THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 30 July 2014, Wednesday
Kid Molave new Triple Crown champ
After a two-year wait, racing has a new Triple Crown champion – Kid Molave.
The well-trained colt crowned himself the best among the elite 3YO when he conquered the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series last Sunday at San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Owned by Emmanuel Santos, ridden by John Alvin Guce, and trained by Renato Hipolito, Kid Molave perseveringly negotiated the 2,000-meter distance in the face of aggressive competition.
Low Profile came in second, King Bull third, and Macho Machine fourth.
The total time for the race was 2:07.2 (24-25-26.8-25.2-26.2).
Kid Molave is an island-born, by Into Mischief out of Unsaid. He was the valedictorian of his juvenile batch, winning last year’s Philracom Juvenile Championship under jockey Jonathan Hernandez.
As a 3YO, he easily won, earlier this year, the first two legs of the Philracom Triple Crown.
Jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr., who rode Kaiserslautern in the same race, said of Kid Molave’s victory, “He deserved it! Although it would have been closer if Matang Tubig didn’t help against Low Profile.”
Philracom gave a total of P3 million in prizes from first to fourth, with Kid Molave’s connections earning a purse of P1.8 million. Santos received P100,000 as the winning breeder.
According to Philracom’s official statement: “Chairman Angel L. Castaño Jr. and all the commissioners were pleased that the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing series, as a way of marketing efforts for the industry, was well received by the stakeholders, especially our Bayang Karerista, as manifested in the figures of in-track sales and actual crowd [attendance].
“This reminds the Commission of the glory days of Triple Crown events at the former locations of two race clubs [San Lazaro Hippodrome and Santa Ana Park in Makati], when there were press rooms in each club…” The sportwriters back then “pushed the Triple Crown and other marquee race meets that helped the horseracing industry to grow.
“This 2014 sweep of Kid Molave…is the first in the three-race-club era. Innovative efforts by Manila Jockey Club like pre-race video info-materials, tarpaulins, camera placement, and interviews are appreciated as well.
“Now the Philippines has ten [Triple Crown sweeps] and is one sweep away from matching the 11-time US Triple Crown sweep, after which we patterned ours which started in 1978.”
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Hagdang Bato was the last to sweep the Triple Crown, in 2012. Before that, there was a drought of 11 years after Patrick Uy’s Silver Story won all three legs in 2001.
In the Philracom Hopeful Stakes race held last Saturday also at SLLP, Herminio Esguerra’s Love Na Love dominated the nine-horse field to take home the P600,000 first prize.
Steered by Fernando Raquel Jr. and conditioned by Esguerra, the fleet 3YO filly, who was only third choice in the sales, held her own by running in front for most of the distance.
Marinx came in second, Misty Blue third, and Good Connection fourth.
The time for the 2,000-meter race was a leisurely 2:11.4 (25.2-24.4-26.8-26.6-28.4). ***