Bigger purses for BGLC raceday
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) raceday on Friday, August 1 (Emancipation Day) at Caymanas Park, the regulatory body has increased its contribution to purses from $1.5 million to $2 million this year.
This was announced by Gary Peart, chairman of the BGLC, at yesterday's launch in the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park.
He went on to explain that the $2 million contribution to purses will be distributed among the nine races, including six special trophy races, several named after BGLC colleagues who have passed.
The principal feature for the BGLC Trophy for open allowance horses over 1,100 metres offers a total purse of $1 million, including $500,000 from the sponsor; along with the traditional holiday co-feature for the Emancipation Day Trophy (high claiming) over 1,300 metres for a purse of $620,000, inclusive of $200,000 from the BGLC; the annual renewal of the Charles Randle Cup over 1,500 for native bred three-year-old maidens and untried for a purse of $750,000, inclusive of $200,000 from the sponsor; the Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1,000 metres straight for a purse of $566,000, with $200,000 from the BGLC; as well as the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1,200 metres ($180,000 claiming) for a purse of $488,000; and the Joseph Grey Memorial Trophy over 1,820 metres (Claiming $350,000 - $300,000) for a purse of $542,000, both receiving $200,0000 each from the sponsor.
In addition, provision has been made once again for a Gimmick Race, for racing personnel and others over 200 metres, with a purse of $70,000, this confined to the two-legged species - the jockey being a female attached to the male, representing the horse.
Miller said the BGLC Trophy race promises to be a hotly-contested sprint, what with the in-form stable-companions BUBBLING ANGELINE and EL PODEROSO expected to start, along with the consistent TRADITIONAL PRINCE, DOUBLE THE HONEY, EDISON, PRINCE ANDREW, CLASSY PROSPECT, HOVERCRAFT, LADYLIKE, BORDERLINE and recent winner SIR VON.
In closing, Peart said that the BGLC will be giving the first 1,250 punters who enter the park a special gift item, as well as 250 raceday T-Shirts for the hard working CTL grooms, starting gate attendants and other staffers on the day, while Power 106FM and CNS Television will provide live broadcasts.