THW: Triple Crown I on Sunday

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  13 May 2009, Wednesday

Triple Crown I on Sunday

It’s all systems go for the running of the 2009 Philippine Racing Commission-backed first leg of the Triple Crown trilogy. It is the most significant race series on the calendar for 3YO local-breds.

These three races test the quality and ability of the produce of Philippine thoroughbred breeders – did they match the right mare to the right stallion, taking into account the tail-female line, nicking, and other factors? This is where breeders’ questions are answered, where horseowners are vindicated for their choice, and where racing fans are treated to an incredible racing experience.

The TC1, its auxiliary race the Hopeful I Stakes, and the Emerald I Stakes will be run on May 17 at the Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

Surrounded by a swirl of controversy two weeks ago for a number of accidents that occurred there, the track is being repaired by PRC’s racing department, in reaction to negative comments from horseowners, trainers, jockeys, and other racing stakeholders.

Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners president Mandaluyong Mayor lawyer Benhur Abalos, who had written a strongly-worded letter to PRC management after the “alarming” incidents last raceweek at NSAP, now commended the racing club for taking “prompt action” to fix the track surface.

“We are very pleased at the quick response of PRC,” said Abalos. “Our main concern here is for the safety of the jockeys rather than the horses and we trust that PRC continues the rehabilitation of their track to bring it to good racing condition.”

Veteran rider Antonio Alcasid Jr., president of the New Philippine Jockeys Association, said that so far, jockeys and exercise riders who work horses at NSAP have not reported any untoward incidents after repairs to the track surface were begun last week.

So, for the TC1 – who’s it going to be?

With one of the favorites, Go Army, scratched as early as Monday, it could be any of the remaining combatants – fillies Boudica, Heaven Sent, Virgin Liberty, and Windbeneathmywings, and colts Boni’s Gem, Batangas Baron, Creation, Dream Supreme, Go Navy (stablemate of Go Army), Iconic, Lively Dude, Mr. Akino, and Mr. Diamond.

Virgin Liberty, Boni’s Gem, and Dream Supreme, who have defeated Go Army in various matches, look good to do well in this mile race. Also one to consider is Mr. Diamond. Go Navy is likely to place.

The mile Hopeful I is a puzzle. Key Joshua was scratched, leaving Action Sailor, Bahala Na, Blue Ocean, Earresistable, Eternal Flame, Henry Sugar, Oko Boy, Princess Jacklyn, State Witness, Storm Gust, Tribal Queen, and Wind Turbulence.

Blue Ocean, a multiple stakes contender, will be one of the favorites here. Earresistable, who recently won a tune-up race in spanking style, should also get some votes, along with Henry Sugar and Tribal Queen.

The Emerald I is a four-horse affair with Tony de Ubago’s Chariot of Fire, Aristeo Puyat’s Cutting Edge, Lorraine Uy Wi’s Don Enrico, and Robert Yutadco’s Speed Almighty. This is anybody’s race, with Don Enrico perhaps having a slight edge.   ***

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4 Comments on THW: Triple Crown I on Sunday

  1. NiHAWmA
    14 May 2009 at 12:53 am (3687 days ago)

    FAIR AND SQUARE had Master Robert. PARIS MATCH had CM’s Dream and Solvang. VIXEN and Red Marshall. SUN DANCER and Top Gun. IBARRA and ES Twenty Six. DON ENRICO and Indelible Ink.

    Each and every triple crown is the start of rivalries. Sometimes the results were overwhelming in favor of the other horse against his chief rival. At other times, revenge has been a reward because of perseverance.

    The only way to enjoy rivalries IF there will be no decline. Entries and qualified runners won’t diminish. Meaning to say, we see some of the entries during the start of the 1st leg and later on will not be running anymore. Only the top 4 finishers have been running all the way to the final leg of the Triple Crown. Some of the runners simply decide to run in the Hopeful stakes rather than in the Triple Crown itself.

    The Philippine Racing Commission should come up with a plan to convince EACH AND EVERY horsemen to compete in ALL the three legs of the Triple Crown. Added incentive. While the bonus is a different thing whoever may be able to sweep the triple crown.

    The triple crown is one of the prestigious event just like the Presidential Gold Cup.

    There has been no Triple Crown winner since Silver Story.

  2. NiHAWmA
    16 May 2009 at 6:26 pm (3685 days ago)

    ALL participants has equal chances of winning. Only the breaks of the game will determine. This is not the first time. I’ve had lots of experiences. This could be similar to the other triple crown legs which I have seen over a decade. When Carmaker, Victorious and Honor Roll met eachother. Masada, Round Trip and JJ’s Lyric. Res Judicata, Latin Dancer and Wind Dancer. Sultana, Hobby and Might and Power.

    It’s going to be very difficult making choices. You are not assured of choosing only two. Racing fans will get crazy about the movement of the odds.

  3. khyle
    19 May 2009 at 9:29 pm (3681 days ago)

    Hi Ms. Jenny! I appreciate Nihawma’s burst of knowledge, dedication and huge interest when it comes to Philippine horseracing. In fact, I watch replays of the races that he uploads at Youtube from time to time, and I am thankful for that. But doesn’t he own a blog for himself? I mean, with all due respect Ms. Jenny, this is your blog – not his. His comments, at most times, overshadow your article (that includes your views and reporting of facts). Look at the ones he wrote up there – long enough to create his own feature! More to that, his information are way too savvy for a commenting outsider. Worst of all, I suggest that he check his grammar before posting his comments. Pwede naman magtagalog na lang di ba. Anyways, this is but an observation. Peace! :-)

  4. John Jacobs
    20 May 2009 at 7:31 am (3681 days ago)

    I think what nihawma is doing is sharing his opinions, views and concern to the horse racing industry. It only proves that he is really an avid fan of horse racing. Thank you for the time, nihawma.

    I am a foreigner and I love to read the blog of Ms. Ortuoste, if nihawma will be going to write in his own language, how can I comprehend what the blog says.

    It is unethical to criticize somebody who is writing in english. Americans, Britons as well as Aussies. They speak english well but sometimes they have a poor grammar (writing). Let us respect what the writer says. Just mind your own business.

    nihawma has contribute a lot in gogirl’s blog. he/she is very instrumental and contributor. hope to see more from nihawma.