Terrible Tout

  • 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 The horse was withdrawn and Allen, the jockey, sidelined pending investigation.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...
  • 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...
  • What Can You Do For Horse Racing?

    So, local horse racing is not only on furlough but finds itself smack dab in the middle of a parish lockdown. Men are getting antsy. This seems to have severely damaged their ability to reason. In a sincere attempt to help, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) recently waived all...
  • Plus Ça Change….

    COVID-19’s closure of racing has resulted in plenty retrospection by ye olde Touty which revealed a column I wrote (published 2003) that, ironically, could’ve been published today. So here’s an edited reboot. “This series is unashamedly about betting and, more particularly, successful betting. Over the years I’ve tried to...
  • If You Can’t Hear…..

    So, local horse racing has finally been sent on furlough. This after weeks of stubborn resistance during which countless Jamaicans of modest means and most vulnerable to the current pestilence were herded into cramped, unsanitary Off Track Betting parlours (OTBs) to fiscally maintain horseracing by gambling away their meagre...
  • 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...
  • The Soul Of The Guineas

    Guineas anticipation is at a high after an impressive reappearance by pre-season favourite Wow Wow and flashy, clock-stopping efforts by “talking horse” Mahogany. Wow Wow returned onFebruary 9 (3yo Graded Stakes; 1,300m) where he showed an impressive change of pace staying on well past Nipster (one for the notebook)....