THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 17 June 2009, Wednesday
Don Enrico Wins Silver Cup
Last June 14 was a grand day for Philippine horseracing. Four major stakes races were held that attracted hundreds of fans to the Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.
In the 14th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office First Gentleman Silver Cup, Don Enrico copped top honors in the highly prestigious 2,000-meter race in honor of the sitting president’s spouse.
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Ibarra was sent off as the heavy favorite. Jockey Patricio Dilema guided the horse at the fast clip of 23′ in the first quarter, and pulled away by seven lengths in the back stretch, well ahead of the pack that included Lorraine Uy Wi’s Don Enrico racing off the pace in second. Also in contention were Hieroglyphics in third, Mr. Victory in fourth, as well as Defiant, Anonymous, Shining Fame, and El Terrible.
To the surprise of many, Ibarra faded in the stretch, allowing the Fernando Raquel Jr.-guided Don Enrico to stage a rally and win the PCSO Silver Cup by half-a-length over Ibarra. Hieroglyphics came in third, and Shining Fame fourth.
Splits for the race were clocked at 23′-24-24′-25′-30, with a total time of 2:07.5 for the Arturo Sordan-trained colt.
Among those present at the awarding ceremonies were PCSO Committee on Races chairman lawyer Jose T. Malang and vice-chairman Rey Empremiado. They handed over the facsimile check representing P1.1 million in first prize money to Don Enrico’s connections, horseowners Atty. Gabriel Espina and Gerry Espina.
In the Philippine Racing Commission 2nd leg Triple Crown in honor of late Manila mayor and horseman Ramon D. Bagatsing, another upset was scored, this time by fourth favorite Dream Supreme. Ridden by John Cordero and trained by Jose Mario Jacob, the 3YO colt came from the back of the pack to win the 1800-meter race by two lengths, with splits of 12′-22′-25′-26-29 for a total time of 1:55.4.
Bred by owner Nathaniel G. Velasco on his Red N Ranch, Dream Supreme was sired by up and coming stallion Baseball Champion out of Belle of Ack.
In the 1800-meter Philracom Hopeful Stakes, second choice Blue Seal edged out the favorite Boudica to grab the P600,000 first prize for new horseowners Juanito Ilano and Elmer Ramos. The 3YO bay colt was steered by Jeffril Zarate and trained by David Clor.
The 900-meter Philracom 2YO Open Stakes was dominated by Herminio Esguerra’s coupled entries, outstanding favorites Brother Barack and Carriedo, who came in first and second respectively, followed by Ice Storm and Speed Spell.
Esguerra notched another achievement by being the breeder of the winners of three out of the four stakes races – Brother Barack (Mr. Sutter – Tatler Cover), Blue Seal (Account of Grace – Paycheck), and Don Enrico (Wind Blown – Kayumanggi). All three were bred at his showcase facility, Herma Farms and Stud, in Lipa, Batangas. ***