THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 December 2014, Wednesday
MARHO Ruby event a success
Hagdang Bato showed magnificent style last Sunday (Nov. 30) when he outran Australian imports Crucis, Strong Champion, Lady Pegasus, and King Samer and fellow local-bred My Champ in the Philippine Racing Commission-Amb. Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. (ECJ) Cup.
The 2,000-meter race held at San Lazaro Leisure Park during the MARHO Ruby-San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Racing Festival saw jockey Jonathan B. Hernandez execute a flawless front-running strategy to win by many lengths. Hagdang Bato ran his heart out, Hernandez only showing the whip in the final meters of the stretch.
The dynamic duo clocked 2:04.6 (15-23-25’-25’-25’) and missed breaking by a heartbeat the 2:04.4 record held by three horses: local Yes Pogi and imports Wild Orchid and Stowaway Las
Hagdang Bato’s owner and breeder, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos, was the picture of pride when his horse, dubbed “The People’s Champ,” won one of the biggest races of the year.
Also held that day were the six Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) championship races. Joseph Dyhengco and his Cool Summer Farm stable won twice – with his 4YO colt Hot and Spicy in the 2,000-meter MARHO Ruby-SMC Classic, and with Sky Hook in the 1,500-meter MARHO Ruby-Philracom Juvenile Colts.
Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” M. Javier Jr.’s Marinx triumphed in the MARHO Ruby-Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Filly Mile, Abalos’s Kanlaon in the MARHO Ruby-Philracom Colt Mile, Felipe Vergara’s Driven in the 1,500-meter MARHO Ruby-Philracom Juvenile Fillies, and SC Stockfarm’s Nemesis in the 1,000-meter MARHO Ruby-Manila Jockey Club Sprint.
Gross sales for the day, at P39.1 million, were the second-highest for the year at SLLP. The organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and looks forward to the 20th running of the MARHO Cup next year.
Congratulations to MARHO Chairman Sandy Javier, President Tony de Ubago, President Emeritus Aristeo “Putch” G. Puyat, Vice-Presidents Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., Jesus Ramon O. Mamon, Tony Tan, and Manny Santos, and directors Vic Go Bon, Jun Ferrer, Maca Asistio, Sixto S. Esquivias IV, Nel Velasco, Eric Tagle, Amado Bagatsing, and Robert Ramirez, as well as the MARHO members, on yet another successful racing event!
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PCSO’s last special maiden race of the year is set for Dec. 13 at Metro Turf race course. The 1,400-meter trial race was held Nov. 28, with Song of Songs hitting the wire first with a time of 1:27.2 (13-23’-24’-26’).
Cat’s Dream came in second with 1:27.8, followed in order by May Day, Superv, Princess Jem, Thunder Maxx, Oh Neng, Valenzuela, and Boy Harabas last. ***