Sharpe says all systems go for massive Mouttet Mile race day
Caymanas Park is abuzz with excitement as the highly anticipated second staging of the Mouttet Mile race day approaches, and Solomon Sharpe, the executive chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), is expecting a massive turnout for the event.
Renowned as the richest race in the Caribbean with a purse of US$150,000, the Mouttet Mile has captured the attention of horse racing enthusiasts and is expected to draw a diverse crowd of spectators. Sharpe conveyed his enthusiasm about the upcoming race day, emphasising, “The build-up has been tremendous; the horsemen are extremely excited. It’s not just the big race; even the undercard has been getting a lot of attention. Out of the 134 horses nominated to run, everybody thinks that they are going to win,” shared a spokesperson from Caymanas Park.
The allure of the Mouttet Mile extends beyond its substantial purse to the calibre of participants it attracts to the track. Some of the best thoroughbred horses in Jamaica are set to compete, promising a day filled with top-tier racing action. In addition to local contenders, the 16-horse Mouttet Mile field has also attracted five US-bred horses and one Canadian-bred horse. Notable US-bred horses include I Am Fred, Easy As ABC, Is That A Fact, Runaway Algo, and Rough Entry, while the Canadian-bred entry is American Tap. Furthermore, overseas-based jockeys Daisuke Fukumoto from Canada and Julien Leparoux from the US will also be riding at Caymanas Park on Mouttet Mile day.
Sharpe highlighted the significant growth of the Mouttet Mile since its inception a year ago, expressing delight in the support received in the build-up to Saturday’s massive race. “The racing industry has awakened, and I have been getting messages from unusual people who said that they absolutely loved what is going on. They mentioned that they won’t physically be there but will tune in online to watch it on Sportsmax or Fox,” he stated.
“I am absolutely excited because I knew what I have in hand, and I knew what we were doing. However, I think it has exceeded our expectations for year two. Right now, we have even started discussing with our potential Fox partner what next year could be like ahead of the event,” Sharpe added.
As anticipation builds, horse racing enthusiasts and casual observers alike are gearing up for a thrilling day at Caymanas Park. The Mouttet Mile race day has become a symbol of excellence in the horse racing community, drawing attention to the sport on a national and international scale. The Mouttet Mile race will be broadcast live on Fox and Nyra in the United States on Saturday.