Common Supervisor at Supreme Ventures Racing and Leisure Restricted, Lorna Gooden, described the final 12 months as a really testing but rewarding interval for the native racing trade, which rebounded effectively after being dropped at a standstill by the unfold of the coronavirus illness in Jamaica.
The 2020 12 months started on a tough observe for the racing promoters as Jamaica Racing Fee veterinarian Dr St Aubyn Bartlett shared that a number of horses on the observe got here down with what was described as a ‘thriller sickness’, with the affected equine athletes rejecting feed, and in some instances, struggling a fever.
The trade then took a large hit in March when the COVID pandemic struck the nation because the racetrack was pressured into an entire shut-down for nearly 4 months, leading to a number of grooms being laid off and numerous trainers returning their horses to their respective farms throughout the interval.
“We began out the 12 months with a bang, after which we have been affected by the sickness that affected the horses, after which got here COVID, which impacted us considerably, and we have been shut-down for 3 months,” Gooden instructed The Gleaner.
A memorandum of understanding, struck in Could between the stakeholders and the racing promoters Supreme Ventures Racing and Leisure Restricted (SVREL), in addition to the approval of COVID-19 mitigating well being and security protocols by the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, allowed for the secure return of racing on June 20.
“We then got here collectively and developed the COVID protocols for the reopening, and we are able to boast that Caymanas Park was one the primary to implement these protocols even earlier than the Ministry of Well being and Wellness requested us for the in-depth protocols which were carried out,” Gooden shared.
“We’re the one leisure and sporting occasion that’s presently occurring, and we’re ever grateful, and we need to be sure that we preserve it going. We’re strictly adhering to the protocols which were signed off on by the ministry, and we need to preserve it that manner,” Gooden stated.
Gooden underscored her firm’s huge five-year sponsorship take care of Australia-based worldwide betting firm BetMakers Know-how Group as a real testomony to their dedication to the horseracing trade and a significant constructive in a difficult 12 months.
SEVENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLAR DEAL
The deal, which is reportedly valued at $75 million, will see SVREL offering native racing on BetMakers’ platform internationally. BetMakers can even offer fastened odds betting in addition to importing 5,000 weekly races that can permit punters to position their bets utilizing fastened odds. A brand new trainers’ pavilion might be constructed within the title of BetMakers.
There was additionally main rehabilitation of roads inside the steady space at Caymanas Park whereas a number of millionaires have been created from the newly curated Reggae Six wager, which changed the Decide Six.
It was additionally a really profitable 12 months for coach Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes after he captured his second consecutive coach’s title forward of his rival, Wayne DaCosta.
Dane Nelson and Anthony Thomas emerged as joint champion jockeys for 2020 after they each ended the 12 months on 84 wins. Micros (Michael Bernard) was champion proprietor for 2020 forward of Carlton Watson whereas Stables emerged because the champion breeder forward of Michael Bernard. Champion groom for 2020 was Tafara Wright in entrance of Robert Ranger.
Final 12 months was a really tough one for former champion jockey Shane Ellis, who was suspended for 5 race days and fined $75,000 for breaking Rule 143 of the Jamaica Racing Fee Guidelines of Racing.
Rule 143 of the Guidelines of Racing states: “No jockey shall wager on any race besides via the proprietor of and on the horse, which he rides, and any jockey who shall be proved to the satisfaction of the fee to have curiosity in any race horse or to have been engaged in any betting transaction besides permitted by this rule or to have acquired a gift from any particular person apart from the proprietor of the horse, which he’s using shall be responsible of an offence beneath these guidelines.”
Apprentice jockey Anthony Allen was additionally given a 21-day race ban after he was held with a tool, which is called a ‘battery’.