All set for racing despite Sandy

BY DANIA BOGLE Staff reporter

Friday, October 26, 2012    

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THE country's major sporting facilities seemed to have suffered only minor damage from Hurricane Sandy, the category one cyclone which hit the island late Wednesday.

Checks with the management at Sabina Park, Caymanas Park and Independence Park proved there was no significant damage done from the storm.

Anthony Walter, property manager at premier cricketing venue Sabina Park, said the investigation into the damage had not been concluded.

The damage was also minimal at the island's sole horseracing facility, Caymanas Park, where racing secretary Denzil Miller told the Jamaica Observer the stables of trainer Morris Powell and a single barn assigned to trainer Enos Brown had lost their roofs, while a few trees had fallen.

However, he added that tomorrow's race programme should not be affected as although there was no electricity on the property, there was a standby generator which would be able to supply power to the main building.

"It really wouldn't because we are currently preparing for Saturday. We have 10 races lined up with the feature being the Royal Dad Trophy. The racing surface is in excellent condition and our track crew is currently checking all the rails right now," Miller said.

At Independence Park, the facility which houses the National Stadium, Stadium East, National Arena, and National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC), there was minimal damage save for one sign which was blown down.

The sign, which was sponsored by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), noted that the all weather track inside the National Stadium was sponsored by the government agency.



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