THE WEST INDIAN THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION
In September 1995, the Regulatory Bodies; Owners' Association; Breeders' Association and the Promoters of thoroughbred horseracing in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago came together and formed the West Indian Thoroughbred Racing Association (WITRA).
The purpose of the Association is to foster closer relationships and co-operation among member countries, in the areas of:
i) promoting inter-regional racing;
ii) exchanging knowledge and ideas on the breeding, nutrition and all aspects of thoroughbred.
iii)promote the perfecting at all levels in the organisation, functioning and operation of race tracks.
iv)to promote close friendship between the people of its countries; and
v) to promote and stage annually the West Indian Classic.
The first WITRA Classic Day was held on October 16, 1999 at Caymanas Park, in Jamaica. Trinidad and Tobago were hosted this event in 2000 and 2003 and Jamaica also hosted this event in 2001 and 2002.
The Executive Officers of the West Indian Thoroughbred Racing Association at present are:
Christopher J. Armond (Barbados) President
Howard Hamilton (Jamaica) Vice President
Lloyd Cobran (Jamaica) Secretary
Rawle Satson (Barbados) Co-Ordinator
Denzil Miller Jr. (Jamaica) Co-Ordinator
Mr. Jaisingh (Trinidad & Tobago) Co-Ordinator
In the region, the West Indian Classic will be thoroughbred racing's equivalent of Cricket's Red Stripe Cup, Soccer's Shell Caribbean Cup, and Track and Field's Carifesta Games, and accordingly support from corporate sponsors will be sought in order to host this esteemed event.
From the year 2004 however, with the added support from our own breeders, through a series of nominations of stallions and foals, the Association is confident of the success of the Classic, which will become a permanent fixture on our Annual Racing Calendars.
We will also count on the support of our friends - you the punter, in making West Indian Classic day a most memorable one.
The West Indian Thoroughbred Racing Association wishes to thank the following sponsors:
- 1999 - Track Price Plus Limited ( Jamaica)
- 2000 - B.W.I.A. West Indies Airways (Trinidad & Tobago)
for their very generous contributions in making the West Indian Classic a reality.