THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 July 2011, Wednesday
Filly Beats Colts’ Performance
Humble Riches, despite her name, earned the right to strut when she beat the boys’ time last weekend at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The 2YO filly competed in the Philippine Racing Commission’s 2nd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes race last Saturday. She carried 53 kgs under jockey Val Dilema.
The 1,000-meter sprint also featured Buena Fortuna, partnered with jockey Fernando M. Raquel, carrying 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; It’s She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53 (I know, the name is ungrammatical, that’s not a typo); It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.
Humble Riches was sent off as the favorite from the start and hung off-the-pace, kicking into gear at the far turn. She posted a time of one minute flat. The record for the distance is held by Lord Boni, who clocked 58.6 seconds on 31 March 2007 at the same track.
Alpha Allianza came in second place, Going West third, and It’s She Perfect fourth. (I know, an odd name, but there’s nothing wrong with her legs nor her form, and those are what count on the track.)
In the four-horse 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes held Sunday – same distance, same track – favorite Jet Stream under Jeffril Zarate hit the wire first, followed by Bechot, Stolen Time, and Sky Serpent in that order. The time for the race was 1:01.6, also for 1,000 meters.
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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office announces the ten nominated entries to the August 21 Special Maiden Race (2YO Open) participating in the trial on August 2 at SLLP:
Colts: Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Choice, Danilo Estacio’s Carmelo, Jeci Lapus’s Dancing Dolphin, Fe Eliscupides’s Hamaheat, Ramoncito Arceo’s Kamikazi, Divina Dy’s Pleasantly Perfect, and Eduardo Gonzalez’s Who Else;
Fillies: Paolo Mendoza’s Louie Alexa, Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Power of Destiny, and Mario Gerard Cunanan’s Santorini.
Both the trial and actual race will be held over 1,300 meters.
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Also on the August racing calendar are the following: at SLLP, Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.
According to former Manila congressman and the late mayor’s son lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., their family is still going over the racing festival arrangements and mechanics with MJC racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo.
The racefest was conceived by Atty. Bagatsing and his brother, Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, as an homage to their father who was an avid horseowner and counted racing and thoroughbred breeding as relaxing activities that helped him cope with the stresses of his position as mayor during the challenging times of the ‘70s.
At the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park: Aug. 13, 3rd leg Philracom Juvenile Fillies Stakes; Aug. 14, 3rd leg Juvenile Colts Stakes (both 1,200 meters); Aug. 28, Philracom Lakambini Stakes. More on these exciting races next week! ***