THW: Ibarra, This Season’s Track Star

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 March 2009, Wednesday

Ibarra, This Season’s Track Star

It was a stunning performance he gave last Sunday. First out of the gate, then running in front all the way over 1,900 meters of the dirt track at San Lazaro Leisure Park, Ibarra made his mark once and for all in horseracing with his victory in the 2009 Philippine Racing Commission Commissioner’s Cup.

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Screenshot of Ibarra at the parade. Upload courtesy of Jazelle Rae, thewinnersleague.com.

The race, in honor of former Philracom commissioner Rogelio A. Tandiama, was touted as a rematch between Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’ Ibarra (Yonaguska-Fire Down Under) and Lorraine Uy Wi’s Don Enrico (Wind Blown-Kayumanggi). They are considered to be among the best male horses running today. Ibarra had lost to Don Enrico in the Philracom Garnet Stakes last January also at SLLP, and the racing community was eagerly anticipating the outcome of the race.

Other opponents included the stakes runners Hieroglyphics (owned by Raymund Puyat), Hermie Esguerra’s Anonymous, Hooven Marketing’s Gypsy Grey, Joseph Dyhengco’s Ididitmyway, and Dom Francisco’s Will of Destiny.

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Screenshot of Hieroglyphics at the parade.

Posting an easy wire-to-wire win, clocking a relaxed 18′-23′-26-25-28 for a total time of 2:01, the 5YO Ibarra showed off his excellent condition under the care of trainer Ruben Tupas. Ridden for the first time by Jesse B. Guce, Ibarra partnered well with his new rider, auguring a bright future for the tandem.

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Ibarra comes in a length ahead of Hieroglyphics.

Mayor Benhur Abalos was ecstatic over his prized horse’s win, and may opt to run Ibarra in the PCSO First Gentleman’s Silver Cup later this summer.

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Mayor Abalos (center, back) holds his trophy aloft. Beside him are jockey Jesse Guce and trainer Ruben Tupas. In front are, from Philracom, commissioner Gerry Espina, chairman Atty. Joy Rojas, former commissioner and race honoree Rogelio Tandiama, and commissioner Boboc Domingo. Photo by Mina Zulueta-Pates (Manila Jockey Club).

The second placer in the Commissioner’s Cup was the gray galloper Hieroglyphics, who came in just one length behind Ibarra, after sneaking by the inner rail to nip Don Enrico who came in third after running in second for most of the journey. Hieroglyphics is another one to watch in upcoming stakes, as the 4YO showed good form and a plucky tenacity to come from five lengths off the leader at the far turn.

Will of Destiny came in fourth, followed by Anonymous, Ididitmyway, and Gypsy Grey.

Meanwhile, racing fans look forward to the Philracom Aquamarine I stakes this Sunday at the new Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. The third leg of the Imported/Local Challenge, it pits Leave No Doubt, Lim Expensive Toys, Traditional, and Ziraz over a mile.

Roland Lim’s Lim Expensive Toys (Aus, Giant’s Causeway-Prophet’s Kiss) has a string of formidable past runs and an impressive lineage to bolster his status as the morning-line favorite. But SC Stockfarm’s Ziraz (Aus, Aberet-Zariz) has been known to pull off upsets, and neither should the chances of other two be discounted.

In other racing news, Bahay Maria, an orphanage for young girls, received a donation from Philracom last Monday, representing the proceeds of the 4th Tumbok Cup charity race held October last year for the benefit of the Makati-based home.

Bahay Maria’s Sr. Carmela Borres received the check from Philracom chairman Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II at the turnover ceremony. Sr. Carmela brought along nearly all of the 44 children who reside at Bahay Maria to sing hymns to the Philracom staff, who were teary-eyed at the moving sight.

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Sr. Carmela receives the charity race check from Philracom chairman Atty. Joy Rojas. With them are Inquirer Publications Inc. vice-president for operations Imee Alcantara (representing the now-defunct Tumbok tabloid) and the children of Bahay Maria.

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Bahay Maria children sing for Philracom personnel.

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Philracom chairman Rojas holds Bahay Maria foundling Jonathan on his lap, while surrounded by the other children and Philracom staffers (in blue).

