Inductee Info: Administrator and Commentator Christopher Armond was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Other Racing Personalities. It was seemingly natural for Christopher Joseph Armond to have a professional life as part of the racing industry. Chris’s father Joseph, a Hall Of Fame inductee, was co-managing director of Caymanas Park Limited and grandfather Altamont was the founder of promoting company Jamaica Turf Club …
Given the opportunity by the management of the racetrack and the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Chris Armond established a new level of excitement and accuracy to race commentary with his distinguished vocal delivery. From 1975 to 1985 Chris Armond was the voice of local racing and remains the standard by which others even overseas are judged by Jamaican fans. In 1984 Chris was awarded the Press Association of Jamaica Golden Microphone award for his outstanding commentaries and was also the recipient of the Caymanas Track Limited Chairman’s award in 1993….
Inductee Info: Trainer, Owner & Breeder Richard Azan was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Trainer. Mr. Richard Azan made a decision to train racehorses in preference to pursuing a career as a medical doctor and conditioned thoroughbreds in Panama prior to taking out a license to practice the profession in Jamaica...
One year later a game and genuine stayer named Dorval won the Derby and was pointed to the Superstakes by the astute trainer Richard Azan. Engaging the services of Jamaica’s most accomplished jockey ever, the legendary George Hosang ensured Dorval delivered the major slice of the Superstakes purse; Superstakes glory had its beginning for Richard Azan. Superstakes success came again in 1999 when Menudo gave him a second hold on the trophy. …. Incredibly Menudo was to remain undefeated in the race winning it on four consecutive occasions making three talented younger generations of those seasons look ordinary as stayers.
Richard Azan achieved racing immortality in 2010 when Mark My Word made the Triple Crown a mere formality….
Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, JP
Inductee Info: Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, JP was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Other Racing Personalities. Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett JP, former Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and former Member of Parliament has served the horse-racing industry as a regulatory veterinarian for 27 years. Dr. Bartlett can rightly be considered the father of Jamaica’s equine regulatory medicine and is credited with piloting the Commission’s race day medication programme which saw the usage of Lasix© being introduced in 2003, 10 years after his initial efforts at providing this facility for local racing Thoroughbreds. This programme has had a tremendously positive effect on the horse population for racing through the controlled administration of Lasix to horses experiencing Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH)…. Under Dr Bartlett’s leadership of the Commission’s Veterinary Department, several other initiatives were undertaken to strengthen regulatory controls…
Dr. Clifford Augustus Bradford, JP
Inductee Info: Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Clifford Augustus Bradford, JP was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Other Racing Personalities. A graduate of the Jamaica School of Agriculture in 1964 and Cornell University where he qualified as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1970, Dr Clifford Bradford has worked in the racing industry for over four decades. … Maintaining a diverse level of participation he has been part of no fewer than nine syndicates.
Along with trainer Philip Feanny and breeder Ivan ‘Bobby’ Clarke this syndicate won the owner’s championship in 1993. The Bradford, Feanny and Clarke partnership owned Vestia the 1993 Superstakes winner, as well as Eros 1994 Horse-of-the-Year, a Hall Of Fame inductee and one of the fastest ever to race and still the holder of three track records: over 1200 metres, 1300 metres and 1400 metres….
Vincent Edwards O. D.
Inductee Info: Vincent Edwards O. D. was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Trainer. Former Member of Parliament and parish councilor, trainer as well as dance hall sound system operator extraordinaire Vincent ‘Vin’ Edwards has made his mark in the industry as owner, trainer and breeder. Over the last two decades Vin has been the most recognizable voice in championing the cause of the stakeholders. Vin is now in his thirteenth year as president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association….
In 1981 Vin saddled a horse called Sandino to win at odds of 893-1 which is still a record. The highlight of a career spanning nearly five decades came in the 1980s peaking when finishing runner-up to the outstanding Kenneth Mattis in 1985 trainers’ standings. Managing stable including horses for the then famous Wonderland Syndicate headed by brothers George and Denzil Warren Vin, conditioned American-bred Dye Job one of the best sprinters to race locally….
