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Edwards questions CTL's flip-flop

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Stewart ____________________________ Contributed Carlene Edwards (left), sponsorship and public relations manager at Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), presents the SVL/Jamaica two-year-old Crystal Trophy to Caymanas Track Limited's CEO, Cedric Stewart (centre) and racing manager Denzil Miller Jr., during the event's launch at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Vin Edwards, president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA), said his members have been left puzzled by contrasting statements from Caymanas Track Limited's (CTL) chief executive officer, Cedric Stewart, and his boss, board chairman Christopher Brown.

Edwards' group has not accepted CTL's explanation regarding the horseracing promoting company's decision to contract two security firms at the cash-strapped racetrack.

He said his members have been left even more baffled after Brown contradicted Stewart in a television interview, saying the directive to split the security-contract bid into raceday and non-raceday services was a recommendation from Cabinet.

split contract recommendation

"During the launch of the New Year's Day McKay Security Raceday, in the trainers' room, on Christmas Eve, Stewart was asked by journalists who had recommended that the contract be split. He responded by saying that it was the board.

"A night later, on TV, the chairman of the board, Christopher Brown, was saying it was Cabinet. Brown and Stewart's statements are conflicting. It needs explanation. I won't go further than that at this point in time," Edwards added.

Stewart had come under heavy criticism from Edwards and grooms' head, Fabian White, during the press launch.

The association heads were upset that neither body was consulted in the decision to split the bid process into raceday and non-raceday services. In addition, they voiced concerns that the existing company, which operates under a single contract, McKay Security, was seemingly being forced out of Caymanas Park.

Stewart, in a subsequent press release, stated:

misconception

"There seems to be a misconception by stakeholders that the decision to separate the security contract at Caymanas Track Limited was based on any dissatisfaction with the services supplied by McKay Security or our resident security consultant, Jason McKay.

"The decision was totally based on a strategy of maximising performance by stratifying various areas in the complicated and unique Caymanas Track environment and to maintain harmony between the permanent workforce and the part-time team required on racedays."

- A.W.