Sport

I'M STAYING!

Jockey Dick Cardenas says he's staying for 2018, wants to win another jockeys' title

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, November 03, 2017



Jockey Dick Cardenas has been chalking up winner after winner since his return to Jamaica from the United States in September. It came no no surprise when the Panamanian revealed that he plans to ride all of next season (2018) in his quest for another championship title.

Cardenas, who won the title in 2011 then informed that he would really enjoy winning another title at Caymanas Park.

Since his return, Cardenas has forged a formidable partnership with title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes. It's a partnership that has yielded many winners, and Cardenas is hoping for a repeat performance next year.

“I am planning to ride here all of next year to see if I can win the jockeys' title for a second time. First my plan was to ride here for six months but now I have decided to stay longer, I am focusing on riding all of next year. I want to win the title [again] and I believe that I can win it,” Cardenas said with strong conviction.

Cardenas, who is arguably in the best of form in the saddle whether in Jamaica or in the United States, rode a superb three-timer on the 11-race card on Saturday and quickly followed with a blistering four-timer on Wednesday just losing out on a five timer after Meticulous was disqualified.

“Once you are dedicated to the sport you can win races. The key to win races is hard work, plus you have to have confidence and good horses as well,” Cardenas pointed out.

At present, Cardenas is in seventh position in the jockeys' table with 29 winners, which is still far behind leader Omar Walker (69 wins), who is currently out of action with a broken wrist. Shane Ellis is second on 48, and Wesley Henry third on 46.

“I am riding in good form as the horses are running very well for me at the moment, and I just want to continue riding in this form. I will continue doing the work, and hopefully I can win many more races at the end of the year and carry that form into next year. I must say thanks to all the trainers who have been giving me the rides and I hope that I can continue winning races for them,” said Cardenas, who has over 540 winners since he started riding at Caymanas Park in 2008.

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