THW: MARHO Founders Cup racefest at Malvar

 THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 March 2015, Wednesday

MARHO Founders Cup racefest at Malvar

The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) is holding its General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers at the Metro Manila Turf Club, Inc.’s (MMTCI) Metro Turf racecourse in Malvar, Batangas on March 28.

This is the first event that MARHO will hold at Metroturf.

MARHO, the racing industry’s oldest and largest horseowners’ organization, was founded in 1974 by businessman and former ambasssador Eduardo M. Cojuango Jr. and 14 other horsemen.

The event will be marked by the staging of the MARHO Founders Cup racing festival featuring twelve 1,400-meter races out of 13 for the day.

The festival’s highlight races are the MARHO Founders Cup, in honor of the organization’s founders, and the MARHO-Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. Cup.

Each of these two races will have an added prize of P50,000 to the winning owner, sponsored by MARHO.

The other 10 races are MARHO Founders Special Races with added prizes of P25,000 each, all sponsored by Metroturf.

There will also be trophies for the winners of the races as well as free stallion certificates for the first- and second-placers of the 12 MARHO Founders Cup races.

Stallion certificates will also be raffled off to MARHO members attending the general membership meeting.

Shares to the services of the following sires will be given away: MARHO Chairman Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr.’s Self Feeder, Art Moderne, Shooting Star, Warrior Song, Elysium Fields, Principality, and Zapp; MARHO Director Antonio V. Tan’s Shining Fame and four of his Reenact shares;

MARHO President Emeritus Mayor Benhur C. Abalos’s Ultimate Goal, Bwana Bull, and Ibarra; Klub Don Juan de Manila (KDJM) President Jeci A. Lapus’s Smart Farda; KDJM Director Lamberto “Jun” Almeda Jr.’s Minsk; and stallions of MARHO Director Nathaniel “Nel” G. Velasco, among others.

“This will be a memorable event,” said MARHO Acting President Antonio “Tony” G. de Ubago Jr. “We extend our warm thanks to MMTCI Chairman Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. for the wholehearted support and hospitality he has given MARHO and its members.”

De Ubago also thanked the horseowners from the three organizations (including Philtobo) who donated stallion shares and contributed in other ways to make the event happen.

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The Philippine Racing Commission will be holding two 1,400-meter stakes races this weekend for local runners also at Malvar.

On Saturday, March 28, the 3YO Local Fillies Stakes race has five declared runners: Miss Brulay, Princess Ella, Real Talk, Song of Songs, and Superv, all to carry 52 kgs.

On Sunday, Mar. 29, the 3YO Local Colts stakes has six entries: Cat’s Dream, Diamond’s Best, Dikoridik Koridak, Right as Rain, Spicy Time, and Son of Thunder.

I’m going with Princess Ella in the Fillies and Cat’s Dream and Son of Thunder in the Colts.

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As expected, Mandaluyong City Mayor lawyer Benhur C. Abalos’s Gentle Strength triumphed in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race last March 21 at Santa Ana Park.

Ridden by jockey Jonathan Hernandez, Gentle Strength earned P600,000 for first, followed by Stony Road Horse Farm’s Incredible Hook in second and Pierre Niles’s Dominatore in third.

Mariano Tirona won the breeder’s purse of P50,000. Gentle Strength is by Ultimate Goal (USA) out of Shadow of the Moon (USA).

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