Friday 22 November, 2019

Rider caught with 'battery' at Caymanas Park

A rider was allegedly caught with an electrical device, otherwise known as a 'battery' or ‘buzzer’, during a search at the starting gate midway Saturday’s 10-race card at Caymanas Park.


A 'battery' or ‘buzzer’ is used by cheating jockeys to deliver electrical shocks when applied to a horse’s body during races, making them run faster.


Officials of racing promoter, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, as well as the Jamaica Racing Commission, acknowledged the incident but reverted to diplomacy when pressed for further details.


In 1985, apprentice Wayne Bailey was warned off all courses, and other places where the rules of racing are in force, for a period of three years after being found with a ‘battery’ , prior to the start of the 10th race on April 20.


In September 1998, a ‘battery’ was found in an area “where starting-gate attendants frequented”. No one was implicated in that incident.

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