It was really different without spectators, leading jockey Dane Nelson gives his take

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Turning for home without the sound of fans vociferously screaming and shouting from the stands, and posing in the winners’ enclosure flanked by only photographers with no applause from racegoers were all new aspects of racing experienced for the first time by leading rider Dane Nelson. All this because on Tuesday, March […]


Justsaytheword a rare winner for Andre Martin Justsaytheword (Nuclear Wayne – Dontsayaword), who has not been worse than third in his last five starts, produced a strong run in deep stretch to beat rivals in a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred five-year-olds and upwards — non-winners of two. Jockey Andre Martin, kept the Randolph Scott-trainee […]

A Caymanas lick and a coronavirus lick at the same time – Gregory Park businessman

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Desmond “Crazy D” Walker, owner of Crazy D Sports Bar located on Cottage Drive in Gregory Park, St Catherine, is bemoaning the shutdown of Caymanas Park along with the Off Track Betting (OTBs) parlours due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. This he stated had `impacted the community negatively. Since the ban […]

Legendary Barbadian jockey Venice ‘Pappy’ Richards is dead

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Reports reaching Nation News is that renowned Barbadian jockey Venice Richards died on Monday in Trinidad and Tobago, where he was residing for the past decade. Richards, who had been working in the twin-island republic as a track consultant at the Santa Rosa racetrack in Arima, was one of Barbados’ most decorated […]

The horse that changed the world – Secretariat at 50

Like dogwoods in bloom, Secretariat arrived on the penultimate day of March in 1970. We would not know it for a few years, but America was getting a hero just when it most needed one. He has been gone longer than he lived, but can Secretariat really be 50? Big Red, as he would be […]

Racetrack businesses suffer due to lock down

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Following the recent shutdown of racing operations at Caymanas Park due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many small business operators in communities near to the racetrack have been negatively affected by the situation. Two of these communities are Gregory Park and Independence City, which are widely recognised as the […]

Bajan trainer Saffie Joseph Jr notches 38th win of Gulfstream Park season

HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida, (CMC) — Favourite Miz Chaplin produced a front-running win on Friday’s (March 27) 11-race card at Gulfstream Park to hand Barbadian trainer Saffie Joseph Jr his 38th win of the season. The three-year-old roan filly, underneath Panamanian Luis Saez, captured race two on the 11-race card, beating the three-year-old fillies by 3 […]

Racetrack closure affecting nearby communities… suffering – groom president

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The community of Gregory Park is known as the racehorse epicentre of Jamaica. It is close to the racetrack, and the majority of grooms, jockeys, trainers, exercise riders, and others connected to the racetrack live in Gregory Park. President of the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica, Fabian White, also lives in Gregory Park […]

Grooming horses is my way of living – Carlton Brown

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The grooming of horses, without doubt, is a challenging job that takes up a lot of time, hard work, and dedication. Despite all of these stiff conditions, Carlton Brown, who has been a licensed groom at Caymanas Park for 41 years, said that he enjoys his work of taking care of horses. […]