THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 16 December 2009, Wednesday
Music King, Carriedo are Philracom Champions
After the dust had cleared and the horses returned to the saddling paddock, lathered with sweat, two grand champions stood revealed last Sunday at the New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite – juvenile Carriedo and veteran Music King.
Hardworking bay colt Carriedo proved himself a true winner after trouncing a talented field of 12 other 2YO runners, among them stablemate and multiple stakes winner Azcarraga. Owned and bred by Herminio Esguerra, the tandem was sent off by bettors as the outstanding favorite in the mile-long Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Championship.
Speedster Thief in the Nite took off like a shot once the gates opened, setting the pace while Carriedo ran three lengths off, followed by Lakota Creek. Into the backstretch, jockey Jesse Guce on Carriedo began moving up, shortening the distance to grab the lead at the far turn, a bit ahead of Pinakamagaling who caught up to second.
Carriedo, trained by Dave de la Cruz, took the home turn cleanly and bounded down the lane with hardly any urging from Guce to win by four lengths from filly Ice Storm, who staged a late but ineffective rally in the stretch.
Quarters for the race were 26-25-25-28 for a total time of 1:44 for 1,600 meters.
The win was worth P1.5 million for Esguerra, while congressman Jeci Lapus, owner and trainer of Ice Storm, received the second place purse of P562,000. Pinakamagaling settled for third and P312,500 while Azcarraga took fourth and P125,000.
Carriedo, sired by Deputy Bodman (USA) out of broodmare Astuce (Aus), has a record of ten wins and two second places, and career earnings to date of around P5 million. Deputy Bodman (Deputy Minister-Buzz My Bell) comes from the Northern Dancer bloodline that dominated 20th century breeding, along with the Mr. Prospector and Nasrullah lines. These male lines continue to impress into this century.
Deputy Minister (Can) was on the top of the general sire list for two seasons or so in the late ’90s, and is a Nearco line stallion, along with the other prominent stallions Nasrullah, Turn-to, and Icecapade.
Also last Sunday, Napoleon Chua’s 5YO Music King (Self Feeder-Seattle’s Best) showed his mettle when he outran five other speedballs in the 900-meter Philracom Grand Sprint Championship.
Sent off as far second choice to two-leg Triple Crown winner Heaven Sent, the John Paul Guce-steered and Joselito Tornandizo-trained sprinter executed a come-from-behind tactic and clocked 54.6 seconds to snag the first place purse of P600,000. Heaven Sent took second place and P225,000, Vivere third and P125,000.
The same day saw the staging of the 2009 Off-Track Betting Stations Association of the Philippines mile race for the benefit of indigent Philippine General Hospital patients, with prize money put up by Philracom. Armando Sanchez’s American import Mooney Money (Mojave Moon-Monochrome), second favorite, won by a length and a half from Fierce Fighter. Longshot Trinity Moon came in third, Botbo fourth.
The rest of the races on the 13-racecard were class-division, sponsored by OTBSAPI members, with trophies to the winning horseowners. The winners were Juan Molina’s Love or Money, Nonoy Niles’s Iconic, Cesar Azurin’s Jetprop, Nel Velasco’s Amsterdam, Marlon Cunanan’s Royal Heiress, Emmanuel Claudio’s Bahala Na, Rafael la Rosa’s Strike Force, Roger Gabutan’s Wadialay Zing, Ireneo Paras’s Hepburn, and George Lazarte’s Remus.
In other developments, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners held its 35th Anniversary Party last Monday, where MARHO president Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos appealed to the assembled horseowners to support congressman Abraham Mitra’s bill for rationalized racing taxes in the Senate. ***