Horse Racing

GREGORY FORSYTH: The goal is to win a Classic race

Observer writer

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Although young conditioner Gregory Forsyth has yet to make a telling impact on the sport of horse racing, with just fewer than 20 career wins, he strongly believes that the 2018 season will be a defining one for him.

Since Forsyth started his career training horses for thoroughbred racing at the Park in 2007, he has been juggling horse racing and his job as security manager at McKay Security Limited. This double job situation has proven to be very difficult for him.

“I started out with a small string of horses in 2007 and so far I have been able to win about 18 races. I have never had many horses, but I am grateful for everything as I have no regrets taking this route.

“I have been working with McKay Security Limited for over 15 years and I am currently security manager at the company. It is quite difficult the two — that is, horse racing and security manager — because you have to manage your time very well, so it is rather hard at times.

“I have some good guys at the stable that I can depend on and at times when I can't make it down to the racetrack, I know that the horses are being dealt with properly. But it is difficult at times though,” Forsyth admitted.

Now with more time focusing on horse racing, Forsyth said that he is determined and dedicated to getting the job done.

“I plan to get more involved in the sport this year. I want to get more involved and therefore I am going to put more time into my training profession. I am going to put more effort into it because I want to make an impact on the game of horse racing,” stressed Forsyth.

In any career path, one has to have a dream, an ultimate goal, and for Forsyth his long-term ambition in racing is to at least saddle a Classic race winner.

“Well, I would love to win a Classic race as that is the goal of every trainer — to win a Classic race, especially the Jamaica Derby, and so that is my ultimate goal. I plan to get some youngsters at the Yearling Sale this year and then I am going to start working from there, but right now I am working with the claimers and then I am moving on to the youngsters,” Forsyth said.

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