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Jeffrey Mordecai | What's your connection, David Miller?

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 8:00 AMJeffrey Mordecai
David Miller (left) and Anthony Nunes leading in jockey Linton Steadman aboard BIGDADDYKOOL after winning the 90th running of the Jamaica St Leger at Caymanas Park on July 16.

I am one of the so-called 'experts' referred to in David Miller's guest column in The Gleaner of August 5, 2016.

Having a 'fool' for a client, I brought an unsuccessful appeal on behalf of the connections of FUTURE KING before the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). Coincidentally, David Miller is the second member of the Miller family to publicly speak out in favour of FUTURE KING's disqualification in the Jamaica Derby 2016.

In contrast, I recall declining all pre-appeal requests for interviews, so I plead 'not guilty' to making public utterances prior to the hearing of the appeal and plead 'never guilty' to bringing the sport of racing into disrepute. Many persons have, unsolicitedly, stated their views on this issue to me, and that is part of the wonderful world of horse racing.

I operate under the principle that reasonable people can reasonably disagree and wish more Jamaicans in all walks of life - and, particularly, in leadership positions - would adopt that mantra.

Since expertise is the subject of David Miller's guest column, did you know that:

(1) The stewards did not realise and, therefore, could not consider, while making their decision, that both Ellis and Steadman lost their whips in the stretch duel, which most racing fans would agree would affect the result. The incident involving Ellis and Steadman losing their whips is not mentioned in the stewards' report of the race.

(2) The stewards did not realise, while making their decision, that Will in Charge was the horse most seriously interfered with at the four-furlong mark and his name is not mentioned in the stewards' report, nor was his jockey, J. Ervin, called by the stewards.

(3) The stewards did not hear jockey Halledeen, while making their decision, despite having heard jockeys Ellis and Steadman in person, and both of those jockeys not mentioning to the stewards that they had lost their whips.

To prove the above, I attach the stewards' report.

Incidentally, for those who are interested in FUTURE KING's performance in the St Leger, he slammed into the gate while being loaded in blindfold, making a sound like a "gunshot", according to another jockey in the gate. He was not taken out and examined and finished last as the 2-5 favourite and came back battered, bruised, swollen and in pain and was defeated by BIGDADDYKOOL for the first time, as the horses past the post.

ORPHEUS, the most fortunate winner of a classic race in the history of horse racing, has never beaten FUTURE KING, as the horses past the post.

I have no difficulty being criticised, and an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client. But any criticism is usually by an impartial person and based on factual evidence. I do not hide my connection with the horses involved in the incident. I am the duly registered owner of FUTURE KING.

What's your connection, Mr Miller?

- Jeffrey S. Mordecai is an attorney-at-law.

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