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SVREL addresses water issue at Caymanas Park

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:16 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to boost its water-supply system, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) recently completed the purchase of two new water trucks, valued at $14.5 million each, for the Caymanas Park facility.

General Manager of SVREL, Lorna Gooden, said the purchase of the trucks was critical in the efforts to assist with the improvement of the water supply at the facility, especially on race days.

“The decision to purchase these trucks is based solely on the fact that we need to maintain adequate and proper water supply for the maintenance of the track and facility,” said Gooden.


“We acquired some equipment that were old, and so they were continuously breaking down, and so we needed to ensure that going forward, we had adequate equipment that would properly assist with the maintenance of the track, and so these water trucks will be essential to that purpose,” she said.

“This couldn’t have come at a better time because what we can do with these trucks, we could not do with the ones before, that is, to fill them up from overnight so that they are ready, particularly on a race day. The supply of the well is slow, and so we would like to ensure that when we start our racing activities, we have the water supply that we can put on the track for the day,” Gooden said.

Gooden underscored that the feedback from the horsemen has been excellent, and they will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that they keep on upgrading the facility.

“The trucks hold about 22 thousand liters each, and so you can see how important the supply will be going forward,” she said.

Ryan Darby, president of the United Racehorse Trainers Association, said he welcomes the improvements and is hoping that SVREL will continue to upgrade the facility for the betterment of the racing industry.

“My association welcomes any advancement to uplifting and moving the racing product forward,” said Darby. “It is a good move in getting the facility (improved). We got the water trucks, we got the well running, and we just got the track sanded, and so we are very appreciative of these improvements.”