“Can’t catch me!”
So might Don Enrico have spoken as he crossed the wire first in today’s second leg of the Triple Crown championship series, held at Santa Ana Park.
Breaking well out of the gate, he took the lead and never let go of it for the entire 1800 meter journey. Showing speed, courage, and tenacity, the well-conditioned colt was thoroughly avenged upon filly Indelible Ink, sent off as the favorite for winning the first leg.
Indelible Ink managed to come in only second three lengths behind second-favorite Don Enrico. Shining Fame, second placer of the first leg, placed third, while Champion of Show took fourth.
Don Enrico clocked a time of 1:52.6 with splits of 14′-22′-25-23′-27, just a second off the record set by Irene’s Fantasy on 31 December 2007 also at Santa Ana Park during a minor stakes race.
The popular Don Enrico has captured the hearts of many racing fans with his career ups and downs. His rivalry with Indelible Ink, the most accomplished 3YO filly this season, is becoming the stuff of legend. Some say it mirrors the Ateneo-La Salle basketball rivalry in the UAAP.
Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, the Triple Crown series showcases the talents of the country’s best 3YO local-bred and island-born thoroughbreds.
Meanwhile, in the Hopeful Stakes, also for top-class 3YO, Hieroglyphics proved his superiority over twelve other runners with an amazing come-from-behind rally.
Letting the speedsters fight it out in front, Hieroglyphics ran off the pace and simply put on a sudden burst of speed at the far turn. At the top of the stretch, he raced down the center of the lane to win by a neck from Bohemian Dave. Anonymous placed third and Security Queen fourth.
Hieroglyphics, who fared dismally in the Triple Crown first leg, shows marked improvement with this win and perhaps may seek a berth in the third leg of the more prestigious series.