Thursday’s races (May 10) at San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP) were a revelation for the myriads of racing fans who are watching the tuneup races of the contenders for the 1st leg Triple Crown (Philracom-sponsored Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. Cup), to be held May 20 at Santa Ana Park.
In Race 5, Es Twenty Six, a 3-year-old bay filly, polished off the rest of her rivals in a wire-to-wire win. There was really no opposition from the rest of the class 4 division 1A field, which included the well-conditioned Best Kept Secret (who came in second), Sambat (third), Ocean Deep (fourth; the heavy handicap weight of 57 kg slowed her pace), Kai Maki, and Ilocos Pride.
Es Twenty Six clocked a blistering 1:27.5 fr the 1400 meter distance. With the kind of form she showed in this tuneup, she is certainly one to watch in the forthcoming 1st leg Triple Crown race.
In other races last Thursday:
* Fifth choice Anabaa Star (m5b) showed class in Race 3 (a Manila Jockey Club Special), conquering eight other rivals in a dramatic come-from-behind finish. She prevailed by a length over Flame of the Wind, the third favorite. Top pick Dalcross was not in contention, managing to stagger in fifth. (Time: 1:37.5 for 1525 meters)
* Iron horse Ingay Ingay(m4b) (see story on this amazing horse also in this blog) timed 1:30.5 for the 1400-meter Race 4, holding back the challenge of Bunker Buster, Fahrenheit, and Nitty Gritty.
* There was a delay of 20 minutes in Race 7 when entry #2a, Doteck, broke through the gate riderless before the start of the race and was caught at the 900-meter mark. The owner, Bayani C. Coching, and the trainer, Manuel T. Garcia, opted to still run Doteck along with coupled-entry Wheel of the Wind. The Club vet cleared Doteck for the run. However, Doteck’s rider, BL Lumagui, refused to ride his mount, claiming “Malalaki na po tuhod nito, baka pag pinigil ko ay suspindihin ninyo ako.” MJC stewards ordered the scratching of both horses and slapped Lumagui with a 4-racing week suspension for “refusing to ride a duly-declared entry without justifiable cause.”
* Another delay in Race 8 was due to a power failure just after the parade, caused possibly by shorts in the Meralco line feeding power to SLLP. Time out was taken to allow the track lights to power back up to full luminance.