La Trouppei guns for next step in Triple Crown

June 6, 2023 People's Tonight 649 views

AFTER a pulse-pounding finish in the first leg of the Philracom 2023 Triple Crown series, eight three-year-olds vie to enter the annals of Philippine horseracing history as the second leg unfolds at the Metro Manila Turf Club on Sunday, June 11.

This time over the longer distance of 1800m.

The cast will be led by first leg winner La Trouppei (Brigand out of Betty H), which just nosed out Jaguar in a nail-biting charge for the wire with a time of 1:38.8. Of course, Jaguar (Dance City-Delta Gold) will be there as well to avenge the loss.

The fast-stepping Istulen Ola, another Brigand progeny this time out of Close Haul and first leg third placer, will also be there to try anew to take the victory in wire-to-wire fashion.

Expected to put pressure on her is Easy Way (Dance City-Maria’s Tale) whose 1:40.6 was enough to go the distance in the first edition of the 3YO Locally Bred Stakes holding off Secretary (Dance City-Romantic Jewel) with her last minute effort. Also there to press up will be 3YO Maiden Stakes winner Going East (Brigand-Missliyev)

Planning to take advantage of the additional 200m (as compared to the first leg’s 1600m) are Hopeful Stakes first leg winner Earli Boating (Brigand-Husso Forte) and the always lurking Save My Savings (Bite My Dust-Tagapagmana).

Aside from the battle on the track, there are also sidelights involving the connections.

Starting of with three of the most prominent breeders in the land pitting their produce in this one led by Melaine Habla with four runners, Joseph Dyhengco with three and Antonio “Tony” Tan Jr with one.

“If we use the first leg as basis, the second leg will be expected to be a close fight among the eight runners. It now becomes a question of how the connections adjust their strategies to the additional 200 meters. Definitely, the bayang karerista will be in for a treat on Sunday. Good luck to all participants,” Philracom Charman Reli de Leon said.