The 14th running of the McKay Security Trophy race for $180,000 claiming horses over 1820 metres will take place at Caymanas Park on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, and with a large number of entries anticipated, the race could be divided into two sections.
This was disclosed by representatives of McKay Security and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday's launch in the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park.
The programme will also feature the annual renewal of the CTL 'Fan Appreciation Day' Trophy overnight allowance race over 1820 metres for a purse of $715,000, as well as the traditional New Year's Day Trophy race for native bred four-year-olds and up over 1300 metres (non winners of three other than) with a purse of $700,000, to be sponsored in part by McKay Security, the company responsible for the day-to-day security at Caymanas Park.
According to CTL's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr., the distance of the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy will be reduced from 2200 metres (11 furlongs) to 1820 metres (nine furlongs and 25 yards) as this will ensure a greater number of entries.
McKay Security has donated $500,000 to the million-dollar purse of the feature, more than doubled the normal purse for $180,000 claiming races, a situation that will ensure an overwhelming response from owners and trainers. In the event that the race is divided, $750,000 will be allocated for each section.
Cedric Stewart, CEO of Cay-manas Track Limited, said McKay Security has been one of the most committed sponsors "who been with us through thick and thin".
He said the company has also assisted CTL in a number of partnerships over the years, "providing giveaways and entertainment for other racedays and of course their continued sponsorship of our Caymanas Park 'Fan Appreciation' Day". He noted that the company also sponsored the McKay Security Mile (two sections) for $180,000 claimers on the Derby Day programme back in June.
"I would like to thank Jason McKay and his team for their support in all areas of services that they provide and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the years to come," said Stewart, who was quick to add that moving forward, CTL will be focusing on additional options for wagering to local race fans and these projects (currently in development) should be launched within the first quarter of 2014.
In his address, Jason McKay, CEO, said of all the races, the McKay Security Trophy is "the one we hold close to our heart and with a purse of $1 million represents a major contribution to the racing programme and a major part of our marketing thrust".
"It levels the playing field whether you have a $10 million racehorse or a $500,000 horse within the lowest claiming category," noted McKay, who added that $1 million purses are unheard of at the $180,000 claiming level locally.
- Orville Clarke