Di­a­mond Mile Schol­ar­ship, Award of Ex­cel­lence bring fur­ther boosts to horse rac­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE DI­A­MOND Mile Schol­ar­ship and The Di­a­mond Mile Award of Ex­cel­lence were an­nounced as two new en­hance­ments to Ja­maica’s most pres­ti­gious horse rac­ing event, The Di­a­mond Mile Race Day.

Speak­ing at the launch event for the 4th stag­ing of the Di­a­mond Mile Race Day, Vi­tus Evans, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Bet­ting Gam­ing and Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion, an­nounced that the Di­a­mond Mile Schol­ar­ship val­ued at $500,000 will pro­vide fund­ing to at­tend the Ja­maica Rac­ing Com­mis­sion’s Jockey School for a cur­rently li­censed ex­er­cise rider, who seeks to take his/her horse rac­ing ca­reer to the next level.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tion is that this schol­ar­ship will as­sist an in­di­vid­ual who will em­bark on a ca­reer as a jockey that em­bod­ies the qual­i­ties of dis­tinc­tion and ex­cel­lence that are con­sis­tent with the Di­a­mond Mile,” said Evans. He also an­nounced that the Di­a­mond Mile Award of Ex­cel­lence would be pre­sented to an in­di­vid­ual who has made a stel­lar con­tri­bu­tion to the rac­ing in­dus­try.

Ex­cite­ment, glam­our and grandeur re­turn to Cay­manas Park to­mor­row when thou­sands are ex­pected to pack the stands and the in­field at Cay­manas Park to wit­ness the run­ning of the rich­est thor­ough­bred horse race in the English-speak­ing Caribbean.

The Di­a­mond Mile of­fers a prize purse of US$115,000 and is the fea­ture race on a day with up to 12 ad­di­tional races on the card, each of­fer­ing a purse of at least J$1m.

AT­TRAC­TIVE PURSE

The Di­a­mond Mile of­fers a prize purse of US$115,000 and is the fea­ture race on a day with up to 12 ad­di­tional races on the card, each of­fer­ing a purse of at least J$1m.

The Di­a­mond Mile was launched by the Bet­ting, Gam­ing and Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion in a move to de­liver much-needed re­ju­ve­na­tion for Ja­maica’s horse rac­ing in­dus­try. Since in­cep­tion, the Di­a­mond Mile race day has achieved many sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones, in­clud­ing earn­ing the high­est sales, gen­er­at­ing the high­est num­ber of en­tries and at­tract­ing the largest and most di­verse crowd of spec­ta­tors to Cay­manas Park for a sin­gle race day.

The BGLC’s in­vest­ment in the Di­a­mond Mile Race has not only gen­er­ated in­creased rev­enue for the Govern­ment, but has also in­creased sales for the op­er­a­tors of Cay­manas Park; gen­er­ated ad­di­tional in­come for the par­tic­i­pat­ing own­ers, train­ers, jock­eys and grooms via the sig­nif­i­cant prize purses; ad­di­tional div­i­dends to pun­ters and com­mis­sions to off-track­bet­ting op­er­a­tors, and ad­di­tional in­come for busi­nesses that have link­ages to the horse rac­ing in­dus­try.

“The Di­a­mond Mile con­tin­ues to ful­fil its aim to be a ma­jor boost for the horse rac­ing sec­tor by in­creas­ing in­dus­try rev­enue and con­tri­bu­tion to the Ja­maican econ­omy, by im­prov­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness in the sport, and be­ing an ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ment prod­uct that is ap­peal­ing to all seg­ments of so­ci­ety,” said Evans.

At­ten­dees can choose from three tiers of ticket – the pre­mium all-in­clu­sive In­field Ex­pe­ri­ence where the glam­our of the event will be achieved via a strict dress code of day­time for­mal; the North Lounge and the stands.

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Do­minique Bond-Flasza (16), who scored the win­ning penalty kick, cel­e­brates with goal­keeper Ni­cole McClure (13), who made two saves as Ja­maica de­feated Panama 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Con­ca­caf Women’s Cham­pi­onships third-place play-off in Frisco, Texas, to book a spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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