THE HOARSE WHISPERER
By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 June 2008, Wednesday
Don Enrico vs. Indelible Ink on Sunday!
The Philippine Racing Commission will unleash a mind-blowing salvo of five sponsored races on Saturday and Sunday, ensuring an action-packed weekend for horse-minded sports fans.
For the lowest group – Class Division 4-7B – and the highest caliber of 3YO, the Philracom has provided prize money for the special and stakes races at Santa Ana Park.
Sunday sees the running of three – the Pearl II, the Hopeful, and the much-anticipated second leg of the Triple Crown Championship series.
First, the mile-long Pearl II. It’s a toss-up between Blue Sheikh and Pentagon. Although the former will carry 58 kgs, he has a lot of stamina and could come from behind after sprinters such as Showtime Lady and Spanish Drums have exhausted themselves in front. Also in this race are Mes Monique, Sling Shot Effect, and Yoshiwara.
The Hopeful Stakes (1800 meters) is for classy 3YO that could have run in the Triple Crown, but perhaps lack the confidence. Hieroglyphics, who bombed in the first leg of the Triple Crown, could redeem himself here. Also watch for Anonymous, winner of the 2008 Aquamarine II, and Sauvignon, who is a sibling of champion Es Twenty Six via their dam Play By Ear.
See you on Sunday! Hieroglyphics, Don Enrico…
Sadly, fellow entry Speed Almighty, who showed flash as a 2YO, seems to be performing below par lately. Other wannabes are Arithmetic, Bohemian Dave, Capretiosa, Luna Rossa, Prime Zone, Security Queen, Tabako, Victorian Stone, and Will of Destiny. Both Tabako and Capretiosa showed flair as 2YO but developed injuries that sidelined them for a while; will they do better this time?
…Security Queen, Anonymous…
Now for the Triple Crown second leg (1800 meters). Again, it’s a grudge match between Don Enrico and Indelible Ink, who won the first leg. The last time they faced off, Indelible Ink raced with “rabbit” stablemate Queen Elena, who wore down Don Enrico in the initial stages to pave the way for Indelible Ink to come from behind.
…Love Story, Indelible Ink…
Don Enrico’s camp has learned their lesson, and ties up with Super Crezee this time out to run interference. They also brought back Don Enrico’s former rider John Alvin Guce, who was shunted aside in favor of Jonathan Hernandez in the Triple Crown first leg – a tactical error, many say, that cost them the win.
…Queen Elena, Shining Fame.
Shining Fame, who lost by a mere head to Indelible Ink in the first leg, hopes to do better this time. New entries Champion of Show and Love Story (who won the 1st leg Hopeful ) also seek to test their mettle.
Saturday will see action among 4-7B runners in two mile (1600 meter) races titled “Alay ni Cong. Amado S. Bagatsing sa Sagrada Familia Parish”. The honoree of the races is the representative of Manila’s 5th District, who also happens to be the chairman of the Lower House’s Games and Amusements Committee.
Congressman Bagatsing, who is also a long-time horseowner, carries on the racing tradition begun by his father, Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing, who not only maintained a prominent racing stable from the ‘60s to the early ‘80s but also established a thoroughbred breeding ranch – Annie’s Farm – which exists to this day, in Batangas.
Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing, his sons Atty. Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr. and Cong. Amado S. Bagatsing – horseowners and breeders, pillars of the racing industry for four decades
The proceeds from both “Alay” events will benefit one of Cong. Bagatsing’s pet charities, the Sagrada Familia Parish, which runs programs for needy and disadvantaged folk.
These two races are significant because it is not often that special races with stout purses are created for horses from the lower groups. ***