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I’ve no problems with CTL board – McKay

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association president, Vin Edwards, voices his opposition to new security arrangements being proposed for Caymanas Park.

JASON MCKAY, chief executive officer, McKay Security Limited, on Wednesday dismissed allegations that his company was in the process of preparing to hit Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) with a lawsuit to recover millions of dollars owed to it by the government-run promoter of horse racing at Caymanas Park.

Responding during the question-and-answer segment of the launch of the New Year's Day McKay Security Trophy race, McKay said no lawsuit was being contemplated by his firm, which is among others involved in a new bid process to secure the Portmore racetrack.

"Let me make it clear, there is no such thing being considered," he told journalists querying reports of an alleged lawsuit and the splitting of the new security contract at Caymanas Park into raceday and non-raceday bids.

"There is no lawsuit and I have no problems with this CTL board. In fact, I think they are doing a great job. A decision that might affect my business doesn't mean they are doing a bad job, overall," McKay said, responding particularly to strong criticism levelled at CTL's board by Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association president Vin Edwards.

The security boss pointed to his firm being at Caymanas Park since 1994, a business which he felt obligated to support, having learnt and earned from the location.

"We started sponsoring this race in 2001 to give the small man a derby-like purse of $1m for the lowest group of horses. It is intended to give back to the people on the ground.

"McKay is now among the top five security companies in Jamaica, due, in part, to what we have learnt and earned from Caymanas Park," he said.