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'I am coming back with a bang'

Leading female apprentice rider Samantha Fletcher says she is hoping to return to the saddle with a bang when racing restarts, hopefully, within the next few weeks. Read More

Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse, dies at 7
Arrogate , winner of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic and the champion three-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America's all-time leading money-earner, has died. He was seven.... Read More

Jockey Romario Smith on the mend after suffering stroke in the saddle
Apprentice jockey Romario Smith, who suffered a stroke while in the saddle in competitive race riding at Caymanas Park on February 26, 2020, says he is “recovering well” at home and is able to move his right arm and leg, but still unable to walk.... Read More

Jockeys' boss Ellis says reinsmen ready to ride
SHANE Ellis, president of the Jamaica Jockeys' Guild, says his fellow riders will have no problems following protocols as they prepare for a potential return to the saddle in mid-June during the novel coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Baffert horses in new doping case – reports

Thursday, May, 28 2020    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – Two horses trained by US racing legend Bob Baffert failed drug tests at a recent meeting in Arkansas, US media reports said yesterday. Read More

'I never saw myself as a loser, I am always a winner'

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May, 27 2020    

Most jockeys would be devastated and heartbroken if they were to endure almost two years without booting home a winner but not apprentice Tamicka Lawrence. Instead, the young rider says she is using her disappointments as stepping stones for better things to come. Read More

Female jockey Able says racing lockdown weighs heavily on finances

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 22 2020    

For many, thoroughbred racing at Caymanas Park is mereley for the purpose of entertainment or just a way of spending a Saturday afternoon, but for female apprentice Abigail Able it is life. Read More

Grooms boss White thinks scrapping of Diamond Mile a big blow to local racing

Wednesday, May, 20 2020    

Fabian “Tallyman” White, president of the Grooms' Association of Jamaica, says while he is waiting with anticipation for the return of competitive racing at Caymanas Park, he is very disappointed that the Diamond Mile has been dropped from the racing calendar. Read More

Not to his 'liking'

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 17 2020    

Lee Liking, who has been grooming horses at Caymanas Park for 42 years, says that he is still struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus shutdown of the local racing industry. Read More

Rough ride

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, May, 15 2020    

President of the Jamaica Jockeys' Guild, Shane Ellis says while members of his association are grateful for the financial aid given to them by racehorse owners, their main desire is for a speedy return of competitive racing at Caymanas Park. Read More

Facing cash crunch, SVREL chairman says operation restrictions will stay for now

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 8 2020    

Chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL), Solomon Sharpe says with his company facing a cash burn it would be a difficult task to remove the operation restrictions of the main racetrack at Caymanas Park. Read More

Grooms appeal for Gov't help

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicobserver.com | Monday, May, 4 2020    

The association representing grooms in the horse racing industry is calling on the Government for help after Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) last week announced a scaling down of operations at Caymanas Park due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)... Read More

Local racing continues forced downsizing of operations

Sunday, May, 3 2020    

Caymanas Park continues to feel the pinch from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown as Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL), the sole promotor of racing in Jamaica, announced on Friday that they will be scaling down operations within the industry. Read More

When the shoe fits

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 3 2020    

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of operations at Caymanas Park, farrier Marvin Terrell says the shoeing of the athlete still remains one of the most critical activities in the industry. Read More

Cal's to the rescue Horse racing sponsor gives helping hand to struggling grooms

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 29 2020    

Grooms, among the hardest-working subset in horse racing, have something to smile about during the COVID-19 lockdown of the industry. Read More



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