Former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry was slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in accordance with Rule 200 in the fourth race at Caymanas Park on Sunday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to 30-1 outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden condition race. The stewards, however, were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on Tuesday last.Henry’s suspension takes effect on Saturday, October 10, and he will then be out of action for the rest of the year. He has appealed the ban and $10,000 fine.This is the second lengthy suspension imposed on Henry by the Jamaica Racing Commission in his career, the first for his ride aboard Richard Azan’s JAZZY JET eight years ago.Henry resumed riding at Caymanas Park in June following a four-year riding stint on the North American circuit. He came straight out of Florida to ride at Caymanas and since his return, has ridden 17 winners.Henry, 41, started riding in 1996, winning his first and only championship as an apprentice the following year.
The Social Cohesion Ministry, with responsibility for culture, youth and sport, has been allocated $17.3 million for the hosting of this year’s Emancipation activities.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who made the disclosure on Friday, said the money would be divided among the African organisations registered with the Ministry for the hosting of events in the respective villages.In addition to the traditional celebration in the National Park, Minister Harmon said, a special Emancipation event will be hosted at the Union Cultural Complex, Union, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Emancipation is celebrated on August 1 to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1834.