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Caymanas Park stables get road upgrade

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:18 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Local thoroughbreds in action at Caymanas Park in St Catherine on Saturday, November 28.
Local thoroughbreds in action at Caymanas Park in St Catherine on Saturday, November 28.

Horse racing stakeholders said that they are grateful to Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment for the rehabilitation of the roads within the stable areas at Caymanas Park, which was completed last week.

Supreme Ventures Property Manager Aldine Anderson describes the roadwork as being of “world-class standard”.

“What we targeted in terms of road rehabilitation was the northern stable area because that was the most deteriorating part of the property,” he said.

“What we have also done is that we targeted 35,500 square metres of roadway, which covered that area, and to make it a lasting benefit, we redid it completely, too, basically to high standards. We ripped it up, we added new asphalt, a new hard core, and gave it a last surface that will benefit the horsemen in that area.”

United Racehorse Trainers Association President Ryan Darby said this is a boost for the horsemen of Caymanas Park because they will now be able to traverse the property more easily.

“We are very delighted that the work that was promised is now moving ahead, and we hope that they will continue to work on rehabilitating the rest of the property,” he said. “This will make life a lot easier for the stakeholders on the property, because if you look at the work that has been done, I think that they really did a great job. “However, I think some work needs to be done on the lower end. On my side (stable area) will soon need some rehabilitation work as well, but we applaud the work that has been done.”

Grooms Association of Jamaica President Fabian Whyte said the rehabilitation on the property was long overdue and the body was happy that it had taken place.

“I am feeling great, and I know that all stakeholders are feeling very great about this,” he said. “It is a long road, and it is a very expensive road, and what was done, especially in the old paddock area, I am excited about this, and I know that my grooms are very happy, too.”

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