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Cal's back on board for June 25 Jamaica Derby

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Tricia Ferguson (left), marketing manager of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), addressing yesterday’s promotion launch of the June 25 Cal’s Jamaica Derby in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park. Looking on from left are Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; Sabrina Thomas, marketing manager of Cal’s Manufacturing Limited and CTL’s racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr.

Following their high-powered sponsorship and promotion in 2015, Cal's Manufacturing will once again sponsor the prestigious Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park on Saturday, June 25.

Plans for the big day were outlined at yesterday's promotional press launch in the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park. Cal's marketing manager, Sabrina Thomas, disclosed that her company donated $2 million to the race day, including $1.5 million to the $7 million derby purse.

This will be the 96th running of the premier classic for the Sir John Mordecai Trophy, and it marks Cal's Manufacturing's third stint as sponsors. The first was in 2011 when TECHNOMOTO scored a stunning upset.

"We are indeed happy once again to launch Cal's Derby Watch six weeks before the race for promotional activities," said Thomas. "We are excited about the venture, and this intense and extensive promotion is to bring about the buzz and awareness of Cal's Jamaica Derby 2016," she added.

According to Thomas, among the list of activities scheduled to start on May 13 are live roving reports and interviews in the stands with patrons and on-the-spot giveaways and promotions at six off-track locations by the Cal's team every Saturday leading up to the big day.

Racing secretary DenziL Miller Jr said 11 races would be offered on the day, with Cal's donating $500,000 for the $180,000 claiming race over a mile, boosting the purse to $1 million, and the CTL Juvenile Cup for maiden two-year-olds with a purse of $850,000. The derby field will include Triple Crown contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING, respective winners of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9.

Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer of Caymanas Track Limited, said it was heartwarming at this early stage to participate in the promotional launch of Cal's Jamaica Derby.

"We welcome back CEO Carlton Watson and his hard-working team. Their contribution to the Jamaica Derby has showcased the prestige and capabilities of horse racing through their promotional activities to the wider community across the island," he said.

- O. C.