Caymanas Park Results for Dec 23, 2015Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *ABOGADO WHenry 54.02. LAGUNA POINT OEdwards3 49.0 Head3. RED EAGLE RLunan 54.0 2L4. LAZZA OWalker 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #2 HOMECOMINGWIN: $93.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of FIRSTBORN by SECRET MANTrainer : MCDONALD,ANDREW A Owner : NICALBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (6,7) $144.00 Exacta : (7-6) $270.00Trifecta : (7-6-4) $470.00STEWARDS’ CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -COLTS & GELDINGS1. SIR RAJA BABA BebHarvey4 51.52. *LORD EQUUS OMullings 53.0 1/2L3. OK DUDE EMurray 53.0 2L4. GOLD MAKER CChow 55.0 3 1/2LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – SORRENTINOTrainer : JAGHAI,HOWARD K Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by BAGWANDEEN, WILBERT LIVINGSTONENOTE: HORSE #2 LORD EQUUS FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 2ND BEHIND HORSE #7 SIR RAJA BABAQuinella : (2,7) $77.00 Exacta : (7-2) $210.00D/E : (7-7) $412.00Superfecta : (7-2-5-3) $1,524.00SWEET RUCKUS TROPHYRace 3 1400 M (Purse $850,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 57.02. *BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry 55.0 Head3. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2L4. GLYDER NBerger4 50.0 4 1/2LWIN: $117.00Final Time : 1:26.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:12.0,Winner : 2yo b filly – SKY MESA out of DIXIELAND BULL byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQuinella : (1,2) $60.00 Exacta : (2-1) $137.00D/E : (7-2) $263.00Trifecta : (2-1-3) $48.00Rolling Triple : (7-7-2) $930.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.02. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 57.0 5L3. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 51.0 3 1/2L4. *SMART TRAIN DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L5. IDON’TKNOW ADancel 54.0 HeadWIN: $468.00PLACE: $289.00, $100.00, $468.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of CONNELL TOWN by ARCHERS BAYTrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : S & S CAMPBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $2,128.00 Exacta : (7-3) $2,967.00D/E : (2-7) $981.00Trifecta : (7-3-1) $11,350.00Hi-5 : (7-3-1-12-11) $100,988.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-7) $3,724.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TRACKING DANIEL JAnderson 55.02. *WHO’S BOSSY BebHarvey3 51.0 1 1/4L 95.003. EAZY STEPPING PFrancis 52.0 2 1/2L 307.004. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 54.0 2LWIN: $326.00PLACE: $162.00, $95.00, $307.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:15.0,Winner : 4yo ch colt – TRACKING out of A TASTE OF ORILEYS by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : RAMBALLY (JR),ARNOLD A Owner : ARNOLD A RAMBALLY JR.Bred by ERIC MARTINQuinella : (2,8) $717.00 Exacta : (2-8) $1,604.00D/E : (7-2) $2,139.00Superfecta carry-over : $108,677.40Rolling Triple : (2-7-2) $7,075.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.I)1. *MESSITHEGREAT ISpence 52.02. ARTHUR BebHarvey3 52.0 14 1/2L3. ROSY PARKS HPottinger4 50.0 4L4. KINGS OF JORDAN WHenry 52.0 1/2L5. CONNOR CBudhai 52.0 2 3/4L6. GOFORHOME JInnis4 48.0 1/2LLate scratch : #11 CRUISIN DANIELLEWIN: $70.00PLACE: $57.00, $105.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo colt – TRADITIONAL out of PRINCESS TERRI byTrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : THE T’S STABLEBred by TERRENCE STRACHANQuinella : (1,5) $172.00 Exacta : (5-1) $196.00D/E : (2-5) $427.00 (2-11) $192.00Trifecta : (5-1-9) $179.00Hit-6 : (5-1-9-8-10-) $6,099.50Rolling Triple : (7-2-5) $5,369.00Pick-4 : (2-7-2-5) $10,752.00Super-6 : (7-7-2-7-2-5) $18,574.80Race 7 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.II)1. *CRUCIAL VALOR JPatterson4 52.0 *3/52. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 48.0 4/1 4L3. CHEXIMAKIT HLewis 51.0 33/1 5 1/2L4. YOUR EXCELLENCE ISpence 52.5 19/1 4L5. IMAGE EMPRESS JInnis4 48.5 6/1 1 3/4LWIN: $84.00PLACE: $69.00, $88.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – SILENT VALOR out of CRUCIAL CAT byTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (2,9) $238.00 Exacta : (2-9) $425.00D/E : (5-2) $85.00Trifecta : (2-9-8) $1,327.00Hi-5 : (2-9-8-12-4) $18,247.50Rolling Triple : (2-5-2) $768.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. *CHEERS BebHarvey3 52.02. GENUINE FRIEND SMuir 54.0 2 1/43. ROVING STAR JAnderson 51.5 2 3/44. PRINCESS SHEMIKA OEdwards3 51.0 Sh.Head5. BLACK BOY WHenry 56.0 1 1/45. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 54/1 dead heatLate scratch : #5 TWO STEPS UPWIN: $102.00PLACE: $69.00, $105.