New sponsors don silks for Jamaica Oaks
Two new sponsors have come on-board for the 76th running of the Jamaica Oaks for native-bred three-year-old fillies over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
They are McKay Security Limited and Caymanas to Go, powered by B3 Development, telephone betting providers; in conjunction with Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).
Plans for Oaks Day is Ladies Day at the Park were outlined by stakeholders at yesterday's belated launch in the Trainers' Room at the track.
Denzil Miller, CTL racing secretary, said the race, which offers a total purse of $3 million, inclusive of a $1 million contribution from the sponsors, will be run in honour of former general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission and Hall of Famer Hilma Veira.
"After the season's first classic (Post to Post 1000 Guineas) on April 4, it is back to the drawing board for some, and high hopes for others as they venture over 2000 metres for the first time in the Oaks.
"The field includes Triple Crown contender, the Richard Azan-trained PUDDY POOH, who romped to her third win from as many starts in the Guineas."
"Reports from the stables are that she continues to train well. She won in the one-mile classic in the good time of 1:39.0 behind blistering splits of 23.3, 46.0, 58.2 and 1:10.4 seconds," said Miller.
"It promises to be very exciting and intriguing, as the Guineas runner-up MOM'S STUDENT, third-placed BERRANCA, who will relish the longer distance, as well as GYPSY FLASH, DREAM COME TRUE and NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST should ensure keen competition", he added.
Miller was quick to add that there will be prizes and surprises along with a 100-metre race for ladies only, which offers cash prizes to the top performers.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors were Anthony Silvera, operations manager, McKay Security Limited; Kimani Johnston, engineer/project manager, B3 Development; Christopher Brown, chairman of CTL; and Andrew Azar, deputy chairman.
Brown said CTL has seen the worst and painted an optimistic picture moving forward.
"McKay's commitment to the racing industry and to CTL is beyond debate.
"We have seen our efforts at reducing our losses on both our electricity and water bills succeed because of the fearless leadership given by McKay Security ... CTL continues to benefit immensely from their activities.
"B3 is our primary partner in the execution of our telephone betting platform, which is emerging as a crucial part of our growth strategy for CTL, with over $30 million in sales," said the chairman.