THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 31 July 2013, Wednesday
Matang Tubig Tops Philracom Juvenile Colts
Second-pick Matang Tubig owned by Manny Santos’s Jade Bros. Farm scored an upset over the top choice, recent stakes race winner Young Turk, in the July 27 Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) 1st leg Juvenile Colts Stakes.
Third choice High Grader came in second in the 1,000 meters at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, while Young Turk only managed to place third. Proud Papa came in fourth, and Asikaso last. Time for the race was 1:00.8.
Young Turk won the July 20 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Special Maiden Race at Metro Turf. Railbirds speculate that the cause of his setback was a gallop (trangko) workout given in between the two stakes races that might have caused the colt to experience over-fatigue.
In the counterpart race for fillies held July 21 at the same racetrack, Mayor Sandy Javier’s Marinx, the favorite, timed 1:01 and won by four lengths over Prize Dancer. Coral Princess and Siling Pula placed third and last respectively.
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The three horseowners’ groups – the Tri-Org – are seriously considering cancelling the staging of their respective racing festivals this year.
That means there might be no MARHO Cup, Philtobo Championships, nor Don Juan Derby this year – a real shame because these racefests have been held continually since they were started and have become an annual tradition.
Considered crowd-drawers, each of the festivals at some point or another have broken sales records, attracted record numbers of racegoers to the track, or otherwise contributed in some way to boost racing popularity.
Why is the Tri-Org now thinking of cancelling the 2013 editions of their iconic festivals?
Some horseowners were stung by remarks of the Philracom Board a couple of months or so back that sales dipped rather than increased during recent stagings of the events, ascribed to a reduction in the number of racing days upon the request of the host horseowner’s group (or groups, it’s not quite clear).
Second, prior to this year and the advent of the three-racetrack calendar, racefests used to be run for the entire raceweek – six days – on “home” tracks and the horseowners’ groups marketed media values to sponsors accordingly. But with racedays now limited to two non-consecutive days per week for each of the three tracks, the Tri-Org is in a quandary on how to properly market their events.
It’s quite possible, though, that the Tri-Org will decide to push through with their events, but in a drastically downscaled fashion.
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It’s all systems go for the 5th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing (RDB) Memorial Cup, said horseowner and breeder lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr.
The former Manila congressman said that the 2013 edition of annual racing festival that he and his brother, Manila (5th district) Congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, founded in their late father’s memory, will be held on August 18 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
The event coincides with staging of the PCSO’s National Grand Derby featuring previous Sweepstakes runners.
The major sponsors for this year’s RDB Cup are PCSO and Philracom. There will be two other PCSO-sponsored races on the day, Division I and Division II for 3YO horses, and two Philracom races, the Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Cup Division I and Division II.
There will be other support races backed by corporate sponsors.
Racing folk, especially grooms, look forward to the RDB Cup every year, because it is one of the few racing festivals that since its inception has given recognition and extra prizes of cash and goods to the winning grooms, an often invisible sector of the racing community. ***