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – YESBYJIMMINY out of ANGELA’S FAVORITE byTrainer : SOUTAR,WELSH M Owner : THE FAMILY CONNECTIONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $329.00 Exacta : (3-2) $464.00D/E : (2-3) $138.00Trifecta : (3-2-11) $799.00Hi-5 : (3-2-11-12-7) $1,122.50 (3-2-11-12-8) $5,593.00Rolling Triple : (5-2-3) $163.00TITANIA TROPHYRace 9 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II-(FILLIES & MARES)Pos No. Horse Jockey Kgm Odds Lgths Win Place1. STIR IT UP VNajair 52.02. WELL BLESSED PFrancis 51.5 2 3/43. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 14. *FIRE ALARM OEdwards3 50.0 2 1/2WIN: $629.00PLACE: $119.00, $103.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (7,9) $2,260.00 Exacta : (9-7) $4,160.00D/E : (3-9) $1,820.00Superfecta : (9-7-6-4) $12,524.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-9) $4,285.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23, 20151. *WAR CHIP WHenry 53.02. RULES OF THE CAT JInnis4 48.5 1 3/4L3. TERRA MARIQUE JPatterson4 49.0 3L4. FASTANDFLASHY PFrancis 50.5 Sh.Head5. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 1 1/2LWIN: $122.00PLACE: $93.00, $132.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch mare – WAR MARSHALL out of BLUE CHIP byTrainer : MATHIE,ROWAN R Owner : LLOYD L DAVISBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (1,16) $718.00 Exacta : (1-16) $637.00D/E : (9-1) $2,188.00Trifecta : (1-16-9) $642.00Hi-5 : (1-16-9-11-14) $36,182.00Rolling Triple : (3-9-1) $5,721.00Pick-4 : (2-3-9-1) $7,472.00Super-6 : (2-5-2-3-9-1) $25,020.70Pick-9 : (7-2-7-2-5-2-3-9-1) $1,693,538.50PlacePot 8 : (1,2-3,7-2,8-1,5-2,9-2,3-7,9-1,16) $5,979.00
NEED SUCCESS “We need service for the players … And at the end of our matches we need success. We need our players, the best players, and I hope all our players come in very good (health). But for the team the service must be perfect, it’s very important.” Schäfer said hosting at least a one-week camp will be important. “We want one week before the players go off from the training. We had meeting with CONCACAF and they accepted what we want and we need one week for our players for tactical training, for standards of corners, free kick. It was the same for the (2015) Copa America, (the) players knew what they had to do,” he assessed. At the last two tournaments (Copa America and Gold Cup), monetary squabbles threatened to derail the team and the coach is hoping the federation and players work out all financial arrangements well in advance. “There are two parts; one is the team, the other is the JFF. It is normal for the players coming from clubs to want the best (pay) package, the highest money. In Germany, Britain, Mexico it’s all the same. So before we go to the tournament, five, six weeks before, we are clear. One day before the match I don’t accept this. “For the first match we have to be clear about the bonus arrangement. They need a meeting four weeks before and come to a result of what the JFF can do,” the German added. Schäfer, who attended the draw along with manager Roy Simpson and JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, said their performances at last year’s Copa America and Gold Cup earned them greater respect outside of the region. “In Chile (Copa), we lost three times one-nil … but now we have more confidence, as the last big tournament gave more confidence to us, and we got more respect from the other teams. All the teams coming to this tournament are very good teams, Jamaica too. We qualified, this is not an invitation. “For us, this is a big tournament, and we are proud as a small island to be in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.” National senior men’s team football head coach, Winfred Schäfer, says the Reggae Boyz aim to excel and make the country proud at this summer’s Copa Centennial football tournament in the United States, as he believes they can qualify for the second round. The Jamaicans were placed in Group C alongside Uruguay, Mexico and Venezuela at the competition’s draw in New York on Sunday and Schäfer argues that with the best players and the right support from the football federation the team can be successful. “Before the (2015) Copa America remember what I told (said) and many people smiled and say ‘coach, what you talk’. I told I want win. I’m not going to the Copa America and Gold Cup for (a) joke,” he said. “The players have to know we can win and not only the players, the JFF too. They (JFF) have to be perfect (with preparation and accommodation) for the first match in Chicago, then to Miami and then to New York,” Schäfer continued.
