DaCosta sets sights on Derby triumph

June 22, 2016
Gladstone Taylor/Photographer Robert Halledeen stands tall in the saddle as he celebrates winning the Post to Post 2000 Guineas aboard FUTURE KING at Caymanas Park on Saturday April 9.
A THOUSAND STARS (left), with Robert Halledeen aboard, getting the better of NUCLEAR AFFAIR (Shane Ellis) in a duel to the finish in the recent Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks at Caymanas Park.
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Leading all-time trainer Wayne DaCosta will be hunting his sixth derby triumph when he starts the colt FUTURE KING and filly, A THOUSAND STARS, in the Cal’s Jamaica Derby on Saturday.
  Winning a sixth derby would bring unbridled joy for the veteran trainer, who is just short of 2000 wins at Caymanas Park. However, victory for FUTURE KING, the 2000 Guineas winner, would put DaCosta in a great position to win his first Triple Crown.
But even though the 15-time champion trainer has the Triple Crown as the ultimate accomplishment for any trainer, he insists that he is not focused on it presently and he’s just taking things in stride and see where it goes. FUTURE KING is owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffery Mordecai while the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth, is the owner of A THOUSAND STARS.
“Both horses have been working very well, both of them got their last exercise yesterday. FUTURE KING beat the filly (A THOUSAND STARS) by a couple of lengths, so I believe he has the better chance of the two, although she (A THOUSAND STARS) is coming on at the right time,” DaCosta said.
     “She (A THOUSAND STARS) has worked beautifully coming into the race and both horses have done exactly what we have asked them to do and I think they both have a great chance.

“Both galloped seven furlongs last Saturday. The time was not great but they were comfortably in the work. I have not seen better in the (other) three-year-olds preparing so I am just as good as any other,” he told STAR Sports when asked about his chances in the big race on Saturday.
The legendary trainer who has basically done it all at Caymanas Park, still has his sights set on achieving the ultimate dream of all trainers, which is to win the Triple Crown (Guineas, Derby and St Leger).

“A Triple Crown is what all trainers live for, it’s the climax of the three-year-old season and it comes around once in a lifetime ... But we are going to take it one step at a time, let’s win the Derby before we start thinking about the St Leger,” DaCosta said.

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