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Horseracing and the related industry of gambling are centred at Caymanas Park, outside of Kingston. Races are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and on public holidays. Today, the Government controls horseracing in Jamaica, under the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act. The regulator of the sport is the Government-appointed Racing Commission.  
 
 
This was not always the case. All elements of the horseracing industry including betting were, prior to the 1970s, controlled by the small yet influential Jockey Club of Jamaica. From as early as the 1800's the Jockey Club, a private members' club, had responsibility for organizing horseracing in Jamaica. The Jockey Club formulated the rules of racing, and race meetings were supervised by the stewards of the club.
 
 
In 1989, the Government formed Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The 196-acre Caymanas plant is home to the following associations and clubs:
 
  • The Jockey Club of Jamaica - A private club
  • The Jamaica Racehorse Owners Association
  • The Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association
  • The Jockeys Guild of Jamaica
  • The Grooms Association of Jamaica
  • The Bookmakers Association
  • The Independent Bookmakers
  • The OTB Association
  • The Breeders Association of Jamaica hosts a yearly auction in November that attracts buyers island- and region-wide. 
*Statistics from the 2011 season are available in appended pdf file
 
 

Contacts

Jamaica Racing Commission
8 Winchester Road
Kingston 10
Phone: 876-926-2718
Email: infor@jrc.gov.jm
 
Jockey Club of Jamaica
8 Winchester Road
Kingston 10
Phone: 876-920-6513
 
Caymanas Track Limited
Gregory Park
Portmore, St. Catherine
Email:racing@cwjamaica.com
Phone:876-988-2524
 
Jamaica Bookmakers Association
2 Pawsey Road
Kingston 5
Phone: 876-968-3986
 
Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica
Old Port Henderson Road
Spanish Town P.O.
St. Catherine, Jamaica
Phone: 876-585-3845, 876-288-1679