Car­de­nas bags a three-timer

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ains­ley Wal­ters Sun­day Gleaner Writer

PANA­MA­NIAN JOCKEY Dick Car­de­nas up­staged lead­ing rider Anthony Thomas yes­ter­day, log­ging a hat-trick of win­ners, in­clud­ing SU­PER SPARKLE, who turned the ta­bles on MY ELLE BELLE in a gate-to-wire vic­tory.

Car­de­nas, a two-time cham­pion jockey at Cay­manas Park, opened his hat-trick astride Anthony Nunes’ two-year-old debu­tant, BAL­TUS­ROL, and had lady luck on his side in the sixth event when 11-1 shot SMARTY TRA­DI­TION was awarded the race in the ste­wards’ room.

How­ever, the Pana­ma­nian needed no help to close out his hat-trick, rid­ing a well-timed race astride SU­PER SPARKLE at eight and a half fur­longs.

Util­is­ing the filly’s speed down the long back­stretch, Car­de­nas played coy on the lead, await­ing MY ELLE BELLE, who was forced to come off her bri­dle too early, hav­ing to go in chase of the re­laxed leader from a half-mile out.

Hav­ing dom­i­nated the lead at her leisure, SU­PER SPARKLE kept find­ing ex­tra in the straight and won by two lengths as MY ELLE BELLE fiz­zled out in­side the last half-fur­long.

Car­de­nas’ hat-trick moved him to 43 win­ners, go­ing past Shane El­lis (41) for sec­ond place in the jock­eys’ ti­tle race be­hind apprentice Thomas, who eased to 67 af­ter open­ing the card with HOLO­GRAM SHADOW and re­turn­ing to score with 7-1 up­set­ter, STORM, for cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the eighth.

A packed month of rac­ing con­tin­ues on Wed­nes­day, the fifth of eight meet­ings sched­uled for Au­gust.

Jockey Dick Car­de­nas re­turns to the win­ners’ en­clo­sure aboard SU­PER SPARKLE, win­ner of the sev­enth race at Cay­manas park, yes­ter­day.

KENYON HEMANS/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

BAL­TUS­ROL, rid­den by Dick Car­de­nas, wins The Front Run­ner Dash for maiden two-year-olds at Cay­manas Park, yes­ter­day.

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