Sydney Watson dead at 84
The horseracing fraternity has lost one of its most enduring personalities with the passing of veteran trainer Sydney Watson on Tuesday. He died after a long illness at age 84.
Watson not only made his mark as a trainer for over 50 years, but as breeder and owner as well. For his long and distinguished contribution to the sport, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Thoroughbred Racing in 2005.
Watson started training at Little Ascot (Marley), Old Harbour in 1954 and saddled his first winner, Mocking Bird for owner R.C. Jobson that same years.
When racing moved from Knutsford Park to its now home Caymanas Park in August 1959, Watson gained notable success in 1961. He saddled his first derby winner, Princess Royal with Kenneth Mattis riding for popular owner Pat Chung, and his second Tudor Wit in 1975, ridden by a youthful Emilio 'Bimbo' Rodriquez in the Colours of the Champion Owner that year, Melvin Park Stud & Stables.
Melvin Park Stud Farm, under Watson's guidance, became a major force in racing during the 1970s, producing a long line of winners including Tudor Wit, Firedeen, Smashing Rocket, Words of Rocket and Pagon.