• 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...
  • Batteries? What About Raceday Medication?

    The track is agog regarding an alleged battery finding last Saturday. The horse was withdrawn and Allen, the jockey, sidelined pending investigation. But, on Monday, before any “investigation” could commence, Racing Commission Chairman Clovis Metcalfe was quoted in The Gleaner: “We asked him why he had it and he...
  • Jamaica’s Football – Where do we go from here (Part 1)

    Sunday, November 16, 1997; June 14, 1998 and May 10, 2015 are dates that all local football fans should have indelibly imprinted on their minds. The nil all draw versus Mexico at the National Stadium on November 16, 1997, marked an iconic moment in Jamaica’s football as the country...
  • School Sports Under Covid 19

    The body in charge of school sports (ISSA) has announced through its president that it will continue the preparation for school sports until the Government advises it differently. ISSA has also mentioned that it has “reached out” to the parents of the children who may be involved in school...
  • Grading Of Horses And Tracks

    Everybody knows I’m no fan of Sunday racing. I’m concerned about interference with family time; with occupational license holders’ day of rest; and encouragement of punter fatigue which could come with an irresistible temptation to source more betting funds than advisable from questionable sources. But, recently, I’ve noticed another...
  • Owners Needed and a Guineas Preview

    Clear, uncomplicated reality is that the racing industry is dying a slow, tortured, demise as racehorse owners desert the ship faster than Jerry ever ran from Tom. As usual the promoter’s reaction has been myopic. During the COVID-19 enforced break it systematically bullied “Stakeholders” until some key, more affluent...
  • Bluff, Double Bluff And Bluster

    So local horse racing returned on June 13 after much behind-the-scenes activity and in front of the camera contention. At time of publication four race days have been run; the cards well supported, competitive and the betting turnover very good. Yet some stakeholders are up in arms because, when...
  • Everton Weekes – Short Bat

    Good cricketers come in all shapes and sizes, especially bowlers. The best fast bowlers have been six foot something and well built specimens. Names like Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Wesley Hall, Glen McGrath, H. Hines Johnson, Ian Davidson, Steve Harmison and Charlie Griffith spring instantly to mind. Roy Gilchrist...