Cardenas, DaCosta star with double
WITH no trophy race being offered on the eight-race midweek card, the combination of jockey Dick Cardenas and trainer Wayne DaCosta took the spotlight by winning two races, with the highlight being Exotic Gold in an Open Allowance event over 1,700 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Offering odds of 6-5, Exotic Gold (He'stherealthing-Formally Gold) broke well and was held in fifth position by Cardenas behind leaders Uncle Taf (Aaron Chatrie), Classy Prospect (Romario Saunders), Fantabulous (Orlando Foster) and Military Move (Shane Ellis) passing the 1,200-metre pole.
As the seven runners sorted themselves out, Eastwood, under Percy Williams, picked up the lead from Classy Prospect with Exotic Gold settled in third position approaching the home bend.
Turning for home in second position behind Eastwood, who looked like the winner with 200 metres to go, Cardenas then produced his mount on the outside and the five-year-old grey mare then drew alongside Eastwood at the 50-metre mark before pulling away for a comfortable two-and-a-half-length victory.
Eastwood finished in second by a short head over the fast finishing Miracle Star (Shamaree Muir) with Military Move completing the frame.
Owned by Alexander Haber, Exotic Gold covered the distance in 1:46:1 minutes.
Their other winner was Street Dancer, who romped the fourth race over 1,100 metres, beating Bars Of Gold (Percy Williams) by one and three quarter lengths with Janiboutice (Dane Nelson) another two and a half lengths in third. The winning time was 1:07:4 minutes.
Racing continues this Saturday with the running of the Reggae Trophy (GR1) and the Oswald 'Ossie' Steele Memorial Cup.