DaCosta wants Tuesday derby
Champion trainer, Wayne DaCosta, who is on the hunt for a jockey for FEARLESS SAMURAI for this Saturday's Boom Jamaica derby, does not think Jamaica will lose anything if it host it's derby on a Tuesday instead of on the weekend.
DaCosta, who is seeking his sixth derby win, tried to contract Andrew Ramgeet for the big event on Saturday, but the former champion jockey was unsure of his availability for that day.
"I am trying to get a foreign rider. In fact, I did call Andrew Ramgeet yesterday (Tuesday) morning and he was very much interested to come, but he will have to talk to his agent first to see what bookings he has for that day," DaCosta said.
Although he still has hopes of securing an overseas rider, he says the possibility of getting a top-class jockey is unlikely as there are not many available on weekends.
"We are taking it a day at a time. We are not sure (of getting overseas jockey) because our derby is usually on weekends. It's not like Trinidad who run their derby on a Tuesday. In North America, Tuesdays are 'dark days', you don't have much racing on Tuesdays. So you can bring the good jockeys from North America on a Tuesday because they are not riding, but we have not been blessed with that, so we have to stick with what we have," he complained.
Two horses hunting Triple Crown
Meanwhile, DaCosta's two horses SHE'S A MANEATER and FEARLESS SAMURAI are both hunting the Triple Crown. FEARLESS SAMURAI, strained a muscle in her back in the Oaks and that injury cause the main stable rider, Omar Walker, to switch rides for the derby. So apart from finding FEARLESS SAMURAI a jockey, he also hopes the 2000 Guineas winner will not have a recurrence of the injury.
"After Saturday Omar (Walker) opted to ride SHE'S A MANEATER. Before he (Walker) thought he was going to ride FEARLESS SAMURAI, but because of her niggling problems he actually switched and decided to ride SHE'S A MANEATER.
"But she has recovered well and so far, so good because she raced and won last week, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that everything will go well for the derby," he added.