THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 30 December 2009, Wednesday
The racing year ended with a bang at the Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, with the staging of the 10th Philippine Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Grand Championship Day.
Philracom-Philtobo Juvenile Championship (1,600m): Once more Carriedo asserted his domination of the juvenile ranks by cruising to an easy win with jockey Jesse Guce, crushing a ten-horse field that included stablemate Gastambide who placed fourth. Aristeo Puyat’s longshot Rolling Thunder came in second, while FO Vergara’s Well Well Well came in third.
Carriedo (Deputy Bodman-Astuce) is owned and was bred by Herminio Esguerra. The Dave de la Cruz-trained bay colt clocked 25′-25-26-29′ for a total time of 1:46 to win the first place purse of P1.2 million.
Philtobo 3YO Fillies Championship (1,600m): As expected, Rita Pilapil’s Heaven Sent, steered by Mark Alvarez, pulverized opponents in this event. The Jose Mari Franco-bred and Nestor Manalang-trained gray filly by Hezagonewest out of Kiss and Run clocked 1:47 for the mile. Navratilova settled for second, while Frozen Margarita took third and Rosa’s Success fourth place.
Viva Prime-Philtobo 3YO Colts Championship (1,600m): Manny Santos’s Oh Wacky, the close second favorite in betting sales, clocked 1:46.7 to win first over placers Creation, Iconic, and Show Master. Ridden by promising youngster John Alvin Guce and trained by Manuel Vicente, the bay colt by Strong Material out of Tumataginting won another breeders’s prize for Herminio Esguerra.
Philtobo Classic Championship (2,000m): Don Enrico, guided by Fernando Raquel Jr., romped home with top honors in a no-brainer that had fans wondering only in what fashion he would win and by how many lengths. Can you say “Horse of the Year”? The Lorraine Uy Wi-owned 4YO bay colt capped an outstanding year with this championship, winning wire-to-wire by eight over Bumble Bee, Ididitmyway, and Dumadagundong.
The win earned P300,000 for the owner and a breeder’s prize for Herminio Esguerra, who has won most of the breeder’s trophies this year for the victories of his Herma Farms and Stud produce. By Philippine champion Wind Blown out of Austalian broodmare Kayumanggi, Don Enrico, conditioned by Arturo Sordan Jr., looks likely to do well next season in stakes races for older horses.
The Hoarse Whisperer extends best wishes to all for a happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year celebration, with best wishes for speed, endurance, and victory in all things. More hoarse whispers on horse matters in the year to come. *** (Web: jennyo.net)