Victory has a flavor – and it’s French Vanilla.
The juvenile filly, fresh from a novato run, surprised spectators with her speedy dash to the wire in the second leg of the Philippine Racing Commission 2YO Stakes, held today at Santa Ana Park.
French Vanilla, ridden by Jeffril T. Zarate, bested opponents with more experience by sprinting wire-to-wire over 900 meters to grab top prize of P480,000 (guaranteed).
Expected to dominate in the race was French Vanilla’s stablemate Go Army, who won the first leg of the juvenile series. With Go Army scratched on the morning of raceday due to a sore shin, French Vanilla remained in the race to uphold the banner of the Esguerra racing stable.
French Vanilla posted a time of 54.6 seconds with splits of 07′-22-25. Many racegoers were astounded at the filly’s performance, considering that this was her first race, and a G1 stakes at that.
Key Boy came in second, So Real third, Ask Leikey fourth, and Kudos last.
French Vanilla, sired by Mr. Sutter out of Eagle Boom, was bred at Herma Farm and Stud. Go Army is also a Mr. Sutter offspring (out of J’Approve). They join the ranks of other Mr. Sutters that have shown black-type accomplishments, among them Lamborghini (2004 juvenile champion), Cool Mount (2005 Triple Crown placer), Eye Candy, Gung Ho, Juggernaut (2005 juvenile champion), and Mr. Victory (2006 Triple Crown placer).