Stewart clears air on McKay Security
Ainsley Walters, Sunday Gleaner Writer
CEDRIC STEWART, chief executive officer, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), has, by way of a press release issued on Friday, sought to clarify what he described as "a misconception by stakeholders", as it relates to the company's decision to split the contract for providing security services at Caymanas Park.
Stewart had come under heavy criticism from trainers' association president Vin Edwards and grooms' head Fabian White, during Wednesday's launch of the McKay Security Raceday.
The association heads were upset that neither body was consulted in the decision to split the bid process into raceday and non-raceday services. In addition, they voiced concerns that the existing company, which operates under a single contract, McKay Security, was being forced out of Caymanas Park.
In his press release, Stewart noted, "There seems to be a misconception by stakeholders that the decision to separate the security contract at Caymanas Track Limited was based on any dissatisfaction with the services supplied by McKay Security or our resident security consultant, Jason McKay.
"The decision was totally based on a strategy of maximising performance by stratifying various areas in the complicated and unique Caymanas Track environment and to maintain harmony between the permanent workforce and the part-time team required on racedays," Stewart's statement read.
It added: "Suffice to say, we are grateful to McKay Security for its services and sponsorship and, indeed, its CEO, Jason McKay, and there was no deliberate intention to undermine the provider."
At Wednesday's launch of the $1.5m McKay Security Trophy race, set for New Year's Day, McKay had hinted that his firm might not be around for another year at Caymanas Park after 20 years at the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack.