THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 November 2010, Wednesday
Hi Money Wins PCSO Race
Kicking off the second Winner-Take-All set last Sunday at Santa Ana Park,the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race featured up-and-coming juveniles in a battle that turned out to be a special setting for a spectacular star.
With nary a stutter at the start, Hi Money, piloted by jockey Pat Dilema, broke cleanly from the gate and led the seven-horse field from start to finish, hitting the wire five lengths ahead of spent second-placer Beyond Good.
The lineup had initially included Yellowguska, half-brother to island-born champion Ibarra, who was scratched earlier that raceday.
Hi Money (Mr. Sutter – Hey Hi), owned by Emmanuel King and trained by Tito Alvarez, was sired by Herma Farms and Stud in Batangas and with this performance cements his status as a promising 2YO. He posted splits of 7-22’-23-28’ for a total time of 1:21.
Babe’s Magic, the only filly in the race, came in third, while Gold Quest settled for fourth.
With its staging of this race, PCSO adheres to its mandate of supporting horseracing in a partnership that goes back decades, in fact to the founding of the PCSO 76 years ago. As a consequence of this support, the sport has improved and, together with the PCSO, has created enduring traditions in the sport, such as the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, now the most prestigious and most awaited race on the calendar. Its 38th running will be held also at Santa Ana Park in late December.
Fans eagerly await which horses will be entered in the lineup of what is also one of the richest races of the year, jointly sponsored by both PCSO and the Philippine Racing Commission.
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Speaking of annual traditions, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners reminds all horseowners and trainers that the declaration of entries for the 15th running of the MARHO Cup racing festival is on November 4, Thursday, at the Philippine Racing Club handicapping office in Makati City.
Entries shall be accepted for the six major stakes races – San Miguel Beer-MARHO Classic, Colt Mile, the Filly Mile, Philracom Juvenile Fillies, Philracom Juvenile Colts, and Santa Ana Park Sprint. The usual rules as in previous years apply. For more information, and to take ad space in its souvenir magazine, call Josie at 566-3923.
MARHO thanks its major sponsors San Miguel Corporation, Philracom, and Santa Ana Park for helping sustain this incentive program for the elite thoroughbred competitors of the land. ***