THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 16 July 2014, Wednesday
3YOs star PCSO National Grand Derby
Seven promising 3YOs will compete for the first place purse of P800,000 in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes National Grand Derby on Aug. 3.
The mile race features Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos’s coupled entries Fire Bull, a colt who won the Hopeful Stakes last month, and Malaya, a filly.
Also entered are Herminio Esguerra’s filly Love Na Love, Herma Farms and Stud’s colt Manalig Ka, Ruben Dimacuha’s filly Up And Away, Mayor Leonardo M. Javier Jr.’s colt Tap Dance, and Joseph Dyhengco’s colt Wild Talk.
This is a substitute group lineup as there were not enough entries from the original group.
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Penrith, a 5YO veteran campaigner, won the Philippine Racing Commission’s Option Race last July 13 at Santa Ana Park, pocketing P300,000 for owner Engr. Felizardo Sevilla Jr.
Penrith clocked 1:40 for the mile, beating second placer La Furia Roja by three lengths. Oh Oh Seven came in third and Captain Ball fourth and last.
The Option race for imports and locals was held in lieu of the Philracom’s 4th Imported/Local Stakes, the nomination for which was cancelled due to having attracted less than the minimum number of entries (four).
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The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (Marho), celebrating its Ruby (40th) anniversary this year, inked a memorandum of agreement with Manila Jockey Club recently to hold the Marho Cup Championships at San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The event, to be called “Marho Ruby,” will be held on Nov. 29 and 30.
This will be the first time in years, if at all, that Marho’s flagship racing festival will be held at an MJC track. The last Marho event held there was the Founders’ Cup, in commemoration of the group’s 30th anniversary.