THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 15 June 2011, Wednesday
Magna Carta Lays Down the Law
After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hooves of Hari ng Yambo in the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series last May 15, Magna Carta exacted revenge by winning the second leg last June 11.
The 1,750-meter race was one of a power-packed trio of stakes races held that day at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Because of his previous loss, Magna Carta was sent off as only the second choice in the sales. As expected, Hari ng Yambo was the favorite.
But jockey Jesse Guce did a magnificent handling job, salvaging a half-length win over Lord of War, with splits of 10’-22’-24’-25’-27’, total time 1:50.6.
Tensile Strength came in third, Arvindugo fourth. Hari ng Yambo finished last in the nine-horse field.
Magna Carta won the first place purse of P1.8 million for owner Michael Dragon Javier; Rey Henson is the trainer.
A 3YO colt by Woodman (USA) x Pledge the Fifth (USA), Magna Carta is an island-born thoroughbred from the Royal Maverick Ranch of renowned breeder Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr., who now divides his time between the ranch and other occupations and his public service as the mayor of Javier, Leyte.
The second race of the terrible trio of stakes events was the second leg of the 1,750 meter-Philracom Hopeful Stakes. Favorite Cheese Mosa won over 11 other runners (Coal Harbour was scratched).
Guided by Patricio Dilema, the local-bred 3YO filly owned by lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV and trained by Renato Yamco reached the wire four lengths ahead of second-pick Prime Rate, clocking 10-23’-25-25’-26’ for a total 1:50.2, a few fractions better than the Triple Crown time.
In comparison, the official Philracom record for the distance stands at 1:48, held jointly by Real Spicy (2006) and Ibarra (2007).
Cheese Mosa is by Philippine stallion Shooting Star out of American mare Magic Find.
In the third of the terrific trifecta of June 11 races, Renato Virata’s Markees World, steered by Rodeo Fernandez, emerged the champion of the 1,300 meter-Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race. The Johnny Sordan-trained 2YO filly is by Australian stakes winner Key Apo out of Ribbon Grain, bred here by racing industry elder stateman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat on his Paris Match Farm.
Congratulations to the winning connections of these new champions!
In the US version of the Triple Crown, which ended also last June 11 with the staging of the Belmont Stakes, three different horses won each leg – Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, Shackleford in the Preakness, and longshot Ruler on Ice in the Belmont.
With Magna Carta having denied Hari ng Yambo the Triple Crown sweep, who’s going to triumph in the 2,000 meter third leg on July 17 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite? Will it be either of them, or another horse entirely, mirroring the US Triple Crown? The third leg is a month away, giving us plenty of time to make our choices and place our bets.
July 17 is also when the next Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held. Reminder to owners and trainers, declaration is on June 16, trial race is on June 28, P300,000 for the winner with prizes up to third place.
Meanwhile, we can look forward to this weekend at Santa Ana Park and the running of the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Championship series, both 1,000 meter sprint runs – the Fillies Stakes on June 18, Saturday, and the Colts on June 19, Sunday. ***