• Chris Armond – Like HBO!

    I first met Christopher Joseph Armond over 55 years ago when, in September 1965, we both entered the hallowed halls of Campion College (née “Campion Hall”). We entered with different perspectives. I was the timid one. Even then, Chris was an imposing figure with a self-confidence that belied his...
  • Christmas Wishes, New Year’s Wish List

    So Queen Elizabeth II described 1992 as an “annus horribilis”. What was her problem? She had some family issues that included three divorces among her children and their arranged-by-Royal-Decree spouses. Oh, and there was a fire at one of her many castles. Well, boo hoo. Now that we know...
  • The Magical #10

    RIP #10 Diego Maradonna, the ultimate football magician and entertainer. Sports is an essential part of the national social fabric and along with music, creates entertainment and an important positive cultural relief valve for social pressure, limiting the amount of negatives that stress creates. Football fans, particularly blessed to...
  • Papa Bouba Diop

    November 29th, 2020 was a sad day for football, it was the day that Papa Bouba Diop died at the age of 42. For those too young to remember, 18 years ago Diop along with his Senegal team did what was unthinkable, in their first match at a world...
  • Dreaming Of Losing Weight?

    Since the pandemic has encouraged two new cottage industries, sleeping and eating, it might be time to deal with both from a horseracing perspective. First up: weight – the most over-rated and irrelevant factor in handicapping horse races. As an opinion influencer, it’s far more important when your wife’s...
  • One hundred Derbies (no Dalmations)

    Tomorrow is a big deal in local horse racing as Caymanas Park hosts Jamaica Derby’s 100th running. One more and we could make a movie. The first Derby, run at Knutsford Park, was won by Buck Dancer bred by Jamaican sire Starlight out of the Rosythe mare Dream Dance....
  • Trainers Are The Real Superstars

    Exciting contests for the last two trainers’ championships have brought the work of race horse conditioning into focus. Jockeys are the super-stars of racing (undeservedly in my opinion) because they’re the obvious “talent” seen on racedays similar to TV/radio hosts who, however famous by exposure, are really the product...
  • Rooting Out Corruption

    Recently a jockey was found with a battery (allegedly) and another fined and suspended for betting on a race in contravention of a rule that restricts jockeys to betting on (and through the owner of) the horse he/she rides. So, this once again brings the bogeyman of corruption in...
  • Jamaica’s Football – Where Do we Go From Here (Part 2)

    Last week I examined the state of Jamaica’s football. Now, I make my recommendations for improvement. The ‘degarrisonization’ of Jamaica’s football. As indicated last week, FIFA has mandated that the governance issues be addressed, but the vexing matter surrounding the voting pool needs to be addressed as a matter...