THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 1 September 2010, Wednesday
Juveniles – Heirs to the Throne
After winning the Lakambini Stakes two weeks ago with his racemare Redemption, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos scored again with his juvenile colt Barkley in the Philipppine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race last Sunday.
Held at San Lazaro Leisure Park, the 1,300-meter race for juveniles attracted an elite crowd – Ronald Tan’s Constatic (Ecstatic-Consa), Nap Chua’s Rosemary Blue (Perfect Cut-Being There), Tony de Ubago’s Chief Joesan (Wando-Question Answered), Ed Gonzalez’s Simply Believe (Strong Material-Fair Maid of Kent), Sixto Esquivias’s Cheese Mosa (Shooting Star-Magic Find), Don Antonio Floirendo’s Indy’s Task (Indy Minstrel-Family Task), Amado Bagatsing’s Outstanding (Wind Blown-Cristalina), Mandy Carlo Sanchez’s Maryland Dream (Inner Harbour-Sky Reply), as well as Abalos’s Barkley (Baseball Champion-Treeline).
First out of the gate was Constatic, followed by Indy’s Task, Simply Believe, and Barkley. Into the backstretch, Indy’s Task was in the lead by three, with Barkley just running of the pace.
A sudden surge of power at the far turn took the latter past the frontrunner, Barkley barely breaking a sweat to win by five over Cheese Mosa, Simply Believe, and Rosemary Blue, who managed to place even if she had run at the back of the field for almost the entire distance.
Baseball Champion (Wild Again-Pennant Champion), standing at Tito de Jesus’s Rolling Green Farms in Lipa, has been a fairly busy sire since being brought over from the US. Bred by the famed Phipps Stable in Kentucky, he had 19 starts (4-4-1) and won nearly $180,000 in prize money before being sent to stud in the Philippines.
His damsire is Mr. Prospector, while on his sire’s side he is of Nearctic stock with a double dose of Nearco – a nice, solid, sturdy lineage, dependable in the crunch. Baseball Champion’s progeny are making waves, among them Triple Crown leg winner Dream Supreme (out of Belle of Ack, dam of stakes winner Treasured Ack), stakes contender Elgin and Chairman (o/o Defensive Lady), and sturdy runner Gundam Exia (o/o Snow Queen).
A portrait of Italian-bred Nearco (Pharos-Nogara), f. 1935, d. 1957. Bred and owned by the great racehorse trainer Federico Tesio. Nearco was the “sire of champions Nasrullah, Nearctic, and Royal Charger, thus the point stallion for the Northern Dancer and Bold Ruler lines” (pedigreequery.com).
Meanwhile, on the Philippine Racing Commission stakes calendar for September are the fourth legs of the 1,500-meter Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Colts, to be held on the 11th and 12th respectively at SLLP. October will see the running of the 2,000-meter Opal I (5th leg of the Import-Local Challenge Series) on the 10th also at SLLP and the 1,800-meter Sampaguita Stakes, for fillies and mares 3YO and older, on the 17th at Santa Ana Park.
A reminder to all Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) members – there will be a general assembly and election of the board of directors on 13 September, Monday, at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club at 7pm. ***