THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 August 2014, Wednesday
Bagatsing racefest breaks sales record
Congratulations to the Bagatsing family on their successful 2014 Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing (RDB) Racing Festival, which broke single-day sales records for the year!
Dubbed the “richest day of racing this year” so far for the fat purses put up by generous backers, the event, held last Aug. 17 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, grossed P43.4 million in betting turnover.
According to MJC Racing Manager Ding Magboo, this beats by many lengths the previous record of P37.2 million at SLLP and P37.6 million at Metro Turf.
That makes the Bagatsing Racefest the “richest day of racing” in 2014 in two senses – in prizes and in sales.
The all-time record is P47 million, said to have been a Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup Day, if I’m not mistaken, followed by P45 million on a MARHO Championship Day at the old Santa Ana Park in Makati.
Lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr. and his brother Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, both longtime horseowners and breeders, established the Mayor RDB Cup to honor the memory of their late father, who the initiated the Gran Copa de Manila racing festival at MJC’s San Lazaro Hippodrome in the 70s.
Atty. Bagatsing says, for a successful racing event, “You’ve got to come up with a good marketing plan,” he said. “Having corporate sponsors is crucial, as is an effective publicity campaign.”
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Second choice Princess Ella triumphed over six others in the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Fillies and Colts stakes race at Santa Ana Park last Sunday.
The filly owned by SC Stockfarm, trained by Chito Santos, and ridden by John Alvin Guce won by about 2.5 lengths, clocking 59.2 seconds (13-21’-25) in the 1,000 meter race.
A longshot, Hook Shot, came in second.
Readers of my column last week might recall that I tipped these two, in order, true to my dehadista leanings. If you took that forecast combination to the tills, you’d have made a little something.
Cat Express, Princess Ella’s coupled entry, placed third, followed by the favorite Leona Lolita in fourth and Jazz Asia fifth.
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Overheard at a recent meeting of horseowners: “Kid Molave versus Hagdang Bato in the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup in December? Pare, age against experience! Ang gandang laban niyan.”
The 5YO Hagdang Bato, a champion with all the major races under his cincha, is considered the most accomplished racehorse presently racing. The 3YO Kid Molave swept all three legs of the elite Philracom Triple Crown series this year.
Racing fans commented on my Facebook Page, “Gogirl Racing”:
Jhon Marquez: “BEST RACE EVER.”
Leo Delacruz: “HB pa rin ako!”
Wil Casil: “Malulumpo si Kid Molave diyan. Wag muna sana.”
Ryan Domingo: “Hindi malulumpo un. Magaan naman ang timbang niya. Tamang diskarte lang ang gawin.”
Raul Salazar: “Kay Don Albertini pa din ako.” (Don Albertini unexpectedly beat PCSO Gold Cup defending champion Pugad Lawin during the RDB Racefest last Aug. 17.)
If this comes off, it’s going to be a spectacular 42nd PCSO Gold Cup.