THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 23 July 2014, Wednesday
All-star cast for 3rd leg Philracom Triple Crown
The Philippine Racing Commission announced yesterday the declared entries for the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown on July 27 at San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The 2,000-meter race, the last of the series for elite 3YO, will feature Low Profile, Kid Molave, coupled entries Kanlaon and King Bull, coupled entries Macho Machine and Mr. Bond, Matang Tubig, and Kaiserslautern.
In the third Hopeful Stakes for July 26, same track and distance, the entries are Great Care, Love Na Love, Pax Britannica, Good Connection, That Is Mine, Real Lady, Misty Blue, and Marinx.
Emmanuel Santos’s Kid Molave, winner of the first two legs, is hotly tipped to sweep this year’s Triple Crown.
But there’s no discounting the power of the other runners, especially Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s coupled entries Kanlaon and King Bull (the latter won the 2nd leg of this year’s Hopeful, not Fire Bull as I erroneously reported in last week’s column). Mayor Sandy Javier’s Kaiserslautern stands a good chance too.
Veteran jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr., who will ride Kaiserslautern, is confident that his mount has a chance, while acknowledging that Kid Molave and Low Profile are the ones to beat. In the Hopeful, he’s going with Marinx and Love Na Love.
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Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castaño Jr. announced last week that the races for July 17 and 18 were declared by the Commission as having “no bearing, no effect.”
This move was made, said Philracom Executive Director Jesus B. Cantos, “to alleviate poor sales due to the non-operation of many off-track betting stations” after typhoon Glenda hit on July 16, “affecting the prize money…given from first to fourth places in all official races.”
Races on July 16 at SLLP were cancelled, while races the following night were held because the majority of OTBs were on line, with the exception of those in the Malabon, Navotas, and Las Piñas areas.
Before the races began on July 17, Cantos reminded SLLP management to place racing fans first: “Don’t compromise post times or delay races to make up for OTB operation problems…ideal sales have to give way in the service of the betting public’s interest.”
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Preparations are underway for this year’s Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup, set for Aug. 17 at SLLP.
The Bagatsing clan tries to have the racing festival, held annually in honor of the clan patriarch, scheduled as close as possible to the Aug. 19 birth anniversary of the late Manila mayor. ***