Trainer Gregory Bucknor is dead
The racing fraternity has lost one of its more notable horsemen last Saturday with the passing of owner/trainer Gregory Bucknor, who lost his long battle with cancer. He was 58.
Reacting to his death, tributes have come from the management and staff of Caymanas Track Limited; president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association, Vin Edwards; president of the United Racehorse Trainers' Association, Dale Murphy; and head of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners' Association, Laurence Heffes.
Racing was a family tradition for Bucknor, who followed in the footsteps of his late father, G.A. 'Sarge' Bucknor for whom a trophy race for overnight allowance horses is run annually in his memory.
Gregory's brother, Godwin 'Bunny' Bucknor, was also a trainer of note before migrating to the United States some years ago. Both enjoyed tremendous success with POORLITTLERICHGIRL in 1991, the outstanding three-year-old filly having won the Derby, St Leger, Oaks and Red Stripe Superstakes to be voted Horse of the Year. POORLITTLERICHGIRL also finished fifth in the Caribbean Classic in Puerto Rico that year, but weeks later was promoted to fourth after one of the horses which finished ahead of her returned a positive test.
POORLITTLERICHGIRL was trained by Godwin Bucknor and owned by Gregory (Gee Bee), who was then his assistant trainer. Since obtaining a trainers' licence in 1995, the late trainer saddled 69 winners, the last of which was MONEYNEVERSLEEP over 1,500 metres with Dane Nelson aboard on August 1 last year. Other winning horses conditioned by him which come readily to mind are POORLITTLERICHBOY and LITTLE RICH GIRL.