Yesterday’s race meet at Caymanas Park marked the end of an era, as Supreme Ventures will assume responsibility for the racing complex, effective Tuesday, March 7, this through the divestment process.Although the track will retain its name, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), previously the sole promoters of horse racing in Jamaica, will now hand over to Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, a subsidiary of gaming giant Supreme Ventures Limited.This being the last meet before the takeover, CTL directed that there would be no carry-overs in exotic bets. As a result, mandatory payments were made after the last race on the Pick-9, Super-6, Pick-4, Triple and Hi-five wagers.Meanwhile, the management of Supreme Ventures has already had meetings with various stakeholders.When contacted during the races at Caymanas Park yesterday, Paul Hoo, chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited, said further meetings are scheduled for tomorrow with the owners, breeders and OTB franchise owners to pave the way for a smooth transition on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, yesterday’s meet, which saw each of the races run in honour of CTL directors and an the open allowance feature in honour of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, saw six favourites being unsaddled in the winners’ enclosure.They included CRUCIAL APPEAL at 6-5 in the Hon Audley Shaw Trophy over the straight, the seven-year-old gelding coming through on the stands’ side early in the last furlong to beat hat-trick seeker GARY GLITTER (2-1) and long-time leader SIR BUDGET (5-2) by 23/4 lengths in a field of nine.RECORD TIMERidden by three-time champion Dane Nelson for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton, CRUCIAL APPEAL covered the distance in near track record time of 56.4 behind splits of 22.2, 44.3.Earlier in the afternoon, 4-5 favourite SUPREME MAGIC beat 7-2 chance on the wire to lift the Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis Memorial Cup (claiming $180,000) over 1200 metres, with Shamaree Muir riding for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection.The Hon Fayval Williams Trophy over 1400 metres saw 8-1 chance ROGAMMA winning in a driving finish from 3-2 favourite LAWS OF THE CODE to give trainer Richard Azan his first win of the season.
13 Squad numbers have become a huge part of the game since their introduction.It’s important so we can identify players from the stands and the press box, though things have moved on a lot since the days of seeing just 1-11 on the pitch.Now numbers hold sentimental value to some – or just suit their position – but sometimes players can’t get what they want on the back of their shirt.So when the digits they desire become available, they are likely to change them as soon as possible – and that’s what has happened across the Premier League this summer.But which stars have swapped numbers ahead of the new season? Click the arrow above, right, to find out… 14. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) has swapped from number 35 to number 14 13 13 13 24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) has swapped from number 51 to number 24 13 7. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) has swapped from number 17 to number 7 13 13 10. Charlie Austin (Southampton) has swapped from number 28 to number 10 13 13 13 13 10. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) has swapped from number 28 to number 10 3. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) has swapped from number 17 to number 3 13 8. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) has swapped from number 16 to number 8 19. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) has swapped from number 39 to number 19 11. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) has swapped from number 9 to number 11 17. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) has swapped from number 45 to number 17 1. Fraser Forster (Southampton) has swapped from number 44 to number 1 – for more players who have swapped their digits for the 2016/17 season, in squad number order, click the arrow above, right 8. Ross Barkley (Everton) has swapped from 20 to number 8 13 7. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) has swapped from number 19 to number 7