THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 13 March 2013, Wednesday
Mayor Abalos Scores Anew
It’s looking like 2013 is Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos’s year as he keeps on scoring win after win with the mighty and talented horses occupying his stables at the moment.
Last Saturday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite was a double for him with his Hagdang Bato and Stand In Awe dominating their respective races.
Hagdang Bato, Abalos’s prize colt, easily romped away with the Philippine Racing Commission Commissioner’s Cup. Only three others joined the race, with one being Hagdang Bato stablemate Barkley.
Hagdang Bato won wire-to-wire under gentle handling by jockey Jonathan Hernandez. They clocked 1:56.2 (14-24-25’-27’) for the 1,800-meter race. Righthererightnow came in second, Tensile Strength third, Barkley last.
Stand in Awe, while sent off as second favorite in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race, trounced top favorite Gee’s for Victory who had to settle for second in a contest that saw Abalos’s 3YO colt come from behind at the home turn.
Golden Sphinx checked in third, Dream of All Fourth. Time for the race was 1:15.2 (25’-23’-26’) for 1,200 meters.
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Congratulations to the Klub Don Juan de Manila for staging another successful event – the 1st Actors Guild racing festival last March 10 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Actors Guild president Philip Salvador coordinated with KDJM to raise funds for the Guild’s charity efforts in behalf of underprivileged actors, stuntmen, doubles, and their families.
There were ten races with generous prizes, with the majors being two P500,000 races sponsored by casino and entertainment complex Resorts World – the Rudy “Daboy” Fernandez Memorial Cup won by Marlon Cunanan’s Crucis, and the Senator Ramon “Agimat” Revilla Sr. Cup claimed by Bayani Coching’s The Guardian.
There were five races with guaranteed P300,000 in prizes each, and three with added prizes of P30,000 to the winner. Among the sponsors were Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr., Jade Brothers Farm of Manny Santos, Excel Coil, Manila Horsepower, and Tony Calvento.
The event was star-studded with the attendance of veteran actors Salvador, Bong Revilla, Tirso Cruz III, and Rez Cortez, as well as entertainers Amy Torres, Polo Ravalles, and Luis Alandy. Also there were Efren Reyes Jr. and Cong. Oscar Malapitan.
KDJM, by the way, is accepting nominations until June 30 for the this year’s Don Juan Derby festival in October. Contact Malou Beleno who singlehandedly runs the KDJM Secretariat to nominate thoroughbred weanlings of 2012, yearlings of 2011, and 2YO of 2010. ***