Cochrane: Racing at Cassada Gardens unlikely for remainder of 2011

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Horse racing fans may have a longer wait than expected to see the sport at Cassada Gardens Race Track again.

President of the Antigua Turf Club Neil Cochrane told OBSERVER Sports yesterday that things are not looking good for the return of races at the Gardens anytime before the end of this year.

Cochrane said the persistent rain over the past weeks and the forecast of more rain is not a good sign and that has prevented any work being done at the facility for a long while.

The turf club boss said a lot of work is needed to get the facility race-ready and every time the rain falls, it pushes things back further.

Cochrane pointed out that a lot of soil erosion has taken place on the track and a lot of work needs to be done to the stands and bathrooms facilities.

He also claimed that the horses which are the key players will have to be fully prepared, but due to the current rainy conditions, the horses cannot train properly.

Cochrane said it will take the horses approximately six to eight weeks to get race-ready.

He was also quick to point out that the turf club is still dealing with an outstanding matter relating to Carlton “Tyre Master” Lewis and the land lease for use of the race track.

According to Cochrane we should be focusing our minds for races to return at the gardens sometime early in the New Year.