According to numerologists, today is supposed to be a lucky day, being an auspicious triple 7 combination of day, month, and year.
It certainly brought fortune to the first day of Red, White, and Blue Racing at San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP). There were six trophy races for the weekend, three each on Saturday and Sunday, all named in honor of US Triple Crown (TC) champions in salute of Fil-American Friendship Day and our links to American racing.
Saturday’s 1400-meter Count Fleet Cup (1943 TC champion) was won by far second pick Body Shot who came in four lengths ahead of outstanding favorite Scene Select. Steered by Johnny Saulog, it is owned by SC Stockfarm and trained by Chito Santos.
The Citation Handicap (1948 TC winner) was won by outstanding favorite Tellmenolies, while the War Admiral Trophy Race (1937 TC champion) went to top pick Out Of Sight.
Longshot winners made their mark too. In race 1, third favorite Wind Of Change surprised everyone by scoring an upset over the outstanding favorite Strong Move. In race 3, comebacking horseowner Jason Lim watched with pride as his roan colt Twin Star cruised to an easy victory ahead of the top pick Sharp Thunder. Race 4 was a shocker with far sixth pick Beautiful Jaeda trouncing seven other runners.
Trainer Chito Santos certainly basked in 7-7-7 luck today with his three wins – Body Shot, Beautiful Jaeda, and favorite Real Tough in Race 11. ***
Photo: Trainer Chito Santos receives the Count Fleet Cup from MJC Racing Manager Ding Magboo while race coverage host Ira Herrera emcees the ceremony.