THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 7 April 2010, Wednesday
Track hotshot Ibarra romped home by ten lengths to win a mile race last Sunday at Santa Ana Park, home of the Philippine Racing Club.
The island-born son of Yonaguska out of Fire Down Under by Dixie Brass treated the special class-division race as a tuneup, crusing to an easy win without breaking a sweat or tasting the whip of rider Jesse Guce.
Yonaguska (USA). Learn more about Ibarra’s sire at http://www.bloodhorsereview.com.au/stories/stallion/June2003.htm
Having won a stakes race a couple of weeks ago at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, Ibarra has been committed to a training program set by owner Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos and trainer Ruben Tupas that will prepare the 6YO bay horse in contention for top honors in the April 18 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 15th Silver Cup at SAP.
Another equine hero, Don Enrico, did not fare well in his Saturday outing, also in a mile SCD. Sent off as the super outstanding favorite and steered by Fernando Raquel Jr., the local-bred 5YO by Philippine champion Wind Blown out of Kayumanggi struggled against a lesser-ranked field to come in a distant fourth to Batang Tundo, the light-years remote second choice who came in an eye-popping four lengths ahead of second-placer Sweet Kid.
Post-race kibitzing revealed that prior to the race, Don Enrico was seen by some savvy railbirds as “off”, “sunog sa laban”, and in dire need of a spell; it was a difference of opinion among the horse’s connections that resulted in the ill-timed run.
For horses of that caliber – the Don Enrico-Ibarra kind – prestige and reputation are to be preserved above chances to earn money. More than their potential earnings, it’s their capacity to bring fame and glory upon the connections that is the prized and nurtured trait. It’s not every day that your stable is privileged enough to shelter a champion.
The “humiliating” loss, as one jockey called it, is a sad mark upon Don Enrico’s record, and a lesson to other connections to be sensitive to a horse’s condition.
Meanwhile, bettors had a good time last weekend at Santa Ana Park. Carryovers in two Winner-Take-All, the Pick Six, and the Super Six events on Saturday saw vibrant participation on Easter Sunday, boosting first WTA sales to nearly P6.5 million. After longshots Angel Eunice, Mr. Victory, and Milenyo featured in the first set, only 31 winning tickets remained, each worth P174,000.
One winner received a payoff of P551,000 in the second WTA after a surprise win by Ian’s Melody, and two in the third WTA got P382,000 each when Save Our Queen and Stand By Your Man scored upsets.
Eleven winning tickets in the Pick Six were worth P93,000 each, while no one won the Super Six, meaning there was a double carryover in that event to yesterday’s races.
This week’s race meeting is still at Santa Ana Park, and fans approve highly of the balanced handicapping that leads to longshot wins and carryovers, meaning better dividends. ***