THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 June 2014, Wednesday
Will Kid Molave sweep this year’s Triple Crown?
Philippine racing might see a Triple Crown winner this year, after Kid Molave won the second leg of the Philippine Racing Commission’s prestigious series for 3YO last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.
Kid Molave won the first leg last May 18 at the Metro Manila Turf Club.
Sent off as the second favorite against top choice coupled entries Kanlaon and Malaya, Kid Molave registered 1:54.4 (13-23.8-24.4-25-28.2) for the 1,800 meter stakes race.
Guided once again by John Alvin Guce, Emmanuel Santos’s bay colt showed off the conditioning for stamina given by Renato Hipolito by winning closely over surprise second placer Kaiserslautern, who was third in the betting.
Low Profile came in third and Kanlaon fourth.
In the Hopeful Stakes race last Saturday also at Santa Ana Park, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s King Bull copped top honors, posting 1:56.4 (13.6-24.2-24.8-25.4-28.4) for 1,800 meters.
Biseng Bise placed second, followed by Good Connection and Love Na Love.
The third leg of the Philracom Triple Crown will take place on July 27 at San Lazaro Leisure Park, and the Hopeful Stakes, the day before at the same track. Both races are 2,000 meters.
All eyes will be on Kid Molave that day.
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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Committee on Races recently announced the results of the Special Maiden trial race held last June 20 at SLLP.
The ten-horse field was dominated by the Jeffril Zarate-steered Hook Shot, who clocked 1:31 (13-25-25’-27’) over 1,400 meters, closely followed by Cat Express.
Buzzer Beater was third, Super Spicy fourth.
The actual race will be held on July 5 also at SLLP.
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Big thanks to Charlie Adao of the Philracom’s Handicapping division for always amiably providing me with the results of the Philracom races, for the enjoyment of racing fans around the world.
For more information on Philippine Thoroughbred racing, check out the Philracom website, managed by John Timbol, at philracom.gov.ph.
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SLLP’s broadcast division, San Lazaro Broadcast Network (SLBN), might air the first episode of their program “Buhay Hinete” on July 8 (the birthday of Manila Jockey Club Chairman lawyer Alfonso R. Reyno Jr.) or thereabouts. They’re already showing the trailer of the pilot episode during their race coverage.
That’s going to be an interesting series; I do hope it gets off the ground.