Terrible Tout

  • Catch a Tiger (if you can)!

        So Tiger Woods, unquestionably the best golfer of all time, is back! Eleven years after he last won a Major (US Open at Torrey Pines); after FIVE back surgeries including spinal fusion; at least two failed come-backs (one in which he couldn’t even pitch the ball on...
  • The classics are here

    By the time Public Opinion’s next issue is posted, Jamaica’s first classics will have been run so readers must be satisfied with this very early preview. 1.000 Guineas This one is troublesome as new ante-post favourite, Lady Blue, presents something of a puzzle. For some unknown reason, she was...
  • THE FUTURE MUST BE NOW!

      The new horse racing promoter has tried manfully for two years to revive a dying sport but CPR isn’t working and there are no defibrillators in sight. SVREL’s unaudited accounts claim almost $200 million in capital expenditure has been made but fans aren’t seeing the money in the...
  • Let The Spinning Wheel Spin

      She who must be Obeyed (SWMBO) recently celebrated her 37th wedding anniversary on the twoth of March (we have the 4th, 5th, 6th etc so why isn’t March 2 the twoth of March?). SWMBO attended “Simply Myrna” where she was introduced to a youthful, talented throwback named Bunny...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • horses racing

    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...
  • horses racing

    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...
  • horses racing

    FROM ROMAN ROAD TO HIGHWAY 2000 (Part III)

     Horseracing has always been an audio-visual sport and, as such, identified with and by the voices of its commentators. One of the earliest was the legendary Charlie “Dollars to Donuts” McCormack.   When the little boy’s first “favourite horse”, Saumarez, won the 1962 Derby, he was called home by Charlie...

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