Supreme Ventures Racing boss encouraged by progress at Caymanas Park


April 22, 2017
Denzil Miller

Chief operating officer at Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), Brando Hayden, says he is very encouraged by the progress made at Caymanas Park since SVREL assumed operations on March 7.

"As you know, we have increased purses by $100m, reduced the time it takes for stakeholders to receive their purse payments, and opened up the grandstand for free admission," he said at Wednesday's launch of the Jamaica Oaks.

"We had our previous major race day (April 8), the Jamaica 1000 & 2000 Guineas. There is much to be done, but we are up to the task. We are very encouraged by the progress made, feedback received and also by the support from all our stakeholders," he said

A number of improvements have been made to the track infrastructure, with the painting of the grandstand now being done and the resanding of the track and bridle paths, where the horses walk to and from the stable, slated to commence in two weeks.

The Jamaica Oaks is set for Saturday, April 29 for the Jamaica Oaks, when native-bred three-year-old fillies will vie for the Hilma Veira Trophy and a piece of the $3-million purse.

SVREL Racing Secretary Denzil Walker says the race day will also be Ladies Day, with female patrons expected to don their best race-day fashion, featuring eye-catching hats and fascinators, reminiscent of the Royal Ascot in the UK.

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