Miller shoots down DaCosta's wishes

June 09, 2017
Trainer Wayne DaCosta with Seeking My Dream in the winners enclosure on March 12.
Denzil Miller

Racing Secretary Denzil Miller believes that whereas the aura of the Derby would fill the stands at Caymanas Park any day of the week, Saturdays are the ideal day to stage Jamaica's marquee horseracing meet.

Miller was responding to comments made by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and published in Wednesday's STAR, in which he opined that the Derby should be run on a Tuesday.

DaCosta, who is on the hunt for a jockey for FEARLESS SAMURAI in the Boom Jamaica Derby set for June 24 said he doesn't think Jamaica will lose anything if it hosts its Derby on a Tuesday instead of a Saturday as now pertains.

The champion trainer said the possibility of getting a top-class jockey from overseas is unlikely as not many are available on weekends.

"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," DaCosta told STAR Sports.

Miller agreed that the stands would be full no matter what day of the week the Derby is run.

"Any day you run the Derby, I am sure the stands will be full. The Derby is in its 97th year, and so anything you can do 97 times - annually - obviously is a part of the sporting landscape in a country. We have done successfully every year," he said.

However, he said Saturdays are ideal.

"I think Saturday is the first choice in running a Derby and I think most places around the world, the Derby is held on a Saturday," he told STAR Sports.

"It is food for thought, but right now, when you have a major event, you are trying to get participation, but not only the racing public or the horseman, but also the fans, and you have to choose a day when you can maximise the viewership and revenue, and Saturday seems to be that day right now in Jamaica," Miller added.

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