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DaCosta now winningest trainer in local history

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 4:00 AMOrville Clarke
Jockey Omar Walker stands tall in the saddle as he celebrates winning the Legal Light Trophy aboard SEEKING MY DREAM in the 10th race at Caymanas Park yesterday.

It could aptly be described as Wayne DaCosta Day at Caymanas Park yesterday, with the 15-time champion trainer becoming the winningest trainer in Jamaica at 1,951, surpassing 14-time champion Philip Feanny and posting 'Horse of the Year' SEEKING MY DREAM to win the grade one feature over 1820 metres for the Legal Light Trophy.

Having equalled Feanny's record with DYSFUNCTIONAL the previous Saturday, it was always on the cards that DaCosta would become sole owner of the record with as many as seven runners on the programme.

driving finish

This was achieved by the howling 2-5 favourite, SUPER COP who made all under four-time champion Omar Walker to win in a driving finish from 13-1 outsider HONEY DARLIN, who, significantly is trained by Feanny, the man whose record he was surpassing.

"This is a very happy moment for me, a moment worth waiting for," said the 60-year-old trainer. "The race is now on to see whether I can break the 2,000 barrier this year."

Later in the afternoon, DaCosta and Walker teamed up to win the Legal Light Trophy with Derrick Smith's SEEKING MY DREAM, who equalled the stakes record time of 1:55.2 set by the outstanding MIRACLE MAN in April 2006.

Installed a 4-5 favourite, the classy 4-y-o colt won by five lengths from the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN.

SIMPLY MAGIC CUP

Meanwhile, three recent winners will come face to face in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1,820 metres today, this in honour of the classy 3-y-o filly who emerged the first of her sex to win the Triple Crown at Caymanas Park in 2002.

Eight native bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) have been declared and, after careful examination of their chances, I believe it will come down to a straight fight between the lightly raced pair of DR. TRAIN and MY WAY, both contrasting winners last time out.

True to his name, the Harry Parsard-trained DR. TRAIN finished like a runaway train to win in a blanket finish over 1,300 metres on his third outing on March 28 and, if anything, will be seen to better advantage over this longer distance, especially with the stretch running jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard.

While respecting the chances of DR. TRAIN, however, preference is for MY WAY, who impressed in a fast-time win over the straight on April 13 when having his second outing. Four-time champion jockey Omar Walker again has the ride from the convenient mark of 52.5kg.

The chestnut gelding from the stable of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta went gate to wire in winning by 41/2 lengths recently and, having impressed at exercise since, galloping 5 1/2 furlong in a brisk 1:07.2 by 1:01.0, should steal a march on rivals leaving the half mile and stave off the fast-finishing DR. TRAIN.

Others such as MR. DOITBETTA and THE PROMISE LAND, both winners over two turns in recent months, should run well enough to complete the superfecta.

Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are WINESHA, to resume winning ways in the first race over the straight, BONGO KING in the third, SIR BIGGS in the fifth, and UNCLE CHUBBY in the ninth and final.