RJR News / Jason McKay, the CEO of McKay Security and Consultants has successfully intervened in the nine month wage dispute between the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica and two unions representing trainers at Caymanas Park. The announcement was made at Tuesday’s launch of the 2018 McKay Security raceday to be held on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1. Earlier this year, owners and trainers received a 20 % increase in purses from the new promoting company for local racing, Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited. Since then, executives of the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica have been seeking an increase from the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association led by Vin Edwards and the United Racehorse Trainers Association of Jamaica, the two groups representing the trainers. After the grooms threatened to go on strike a month ago, on McKay was called up by the grooms’ association president Fabian White to mediate with the three groups. On Tuesday, McKay disclosed to the media that an agreement for an increase of $8,500 to $10,500 per week for a groom with three horses under his or her care, was reached. Ryan Darby and Vin Edwards who head the two trainers’ groups, say salary for the 650 grooms will now cost over $18 million. Meanwhile, White says McKay was called in because they believed he could have brokered a deal.
And the 16th running of the McKay Security Trophy for horses in the $180, 000 claiming group over 1820 metres for purse money of $1 million , the New Year’s Day Trophy for 4 year old and up over 1300 metres and the SVREL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy for Overnight Allowance horses over 1820 metres, are the co-features on the New Year’s Day programme.