THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 May 2012, Wednesday
The racing industry has a long tradition of performing benevolent deeds, specifically through the holding of charity races that raise funds for a beneficiary individual or organization.
According to horseowners’ association Klub Don Juan de Manila past president Lamberto “Jun” Almeda Jr., their group will sponsor a one-day racing festival on May 13, Sunday, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Dubbed “Tulong sa Mowelfund”, the proceeds from the 11 or 12 races that will be held on that day will benefit needy movie industry workers.
“A lot of movie stars will be attending,” said Almeda. “Lorna Tolentino will be there with Philip Salvador to present the trophies for the Rudy Fernandez Cup, in honor of the late actor, and sponsored by Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr.”
He added that Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera might also attend the event.
KDJM is still soliciting sponsors for all the races they plan to have, and are grateful to those who’ve already come on board, among them fellow horseowner Manny Santos.
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Almeda also revealed that elections for new officers of the KDJM took place last April 16, with the new president being Antonio “Tonyboy” Eleazar.
Not only a long-standing horseowner, Almeda is also deeply involved in industry matters and reiterates the need to encourage the entrance of new players.
“We would like everyone interested in owning a horse to join us in investing in this exciting sport. We need more owners, and more horses, especially with the third racetrack soon to open.”
There are two racetracks at present, both in Cavite – SLLP in Carmona and the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic.
The third one is the Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas, a project spearheaded by horseowner-breeder and businessman Norberto Quisumbing Jr.
A trial workout was set for April 28, complete with use of the starting gate for practice jumpouts.
This shows that MMTC’s inaugural race may not be too far off.
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As for those interested in acquiring horses, Almeda suggests that they attend the Magic Millions horse auctions in Australia from May 30 to June 10. This is when the great big National Sale will be held, along with sales of broodmares, stallions, and yearlings.
Many Filipino horseowners buy from Australia and New Zealand where costs are cheaper, from the price of the horses to shipping fees. In addition, these countries have not only their own bloodstock but also desirable lineages from the US, thanks to genetic material from American shuttle stallions that stand stud there during breeding season.