THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 December 2014, Wednesday
Philtobo stages exciting Championships
Despite tripping at the jumpout, Tap Dance managed to sashay his way to a victory in the Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization (Philtobo) 3YO Championship Cup held Dec. 7 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.
The mile race, which was held in honor of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Vice-Chairman and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, featured four runners.
Tap Dance and Matang Tubig raced each other for the lead in the early stages, with Tap Dance settling in as the frontrunner and going on to win by half a length over Manalig Ka. Matang Tubig settled for fourth and Fire Gypsy ran in last all the way.
Tap Dance, ridden by Patricio Dilema, is owned and trained by Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” M. Javier Jr. The time for the race was 1:41.8 (26’-24’-23’-27).
On hand at the awarding ceremony were Atty. Rojas and his wife, lawyer Patricia Bunye; from Philtobo, Chairman Antonio Lagdameo (former ambassador to the UK), President Bienvenido “Nonoy” C. Niles Jr., and other directors; from PRC, Chairman Santiago Cua Jr., EVP-COO Allan V. Abesamis, and Racing Manager Juan Eric Salido.
That day was the 15th Philtobo Grand Championship Day, featuring four championship races and ten sponsored trophy races.
The Philracom-Philtobo Juvenile Fillies Championship Cup was won by Raymund Puyat’s Dolce Ballerina, with Christopher Garganta aboard. Placers were, in order: Rockmyworld, Corragioso, and One Eyed Jane, with the clock stopped at 1:43.6 (26-25’-24’-27) for the mile.
The PCSO-Philtobo Classic, a grueling 2,000 meters, was won by Manuel Alvarez’s Basic Instint, with Dominador Borbe Jr. in the irons. Trained by Manuel Vicente, the 4YO colt brushed against opponent Captain Ball, ridden by by Fernando Raquel Jr., at the top of the final straight, but both riders “admitted their mounts were shifting ground,” according to the stewards’ report, “causing them to brush each other from time to time.
The stewards “were in consensus that there was no evidence of interference, and that it was a good race.” Both jockeys were admonished to be more careful in the future.
Captain Ball placed second, Penrith third, and Steel Creation fourth.
The mile Philtobo Juvenile Championship Cup saw Puyat’s Valley Ridge dominate the field of seven. The second placer was Princess Meili, followed by Jebel Ali and Driven with the time for the race at 1:42.4 (25’-24’-24’-28).
Overall, it was a successful day of racing, and congratulations to Philtobo for bringing racing fans another memorable spectacle!
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