Thu | Jun 4, 2020

To mom with love - Nunes dedicates Trainers’ title to 90-year-old mother

Published:Saturday | January 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Newly crowned champion trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes has dedicated his first championship to his mother Phylis Nunes.

Nunes won the 2019 trainer’s title with a total earnings of $86,095,840 to finish ahead of rival and dethroned champion Wayne DaCosta, who was second with $78,028,275.

This comes after 11 consecutive second place finishes to daCosta and arrived after he saddled 86 winners compared to daCosta’s 77.

Trainer Gary Subratie was a distant third with earnings of $52, 218.710 and 52 winners followed Patrick Lynch with $28,330,375 and 40 winners.

Nunes told The Gleaner that he is delighted with his success last season, noting that his entire family is very proud of his achievements.

“I have dedicated the last three years to trying to win this championship for my mom,” said Nunes. “She turned 90 years last October and so it was very important that we do it before she passes on.”

“We are so happy that we have her here and that she is able to appreciate it and enjoy the moment and she is so happy to see her youngest son achieving this milestone,” Nunes said.

Nunes’, who saddled SUPREME SOUL to the triple-crown title last year, underlines that this is a major accomplishment for his family and he also noted this achievement will certainly boost his confidence going forward.

Family history

“You have to understand that my dad, Nigel Nunes, was a champion trainer in 1976 and my brother won a championship in Barbados and so I was the last son not to have won a championship,” said Nunes.

“Yes we have had a successful career and we have won all the big races but we have just never got the championship bug off our back,” he said.

Nunes, who has saddled over 1,000 winners in his career, also thanked his staff for their hard work and dedication over the years.

“I have staff that have worked extremely hard because I have some of them working for 25 years with me and in order to win a championships, it is certainly a team effort and it is certainly not I that won the championships, it is my entire stable,” Nunes said.