all that’s needed now is finance

          The year 2018 has come to an end, cementing the fact that anyone with a genetic background that can be traced to Jamaica has the potential to be a world class athlete. It doesn’t matter what sport you are considering. All that a human with a...
  • Bibi Gardner: What a man!

    It has often been said, with some justification, that the most important aspect of sports is participation. The joy of the game, the camaraderie, the health benefits, and the importance of respecting the rules of the game. Professional sport has changed most of that, as huge sums of money...
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    Buying and selling of children to win is wrong

    In the 1950s while a student at The Mico Practising School, a female student asked the teacher during a history class when we were learning about slavery, “Why did Africans sell fellow Africans to the slave traders?” The teacher paused and said that in the beginning of the slave...
  • Condolences, congratulations, and other weighty issues

    My heart goes out to the family of Vassell “Jollyman” Najair after his untimely demise while trying his best to protect a thoroughbred race horse and the public from injury. If ever any single act can exemplify a life this one WAS “Jolly” Najair. He loved horses; loved horse...
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    From Roman Road to Highway 2000 (Series Finale)

    By the time Legal Light won his Derby, the commentary booth was controlled by the wonderful Chris Armond, who brought a whole new style of race calling to the radio in which every horse’s position was noted on several occasions during the race and every finish was exciting.  He...
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    From Roman road to Highway 2000 (Part V)

    So, we come to the weight-carrying feats of local champions of yore. No thoroughbred’s career had a chance of being memorable unless it included at least one weight-defying performance fuelling arguments on street corners, in bars and around domino tables. Derby winners were so rated according to their subsequent...
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    From Roman Road to Highway 2000 (Part IV)

    When Titania won the Derby in 1974, David Vernon was still in charge of RJR’s commentary booth but the skill and artistry of George HoSang ruled the racetrack.  Titania (trained by Michael “Buddy” Silvera for Mrs. Hazel Chen) was the third filly to win the Derby and HoSang’s second...

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