THW: It’s Kid Molave in the PHL Triple Crown

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 21 May 2014, Wednesday


It’s Kid Molave in the PHL Triple Crown

Kid Molave upheld expectations when he won the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series for elite 3YO last Sunday at Metro Turf, Batangas.

Owned by Emmanuel Santos and trained by Renato Hipolito, the colt guided by John Alvin Guce held its own over a mile, clocking 1:36.6 (24.4-22.8-23-26.4) over a fast track.

Dixie Gold came in second just a few fractions of a second later, followed by Kanlaon in third and Tap Dance fourth, still in the money.

Kid Molave earned P1.8 million for his efforts, and is likely to go on as the favorite to the second leg of the Triple Crown on June 22 at Santa Ana Park.

Meanwhile, in last Saturday’s Philracom Hopeful Stakes for 3YO, also at Metro Turf, a nearly full gate of entries battled for the P600,000 top purse, which went to the top choice Malaya, owned by Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos.

Trained by Ruben Tupas and ridden by regular jockey Jonathan Hernandez, the filly posted 1:37.6 (24-23-23.8-26.8) for the mile.

Coming in practically on each others’ heels were Love Na Love, Wild Talk, and Jazz Again for second, third, and fourth respectively.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Committee on Races recently announced the declared runners for the PCSO Silver Cup on June 1 at Santa Ana Park.

To compete over 2,000 meters are Wilbert Tan’s 6YO horse Sulong Pinoy, to be ridden by John Paul Guce carrying 56 kgs.; Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s 6YO horse Tensile Strength (Jeffril Zarate, 56); SC Stock Farm’s 4YO colt Spinning Ridge (John Alvin Guce, 55);

Pierre Niles’s 5YO horse Steel Creation (Mark Alvarez, 55.5); Benhur Abalos’s 5YO horse Hagdang Bato (Jonathan Hernandez, 58.5); Herminio Esguerra’s 4YO colt Captain Ball (Fernando Raquel Jr., 55); and Tony Tan’s 5YO horse Pugad Lawin (Jesse Guce, 55.5).

Up for grabs is the rich first place purse of P2.5 million, with prizes up to fourth place.

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Last Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the coveted Triple Crown championship in the United States when he won the series’ second leg, the 139th Preakness Stakes.

Held at the Pimlico racecourse in front of a record crowd of 123,469, California Chrome won by a length-and-a-half.

California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit x Love The Chase), a chestnut colt foaled on 18 Feb. 2011, has career stats of eight wins and one place out of 12 starts, with total earnings of $3,452,650 as of May 17.

Owned and bred in California by Martin Perry and Steve Coburn and trained by Art Sherman, he won the Graduation S. and King Glorious S. as a 2YO. At 3YO, he won the California Cup Derby, San Felipe S. (G2), Santa Anita Derby (G1), and the Kentucky Derby and Preakness S., both G1 races.

California Chrome is of the blood of champions AP Indy, Cozzene, and Seattle Slew, making his victories a vindication of his bloodline, despite the slow time he set in the KY Derby.

His name comes from his home state and from the white markings on his face and feet, termed “chrome” by some in the sport.

Fans are hoping he’ll be the next horse since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the Triple Crown. The third leg is the Belmont S., set for June 7 at Belmont Park in New York.


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