Cal's Manufacturing to sponsor Jamaica Derby
Cal's Derby Watch
Cal's Manufacturing Limited was officially announced as the title sponsors for the Jamaica Derby at a press conference on Wednesday at Caymanas Park. The 95th renewal of the Blue Riband event is scheduled to be run on Saturday June 13.
"We have a full package geared up for the Derby. It is called the 'Cal's Derby Watch', which will highlight the promotional activities to be undertaken through the different media houses for the next 10 weeks," said Sabrina Thomas, marketing manager at Cal's. "So leading up to the June 13 Derby we have some exciting and extensive promotions to create awareness, not only among regular supporters of horse racing, but for everyone," Thomas added. "It is going to be different, it is going to be exciting as Cal's aims to bring more excitement and prominence to the most sought after race, not only in Jamaica but everywhere horse racing is promoted. We are a company of innovation and Jamaicans will notice our involvement in the sponsorship of the Derby," she said.
Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer at Caymanas Track Limited, praised Cal's Manufacturing for coming on board. "No praise can be too much for Carlton Watson and his team at Cal's Manufacturing Limited for coming on board this early, signalling their intention to make the 95th running of the Jamaica Derby a very memorable and special event," he said.
Ali Baba may run before Cal's Jamaica Derby
Following his win in the 2,000 Guineas on Easter Monday, the next major objective for Ali Baba is the Cal's Jamaica Derby scheduled for June 13.
Trainer Wayne DaCosta informed that all his horses came out of the 2,000 Guineas in fine fettle, and that preparations would now step up to meet the dates for the other Classic races, of which the Cal's Derby is the major objective. "Fortunately all of my horses are well. While nothing is cast in stone, there is the strong likelihood that both Ali Baba and second-place finisher in the 2,000 Guineas, Seeking My Dream, will both be running before the Derby.
"That is my intention at this time, but let us see how things pan out," DaCosta said.