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I can continue training horses until I die - DaCosta

Published:Friday | January 1, 2016 | 1:00 AMLivingston Scott
Wayne DaCosta (right) with one of his leading owners, Member of Parliament Derrick Smith. Smith owns Cal's Jamaica Derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM.
SEEKING MY DREAM (Omar Walker) capturing the Diamond Mile on December 5 ahead of TYPEWRITER (Aaron Chatrie).
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After four decades and 1,926 Caymanas Park victories, trainer Wayne DaCosta became the record champion trainer at Caymanas Park after topping the field for the 15th time with 67 wins in 2015.

DaCosta also surpassed legendary trainer and former record holder Phillip Feanny, who has 14 titles.

His achievement, surpassing one of the all-time greats of regional training, has given DaCosta great satisfaction, but to him, winning the title in 2015 was no great surprise.

"I was confident (coming into the year). I had a full stable of horses, so I didn't see why the results would have been any different from last year (2014)," he told The Gleaner.

"He (Feanny) is still one of the great trainers of Caymanas Park, so it's definitely a honour to surpass his record. It (15th championship) was indeed satisfying, it's a great feeling to be number one. I don't know how long it will last, but I am on the top now, and it is really a good feeling getting the 15th win," he stated.

DaCosta, who is second on the all-time list of winners saddled at the Park, says his love and passion for racing is the secret to his success and he has no plans to take a break anytime soon.

"I can continue [training horses] until I die. I am doing something that I like, and from 1976 when I got my licence, I have always liked it. I see no reason why I should stop.

"However, you never can tell (how long it will continue) because the sport can change in the turn of a dime. But now everything looks good and I have some good horses in the top class and some nice three-year-olds coming next year, so it could be the same old, same old you never can tell.

"I want to thank all of my owners who have stayed with me over the years and my groom, Linval McFarlane, who has been with me for more than 30 years as an assistant trainer. racing has good times and bad times, and you will never know when your bad time is going to come. But I have some nice horses. I hope they keep sound and make it a memorable year again," he stated.

DaCosta trained the top three horses in stakes last year - Derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM ($13.58 million), ALI BABA ($5.37m), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ($5.08m).

He was also the leading trainer for two-year-olds, earning $9.06m. Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes winner FUTURE KING was the leading earner in this category with $3.66m.