THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 April 2012, Wednesday
Longshot Rules PCSO Race
“Gonna shout it from the mountaintops, a star is born…”
These lyrics, from the soundtrack of the Walt Disney film “Hercules”, could have been written for the winner of last April 14, Saturday’s, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.
There were six 3YO local-bred runners declared for that 1,300-meter battle at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park. The favorites were colt Royal Storm and fillies Caraga Weather and Arriba Amor. The rest of the field were deemed to have slight chances – Quaker’s Hill, Pugad Lawin, Deo Volente.
To everyone’s surprise, Deo Volente took the lead at the first turn under the guidance of jockey Patty Dilema. Fans feared she would lose steam at the far turn or homestretch, as frontrunners often do.
But the Joseph Dyhengco-owned and Anthony Francisco-trained filly clung grimly to the lead, besting Royal Storm by a neck. Arriba Amor was third, eight lengths away, while Caraga Weather came in fourth.
Splits were 7-24.4-24.6-27.6 for a total 1:23.6. Deo Volento earned a hefty purse of P600,000 for her victory.
“Right in sight, a star is burning bright, a star is born!”
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Last weekend saw the running of two Philippine Racing Commission-backed stakes races also at SLLP.
On Saturday, in the Diamond II Stakes mile for fillies, the favorite Humble Riches, steered by jockey Val Dilema, earned P300,000 for owner Kenneth Causon by winning from off the pace.
The 3YO Philippine-bred filly by Tribal Rule out of Starlight Wish relegated Cheese Blanca to second, with Time To Shine Dad coming in third and Gale Force fourth.
Trained by Ruben Clor, Humble Riches won by two lengths. Race quarters were 25-24.8-25.4-26.6 for 1:41.8.
On Sunday, April 15, colts strutted their stuff in the Diamond III Stakes. A favorite also won this one – Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos’s Hagdang Bato, ridden by Jonathan Hernandez and trained by Ruben Tupas.
Patron, Golden Empire, and Chevrome were the placers, in that order.
Hagdang Bato’s two-length win gave his owner the top prize of P300,000. Sired by Quaker Ridge out of Fire Down Under, the colt is half-brother to Mayor Abalos’s champion and stable pride Ibarra.
Based on the results of these races, the scenario for the upcoming Philracom Triple Crown races is shaping up. Who do you have your eye on? ***