Juan Mosca, a trainer, owner and breeder died on Wednesday after succumbing to a heart attack.
The trainer, who was dubbed as the "People's Trainer", passed away at the Living Water Hospice on Warner Street, Port-of-Spain, quietly.
He was fighting for his life for three months after having a second stroke on January 2, of this year and never regained consciousness. He was first hospitalised at the St Clair Nursing Home in Port-of-Spain for three weeks, before being moved to the Living Water Hospice.
The likeable and usually funny Mosca, was always the 'fun of the party' and yet in racing astute, having won plaudits and accolades for owning and training the first creole ever to pass the $100,000-mark, Oropuna.
He won many a top creole race with Oropuna. He opened a business on Henry Street in Port-of-Spain and named it 'King Creole' in honour of his top thoroughbred Oropuna.
However, he waited until the twilight of his career as a trainer to register a great feat when the veteran trainer, saddled five winners, half the 10-race programme at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on April 14, 2014.
His feat overshadowed the effortless exhibition of speed by Crime Of Passion who won the feature 1,300-metre race for horses rated 70 and over.
Mosca saddled Unguarded Moment to win the day’s opener and next race led in Red River, both ridden by Nicholas Patrick.
He then saw his Princess Jo Ann make virtually all to win the fourth race under Joshua Stephen and watched his Zorro take the fifth with apprentice Nigel Flavenney astride and completed his quintet of victories when Quick City won the sixth.
The day's racing truly belonged to veteran Mosca, who brought back memories of yester-year with his five-winner haul. Not even at his brightest time had Mosca saddled five winners in his career.
Mosca, 73, who was known for being outspoken but fair, leaves to mourn his wife Patricia, daughter Myra and sons Dennis and Kirk.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.