THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 22 June 2011, Wednesday
Markees World Makes Mark
Scoring impressive wins on successive Saturdays (no mean feat especially since most elite racehorses are lightly raced), Markees World’s back-to-back successes show that this freakishly fast filly could be this year’s juvenile valedictorian.
After her success in the June 11 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at San Lazaro Leisure Park, Markees World won last Saturday’s Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes for Fillies at Santa Ana Park.
Owned by newcomer Renato Virata and trained by oldtimer Johnny Sordan, the Rodeo Fernandez-steered filly crushed five other competitors in the first leg of the series for elite 2YO. Clocking 59.8 seconds for the 1,000-meter sprint, she posted splits of 12.8-21.4-25.6 to win by several lengths.
Lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Blanca took second place, followed by Joseph Dyhengco’s Going West in third and basketball coach and former Pampanga governor Joseller Guiao’s Magalang in fourth, then Camelabang and Classy Kitcat last (Huatulco was scratched).
Markees World (Key Apo x Ribbon Grain) was bred by Aristeo G. Puyat on his Paris Match Farm in Batangas. She did fractions better than the boys in the Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes run the following day.
Joseph Dyhengco’s Jet Stream trounced three other foes and clocked 13’-22-25 for a total time of 1:00.4 in the Colts. Congressman Jeci Lapus’ Stolen Time came second, Esquivias’ Jaden Dugo third, and Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic last (Jaden Apoparato was scratched).
The second legs of the Juvenile Championship series are slated for July 23 (Fillies) and July 24 (Colts) at SLLP. The way things are going, the Fillies should be on Sunday, primetime, because they’re going faster than the boys and are more exciting to watch.
Before then, July 17 is when the next PCSO 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held, at Santa Ana Park. Will Markees World stamp her class again in this one?
Also to be held on that day is the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, sponsored by Philracom. PSA officers are expected to attend the occasion, among them Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Teddyvic Melendres (president), MST’s Riera Mallari (corporate secretary), and People’s Journal’s Joe Antonio (treasurer). ***