She's a Maneater doubtful for Jamaica Derby
CHAMPION trainer Wayne DaCosta yesterday said he is hopeful that his super filly, SHE'S A MANEATER, will recover from a pulled muscle in time to line up in June's Jamaica Derby.
The 1000 Guineas winner was confirmed as a no-show for Saturday's Jamaica Oaks by DaCosta, who explained that she was injured while exercising last Sunday morning.
"She pulled a muscle in her back end, her hind quarters. It's not bad but we're not taking any chances," he said.
"Once you miss a beat in the three-year-old classics, it is always a setback. She now has it all to do to catch the Derby.
"Maybe she won't catch the Derby and we go to the St Leger after. We'll see where it goes from here," he added.
The champion trainer, however, remains hopeful, noting that the injury doesn't seem all that bad.
"It's all left to her, how fast she recover, horses differ. All I can say, it's not bad because she is walking very sound, " he added.
A winner of six races from seven starts, including the 1000 Guineas two and a half weeks ago, SHE'S A MANEATER is widely considered the best three-year-old in training.
Despite missing the Oaks, SHE'S A MANEATER remains on course for a shot at the Triple Crown, along with stablemate FEARLESS SAMURAI, the 2000 Guineas winner.