Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) has secured the rights to simulcast racing from California (Santa Anita) as of Thursday, October 25 to supplement its live racing from Belmont Park, Finger Lakes, Turf Paradise and Mountaineer, as well as English Racing.
This was disclosed by CTL's Chief Executive Officer Franz Jobson earlier this week. He said this would go a far way to upgrade the simulcast offering from North America.
Jobson said in addition to Santa Anita, Califiornia racing will embrace Hollywood Park and Del Mar racetracks on a seasonal basis, and the fact that the racing commences at 3 p.m. means it will attract an after-work crowd late into the evenings, especially on Fridays. This, he said, should see increased revenues for the company.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Jamaica, the simulcast programme from Santa Anita did not start yesterday. It is expected to start this afternoon.
At its height in the mid-'90s, simulcast racing from California had a huge following locally. This could be attributed to the fact that the California jockeys' colony was widely regarded as the best in the United States, thanks to the exploits of Kent Desormeaux, Corey Nakatani, Gary Stevens, Chris McCarron and the then top apprentice Sol Gonzalez, among others.
It was discontinued in the late 1990s due to a contractual dispute with the overseas providers.