Paul Wright: Governors of horse racing need to act

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first_imgA lot has been written regarding the appointment of 52 Government boards whose members were, as The Gleaner columnist Gordon Robinson puts it, “considered, vetted and approved in absolute secrecy”. It goes without saying that ideally, in a modern democracy, such appointments would be subject to scrutiny from the very people who would be affected by an unsuitable (incompetent) appointee. But the reality is that we have to live with it until we the people, understand and use our power to force elected representatives to govern on our behalf, not theirs or their ‘pardies’. In the popular sport of horse racing, there appeared in the Track and Pools publication of April 13, the results of an appeal heard by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). This appeal was held on April 7. The facts outlined in the report of the appeal were that a horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, trained by Colin Blair and ridden by the apprentice jockey, Bebeto Harvey, won the fourth race on the 28th November 2015. At the conclusion of the race there was a Stewards Inquiry, where the film of the race was reviewed. After the review, the winner, PRINCE OSHAUN, was disqualified for intimidation and interference to horses #5, MONEY NEVER SLEEP and horse #15, ROMAN SPY. Therefore, all those punters on and off the racetrack who had backed PRINCE OSHAUN, lost their money as second-past-the-post GRAND CORAZON was now declared to be the winner. However, at the appeal, the aggrieved trainer submitted that his horse (PRINCE OSHAUN) came down from the outside after the interference occurred and could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey. Mr Blair further submitted that if his horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, was not in the race, the infractions that happened would have still occurred. The trainers’ submissions at the appeal reflected the opinions of fans of racing who were present in the North Lounge at the Caymanas racetrack on that fateful day. UPHELD THE APPEAL The appellate body reviewed the film of the race and listened to evidence from Harvey and Operation Steward Robert Clark. Its conclusion was that PRINCE OSHAUN could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey, and upheld the appeal. Thus, the new results would reflect that PRINCE OSHAUN was, indeed, the winner and directed that the appropriate adjustment to the purses be made. Unfortunately, those knowledgeable punters who had selected PRINCE OSHAUN to win the race (and who witnessed PRINCE OSHAUN winning the race) have absolutely no possibility of being rewarded for their correct decision, while those responsible for this error is allowed to say, “oops”, and continue to adjudicate on races ostensibly to keep making these errors with absolutely no possibility of any sanction, while punters are actively encouraged to “come on down to the track and support the sport of kings”. Here now is an opportunity for the new commission to inject some long-lost confidence in the administration of the sport by taking decisive action against any member of staff whose actions repeatedly are found (on appeal) to have no basis in fact. Those responsible for these (numerous) errors only serve to turn off punters (the lifeblood of the sport) as there are many alternatives for the betting dollar. Racing cannot afford to keep alienating those whose money keeps the sport alive. For even though there was no parliamentary vetting and public comment on their suitability, competence or integrity, the sport of kings, horse racing, needs board members to do the right thing.last_img read more


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first_img“But it’s an exciting time but also a nerve-wracking time, because you want to make the right choice for your organization moving forward.”Related LinksCardinals QB Rosen to SI: Trade talk ‘annoying but … football’s a business’Fitzgerald: Cardinals say ASU’s Harry reminded them of Anquan BoldinLarry Fitzgerald comments on sitting in with Suns front office interviewsNerve-wracking, maybe, for nobody more than Josh Rosen. The soon-to-be second-year quarterback has surely heard all season long the speculation that has surrounded the Cardinals and their plans at quarterback. He admitted recently to SI that he’s aware of the rumors that the team could select Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray.“I definitely understand the situation. It’s annoying but it is what it is — football’s a business,” Rosen said. “I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions.”Fitzgerald likes what he’s seen from the 22-year-old.“I applaud his position of how he handles his business,” Fitzgerald said. “He literally, he just, ‘Only thing I can control is me and my effort today and how much I can learn this offense to be the best quarterback I can be for the Arizona Cardinals until something else changes.’ Really, as a 22-year-old kid, I love his demeanor.“I love the way he approaches life. I love his insight on things. We have great conversations about a lot of different things every single day, and I like Josh as a man and I think he’s going to be a good ballplayer. What area are we going to go in, what move are we going to make? I have no idea. But I like the way he’s taking his approach.” The Arizona Cardinals have had plenty of time to consider who they’ll take with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.That’s the bittersweet reality of having the No. 1 overall pick: The Cardinals can take whoever they want, but it also means no team in the NFL needs more improvement than Arizona.“I would’ve loved to be 13-3 and drafting the 28th pick of the draft or the 29th. That’s where you want to be,” Larry Fitzgerald told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Monday. “That’s what you aspire to have year in and year out, to be like the Patriots, and not have a long time to think about who you want to pick. That being said, Fitzgerald doesn’t claim to be a quarterback scout. He answered as such when asked of his thoughts on Murray.“I watch more the receivers,” Fitzgerald said. “So if you ask me about such-and-such receiver at this school, I would have a little bit better understanding. I’m not a quarterback evaluator. That’s not my strong suit. The guys that get paid the big bucks do that.“Now, I watched him play the Big-12 Championship game and I saw [Murray] play Alabama. I mean he balled out in both of those games.”In defense of Rosen, Fitzgerald added while talking to Burns & Gambo that the injuries last year made it hard for Rosen to showcase his full talent.THOUGHTS ON KLIFFWhat better player to give his thoughts on a new head coach than Fitzgerald, a 15-year veteran of the NFL?“That’s a cool cat, man. That’s a cool dude,” Fitzgerald said of Kliff Kingsbury, the first-year coach who had only coached at the college level prior to this coming season. “I like his approach and his demeanor every day. He’s about his business but extremely personable.“He’s the kind of guy you walk in the hallway, he doesn’t have that, ‘I’m the head coach, get out of my way’ mentality. He’s, ‘How you doing? How was your weekend? How are the kids?’ And it’s not just me. I see him do it with everybody. He’s trying to build a relationship with the 53rd man on the roster, just like he’s trying to build it with Josh or David Johnson or Chandler Jones or Patrick Peterson.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms-up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 21 Comments   Share   Fitzgerald also said he was a fan, specifically, of Kingsbury’s positive reinforcement approach.“I mean, he’s outgoing, and his coaching staff is the same way. A lot of great, positive energy, a lot of positive affirmation. They coach on things that guys can do as opposed to things that guys can’t do. I mean the first thing he said, ‘Look, I have a system here, it’s been successful, but my job is to get the best out of you guys and build my system around what you guys do best,’ I mean I’ve never heard a head coach ever say anything like that before. It’s, you know, “You guys are going to do what I tell you to do when I tell you to do it.’ That’s not his approach.”last_img read more