winning hands down

Meaning 1
to win a horse race with one's hands down
Sentence 1
Willie Shoemaker won the Derby hands down.
Meaning 2
to do the best one can in a competitive situation
Sentence 2
You'll get the job hands down. You're the best candidate they have.


The jockey does not have to use the whip because the rider is so far ahead of the rest of the horses.