• 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...
  • flag

    Now that the JFF has a new president…

    The “most important” election for the Presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is now over. Michael Ricketts defeated the challenge of my long-time friend and Undergraduate colleague Ambassador Stewart Stephenson. The ones who decide the outcome of the “competition”, the delegates, voted (8 to 5) for Mr. Ricketts....
  • Medical care for our children at play extremely vital

    The schoolboy football season has begun with 42 schools entering the Manning Cup and 89 schools entering the DaCosta Cup competitions. If you estimate that each squad has 20 of our children involved in pre-season training, and now the term-long competition, it means that 2,620 kids are involved in...
  • gavel

    Great need for training in Sports Administration and Sports Medicine

    The 2017 World Championships in Athletics held in London England is now over.  The last big athletic event held in London was the 2012 Olympics. That event now has the reputation as the “dirtiest Olympics ever” according to a Mail On Sunday expose. The report brings to the fore the...
  • 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...
  • netball

    Stop Playing Games with Sports

    Jamaicans have a mad passion for sports. Be it the man who plays community football every Sunday, or the woman who goes all out in our local netball leagues, we indulge in sports. Even if we have never played on an actual team or ever kicked a ball, we watch...
  • 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...

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