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.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison is staging a comeback, saying Tuesday that a positive HIV test that ended his career more than a decade ago was inaccurate. “I’m negative and I’ve always been negative and that should be the end of it,” Morrison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. West Virginia state athletic commissioner Steve Allred said Tuesday he approved Morrison’s participation in the fight after reviewing medical records and consulting with the Association of Boxing Commissions’ medical review committee. Allred said confidentiality laws prevent him from discussing Morrison’s medical history or the records he reviewed. West Virginia does not have mandatory blood testing for boxers. “I assure you that West Virginia is doing due diligence to make sure everyone who steps into the ring is healthy,” Allred said. Morrison (46-3) and Castle (4-2) square off in one of seven bouts scheduled at Mountaineer. Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. is promoting Thursday’s card. He told the Press-Telegram on Tuesday that either Morrison was misdiagnosed, or the HIV virus disappeared. “We checked with a number of infectious disease specialists who say that they are finding more and more situations with people with or without treatment who had HIV, it disappeared,” Arum said. “It’s in the medical literature. In any event, there is not a trace.” Morrison took what Arum termed a $3,000 test under the supervision of the Arizona State Athletic Commission. Morrison won the WBO title in 1993 by outpointing George Foreman. He lost it later that year. Morrison, who was featured in the movie “Rocky V,” also served a couple of years in an Arkansas prison on drug and weapons charges. It was Oscar De La Hoya’s turn to take the podium, and he could hardly get a word in. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was busy yelling back at rowdy fans, posing for pictures and doing everything he could to annoy De La Hoya. It’s The Golden Boy against the Pretty Boy – and, boy, what a scene it was. “This guy has been under my skin for a while,” De La Hoya said Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria. It was the first stop of an 11-city promotional tour in advance of their highly anticipated super welterweight title fight on May 5 in Las Vegas. “He’s a little brat,” De La Hoya added with a smile. “I’m going to teach him a lesson.” Bears tab Babich The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera. Babich, in his fourth year with the Bears, also coached with Lovie Smith in St. Louis and at the University of Tulsa. He was the Rams’ linebackers coach when Smith was defensive coordinator. At Tulsa, he coached the tight ends while Smith worked with linebackers. “It was so long ago. We were just young coaches trying to come up through the ranks,” Babich said. Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. The deal keeps Phillips from becoming a restricted free agent. Phillips became a starter after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer eight days before the season opener. Phillips had a career-high 11 sacks, contributing to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61. He was second among NFL linebackers, behind only teammate Shawne Merriman, who led the NFL with 17. Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark was kicked out of a high school girls basketball game after making “inappropriate” comments to a referee officiating the game. Clark, a former University of Iowa football player, was asked to leave the gymnasium during a game Saturday between Twin River Valley of Bode, where he attended high school, and Southeast Webster-Grand of Burnside. Mike Jorgensen, Southeast Webster-Grand superintendent, confirmed that Clark was asked to leave, but said there wasn’t a major disturbance. “I didn’t know it happened until after the game,” he said. “It was not a real explosive thing.” Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis’ far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. “It was a normal, run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest,” Bursten said. Tennis roundup Defending champion Tommy Haas defeated Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-1 Tuesday night in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, and Venus Williams advanced with her second win following a four-month layoff. Spadea beat Haas in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach tournament earlier this month, but lost his serve in the opening game of the second set, one of three breaks for Haas in the set, including the final game. Both recorded six aces, but three of Haas’ came in the fourth game of the second set, and Spadea didn’t win a game the rest of the way in the 56-minute match. In the women’s Cellular South Cup, Williams continued her comeback from a sprained wrist with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. “I think this match was definitely better,” Williams said after her second win in the tournament. “I definitely had a lot of good streaks of play.” Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Aravane Rezai of France 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Dubai Open. Second-seeded Tommy Robredo and third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic advanced to the second round of the ABN Amro. Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, however, was knocked out after losing to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 38-year-old will face John Castle in a four-round fight Thursday at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in West Virginia. “The rug was yanked out from under my feet by a misdiagnosis,” he said of a 1996 test that declared him HIV positive. “All I want to do is fight. … It’s unfinished business.”