THE HOARSE WHISPERER
By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 20 August 2008, Wednesday
Security World proved her value as a runner last Sunday (August 17) with her impressive win in the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Fillies stakes, held at Santa Ana Park.
The 1450-meter race featured nine of the best 2YO fillies in the country – French Vanilla and coupled entry Frozen Margarita, Love You By Heart and coupled entry Mind Music, Aloha, Windbeneathmywings, Ask Leikey, Security World, and Knockout Babe.
With the distance being so short, many expected speedball French Vanilla to take the lead and finish the race, and consequently was sent off as the favorite in the sales. Come-from-behind tactician Security World was second choice.
As it happened, only the first part of the expectation came to pass. Breaking well from the gate, French Vanilla did take the lead, but was hounded by another fleet filly, Knockout Babe. Behind them by a length ran Windbeneathmywings, Aloha, Ask Leikey, Love You By Heart, Frozen Margarita, and Mind Music, while Security World raced in last.
French Vanilla kept the lead until the half-mile, where jockey Jonathan Hernandez begged for more and she gave it. Knockout Babe faded as Windbeneathmywings took second. Love You By Heart and Security World started moving up at the far turn.
At the hometurn, French Vanilla was still ahead but the broadcast cameras caught Security World, ridden by jockey Fernando “Dhunoy” Raquel Jr., steadily gaining on the frontrunners, running five-wide on the outside at that point yet never letting up.
At the top of the stretch, Security World is on the outside of the pack
Down the stretch they raced, French Vanilla still in front, the others hard-pressed to follow, but Security World came on strong, running four-wide now, jockey Raquel narrowing the gap between his mount and French Vanilla until they were racing neck-and-neck, pulling slightly away to win by one.
French Vanilla came in second, Windbeneathmywings third, and Love You By Heart fourth.
Now that was a brave performance from Security World – having the guts to come from dead last, all the while knowing that your rival is a track-burning speedball.
Security World is out of the broodmare Security Risk by Minsk (Danehill-Riva by Riverman), is trained by Nick Atienza, and owned by Antonio “Tonyboy” Eleazar. Most, if not all, of his local-bred horses are named “Security something” (referencing his company, Mustang Security), the most prominent recent one being Security Master, a multi-titled stakes winner of some years back.
Meanwhile, last Sunday also saw the running of the first leg of the Philracom Juvenile Colts series, won to no one’s surprise by the favorite, Go Army, who won wire-to-wire by four lengths.
Go Army (Mr. Sutter – J’Approve), owned and bred by Herminio S. Esguerra, was ridden by Jonathan Hernandez, who made up for his loss on French Vanilla in the Fillies stakes. They beat seven other colts (High Tower, So Real, Oh Wacky, Far Beyond, Kudos, and Mastermind, in that order) and made it look easy.
The second and third (championship) legs of this series will be held September 21 and December 14 respectively at San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The reason these and other juvenile stakes races are significant is because from the ranks of these contenders customarily come the 3YO stars of next season. ***