THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 14 September 2011, Wednesday
10th Don Juan Derby
With the ‘ber’ months now upon us, the three horseowners’ organizations are gearing up for their trademark racing festivals in the last three months of the year.
As has become tradition over the past decade or so, the Klub Don Juan de Manila is first to kick off the holiday racing season with its 10th Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby on October 2 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
KDJM president Ferdinand Dimaisip and his fellow officers recently released the official lineup for the KDJM slate of stakes races.
The highlight KDJM Derby, a 2,000 meter race, is for 3YO, open to locals and imports but only horses nominated to the KDJM may join. Total prize money is P1,500,000.00 guaranteed, allocated as follows: first place P900,000, second 300,000, third 150,000, and fourth 60,000. Fifth to 13th placers receive P10,000 each.
The entries are: High Voltage, Markers Mark, Magna Carta, Naugh Naugh, Kitte’s Champ, Lord of War, Hari ng Yambo, Born Tycoon, Doña Nenita, Senyora Nenita, Boss Gee, Thirdy Thirdy, and Cheese Mosa.
The 1,900-meter Don Antonio Floirendo Sr. Golden Girl Stakes is for 4YO and older fillies and mares, locals and imports. The prize is PP500,000, split as follows: first place P300,000, second P112,500, third P62,500, and fourth P25,000.
The entries are Denise Song, Dancing Gisele, Wings Beneath, Rain Shower, Lucky Find, Heaven Sent, Santeria, Botbo, and My Hope.
The 1,400-meter KDJM Juvenile Colts Stakes and KDJM Juvenile Fillies Stakes are for 2YO locals and imports, nominated horses. The prize money structure for each of these two races is the same as that for the Golden Girls Stakes.
Competing in the Juvenile Colts are Purple Ribbon, Remind Me, Steel Creation, Patron, Kidlat, Pleasantly Perfect, Yonamizmo, Hamaheat, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Who Else, and Golden Empire.
In the counterpart Fillies race are Sea Princess, Lavish Love, Time To Shine Dad, Humble Riches, Spring Collection, Alpha Alleanza, and Fair Wind.
From November 15-20 is the 16th Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners Championships at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. In connection with this, MARHO is now accepting nominations for yearlings (2010 foals) until September 30.
December will see the running of the Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization Juvenile Championship Races also at Santa Ana Park. Total prize money for the entire event has reached P4 million, with P3 million for the Juvenile Open Championship and
P1 million for the Juvenile Fillies Championship. Philtobo is also accepting nominations for yearlings up to November 30.
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Racing consultant for the Philippine Racing Commission, veterinarian Romy Buencamino, got in touch recently to correct my mention in my column last week that Philracom chairman Angel Castaño Jr. used to be chairman of the board of stewards of the Manila Jockey Club.
Chairman Castaño was not a chairman of stewards at MJC, but he was a racing steward of the Philracom, when stewards used to be under that body. Our apologies for the mistake.
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A longshot – third-to-the-last choice in a ten-horse field – won the 1st Inquirer Bandera Cup held last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.
Benissimo, owned by John Joseph Lagasca and guided by Kelvin Abobo, sped to the front when the gates opened and held the lead till the home turn, when top choice Ice Storm made its move followed by Windbeneathmywings.
Racing fans were surprised when the Jose Florentino Jr.-trained Benissimo tapped into hidden reserves and regained the lead down the stretch close to the wire to win by ¾ length over Windbeneathmywings, while another longshot, Yes Joey, placed third. The time for the 1,300-meter race was 7-22’-23’-26’= 1:19.6.
Sponsored by the Philracom, the charity race benefits the Inquirer Newsboy Foundation and the Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign that distributes school supplies at selected public schools to encourage literacy. ***