Trainers strike averted, racing tomorrow
A strike by members of the United Racehorse Trainers' Association was averted yesterday morning, ensuring there will be racing at Caymanas Park tomorrow.
The trainers followed through on their threat to withhold nominations for Saturday's meet on Wednes-day morning over the failure of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to grant them a 10 per cent increase in purses, but agreement was reached between the management of CTL and the trainers at a meeting yesterday morning at Caymanas Park.
Details of the agreement were sketchy, but reports indicate that the revised offers made by CTL were favourably received.
Tomorrow's programme, according to CTL's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, will feature 12 races, including the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Trophy open allowance race over 1100 metres with a purse of $1 million.
The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission has contributed $2 million to purses for the day, but the trainers say the $200,000 contribution to six trophy races sponsored by the BG&LC on the card have not increased the existing purses, but have seen the originally purses decrease and the sponsorship money added to the amount. This is an issue they plan to address.
In addition to the principal feature for the BG&LC Trophy for which the regulatory body has contributed $500,000, other trophy races on the card are the Charles Randle Cup over 1200 metres with a purse of $765000 inclusive of $200,000 from the BG&LC; The Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres; the Charles Hayles Memorial Trophy over1300 metres; and the Emancipation Day Trophy (high claiming) over 1300 metres for a purse of $570,000 inclusive of $100,000 from the BG&LC A Gimmick race; with a purse of $70,000 over 100 metres for humans will also be run.
Top contenders for the BG&LC Trophy are the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, PHINEAS, BORDER LINE, RIO COBRE, and the 3-y-o fillies PUDDY POOH and MOM'S STUDENT, respective winners of the 1000 Guineas and Oaks earlier this season.