Changes under way - Caymanas boss says improvements on track
BRANDO Hayden, chief operating officer, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, yesterday said the new promoter of horse racing has been pushing forward with a number of infrastructure improvements at Caymanas Park, including plans to improve the jockeys' rooms for male and female riders.
"There are numerous plans afoot for upgrading of the physical infrastructure. We started by painting the grandstand and are doing lot more work to uplift the place. Another is to refurbish the jockeys' rooms, increasing the space available for males and females.
Under the previous promoter, Caymanas Track Limited, Jamaica's female jockey trio of Melissa Ward, Andree Powell, and Natalie Berger had made a formal request to have the female changing rooms improved.
Ward told STAR Sports that the request was made two years ago for lockers as well as keys to access the rooms throughout the week. They only have access on racedays.
Need of fixing
The trio also requested basic amenities such as hangers, hand towels and igloos with ice in their own rooms, items which are provided for the males.
Powell said she and her peers have to go upstairs to the male quarters for those items, which would be much easier if available in their room. They added that a bunk bed in the female room is shaky and in need of fixing.
"No one can sit on the top," said Ward.
However, Hayden pointed out that not only female, but also the male quarters, will soon benefit from major overhauls after recently taking over a run-down plant.
"For that, we are in the process of getting the drawings done," he said. "In the meanwhile, we have resanded the track, resurfaced two car parks and will be doing a third. A drain is also being added to the main car park," Hayden said.
"We have also painted the main administration building and the grandstand, which we hope to be completed before the Jamaica Derby on June 24," he added.