Top thoroughbreds on show as KMTC presents its Post Emancipation Race Meet
Horseracing has already staked a claim as one of the exciting sport events to watch and the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) has staked similar claims as the top organization promoting such events. Cognizant of the trust placed on their broad shoulders, the organizers of this entity has once again risen to the challenge and come Sunday August 5 turfites could look forward to the thrilling events when the KMTC presents its Post Emancipation Race Meet at the club’s Bush Lot Farm Corentyne headquarters.
These events are very costly and the organizers rely heavily on the corporate community to offset the huge costs and yesterday afternoon the management of the Berbice Bridge Company (BBC) responded to such calls with a hefty package totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Chief Executive Officer of the BBC, Omadat Samaroo, summoned the media to his Main Street office where he handed over a cheque to Chairman of the Interim Committee of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), Cecil Kennard. The gift will cover specific events and even so, particular placing.
One of the races, the ‘I2 & Lower’ will see the winner carting off $200,000 but it is the second prize of $100,000 that has been sponsored by the BBC. This entity will also dole out cash to facilitate payments to the 4th place finisher in the 2 year old event over 5 furlongs. Further, Mr. Samaroo has acquiesced to donate monies for the race among the 3 years old, the ‘G & Lower’ and the ‘H & Lower’ class events.
Fans will witness 9 exciting races among the country’s top horses with the feature attraction being the B and Lower class over a distance of one mile.
The jockey crossing the finish line first will pocket $1.5M with the second place finisher getting half that amount. The third and fourth place finishers will win $300,000 and $150,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Mr. Samaroo said that his company is delighted to support the event. He admitted that while his organization is noted for extending corporate chivalry in many areas, this is the first for horseracing. He noted that the sport is a favourite of Berbicians and this has prompted his support. Mr. Samaroo listed a plethora of activities that attracted the support of his organization including waivers for school tours and differently able citizens that utilize the facility from time to time. “I wish to commit to this and other sporting events in the future,” he promised.
Mr. Kennard is very grateful for the sponsorship and he told Mr. Samaroo just that. The horseracing mogul reiterated the view that sponsorship is the oxygen of sports activities and urged support for the entities that go the extra mile to support sports ventures.
Organizers wish to remind horse owners that the event is being conducted under the aegis of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) and that all of the rules would be employed. The registration period ends on Sunday July 29 and late entries would not be accommodated.
Horse owners can conform to this prerequisite by contacting Justice Cecil Kennard (226-1399, 225-4818, or 623-7609) or Roopnarine Matadial aka Shine (325-3192). Horse owners are also asked to have their animals examined by the vet by 11:00hrs on race day.