THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 November 2013, Wednesday
Hagdang Bato Wins MARHO Classic
The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) staged their iconic championship races last Thursday and Sunday at Santa Ana Park for the 18th time, with much success as evinced by the day’s outcome.
Instead of the usual 12 or 13, 15 races were held, six of which were championship events.
As expected, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s track idol Hagdang Bato easily won the San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup Classic carrying 57 kgs., pulverizing the meager field wire-to-wire under the double-wrapped reins of Jonathan Hernandez.
The 4YO son of Quaker Ridge out of Fire Down Under, also bred by Abalos, earned a purse of P830,000 for his 11-length victory that is a tuneup race for the December 1 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Presidential Gold Cup, where Hagdang Bato is himself the defending champion.
Royal Jewels placed second in the MARHO Classic, Native Land third, and Action Sailor fourth and last. The time for the race was 2:07 (26’-25’-25’-24-25) for 2,000 meters.
Patrick Uy’s filly The Lady Wins proved to have a prophetic name when she won the Philippine Racing Commission-MARHO Cup Juvenile Fillies stakes race, running off the pace from frontrunner Miss Bianca who faded in the stretch.
This allowed the Significant Hill-Humble Beginnings progeny bred by SC Stockfarm and ridden by Patricio Dilema to win by two.
The clock stopped at 1:45.8 (25’-25-26-29) for the mile.
Roman Charm came in second, That Is Mine third, and Miss Bianca fourth and last.
The PCSO-MARHO Cup 3YO Filly Mile honors went to Joseph Dyhengco’s Eurasian (Deputy Bodman-Eurobucks, bred by Herma Farms and Stud) who ran off the pace from Viktoria.
Eurasian, under the guidance of Jeffril Zarate, grabbed the lead by the home and clocked 1:44.2.
Five Star placed second, Queen Quaker third (despite suffering epistaxis at the gate, which caused a slight delay), and Humble Submission fourth.
It was Kalookan Vice-Mayor Macario Asistio III’s Biseng-Bise in the Philracom-MARHO Juvenile Colts stakes, who raced in front all the way under Mark Alvarez to earn P430,000 for first.
The Reenact-Real Queen colt bred by Asistio posted a time of 1:43.6 (26’-24-25’-27) for 1,600 meters and won by two.
High Grader, Mr. Bond, and Young Turk were the placers, in order.
The top prize of P430,000 in the San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup 3YO Colt Mile went to Hot and Spicy under Dhunoy Raquel, who scored an upset over Boss Jaden who is an entry in the PCSO Gold Cup this year.
Stand in Awe, Spinning Ridge, and Be Humble were the placers.
SC Stockfarm’s veteran runner Lord Of War crowned himself the Santa Ana Park-MARHO Cup Sprinter of 2013 by beating Market Value, Brother Barack, and Watershed in that order over 1,000 meters.
The six championship races allotted P20,000 each as a donation to supertyphoon Yolanda/Haiyan victims, while P10,000 was donated for each of the trophy races.
MARHO will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014. There’s more to look forward to from the oldest horseowners’ organization in the country.
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Mayor Sandy Javier’s Kaiserslautern pulled an upset victory over the favorite Love Na Love in the PCSO 2YO Special Maiden race held last Saturday at Metro Manila Turf Club.
Guided by Mark Alvarez, Kaiserslautern ran off the pace from Love Na Love to rally at the far turn and win by three lengths, clocking 1:22 (12’-21’22-26) for 1,400 meters.
The placers were Love Na Love, Bahay Toro, and Rock Shadow.
The race attracted 12 entries, with one scratch – Dusty Jewel.
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PCSO’s next offering will be its flagship Presidential Gold Cup on December 1 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. Hagdang Bato is expected to dominate the ten-horse field over the 2,000 meter-distance.
Racing fans and sports aficionados are invited to watch the event live at SLLP.