THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 13 July 2011, Wednesday
3rd leg Triple Crown, Third Racetrack
We’re heading down the stretch and close to the wire for the elite championship series for local-born 3YO, the Triple Crown.
Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, the series tests the strength, speed, and stamina of the worthiest crop of young chargers for this season.
Declared to run at Santa Ana Park on Sunday are a full gate of entries – fillies (to carry 52 kgs each): Cheese Mosa, Constatic; colts (54 kgs): Arvindugo, Barkley, Finest Material, Hari ng Yambo, High Voltage, Just for Keeps, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Smart Guru, Tensile Strength, The Rock.
Hari ng Yambo won the first leg as a longshot, hitting the wire six lengths ahead of Magna Carta, who was sent off as the favorite that time. It was a humbling loss for the much-touted son of Woodman (USA) out of Pledge the Fifth (USA). He struck back, however, in the second leg, winning by half-a-length over Lord of War. Hari ng Yambo finished last in the nine-horse field.
This time around, I’m seeing another good performance by Magna Carta. Despite the short win in the second leg, the energetic colt owned by Michael Dragon Javier is in fine form and should do well against the rest of the field, although it will be hard going, given the high quality of the competition.
Coupled entries Arvindugo and Cheese Mosa will also go on my ruta (bet combination). As racing punters will tell you, ‘bet one, take one’ is always an advantage. Cheese Mosa won the second leg of the Hopeful Stakes, also for elite 3YO, beating eleven others and winning by four lengths ahead of Prime Rate (who is entered in the third leg of the Hopeful Stakes on Saturday).
Not only that, Cheese Mosa notched a time for that race that was a few fractions of a second better than the time posted by Magna Carta in the second leg of the Triple Crown!
Meanwhile, her coupled entry Arvindugo placed fourth in the Triple Crown’s second leg.
Speaking of the third leg of the Philracom Hopeful Stakes, there are 12 participants: fillies (52 kgs): Coal Harbor, Dimasalang, Gandang Pinay, Prime Rate; colts (54 kgs): Midnight Myth, My Keys, Sir Ferdinand, Thirdy Thirdy, Tony Pee, Top Connection, Tucker’s Diamond, Wonder Lev.
I’m looking at Prime Rate here (he came in second in the last leg), Dimasalang, and stayer Wonder Lev.
Philracom is also sponsoring the Philippine Sportwriters Association Cup, to be held Sunday along with the Triple Crown third leg.
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Horseowners and businessmen Norberto Quisumbing Jr. and lawyer J. Alexander R. Carandang recently announced that construction of another racetrack will start soon in Batangas, once all necessary permits have been obtained. Their Metro Manila Turf Club complex will be located inside the Dolores Industrial Park Complex which straddles Malvar and Tanauan cities.
The facility will occupy 24 hectares and shall comprise a “state-of-the-art grandstand and clubhouse, food stalls and restaurants, jockeys’ and grooms’ quarters, offices, saddling paddocks, horse stables clusters, and veterinary clinics.
Dr. Quisumbing was quoted in the article as saying that the project shall provide “an estimated 1,500 direct jobs” in the area – and that’s good news. More on this project in my next column. ***