THW: MARHO stages successful Founders Cup

 THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 1 April 2015, Wednesday

MARHO stages successful Founders Cup

The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) Founders Cup (MFC) racing festival last March 28 was a day marked by longshot and big dividends,

The 12-race fiesta de karera was held at the Metro Turf racecourse and is the first time MARHO has held an event at the track owned and operated by businessman Norberto B. Quisumbing Jr.’s Metro Manila Turf Club, Inc. (MMTCI).

Also held that day was a MARHO general membership meeting and election of officers.

Congratulations to the new slate of directors headed by Javier, Leyte Mayor Leonardo M. Javier Jr. as chairman.

With him on the Board are businessman Antonio G. de Ubago Jr. (president), lawyer Sixto S. Esquivias IV (corporate secretary), businessman Antonio V. Tan Jr. (treasurer), Quezon City Councilor Victor V. Ferrer Jr. (auditor), and businessman Nathaniel G. Velasco (vice-president for racing).

Also on the Board as directors are Manila Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos, former Tarlac representative Jeci A. Lapus, Kalookan City Vice-Mayor Macario E. Asistio III, and businessmen Eric R. Tagle, Emmanuel A. Santos, Vicente P. Go Bon, Arleen D. Chua, and James Albert Dichaves.

MMTCI through the generosity of Dr. Quisumbing gave added prizes of P25,000 to the winners of 10 MFC races.

He also put up a P50,000 added prize for the winner of the MARHO Founders Cup held in honor of the association’s 15 original founders who established what is now the sport’s oldest horseowners’ group in 1974.

Dr. Quisumbing was himself one of the original members of MARHO.

The MFC was won by longshot Cat’s Silver (Ultimate Goal x Cat’s Gold), owned by Mayor Abalos, trained by CC Angeles, and steered by Jonathan Hernandez.

MARHO provided an added prize of P50,000 for the MARHO-Dr. Norberto B. Quisumbing Jr. Cup won by Mabsoy (Art Moderne x Springstreetballet), owned by Reli de Leon, trained by DV Bungar, and ridden by Jeffrey Bacaycay.

Each winning groom that day also received a P1,000 added cash prize.

Cote d’Azur started the trend of longshots that by the end of the day yielded good dividends in the exotic betting.

MARHO directors and members also gave to the winners of each of the 12 MFC races  free stud service certificates to stallions Bwana Bull, Ultimate Goal, Warrior Song, Trust n Luck, Self Feeder, Fort Dignity, Ibarra, Minsk, Zap, Smart Farda, Shining Fame, and Reenact.

Also held that same day was the Philippine Racing Commission’s 3YO Fillies Stakes, won by Running Rich Racing’s Miss Brulay (Cat Brulay x Near Miss), trained by Renato Hipolito and guided by jockey Kelvin Abobo.

On hand to award the trophies to the winners were Philracom commissioners lawyers Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., Wilfredo de Ungria, and Victor Tantoco.

All races at Metro Turf last Saturday were run over 1,400 meters.

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