3rd leg Philracom Triple Crown: Longshot filly again?

The connections of titled runner Miss Brulay must be ultra-confident of her condition, having opted to forego her nomination in the Hopeful Stakes and declare her for the more formidable—and prestigious—third leg of the Triple Crown series instead.

Both races for elite 3YO Thoroughbreds, sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, will be held this weekend at the Metroturf Race racecourse in Malvar, Batangas—the last episode of the Triple Crown on Sunday (July 12), and its auxiliary race, the Hopeful, on Saturday (July 11).

Miss Brulay will have to outrun fellow filly Court of Honor, the longshot winner of the second leg of the series, and five others.

In the 1,800-meter second leg (held June 14), Court of Honor shut down first leg (May 14) winner Superv, also a filly.

The 2,000-meter third leg will also feature yet another talented filly, Princess Ella, who won the 1,600-meter second Hopeful Stakes race last May 13.

The other entries in the Triple Crown third leg are Money Talks (to be ridden by jockey Jeffril T. Zarate), Icon (Jonathan B. Hernandez), Dikoridik Koridak (Jericho G. Serrano), and Sky Hook (Patricio R. Dilema). Court of Honor will be partnered with John Paul A. Guce, Princess Ella with Valentino R. Dilema, and Miss Brulay with Kelvin B. Abobo.

I don’t mean to discount the colts’ chances, but it looks like this is shaping to be a filly year.

Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez has coordinated with Metroturf management and with other industry sectors, drumming up interest in the last leg of the iconic series for local-breds.

The Tri-Organization of horseowners, comprising Marho, Philtobo, and Klub Don Juan de Manila, has promised support for the event by way of sponsoring the catering.

Also to attend the race are officers and members of the Press Photographers of the Philippines, who are participating in a three-part photo contest series sponsored by Philracom. The winners of the second leg of the contest will be announced there.

The third Hopeful stakes race will be held also at Metroturf the day before (July 11) over 1,800 meters, and has attracted the following entries: Dinalupihan (with jockey Mark A. Alvarez), Princess Meili (Fernando M. Raquel Jr.), Gentle Strength (JB Hernandez), Jazz Wild (Daniel L. Camañero), Paguukol Bubukol (PR Dilema), Tubbataha Reef (Reynaldo O. Niu Jr.), and Spicy Time (Jeffrey B. Bacaycay).  


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