Since his appointment as a board member of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) in April of last year, Andrew Azar has gone that extra mile, at his own expense, to beautify and upgrade the facilities at Caymanas Park.
For this reason, he is seen by many as 'The Godfather' of local racing, and for good reason.
This Sunday, Azar and his company, L.P. Azar Limited, will host 300 inner-city youths at a fair on the infield of Caymanas Park, including 200 from Father Richard HoLung's Missionaries of the Poor and another 100 drawn from inner-city communities in the Corporate Area.
L.P. Azar will partner with Book Empire (Seek) and Azan's Supercentre to provide a treat for racing fans and their families at this, the first Sunday meet in nearly two years. Back-to-school accessories such as books, uniforms and bags will be offered at discounted prices, while there will be prizes and giveaways for lucky patrons.
"We at CTL are looking forward to the super weekend of racing on Saturday, Sunday. Given the participation of the various companies, especially with the back-to-school bonanza being promoted as a family fun day on the Sunday, I am expecting an overwhelming response," Azar said.
Over the part year, Azar has been the man behind plans to improve the look and facilities at Caymanas Park.
There have been renovations to the Trainers' Room with new and improved fixtures such as three flat-screen television sets, beautification of the North Lounge, landscaping of the Parade Ring and construction of a new broadcasting booth, among other things.
"As a successful businessman, I believe in giving back," emphasised Azar. "Of course, no individual or government can do everything ... but I am prepared to do the little I can to improve the racing product.
"Being an owner and breeder, I have significant investment in the racing industry and would not like to see it go under.
"With this in mind, I am appealing to corporate entities to come aboard," said Azar, a former junior tennis champion of Jamaica.
Azan has seen his familiar black and pink star silks carried to victory by a number of horses, including SHE'S SO SPECIAL, AZARI and CAUSE FOR CONCERN this season. However, his biggest success came in September 2008 when he won the Trinidad and Tobago Derby with PRIDE 'N' GLORY, a filly he owned and bred at his Sun Valley Farms in St Catherine.