17-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has questioned the circumstances under which his us-bred filly American Invader was removed from Saturday's race programme at Caymanas Park. The overnight programme for Saturday had American Invader listed among the entries for the 7th event, a 5 furlong straight contest for native bred 3 year olds none-winners of two, imported 2 year olds none-winners of two and 3 year olds and up maiden.
However, upon release of the final programme from the Racing Office of Supreme Ventures, Racing and Entertainment Limited, the field was reduced to 14 with American Invader missing.
Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) chairman Clovis Metcalf later explained to RJR Sports the rationale behind American Invader's exclusion from the event, noting that a clause was left out of the printed conditions for the race in question on Saturday.
DaCosta will start 11 horses on Saturday including reigning Horse of the Year She's A Maneater in the Graded Stakes contest over 5-and-half furlongs while Nunes will send out 7 runners. Nunes currently leads DaCosta by $923,000 in stakes earnings with four racedays remaining in the 2018 season.