THE Philippine Racing Commission and the Philippine Racing Club Inc. are set to deliver an action-crammed Sunday (June 18) at the latter’s Santa Ana Park racetrack in Naic, Cavite, featuring the second legs of three series events—the Philippine Triple Crown, the Hopeful Stakes and the 3YO Locally-Bred Stakes.
“We are pleased to hold these races at Santa Ana Park knowing that PRCI’s administration do their utmost to provide an exciting experience for fans and a safe venue for participants,” said Philracom Chairman Andrew Sanchez at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel on Tuesday.
Sanchez was joined at the Forum by Philracom Commissioner Bienvenido Niles Jr., executive director Dr. Andrew Rovie Buencamino, PRCI Racing Manager Antonio Alcasid Jr., facilities manager Shirley Balaong and executive secretary Joanna Goli to promote the star-studded Philracom events and showcase the talents of the country’s elite local-bred 3YO Thoroughbreds.
Philracom has provided prize money of P3 million for this race, with P1.8 million to the winner, and P675,000, P375,000, and P150,000 respectively for the second, third, and fourth placers. The breeder of the winning horse will receive a purse of P100,000.
SC Stockfarm fields Brilliance, the lone filly in the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown championships, coupled with Sepfourteen, who won the first leg held May 21 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. Brilliance won the first leg of the Hopeful Stakes. Their tandem here poses a formidable challenge to their foes.
“Malaki ang chance ni Sepfourteen to win the second leg matapos ang kanyang dominanteng panalo sa first leg,” said Niles in the forum sponsored by San Miguel Corp, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Accel and Golden Phoenix Hotel. “Sepfourteen is the favorite but we’re not discounting the possibility of an upset.”
Also nominated in the 1,800-meter race are Lamberto Aimeda’s Golden Kingdom, Joseph Dyhengco’s Hiway One, Herminio Esguerra’s Metamorphosis, and Wilbert Tan’s Pangalusian Island (who placed second in the first leg).
The Philracom Hopeful Stakes is considered to be an auxiliary race to the Triple Crown and features an equally talented cast contending over 1,800 meters.
In the running are Stony Road Horse Farm’s colt Biglang Buhos, Ruben Dimacuha’s filly Bossa Nova, Aristeo Puyat’s colt Breaking News, Joseph Dyhengco’s colt Great Wall, Leonardo Javier Jr/s Lemonada, Herminio Esguerra’s colt Metamorphosis, Wilbert Tan’s colt Mount Pulag, and Robert Inigo’s filly Smoking Saturday.
The winner will take home the P600,000 prize, while the second, third, and fourth placers will earn P225,000, P125,000, and P50,000 respectively. The breeder’s purse is P30,000.
The Philracom 3YO Locally-Bred Stakes will also be run over 1,800 meters and will showcase the efforts of 12 entries.
Nominated for this race are Albert Dichavez’s colt Alfie, Ferdinand Eusebio’s colt Batang
Poblacion, Narciso Morales’s colt Caloocan Zap, Benhur Abalos’s filly Cerveza Rosas (who won the first leg of this series), Olivia Vergara’s colt Gil’s Pet; Jose Quiros’s filly Good Voyage, Pierre Niles’s colt Kingship, Ruben Dimacuha’s colt More or Less, Stony Road Horse Farm’s filly Oceanside, Joseph Dyhengco’s filly Power Hook, Wilbert Tan’s filly Puerto Princesa, and Leonardo Javier Jr/s filly Sikat.
Philracom has allocated a total of P500,000 for this race, with prizes of P300,000 for first, P112,500 for second, P62,500 for third, and P25,000 for fourth, with a breeder’s purse of P15,000.
In all these races, colts will carry 54 kgs. And the fillies 52 kgs handicap weight.
“We invite racing fans to watch these races,” said PRCI COO Santiago Cualoping III, “that
promise to make Sunday’s racecard tremendously exciting and a challenge for punters making their choices.”
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