Superv blows away 13 rivals

LONGSHOT filly Superv blew away 13 other entries to win the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series for elite 3YO at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park last May 17.

The full gate of runners broke cleanly, with Superv under jockey Jeffrey Bacaycay taking the lead. They dropped back to third mid-race behind Icon and Sky Hook, rallying at the far turn to grab the lead down the stretch and win by three lengths.

Another dark horse, Incredible Hook, took second, Sky Hook third, and Driven fourth. With two longshots taking both first and second, the forecast payoff was a whopping P5,576. The time for the mile race was 1:43.4 (24’-25’-26-27’).

Superv (Safe in the USA x Swinging Silver), trained by Peter Aguila, is owned and bred by Kerby Chua, who was represented in the winner’s circle by James Figueroa and Pancho Sopenasky. They earned P1.8 million for their gray filly’s win.

Trophies were handed out by Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez and commissioners lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr. and Bienvenido C. Niles Jr., accompanied by Philracom Executive Director Andrew Buencamino and MJC Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo.

Also held the same day was the Press Photographers of the Philippines Cup, won by Milky Way (Art Moderne x Star of Chelsea) ridden by AR Villegas, trained by Jason Casal, and owned by Paolo Crisostomo.

PPP President Jun Mendoza and his fellow officials and members were present at SLLP not only for their race but also to take part in a Philracom-sponsored, Triple Crown-themed photo contest for PPP members.

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In the May 16 Hopeful Stakes also at SLLP, another longshot, Wanderlust, proved to be the best among a field of 11.

Mr. Minister took the lead down the stretch, Cat’s Dream on the rail followed by Thunder Maxx. Wanderlust, under jockey AR Villegas, hung back in sixth position, moving up near the far turn by the rail.

It was a masterful ride by Villegas, whose stealth tactics helped their duo save ground and overtake Princess Ella and Cat’s Dream down the home stretch to win by a meager length. Princess Ella settled for second, Cat’s Dream third, and Burbank fourth. 

Wanderlust (Fort Dignity x Princess Yana) is owned by Denis Gaddi and trained by Nestor Manalang.

In the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 3YO Special Maiden race held the same day, second pick Caravaggio, ridden by Kelvin Abobo, came from behind to pluck the P600,000 first place purse, beating by 2-1/2 lengths erstwhile frontrunner Erik the Viking, who came in second.

Trial race winner and favorite Miss Dainty was third, and off-the-pace runner El Nido Island, fourth. The time for the 1,400-meter race was 1:30.2 (13-24’-25’-27’).

Caravaggio (Ultimate Goal x No Day is Lost) is owned by Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos and trained by Jojo Angeles.

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American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile x Littleprincessemma) reigned supreme after slogging through a muddy track at Pimlico on last May 16 to win the 140th Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the US Triple Crown.

The colt owned by Zayat Stables showed both mud and dirt were as one to him, fashioning a wire-to-wire win and pulling away down to the homestretch to defeat Tale of Verve (a longshot), Divining Rod, and Dortmund, in that order.

It was another victory for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza, the same tandem who saddled American Pharoah in his winning Kentucky Derby run last May 2.

Side note: American Pharoah’s name was misspelled by a woman who won the Zayat family’s ‘name that horse’ contest and the error went undetected until it was too late to change it. The name of his sire, Pioneerof the Nile, has no space between ‘pioneer’ and ‘of’ to comply with the 18-character limit (including spaces) of international naming rules.

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