Easy win for Sir Budget
SIR BUDGET used superior speed, guided by a confident ride from hot claiming apprentice, Anthony Thomas, to easily win yesterday's open allowance sprint at Caymanas Park by just over a length.
Returning to open allowance for the five-furlong round dash, after proving competitive in consecutive Grade One races, 6-5 chance SIR BUDGET virtually won under a hand ride, clocking 58.3 on a noticeably fast track.
With no matching speed in the event, SIR BUDGET toyed with FORCE DE JOUR, leaving the half-mile marker before speeding away from the United States-bred six-year-old coming off the home turn.
Carrying a featherweight 49.5 kilos at the minimum distance, SIR BUDGET easily held 4-5 favourite DWAYNE STAR and RAS EMANUEL, who tried in vain to make inroads in the stretch run.
Thomas, who won the previous event with even-money favourite BEAST at 400 metres straight in a driving finish, moved his tally to 38 winners for the season, fourth in the jockeys' championship, eight behind Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, joint second on 46 winners apiece.
Panamanian Dick Cardenas' scintillating form saw him booting home back-to-back winners as well - ESPERANZA in the second and YOGA in the third.
Cardenas, a 2011 champion at Caymanas Park, has so far ridden 20 winners since returning to the saddle locally on September 16.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday with an 11-race card, starting at 11:30 a.m.