Champion jockey Elpidio “Bobot” S. Aguila passed away early this morning after remaining in a coma for one year and nine months. He was 49.
He fell in a race at Santa Ana Park in 2006 and suffered traumatic injuries that prevented him from ever regaining consciousness.
Also known as “The Eagle”, he began his riding career decades ago, gaining fame as part of the “Tito, Vic, and Joey” triumvirate along with fellow riders Jesus “Bong” C. Guce and Eduardo “Boboc” C. Domingo Jr.
Bobot won two PCSO Presidential Gold Cups – on Skywalker in 1983 and on Fair Start ten years later – as well as various Triple Crown championships and many other G1 and lesser stakes races.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn, their children Keith (25), Whalene (24), and Chezka (22), and a grandchild. His remains lie in state at La Funeraria Paz inside the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Paranaque.
His spirit now soars free of the cage of his broken body, to join God in peace and rest. But he will live on in our memories, forever a part of horseracing history, his excellence in riding and pristine reputation as a gentleman of the turf his legacies.
We will never forget you, Bobot!