A year ago, Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield had track and field fans talking for a long time after a superb performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, where he became the first schoolboy locally to go sub 45 seconds in the 400m.Bloomfield broke Davian Clarke’s long standing national junior record of 45.21 seconds with an excellent winning time of 44.93 seconds to take the Class 1 event.After winning the Under 20 one-lap event at the Carifta Games his season ended at the Penn Relays, where he had a leg injury, running the second leg of the 4×100 metres for his team.Since then he has not competed despite being listed to do so at several development meets this season. Come today, the lanky sprinter will make his first appearance as he is down to compete at the Carifta Trials as he aims to defend his regional 400m title.”Caution is my main concern when I compete as I just want to finish my event healthy,” said Bloomfield, who stated that he will be competing in the 400m and may possibly do the 200m.”The only thing I am worried about now is getting through the trials injury free and just to give a good performance,” he continued.Asked about his expectation for his first outing this season his reply was “I haven’t set any expectation for myself as I just want to complete my event healthy.””The trials at time tends to be hotter than the competition itself as all I can say there is good competition out there and I just have to bring out my best,” he added.
MORE than their competitors, the influenza (flu) virus is threatening an impact on Calabar High School’s plans to retain the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship title.Yesterday, their Class One 1500 and 800 metres favourite, Kevroy Venson, who is still affected by the virus, finished last in the heats of the 800 metres in a time of 2.13.66.On Tuesday’s opening day of the championships, there were some doubts surrounding the participation of the Red Hills Road-based school’s Class Two 400 metres star, Christopher Taylor, but he shrugged off the ills to run a record time in the heats of his event.Although no one else of note in the Calabar camp has come down with the illness, head coach Michael Clarke says it has disrupted their points projection and Venson’s illness will certainly affect their overall tally.FIT TO COMPETE”Venson came down with a bout of flu, but the doctors passed him fit to compete. But obviously he did not recover enough to run his best. Hopefully he makes the (1500m) final, which is on Friday. By then he should recover enough to perform better,” said Clarke.”Christopher was affected before the CARIFTA trials, so he was able to recover enough to compete at Champs. But I am sure that other schools will be affected because there is a bout of flu going around and it’s sure to affect others,” Clarke told The Gleaner.”His (Venson) illness will affect our points tally,” he continued, “because he was one of the athletes whose points were almost certain. But Calabar is not a school that is built on one athlete, we will have others to fill in those gaps.”But it has definitely affected us. Hopefully with the help of our doctors we will be able get our athletes to perform at their best at the championship,” he added.- L.S.
