“Where Are You Now?” – The World Seeks Its Horses in the Philippines

Over the years, Philippine horseowners and breeders have relied on importation to augment their racing stables and breeding sheds. Horses from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan make up a significant percentage of the thoroughbred  population here.

Sometimes, the breeders and other people who knew these horses wonder about their lives in the Philippines. Just within the last month I’ve received two emails from abroad – one from Japan, the other from Australia – asking about horses that had been shipped here from their countries of origin.

Takeyuki Kondo, editor of monthly horseracing magazine Sarabure, asked about Zingaro and said:

Do you know ZINGARO was a popular colt in Japan? I think horse-racing fans in Japan want to know about ZINGARO in your country. However, sadly I think Japanese fans have never seen and never heard of him  since he moved to the Philippines. So I’d like to publish an issue about him. 20 percent of our subscribers are female. Japanese women love thoroughbred horses and horse-racing so much! I’d like to show you they are cheering for their lovers on the track.

ZINGARO is known as a full brother of 1995 Japanese Derby winner TAYASU TSUYOSHI. FUJI KISEKI was known as the 2yo champion of TAYASU TSUYOSHI’s rival, his daughter from South Africa won Dubai Sheema Classic in UAE in March this year. Blood of SUNDAY SILENCE is spreading around the world now.

TAYASU TSUYOSHI and FUJI KISEKI and GENUINE (as Japanese 2000 Guineas winner) were first crops of SUNDAY SILENCE. They owned Japan at only the first spring! In 1988, ZINGARO couldn’t run the Japanese Derby because he was defeated in a Derby trial race, but his name is still famous in Japan.

Zingaro (JPN, 1993) is by the famed US champion Sunday Silence out of Magaro (by Caro). He is owned by Mario Tan and stands at Jun Paman’s farm in Batangas. He was never raced in the Philippines, having been brought over solely for stud duty.

Since 2000, he’s had a total of 65 foals, 25 of whom have been registered for racing. In 2007, nine foals of his were registered.


Zingaro at Jun Paman’s farm, 2006.

Zingaro’s sire Sunday Silence gained great fame in Japan as a stallion, having sired, among others, Japanese champion Deep Impact, who won seven domestic G1 races including all legs of the Japanese Triple Crown (Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun, and Kikuka Sho).

Deep Impact

Deep Impact winning the 3200-meter Tenno Sho (G1) over turf in 2006.

From Australia, breeder Steven McGregor asks about Sweet Xarah and shares this about her:

We mated our mare Perfect Cleavage with the Canadian stallion With Class to achieve a double cross of the dam of half-brothers Todman and Noholme. We bred and own Perfect Cleavage, the dam of Sweet Xarah. Sweet Xarah was her first foal.  We raced Perfect Cleavage but problems during her racing career meant that she retired a maiden. 


Sweet Xarah as a foal with her dam, Perfect Cleavage.


Swee’ li’l wee li’l Sweet Xarah in Australia…

(Photos courtesy of Steven McGregor) 

 Since Sweet Xarah, Perfect Cleavage has had three foals.  Two are by US-bred stallion Bellotto (USA); one of these is now called Scarlet Jay and is currently in training in Adelaide, South Australia and is expected to make her race debut in the next few weeks.  We also have a yearling filly by the Victorian Derby winner and successful sire Blevic. We will probably retain her to race her ourselves.

 I race and breed horses in partnership with two friends, one of whom also is a professional trainer (trainer of Scarlet Jay).

 As Sweet Xarah is the first foal of the dam and at this stage the only one to race I am particulalry interested in how she has performed as this may assist me in formulating future plans for the mare.  Information about the sort of distance that she has run over and anything about her nature etc would be great information.  Also if she has won or been placed in any feature or stakes races would be of great interest to me.

As a matter of interest, SX’s 2yo half-sister ran a narrow 3rd yesterday morning in a training jump-out.  She is now planned to have her race track debut at Murray Bridge in South Australia Wednesday of next week.  Hopefully she will be following in the footsteps of SX.

Sweet Xarah (AUS, 2003) has a race record of 9-9-7-3 out of 33 starts (as of 13 June 2008). She raced as a novato on 27 September 2006, and since then has competed fairly regularly in imported, special, and stakes races, gaining a rep as a classy runner over middle distances who tries hard and is likely to place.

In 2007, she was spelled for the period between May 20 and Dec 18. Trainer Dave de la Cruz says she had suffered a hairline fracture of the knee, which has healed nicely since then.

“She’s okay right now,” Dave says about Sweet Xarah, “healthy, in good condition, a reliable performer.” Her most recent G1 run was in the Philracom Pearl I Stakes last June 1 at Santa Ana Park, where she came in fourth.

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