Cardenas, DaCosta team up for three-timer
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Title-chasing jockey Dick Cardenas chalked up his second consecutive triple at Caymanas Park yesterday, winning all three for his guv'nor, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, as both lead their respective standings.
Cardenas opened the ground with an impressive post-to-post victory aboard 1-5 favourite ALVIRA for DaCosta and owner, The Terrible Tout, in the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over the round-five course.
The 30-year-old Panamanian came back to win the seventh race over 1100 metres aboard 2-1 chance FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, the DaCosta-trained American colt making all to beat 9-5 chance PISCEAN ROCKET by 21/4 lengths in the smart time of 1:05.3. This race was confined to horses who are non winners of an overnight allowance race lifetime.
Cardenas and DaCosta teamed up with the down-in-class THIS IS IT, a 2-5 favourite, to close out the triple in the $180,000 claiming race over the straight five course. Stepping down as many as four classes for this race, THIS IS IT, who is something of a specialist over the straight five course, made all impressively for a runaway victory in a field of 15.
As a result of his second three-timer in three days, Cardenas, having assumed the lead from arch-rival and reigning champion Dane Nelson on Wednesday, pushed his season's tally to 76 - three clear of Nelson, who rode two winners on the card.
BECKHAM, who was thrown in for a tag for the first time, is trained by Richard Azan for the former champion owners, Elite Bloodstock Limited.
The son of Adore The Gold ran on strongly in deep stretch to catch and beat long-time leader, RIVER MUMMA (7-2), by 11/2 lengths.
BUTLER CABIN was ridden by top apprentice O'Brien White for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, who will leave the island on Tuesday for Trinidad to prepare the filly RAEVEN RENAE for the T&T derby next week.