Inductee Info: Clive Evans was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Groom. He started out as a Stable Assistant at the tender age of eighteen (18) years old and stayed in the position for a mere three (3) months and moved on to become an Exercise Rider for another three (3) months, this position ended prematurely due to his body weight not suitable and thus “killed” his career into becoming a Jockey. Abbrey Pinnock stable was his first taste of becoming a groom and his first horse to groom being Freezing Rain’ in the year 1987, after leaving Pinnock stable he went on the late Donald McKenzie then Rudoplph Mendez and Carlton Brown aka “ Sgt. Brown”. CC Atkinson Snr, Norman Palmer, John McKenzie and Robert Darby “ claiming King” are stables that Evans have worked and won at least a race with each with the exception of “KEINO , a claiming horse at $15000.00 of the Donald McKenzie stable. In the early 1990’s, Patrick Fong was the Groom President then was approached by Evans seeking permission to become Groom’s Secretary which he did…
Inductee Info: Elias Haloute was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Other Racing Personalities. Elias Haloute could well be considered the pioneer of the overseas based owners who began purchasing horses from the Jamaican Yearling Sale in 1992 along with Directors of the Barbados Turf Club and his brother, the late Dr. Sam Haloute. In 1993 he purchased Talahorne who went on to win the Guineas and Derby in Barbados two years later. He raced Jamaican bred horses such as Keefeck, Mystic Charmer and Marhabaah with success in Barbados. He bought horses from the sale and raced them in Jamaica and Trinidad becoming the first owner to have established racing divisions in all three countries at the same time and utilizing his own eye for a good horse, success was inevitable.
In 1998 his Il Camano won the Jamaica Lotto Classic beating his own Mucho Gusto who finished second and buoyed by these results he then begun to increase his holdings in what he terms “ his adopted country”…
Mark My Word
Inductee Info: Racehorse Mark My Word was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Racehorse. Mark My Word established an astounding racing record between his first start on the 8th of August 2009 and his 25th and final on the 26th of December 2012. …. A convincing enough victory in the 2010 Jamaica 2000 Guineas was a useful precursor to what would unfold in the remaining Classics. Mark My Word outstayed his rivals thoroughly in the 90th Jamaica Derby to score by over eight lengths.
Clearly the best of his age group at that stage, Mark My Word confirmed his superior class and stamina with a near five-length victory in the 84th Jamaica St. Leger to claim the immortality of being a Triple Crown winner. Never off the bridle for long in the 1600-metre Owen Silvera Memorial Cup for an eight-length score in preparation, was an indication of significant improvement and rendered Mark My Word highly favoured for the 32nd Superstakes….
Inductee Info: Linval Mcfarlane was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Groom. Known to all as ‘Pickins’ Linval McFarlane has served the Wayne DaCosta stable with distinction since 1982 and now has achieved the status of Assistant Trainer. Linval’s hard work and knowledge has paid off with Champion groom titles in 1993, 2005 and 2015 is eloquent testimony to this fact.
1996 was a special year when he had responsibility for Triple Crown winner War Zone who was undefeated until his thirteenth race. In 1999 Mr. McFarlane was the recipient of the None Such Award for lifetime achievement….
Inductee Info: David Mckenzie was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in June 2017 under the category of Jockey. Popularly known as ‘Scorcher’ David McKenzie recollects he first mounted a horse when he was only six years of age. His grandfather was involved and his father Alty was good rider who eventually became a trainer. David’s late mother, Rita working as a seamstress was involved in the production of racing colours for owners and had many winners as an owner herself. With that sort of pedigree it was expected the David and his younger sibling the late Donald would naturally ride professionally…
In the five decades David has sat on some of the best horses but his fondest memory is reserved for a versatile filly named Caroline Park who won over different distances in the A1 class. Scorcher has had success in major races having won the 2000 Guineas, St. Leger, the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup and others in his over 200 trips to the winner’s enclosure…