Cardenas boots home a triple
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Leading jockey Dick Cardenas followed up last Saturday's four-timer with a triple at Caymanas Park yesterday to widen his lead over arch-rival and defending champion Dane Nelson.
The in-form Panamanian booted home 6-5 chance JOVOUN THE MASTER to an effortless post-to-post victory in the opening race over 1400 metres, capitalising on the absence of hot ante-post favourite REASONABLE PRESS (late non starter), while he came back to win the 3-y-o maiden condition race aboard 4-5 favourite NATASHADONTPLAY.
Cardenas closed out the triple aboard 5-2 chance LOVETTA JONES for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the fifth race over the straight, the six-year-old mare going wire to wire on the outside to beat highly fancied DR. BLAIR (5-2) by 1-1/4 lengths.
He thus pushed his season's tally to 66 - five clear of Nelson who could only muster one winner, 4-5 favourite HAILEY'S COMET (made all) in the fourth race over the round five.
` Meanwhile, down in class RIO COBRE (7-2) with Shamaree Muir aboard, defied topweight of 57.0kg to win the round five race for overnight allowance horses by half a length from the fast-finishing 1-2 favourite CAMPESINO with Percy Williams up.
RIO COBRE disputed the lead with the fleet-footed RUNJOHNNY RUN (8-1) into the straight before surging clear approaching the distance, but shortened in the closing stages and barely held on from the fast-closing pair of CAMPESINO and FIERCEANDFABOLOUS (14-1) in a field of 10.
Double for DaCosta
American bred RIO COBRE closed a double for trainer Wayne DaCosta on the card following LOVETTA JONES earlier on, while Dwight Chen also saddled two winners in HAILEY'S COMET and 5-2 favourite ANARKALI in the ninth.
The day's major upset came via the 48-1 outsider GIRL ON FIRE in the second race over the straight. Ridden by the sparingly-used Duv'on Litchmore, the immediate past president of the Jockeys' Guild, GIRL ON FIRE came through midway the last furlong to beat the subsequently disqualified TATTY'S BAD GAL (drifting out badly) in a field of six.