THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 11 August 2010, Wednesday
Last Sunday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, was a day of elderly longshots, with four veteran runners wreaking havoc with punter’s expectations in the exotic betting.
In the first set of the Winner-Take-All, the holders of the seven winning tickets took home over P312 thousand pesos each. In the second set, there were only two winners who struck it rich with P645,000 each, while pickings for the 17 winners in the third set quite adequate at P66,000 each.
The longest shot of all was 10yo veteran Empire Maker (Strike Too – Go Dilly). Steered by Class D jockey Carias Moreno, the tandem upset top choices Celestial, Rivaldo, Buena’s Hope, and three others in their Class Division 1 race.
From a total pool of P3.37 million when the event begun at Race 1, the live wagers plummeted to only 804 after Empire Maker’s shocking win.
In the previous race, Tony de Ubago’s 10yo Reporter (Decawan – Natural Civet), was sixth choice in a field of eight CD1 horses, winning by one length over another longshot, Mike’s Zam Lady . 6YO Suavetiger (Rum Tum Tiger – Slim Berta), another sixth favorite, also won by a length to best eight other horses in CD6 while far fourth pick Reality Show (Amerigo – True To Life) clobbered ten foes in CD1.
It just goes to show that in racing, while age may be a factor, sometimes it doesn’t matter but skills and condition do.
It’s “all set and ready to race” for the 2nd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Cup on 19 August at Santa Ana Park. A full card of eight races has been prepared in honor of the late Manila mayor, a horseowner and breeder whose sons Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon Bagatsing Jr. have carried on his legacy in the sport.
The Bagatsing brothers have announced that in addition to major sponsor Philippine Racing Commission, SMART Communication, PAGCOR, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Herma Farms and Stud have put up prize moneyfor trophy races.
Philracom will sponsor the Philracom – Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup which has two divisions. The first has prize money of P700,000 allocated from first to fourth, while the second has P500,000 in total prizes.
In addition to purses for the winning owners, the winning grooms of each of the eight races will also receive P1,500 cash each. ***