Veteran trainer Vin Edwards and wife Monica honoured for contributions to horse racing

By September 13, 2018
Veteran trainer Vin Edwards and his wife Monica were received plaques in honour of their service to horse racing from Ann Dawn Young-Sang (right) and Michael Bernard Chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Thursday. Veteran trainer Vin Edwards and his wife Monica were received plaques in honour of their service to horse racing from Ann Dawn Young-Sang (right) and Michael Bernard Chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Thursday.

Veteran trainer Vincent Edwards and his wife Monica were pleasantly surprised at being honoured by Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL) on Thursday for their outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s racing industry.

The 86-year-old president of the Jamaica Horse Racing Trainers Association and his wife has trained more than 250 winners in racing careers that have spanned five decades.

Among the horses Edwards has trained are sprint legend Dye Job, Country Act; Secret, who won the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup in the mid-1970s as well as Who’s That Girl, the winner of the 1988 1000 Guineas at Caymanas Park.

Edwards and Monica also played a major role in raising late jockey Hubert ‘Chinna’ Bartley, one of the more successful riders in the history of Jamaican horseracing. The two-time champion jockey died in March 2017 at age 54.

“We generally try to honour people who have made a significant contribution to the industry. We’ve selected Vin Edwards and his wife Monica because they are one of the few husband and wife teams that have made this kind of contribution to racing,” said Michael Bernard Chairman of the Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment, who presented trophies to the couple at the launch of the 14th edition of the Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Series at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.

“It was a surprise. I heard about it yesterday and I appreciate that at least these people realise that we have done something to uplift racing,” he said.

Monica described the honour as being ‘fantastic’. “We have been married for so long we have been inseparable so the horses just come in like children, but it was a surprise, a pleasant surprise,” she said. “And, I am really happy.”

 

 

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