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  • Horseracing stakeholders must be prepared for compromise

    The flag-burning and demonstration of anger by stakeholders of the racing fraternity outside the gates of the country’s only racetrack a few weeks ago was the physical demonstration of frustration that “no-racing” is having on a group of people who cannot seem to understand that EVERY Jamaican is having...
  • Alien Invasion Of Vituperous Virus

    Last week’s local horse racing news was dominated by a mystery virus sweeping the stables that severely depleted Ash Wednesday entries.  Racing scheduled for Saturday, February 29, was postponed for lack of entries. Nobody seems to know the origin or nature of the virus but horses affected first started...
  • How To Win Money At The Races

    I’ve been asked if I ever win money betting on horses. There’s a straight (boring) and a tongue-in-cheek (entertaining) answer. Both are true. The boring answer is, in the long term, nobody wins betting on anything. The “House” always wins. Totalisators ensure this outcome by fixing the system so...
  • TV Coverage Essential To Racing’s Survival

      If horse racing isn’t to die with its aging fans, two vital factors need to be added to its crash cart: namely marketing and availability. Currently, racing is limping along without the assistance of either. The marketing team seems unable to attract a decent number of new sponsors...
  • In-Depth Racing Coverage Needed

     At least the bare bones of live horseracing have returned to TV via simulcast on PBCJ. This is a good thing. As I wrote last issue, horse racing’s major investors, without whom the sport can’t survive, are punters. Unless racing can attract new bettors willing to wager their hard-earned...