THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 15 April 2009, Wednesday
Diamond I Stakes on Sunday
The Holy Week break meant a well-deserved rest for horseracing participants. There were no races on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. So it’s to be assumed that horses and jockeys are rested enough to jump into the melee again with renewed vigor. Thus the Philippine Racing Commission Diamond I stakes race on Sunday is anticipated to be a closely-fought event.
The mile race will be held at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. As the fourth leg of the exciting Imported/Local Challenge series, it’s open to a talented group of runners.
The declared entries are Pierre Niles’s Midnight King and SC Stockfarm’s Ziraz, multiple stakes contenders; and Tony Tan’s Tiwi Magic, who won the 6th Juanito Macaraig Cup last April 5, as well as Fierce Fighter, who placed third in that same race.
Tiwi Magic winning the 6th Juanito Macaraig Cup.
An interesting duo who are also signed up for the Diamond I are David Puyat’s Miss Elliott and Lim Expensive Toys. As far second choice, Miss Elliott, a 4YO filly, trounced Roland Lim’s Lim Expensive Toys in a special class division race last April 4 at PRC. Hitherto undefeated, the latter, a 4YO colt, ran as outstanding favorite and came in fifth.
Out to give them a stiff fight is Rita Pilapil’s Joshua’s Laughter, winner of the March 8 Cong. Amado Bagatsing Trophy Race, run over 1,800 meters at PRC. The plucky 4YO colt was sent off as third pick in the sales but sailed past the others in the stretch to win wire-to-wire by seven lengths.
Tiwi Magic is expected to show the same flair he did the last time out. However, Lim’s Expensive Toys will seek to redeem his recent loss. Joshua’s Laughter is in good condition and should not be discounted; neither should Ziraz, who was born with the upset gene and could turn the tables on the favorites when least expected.
Meanwhile, one of the hottest topics in racing is the one year suspension given by the PRC Board of Stewards to star jockey Jonathan B. Hernandez for “deliberately losing the race” with Blue Ocean last April 3 at PRC.
This offense is in violation of Philippine Racing Rules and Regulations PR 12 “Every Horse Shall Run on Its Merits”. Section A provides “If any rider deliberately loses a race in any manner whatsoever or by pulling or stopping his mount without justifiable reason (he) shall be suspended.” An accompanying table of penalties – PR 87 – allots a 52 racing week suspension for violation of PR 12(A).
PR 53 provides the offender the recourse of lodging an appeal with the Philracom. The appeal must be submitted within 72 hours from knowledge or receipt of his suspension. No request or motion for consideration may be submitted to the Board of Stewards that imposed the penalty. The same rule states that a suspension of more than two weeks shall be immediately executory and remains in effect until the Philracom reaches a decision.
Should the Philracom deny the appeal and affirm the imposition of the punishment, the offender has one last remedy – to send an appeal to Malacañang. This is provided for in Section 10 of Presidential Decree 420, the Act that created the Philracom – “…provided, that orders, rulings, and decisions may be appealed to the President of the Philippines within 72 hours from receipt of such order, ruling, and decisions.”
It is not confirmed whether Hernandez has filed an appeal with the Philracom, which holds its appeal hearings and board meetings on Wednesdays. Next week’s column will have an update.
In other news, the Philracom launched last March 27 the fourth volume of the Philippine Stud Book. The guest of honor at the ceremony was Tarlac 3rd district representative Jeci Aquino Lapus, a longtime horseowner and trainer.
Cong. Lapus cuts the ribbon as Chairman Rojas assists.
Philracom chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said, “Horseowners and breeders will find the updated information in this book of value.” The book, compiled by the Philippine Stud Book Authority, lists the pedigrees of stallions, broodmares, and their progeny bred and born in the Philippines.
Cong. Lapus with the SBAP staff.
Copies are available to anyone interested in thoroughbred breeding. Call Philracom at 843-0971 or visit philracom.gov.ph. ***