In an unexpected twist to the Triple Crown story, champion hope Ibarra has developed a chip bone problem and has been pulled out from the 3rd leg of the series.
Ibarra had easily copped the first two legs and was fully expected to win the third. This would have made him only the ninth horse to sweep the series and end the TC champion drought after Silver Story was crowned the last TC king in 2001.
Then news of the chip bone spread like wildfire throughout the racing community. Dismayed racing fans of Ibarra flooded the Internet website phf.com.ph with anxious requests for updates.
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, in a text message, had this to say on the matter:
“Ibarra suffered a chipped bone in the radial carpal area of the right upper knee. It is just a small chip. Accdng to the doctor, frm a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the injury is only between 1 and 2. After the operation, he could resume training after 2 mos.
What is paramount for our team is the well-being of the horse. We were blessed w 2 crowns of the TC, and for us we are very much grateful to the good Lord and those who believed in Ibarra. Although sweeping the TC is a lost dream, the injury could have been worse if he ran. We would just give Ibarra the best medical attention, care, and rehab, and hope for the best.”
Ibarra’s scratching leaves the 3rd leg of the 2000-meter Triple Crown wide open to the rest of the field, which is now down to colts Afternoon Delight, El Terrible, Golden Sutter, Henry D’ Eighth, Ididitmyway, Iron Tower, and Superamerica, as well as fillies Treasured Ack and Es Twenty Six. ***
Photo: Mayor Abalos being interviewed on the Karera Channel live race coverage on cable TV by host Andy Sevilla after Ibarra’s win in the 2nd leg Triple Crown at SLLP last June 10.