Longshot filly wins 3rd leg of Philracom Triple Crown

AS I’ve said before, this is shaping up to be the Year of the Filly, and this looks even more likely when last July 12, the second-to-the-longest shot of all, Miss Brulay, surged past six foes to claim the 3rd leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown at Metroturf.

Both the first and second legs of the event for elite 3YO were won by longshot fillies—Superv and Court of Honor. Miss Brulay, initially nominated for the Hopeful Stakes, was suddenly declared for the Triple Crown, which required her owner, Running Rich Racing’s Melaine Habla, to pay a supplemental fee of P180,000.

Habla and her family’s confidence in their filly was vindicated when Miss Brulay ran wire to wire over 2,000 meters to claim the top purse of P1.8 million, a figure ten times over the supplemental fee they paid.

Money Talks placed second, followed by Court of Honor and Princess Ella in third and fourth. The total time for the race was 2:07.2 (26’-24’-24’-24-28).

Miss Brulay (Cat Brulay x Near Miss) was ridden by Kelvin Abobo to a half-length win and trained by Renato C. Hipolito.

Habla thanked SC Stockfarm, the breeder of Miss Brulay, and horseowner group MARHO chairman Mayor Sandy Javier for their support of her venture into racing.

At 27, Habla is one of the sport’s youngest horseowners. A dressage rider herself in Australia, Habla and her family “just love horses,” she said. “We have 30 runners aside from our breeding stock. Soon enough we’ll breed our own Triple Crown champion.”  

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Will veteran track icons Hagdang Bato and Pugad Lawin soon have the chance to redeem their grievous losses to upstart Skyway in last month’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup?

They could have their chance at redemption in the 7th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing (RDB) Racing Festival, to be held next month at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The racing festival was founded by the late mayors’ sons, Manila Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing and Philracom Commissioner lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., both longtime horseowners and breeders.

The Philippine Thoroughbred industry and other sponsors give their full support every year to the RDB festival to honor the memory of the mayor, who was himself an avid horseman and gave vibrant support to the industry during the 1970s and ‘80s.

This year’s RDB racefest features a weekend full of trophy races backed by Philracom, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, MJC, Resorts World Manila, Solaire Resort and Casino, Midas Hotel and Casino, City of Dreams Manila, San Miguel Corporation, Mr. Eduardo Gonzalez, and Stradcom.

The main attractions are the event’s pillar races – the RDB Cup I for imports and locals 4YO and up, and the RDB Cup II for local-bred 3YO, both 1,750-meters. Each will have total prizes of P1 million.

It is in the RDB Cup I that Hagdang Bato and Pugad Lawin may redeem themselves, perhaps going against Low Profile, Pinespun, Messi, and Strong Champion.

The RDB Cup II might be the battleground of this year’s strong fillies Court of Honor, Miss Brulay, and Superv.

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Spectrum is the one to watch in the July 25 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race at Santa Ana Park.

In the trial race held July 10, Spectrum clocked 1:15.8 (25-23.8-27) over 1,200 meters, to win by three lengths.

Total Defiance came in second, followed by Killer Hook, Ora Et Labora, and Archer Queen last. Rolling Mill broke loose at the gate before the actual run and was scratched.

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