THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 4 August 2010, Wednesday
Gentle Irony Wins Peridot I
Racegoers – the bayang karerista – are among the most avid and rabid of sports fans, and to show their support for the sport they love, some of them have formed websites and forums where they mostly discuss the sport of kings.
I met Josh at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, some years back. He had started such a website with some other members of the BK, and proved himself a keen and critical fan.
Here’s his take on last weekend’s Peridot I stakes, held at SLLP:
“Just how good is Gentle Irony nowadays? The colt delivered the answer by almost erasing the long standing record of Hazmoore, a local-bred horse, who set a time of 1:58.4 in the Sampaguita Stakes race [some years back], a feat that caught the majority of the racing enthusiasts at the San Lazaro Leisure Park by surprise.
“Gentle Irony ran like a bullet train over 1,900 meters, making Batang Tundo, stable mate Juggling Act, Tiwi Magic, Multiply and My Hope sweat as they tried to catch up to the colt’s fast tempo.
“The 4YO son of Exceed and Excel (Aus) out of Gentle Call (NZ) registered a very impressive record of 1:59 with quarter clockings of 18’-23-25’-25-27….[crossing] the wire about a length ahead of late charging Multiply. Juggling Act, stable mate of Gentle Irony, settled for third followed by Indy Hay, Dailies, Joshua’s Laughter, and Aling Nayang [leading to] a carry-over in the Super Six event because of longshots Indy Hay, Joshua’s Laughter, and Aling Nayang.
“Gentle Irony [will be tested] when he meets Miss Dixie Dancer and Ibarra in the Local & Imported Championship.”
The mix of local and imported horses on the racecard leads to much anticipation among racing fans, who are looking for speed and even more speed in the animals that they admire.
Speaking of huge racing events, fans can look forward to the second Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival on August 19. It will be a low-key event this year, says the late mayor and horseowner’s son Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing, himself a long-time horseman.
“Philracom will support two out of the eight races on the card on that day,” said Cong. Bagatsing. “The Division I will be open to the ‘Triple Crown’ 3YO such as Carriedo and Yes Pogi, while the Division II will be for 3YO of the ‘Hopeful’ stakes calibre. The distances will be long, from 1,800 meters onward, so that we can have a really good show.” He added that prize money will be given up to fifth place.
With more big-money stakes races scheduled in the coming ‘ber’ months, it is certain that horseracing will provide smokin’ hot entertainment to aficionados looking to feed their need for speed. ***