Horse Racing

She has never let me down – DaCostath

Champion trainer sides with She's A Maneater in Diamond Mile

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Following impressive wins by stable companions She's A Maneater and Stranger Danger in the iCool Juice Drink Superstakes and Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile, respectively, on Sunday, trainer Wayne DaCosta acknowledged the quality of both horses, but reserved a special place in his heart for the outstanding mare.

She's A Maneater had racked up six wins this season from seven starts with the last five runs being victories, capping it off with a 3 -length win in the Superstakes to become the first mare to win it three times in a row. She also became the third horse to have won the race three or more times consecutively, joining Mark My Word (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Menudo, who had done it four times in a row (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002). She's A Maneater won the 10 furlongs (2,000m) event in 2:05.2 minutes.

And there is the American-bred colt Stranger Danger, who had completed his ninth career win from as many starts with six of these wins being this season. Following his 5 -length win in the recent Governor General's Stakes over 10 furlongs in a time of 2:06.4, Stranger Danger destroyed rivals in the Invitational Mile by seven lengths in a new Stakes Record of 1:36.3 minutes, which got tongues wagging, hailing him as the best horse currently in training.

All that aside, it has to come down to a choice and DaCosta said out of loyalty, his pick for the Diamond Mile goes to the record-setting She's A Maneater.

“I can't really say as it's extremely close between the two horses but my heart is with the mare She's A Maneater. Although Stranger Danger is talented, 'Maneater' has held my heart for the last three to four years and at this stage, I won't desert her.

“She has always been great over the years and she has been my back-up. Whenever the stable runs down she always delivers,” DaCosta told The Supreme Racing Guide.

DaCosta said that he is hoping for the best right now and that everything goes to plan.

“The confidence level is extremely high but as you know we have to hope that we get good fortune between now and the Diamond Mile and we also hope that we get good fortune during the running of the Diamond Mile because remember what happened last year with 'Maneater' when she got out of the starting gates and so we are hoping for the best and hope everything goes all right,” the record 18-time champion conditioner said.


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