Excelsior High and Jamaica female shot put and discus star, Shanice Love, had a dream to end her Champs career with gold and the shot put or discus record. On yesterday’s second day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Love recovered from two early bad throws to take the Class One discus with 52.73 metres, more than 10 metres farther than second-place Devia Brown of Hydel High, 42.76m. St Jago’s Tracey-Ann Simms was third with 41.52m. “This is my last Champs and I really wanted to make my mark and I did,” Love told The Gleaner. “I am very pleased with Champs (career), my God, I am so excited. I don’t know what to say, my teammates are happy for me, so too my mom, my dad and my coach.” Love admitted that she was a little unsettled at the start of the event, after messing up her first two attempts. “My two throws in the first round were bad, so I had to get in a standing throw. After that I decided I am going for it and when I say I am going for it and I go for it,” she said. “Nervousness caused the first one, but I forgot about it. The second throw was too early, I was an anxious throw, but I decided to go for it. I went into the final in second place but decided I was not staying in second, that I am going for first place,” she continued. ” I was very confident with my coach by my side and my teammates supporting me,” she said. – L. S
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):The IAAF’s ethics board yesterday rejected an appeal from the CEO of Kenya’s track and field federation against his provisional suspension for allegedly soliciting bribes from two athletes.Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended in February after The Associated Press first reported the allegations from runners Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga.Mwangi challenged that decision in March.In a statement, the ethics board said it has dismissed his challenge.Sakari and Manunga are serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships. In an AP interview, they said Athletics Kenya CEO Mwangi asked them each for a US$24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. They said he asked for the payment in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They then were informed of their four-year bans in a November 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they said, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.The ethics board said the athletes – who are both serving police officers – have since reiterated their allegations in signed written statements.”They state that the accounts that they gave The Associated Press, and the content of The Associated Press article dated 10 February 2016, are true,” the ethics board said.Mwangi’s challenge countered that the athletes are “cheats” and “liars” and that “their evidence should not be trusted”, the ethics board said.Yesterday, Mwangi told the AP that he now wanted a public hearing “so that we can meet these accusers”.NO ALIBIWhen presented with the allegations in February, Mwangi denied meeting the athletes. In its decision, the IAAF’s ethics board said he provided no alibi. The board also said his defence that he could not have influenced their doping cases was “not wholly convincing”.The board said Mwangi has not “identified anything” that sufficiently undermines the probe for his 180-day provisional suspension to be lifted.Sakari and Manunga told AP the alleged October 16 meeting took place at AK’s headquarters in Nairobi.The ethics board said Mwangi “accepts that both he and the athletes were indeed present in the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on the day in question”, but says he could not have met them because his schedule was “very tight”.The board said the probe should continue.The ethics board’s decision to reject the appeal now frees up the IAAF investigator in Kenya, Sharad Rao, to begin a formal investigation of Mwangi, Rao said.Rao is a former director of public prosecutions in Kenya and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IAAF ethics board, through Rao, is also investigating three other senior executives from the Kenyan federation for alleged corruption.
Exciting and never-say-die 400m runner Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis, who brought the curtains down on the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet on Saturday night in emphatic fashion at the National Stadium, dedicated the victory “for my mother, tomorrow (yesterday) is Mother’s Day”. Twenty-one-year-old Francis completed a stout-hearted victory to much applause from the National Stadium crowd. “I just did a great job for her, and then tomorrow (yesterday) I’ll visit my mother and give her a big kiss,” the former Calabar High School standout said in a post-race interview. He added: “I feel good with the win and to come out here and put on a show.” Francis ran a fast backstretch from Lane Five and took over the race after being briefly consigned to second place by American Vernon Norwood for some distance before his power finishing saw him surge ahead and take the win in 44.85 seconds. Norwood was second in a flat 45.00, with Belgian Olympian Kevin Borlee (45.17) in third place. National record holder Rusheen McDonald had to settle for fifth in a time of 45.90 seconds. “It’s a good run for me and I am pleased with my time.” He added that in the “next couple years I just want to uplift myself, stay focused and just think about my career”. Francis is a 2013 World Championships relay silver medallist and says he is looking forward to an excellent National Trials in June. “My focus right now is on the Olympic team, and when I make the Olympic team, I focus on the final,” he commented, adding that he was doing what he loved, “running with the big guys”. “All the years I have always told myself I want to run with the big guys. The preparation is going quite fine and I want to just thank the Lord that I’ll stay injury-free,” he stressed, a clear reference to last year’s injury-plagued season. At last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals despite running a fast 44.77 seconds, the 12th fastest time overall.
Tastee Limited took another step towards uplifting the development of sports within this country as pen was put to paper and a total of $350,000 was donated to the Humble Lion Football Club.The presentation was made during half-time of the Red Stripe Premier League showdown between Humble Lion and Maverly-Hughenden on Sunday at the Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon.Michael Pringle, technical director of the Humble Lion, was absolutely elated as he expressed his gratitude towards the sponsorship and noted that it would go a far way in their pursuit of the premier league title.”This sponsorship can go a far way in terms of the whole operation of the club, we really appreciate it because in these testing times to get a contribution like this is really difficult. We have several bills to take care of on a daily basis and this has really assisted with that,” Pringle said.”It also serves as a catalyst towards our title charge, we are faced by many obstacles on a daily basis such as a player being injured and that instantly brings forth an expense. At that point, medication and treatment is instantly needed, and these are challenges we are faced with on a regular basis. This donation has come at the right time when we are in need of it and it will go a far way,” he added.Marketing and public relations manager for Tastee Ltd, Tara Goulbourne, noted that the company was very happy to be associated with the Humble Lion Football Club.”Sports development plays a great part in our corporate social responsibility programmes. As Tastee Ltd continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we thought it fitting to sponsor theHumble Lion Football Club, a team that has seen vast growth and development since making their Premier League debut in the 2009/2010 season … . We look forward to building a solid relationship for years to come.”