Said Rojas, “Philracom is glad to sponsor institutions like Bahay Maria. If not for this organization, these young girls would probably have a dismal life on the streets. The amount we gave today is sufficient for two months’ of their expenses. But apart from this financial aid,  Philracom personnel also plan to visit and spend time with the kids in activities like games and story-telling. Because racing is here not only to entertain, but also to reach out and help those in need.”

The children, mostly female, range in age from babies to teenagers. Many of them were abandoned. At Bahay Maria, they receive basic necessities, spiritual formation, and an education at nearby public schools. The orphanage runs entirely on donations – call 890-4569 to help and share. *** (Web: http://jennyo.net)

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3 Comments on THW: Ibarra, This Season’s Track Star

  1. NiHAWmA
    19 March 2009 at 8:36 am (3194 days ago)

    It’s a sweet revenge. Don Enrico was simply no match.

    IBARRA (by Yonaguska out of Fire Down Under) just responded very well to his new found rider jockey JB Guce. Ibarra by the way was the first foal of Fire Down Under (by Dixie Brass out of Fired Heater).

    His connections just made the right decision in replacing his previous jockey who had a cold handling (I think so).

    The racing fans saw a different style this time with Ibarra preferring to run right in the middle of the track without giving Don Enrico the chance to take the inner rail. Maybe, Ibarra thought that there were traffic cones.

    If only Jeh (jockey Jesse B Guce) did a little more urging, IBARRA should have broken the long standing record of HAZMOORE 1:58.4 (year 2000, San Lazaro Hippodrome).

    By the way, thanks to the satellite. The satellite of SLLP cooperated this time. Experience will tell us that whenever Ibarra is running at SLLP, the satellite has been malfunctioning or else it will be the third time already.

    Remember the Philracom Garnet II Stakes race when Ibarra (the outstanding favorite) tasted his first ever defeat against eventual winner Don Enrico.

    The second incident was when the race started past 4:00 PM with the MJCI management unable to disseminate the information ahead of time. Racing fans were searching as to what time the race will start. Ibarra won the trophy race “Run for the Trees”. Very disappointing to the guest of the special event which is being supported by no less than the DENR Secretary Lito Atienza. Not to mention, my foreign guest was not only upset but exhausted about the incident.

    MJCI/SLLP, please make sure that your equipments as well as other facilities are working very well whenever there is a special racing event. Prove to the world that you deserve to be known as WORLD CLASS.

  2. haksek
    21 March 2009 at 4:55 am (3192 days ago)

    MJCI/SLLP, please make sure that your equipments as well as other facilities are working very well whenever there is a special racing event. Prove to the world that you deserve to be known as WORLD CLASS.

    If I may add…not only when there are Special Races. We should be professional enough to handle these things everytime. If we are to claim that we have World Class Racing Facilities.

  3. NiHAWmA
    4 April 2009 at 4:07 am (3178 days ago)

    Super MEGA outstanding, HIEROGLYPHICS, lost to Lovely Bid in Race 1 @ SCLP April 3. A monumental upset.

    CLASS 4 DIVISION 3A 1200 METERS
    RACE NO. 1
    QRT TRI DD+1 ED PENTA WTA
    1 KNOCKOUT BABE JB GUCE 53.5
    2 HIEROGLYPHICS   CB TAMANO 56
    3 YES WHY NOT FN ORTIZ JR 53.5
    4 SA TOTOO LANG   PAT R DILEMA 54
    5 LOVELY BID   JV PALOMAR JR 54
    6 SENOR CRICKET   FM RAQUEL JR 53
    7 NO MONEY NO HONEY  LD BALBOA 54
    8 YES JOEY SC LIM 54
    9 DUGO’S FANTASY  JG TINTE 53

    The betting public putting their hard earned money in the first race. Winner Take All, Daily Double, Forecast and other exotic bettings. Early losers. Early exits.

    Is it because Hieroglyphics is just new to the race track. Saddle and Clubs Leisure Park??? Unbelievable.

    Incidentally, there were 3 other outstanding favorites who lost the race. SKIP THE STAG, LEAVE NO DOUBT AND BLUE OCEAN.

    What’s the stewards doing? They should conduct an investigation for the interest of the betting public. Please look at how the jockey handled their respective mounts.