THW: A happy horsey story

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 28 January 2015, Wednesday

A happy horsey story

One of the joys of my being a racing writer is getting to know Thoroughbred and racing aficionados from around the world.

Some time ago last year, I received a note via my Facebook page Gogirl Racing from Jennifer in the United States.

She said, “Hi, I’m looking for a TB mare that was sold in the November Keeneland sale in 2013. Her name is Subprime and she is out of my mare Pleasant Boom. I foaled her and she is like family. I just want to keep tabs on her. Any ideas how to find her? She was bought by Skipton farm and sent to Philippines in the fall. She foaled a Dialed In filly this year.”

It took me some time to find out the answer to her question, but recently I was able to update her. “Good news! I found Subprime! She is on the farm of one of the best breeders in the country, Mayor Benhur Abalos. His farm consultant asked me to reassure you that Subprime ‘is in very good hands. There are no problems with her, she’s healthy, and she’s one of the mares we’re hoping will produce good foals.’ Her Dialed In foal is doing well too.”

Jennifer was pleased to hear that. “Awesome! So happy. I wish them the best. Thank you for finding that out. So now maybe I can follow her foals and cheer them on. Thank you again. It means a lot to me.”

It means a lot to me too, to be able to help a fellow horse person who like me regards horses as “family”, and to be of service not only to the local racing community but to the international Thoroughbred community as well.

In racing, as in all other human activities, communication is a vital component for getting things get done.

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Ten 3YO will vie for top honors and a P600,000 purse on Saturday (Jan. 31) in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The entries are: EEG Development Corp.’s colt Juachenzo’s Run to be ridden by Mark Alvarez, Manila Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing’s filly Spicy Daijobo wth CM Pilapil, Honorato Neri’s filly Court of Honor with John Alvin Guce, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos’s filly Sweetness with Kelvin Abobo,

Joseph Dyhengco’s colt Dixie Indy with Rodeo Fernandez, Herminio S. Esguerra’s colt McCartney with Fernando Raquel Jr., Raymund Puyat’s colt Club Champion with Jonathan Hernandez, Alchy Enterprises’ colt Diamond’s Best with Val Dilema, Gilda Bradd’s filly Boyayot’s Pride with Christopher Garganta, and Emmanuel King Jr.’s colt Money Talks with RO Niu Jr.

This is a set-weight race, with colts to carry 54.5 kgs. and fillies 53 kgs. There are also prizes from second to third place and a breeder’s purse.

This race is the PCSO Racing Committee’s first for the year. There will be PCSO-sponsored races staged at least once a month.

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Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Malaya showed off her spectacular form last Sunday (Jan. 25) by winning the Philracom Commissioner’s Cup at Metro Turf racecourse.

Malaya, steered by jockey Jonathan B. Hernandez, won by many lengths over stablemate El Libertador. Stand In Awe came in third and Cleave Ridge fourth.

The time for the 1,800-meter race was 1:52.6 (14-23.8-23.8-24-27). * * * Facebook: Gogirl Racing, Twitter: @gogirlracing, Blog:




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Errata in my column last week, with regard to the update on jockey LT Cuadra Jr.: The Jockeys Fund is only 2.5 percent of horse prizes. It is the Trainers Fund that is 3 percent. Also, it was Noni Neri, president of Manila Horsepower, who donated to Cuadra, and not horseowner Honorato “Nori” Neri. My apologies for the errors.



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