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New tote board unveiled at Caymanas Park

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
From left: Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited’s General Manager Lorna Gooden, Director Erroleen Anderson, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association President Howard Hamilton, Supreme Ventures Limited’s (SVL) Chief Executive Officer Ga
From left: Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited’s General Manager Lorna Gooden, Director Erroleen Anderson, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association President Howard Hamilton, Supreme Ventures Limited’s (SVL) Chief Executive Officer Gary Peart, and SVL Director Kent Levy at the official unveiling of the new tote board (in background) at Caymanas Park in St Catherine on Sunday.

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), promoters of horse racing locally, unveiled their new digital tote board screen at Caymanas Park on Sunday.

The tote board, which is located in the infield at Caymanas Park, is an easily identifiable numeric or alphanumeric display that is used to provide race-day information, including payouts, results and odds for each horse in a race.

The new digital tote board replaces the old board which was decommissioned in February 2021. It has been at the facility for more than 30 years and had been out of service since August 2019.

Gary Peart, chief executive officer of Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), the parent company of SVREL, said he is very delighted that the new digital tote board is now in full operation.

“The installation of a new state-of-the-art digital screen was always high on the priority list for us from the beginning,” said Peart after Sunday’s unveiling ceremony.

“We saw it as a critical step to elevating the racing experience for our punters and offering them an overall product that is comparable to the best racing venues across the world,” he said. “The old tote board provided on-track punters with race-day information such as odds, dividends, and results, but after being in place for over 30 years, the time had come for a change.”

Peart pointed out that the digital screen along with the construction of the base is costing the company more than $100 million. He also stated that the new digital tote board will also help to generate advertising income for SVREL.

The new 60 feet high by 40 feet wide digital screen is set on a 12-foot base with two framed side panels for advertising.

Howard Hamilton, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), said the stakeholders are happy for the improvement work that is being carried out on the facility but there is still a lot more that needs to be done to improve the racing product.

“It has been something that has been long awaited by the stakeholders and all should be extremely happy that this day has finally come,” said Hamilton.

“We will have some quality viewing of racing now and some quality display of the odds so that you can calculate your bets more efficiently and so all congratulations to Supreme Ventures for making this step forward,” he said.

“I have always been very critical of them (SVREL) and am I still going to be very critical because I want to see some state-of-the-art accommodation now that we can start getting tourists back into attending racing,” he said.

The construction work on the new board was done by Kencasa Construction and Project Management Limited.