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Seek promises exciting raceday

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Bruce Baylis (left), chief executive officer of Book Empire Limited, presents the Seek Exercise Book trophy to Caymanas Track Limited director Keith Blake. Looking on at right is racing secretary Denzil Miller. The presentation took place on Wednesday.

The ninth annual Seek Back to School raceday sponsored by Book Empire Limited will take place at Caymanas Park on Saturday, August 20, and according to Caymanas Track Limited's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, it promises to be an exciting card.

Plans for the meet were outlined at Wednesday's launch at Office Brokers and Supplies Limited in Kingston.

The feature event is the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over 1300 metres for the Seek Exercise Book Trophy, which offers a total purse of $1 million, inclusive of $250,000 from the sponsor.

Miller predicted a "nail-biting event" based on the quality of the prospective starters, which include BRAWN, HOLOGRAM SHADOW, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, DREAMCOMETRUE, GARY GLITTER, PHINEAS, MOM'S STUDENT, FORCE DE JOUR, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, RAS EMANUEL, and 1000 Guineas heroine NUCLEAR AFFAIR.

Trainer Gary Subratie, who was present at the launch, confirmed that his talented 3-y-o filly, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, and his in-form American horse BRAWN would start in the silks of popular owner Michros.

"Both are being prepared for the race and are responding well. They are well suited by the distance, and Brawn in particular, could use current race fitness to full advantage and fight out the finish," he argued.

Nine of the remaining races on the card will carry the names of products produced by Book Empire Limited, the number-one supplier of books in Jamaica. The races will include the Seek Employees Trophy, Seek Customer Trophy, Seek Scrapbook Plaque, and the Seek Composition Mixed Colour Trophy.

According to Bruce Baylis, CEO of Book Empire Limited, his company will give away 2,000 Seek exercise books to patrons at Caymanas Park on the afternoon.

"We feel we have the best product, and it is our way of giving back to those who have supported us for the past 16 years, during which the brand has grown. Nine years of sponsorship at Caymanas Park has helped the brand to grow, and we are looking forward to a good day of racing," he said.

Also speaking were Keith Blake, a CTL director and chairman of the marketing committee, who said provision would be made for a small kiddies play area at the track, as well as Cristal Brown, marketing executive at Office Brokers and Supplies Limited.

- O.C.