THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 September 2014, Wednesday
MARHO Ruby in November
The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO), celebrating its 40th founding anniversary this year, is deep into preparations for their flagship activity, the MARHO Racing Festival.
This year’s event – “MARHO Ruby” – is set for 29-30 Nov. at SLLP, and will be on its 19th running. Next year the event will turn two decades old! How’s that for tradition?
The attendees at the MARHO Board meeting last Aug. 20 were incumbent officials Tony de Ubago (acting president), Atty. Ramon Bagatsing (corporate secretary), and Jun Ferrer, Butch Mamon, Atty. Sixto Esquivias IV, Manny Santos, Caloocan Vice-Mayor Maca Asistio, and Robert Ramirez (directors).
The meeting was made even more significant by the attendance of MARHO Chairman Mayor Sandy Javier, who is busy overseeing the rehabilitation of Javier, Leyte. Also present were President Emeritus Putch Puyat, Past President Eric Tagle, and Past Director Ramon Balatbat.
They discussed the six MARHO championship stakes races, reiterating that they be open only to local-breds – horses bred and born in the country, those bearing the indicator (PHI).
In the works are a slew of trophy races, a charity race, and other exciting offerings for the Bayang Karerista.
The group unveiled the official event logo for “MARHO Ruby” on the MARHO Facebook Page and Twitter account (@MARHOracing). I’ve also posted the image on my FB Page and Twitter accounts, both “Gogirl Racing”.
MARHO’s last major event of a similar nature was the “MARHO Jade” racefest on the organization’s 35th anniversary in 2009, held at Santa Ana Park in Naic.
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On the subject of sales record-breaking racedays, Dan Valmonte, who retired last Aug. 15 as racing manager of Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park, says their record is P47.23 million set on 26 Dec. 2004 at their old track in Makati.
This is followed by the P45 million set during a MARHO raceday also at the old track either in 2007 or 2008.
For Manila Jockey Club, racing manager Ding Magboo says they grossed P47.3 million on PCSO Presidential Gold Cup Day in 2005 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. Their latest coup is the P43.4 million made by the Bagatsing racefest also at SLLP last Aug. 17.
Santa Ana Park’s new racing manager is Eric Salido, who has been assistant racing manager for some years now.
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Fleet filly Malaya, owned by Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos, won the Philippine Racing Commission’s Lakambini Stakes Race last Sunday at Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas.
Trained by Ruben S. Tupas and ridden by Jonathan B. Hernandez, Malaya held on for 1,800 meters to win by two lengths over second-placer Marinx, followed by Real Lady in third, Morning Time fourth, and Misty Blue last. All the entries are 3YO fillies.
The time for the race was 1:49.6 (13.4-24-23.6-23.2-25.4).
Although this is faster than Philracom’s official record time of 1:51.6 (set by Constatic in the 2011 Lakambini at Santa Ana Park-Naic, and in 2007 by Irene’s Fantasy at Santa Ana Park-Makati), it is not considered a record-breaker because Metro Turf’s track is too fast.
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Fifteen juveniles are entered in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race for 2YO set for Sept. 20 at Metro Turf in Malvar, Batangas.
These are Alakdan, All Too Well, Batangas Chrome, Dauntless, Dolce Ballerina, Epic, Hurricane Ridge, Miss Brulay, Pagsanjan Falls, Princess Meili, Real Talk, Rochelle’s Gift, Rockmyworld, Silent Moment, and S I Rookie.
The trial race will be held on Sept. 5.