JOHANNESBURG (AP): With an air of unease hanging over the tournament, the African Cup of Nations returns to Gabon for the second time in five years. Opposition parties in the oil-rich central African nation have stated their intention to use African football’s biggest show as an opportunity to express their grievances against Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who retained power in a tense election last August that led to about 100 deaths on the streets, according to opposition claims. That gives African football organisers, who chose to go back to former co-hosts Gabon as a replacement for Libya, even more to contend with alongside shaky infrastructure and two largely untested new stadiums. Libreville, the capital city of palm tree-lined Atlantic Ocean beaches and French colonial villas, and Franceville, deep inland in the jungle and the last stop on the railway line that cuts across the country, staged games when Gabon co-hosted with Equatorial Guinea in 2012. Now, Gabon gets the 16-team, 23-day tournament all to itself, bringing in two new venues that have barely seen any kind of football before, let alone a top international championship involving European league superstars. Oyem, a town in the far north surrounded by rubber plantations, will be home to defending champions Ivory Coast for the group stage. Hopefully for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and teammates, they’ll be in one of only a few hotels listed with the luxury of hot water. Port-Gentil, the southern centre of Gabon’s oil industry, is the second new city. Both have stadiums that were being built right up to deadline and not many have set eyes on the finished, or possibly unfinished, products. The African Cup always has vibrant colour, fans painted head to toe and in an array of wacky outfits, and competing countries you’re unlikely to ever see at the World Cup, even when it’s expanded: Guinea-Bissau qualified this year, their first appearance at a major tournament and the first time they have really come anywhere close to the big time. But the African championship is also an event that flirts with calamity. Two years ago at the tournament in nearby Equatorial Guinea, there were brawls between players on the field and riots in the stands when security forces waded in among supporters wielding batons and an army helicopter hovered so dangerously low in the stadium that its rotors whipped up debris and scattered the spectators. Among the title contenders over the next three weeks kickoff is today and the final on February 5 Ivory Coast is striving for the rare achievement of back-to-back African titles after the team finally ended a long drought two years ago. There are two significant absences for the Ivorians this time, though, with powerful midfielder Yaya Toure, its driving force last time, retired from international football and victorious coach Herve Renard now in charge of group opponents Morocco. Algeria and Senegal produced eye-catching performances in qualifying, with those teams spearheaded by Premier League talents Riyad Mahrez of English champion Leicester and Sadio Mane of Liverpool, respectively. Ghana have lost two finals and three semi-finals in the last five tournaments and will continue their increasingly desperate search for a long-awaited first title since 1982, and, they hope, an end to African Cup misery. Absences
“I did a little bit of research on New Orleans. It is very rich in culture, and I heard the food there is awesome,” he said. “I am looking forward to eating a lot of New Orleans food and seeing the different places and enjoying the culture.” At the outset, however, Robertson didn’t believe he had won the random draw. “I have to be honest, I was sceptical at first,” he explained. “There are a lot of people out there that make jokes and that try to scam people out of money, so I tried to figure out if it was true. I did some research and made sure the SportsMax Instagram page was real. It was only after I got a few calls that I realised that winning the trip was real.” KINGSTON: Thirty-year-old aircraft technician, Joseph Robertson, is the winner of an all-expense paid trip to the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans from February 18-19 courtesy of SportsMax and the National Basketball Association (NBA). There he will watch the NBA Slam Dunk contest next Saturday and the All-Star game the next day. At first, he didn’t believe it, but once he did, Robertson was perhaps the most excited man in all of Trinidad and Tobago. “I am most excited about seeing the best players in my generation in one place at one time,” said Robertson, who with his wife of just over a year, Delicia, will be afforded airfare and accommodation, the NBA Tour package, amazing seats and spending money. Delicia, he said, was just as excited about the trip as he is. “The same day I gave her the news, she started picking out her outfits,” said Robertson, who is a huge fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While there he also plans to soak up some of the magical city of New Orleans. Rich culture