Wild Orchid Half-Brother to Race in Sydney

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Gerry Burke of Australia, who wanted to know champion import Wild Orchid’s record because he owns a half-brother of hers who is in training and will be racing soon. I sent him the Philippine Racing Commission record, with my own notes appended:

WILD ORCHID (AUS) High Yield – Dove Orchid, bay mare, foaled 09/01/02

Philippine Race Record

Importer/Former Owner: Atty. Edmond Moreno

Current Owner: Mr. Herminio S. Esguerra

Starts: 41 (1st – 25, 2nd – 9, 3rd – 3, 4th – 3)

Records Held:

  • 1400 meters – 1:25. San Lazaro Leisure Park, 27 May 2007, class-division (ordinary) race
  • 1500 meters – 1:30.8. SLLP, 1 Oct 2005, CD race
  • 2000 meters – 2:04.4. SLLP, 24 Dec 2005, Philracom Classic Open Championship

Stakes races won:

  1. 3rd Santa Ana Park Challenge Run, 1500m, 3 July 2005
  2. Philracom Imported Stakes series IV, 1800m, 31 July 2005
  3. Santa Ana Park Championship series IV, 1600m, 11 Sept 2005
  4. Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby, 2000m, 16 Oct 2005
  5. Philracom All-Imported Championship, 2000m, 27 Nov 2005
  6. Philracom Classic Open, 2000m, 24 Dec 2005 (RECORD) 2:04.4
  7. Santa Ana Park Championship, 1800m, 31 Dec 2005
  8. Don Antonio Floirendo Golden Girls Stakes, 1750m, 15 Oct 2006
  9. Philracom Imported Stakes Series III, 1750m, 10 June 2006
  10. Philracom Imported-Local Challenge I, 1600m, 19 Aug 2006

Wild Orchid is considered one of the best horses ever to run on Philippine tracks. Her peak period was when she was owned by Atty. Moreno, in 2005, when she broke two time records. Mr. Esguerra, the biggest horseowner and breeder in the country, acquired her some years later, not just for racing but more for breeding purposes later on.

She has earned many millions of pesos in prize money, but I cannot give you the exact figure of her career earnings but because of problems with record-keeping at the Philippine Racing Commission, only figures from 2006 onwards are available.

She raced only once this year (so far), on 20 January, placing second in the Philracom Garnet I Stakes (Imported Stakes series I) and is currently on spell at Mr. Esguerra’s Herma Farm and Stud.


A dejected Jonathan Hernandez rides Wild Orchid into the parade ring after being beaten by Aly Dancer in the 20 January 2008 Philracom Garnet I stakes at Santa Ana Park. This was Wild Orchid’s last appearance so far this year.

Gerry emailed back with news on Wild Orchid’s half-sib:

Dear Jenny, Many, many thanks for that info – a truly remarkable record! Our colt is called Distant Ruler and is by King’s Best out of Dove Orchid. He should have his first race about the second week in October and is trained by Pat Carey, who trained last year’s VRC Oaks winner. You can probably track him through the free Breeding & Racing site out of Sydney.

I noticed that somebody from your part of the world bought the full sister or brother to Wild Orchid but it must not have risen to the same heights.

The most exciting horse over here, right now is Weekend Hustler. He is most dominant.

Best, Gerry

It’s terrific to hear from other horseowners and breeders from other parts of the world, brought together by the Internet and love of horses.

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4 Comments on Wild Orchid Half-Brother to Race in Sydney

  1. NiHAWmA
    8 September 2008 at 7:11 pm (3667 days ago)

    Ms. Jen

    Just want to let you know that Wild Orchid and Stowaway Lass are both record holders (2,000 meters) @ SLLP (2:04.4)

    Stowaway Lass (Val Dilema)
    Nov. 13, 2005 JDV CUP

    Wild Orchid (FM Raquel)
    Dec. 24, 2005 Classic Open

    Wild Orchid broke the record of Real Top, 1500 meters (1:31.4 Aug.1, 1999) and Thunder Vic, 1400 meters (1:27.4 May 30, 1998)

  2. gogirlracing
    9 September 2008 at 6:53 am (3666 days ago)

    Thanks, I know Stowaway Lass ties the record with Wild Orchid. See my “Records” page.

  3. NiHAWmA
    9 September 2008 at 2:14 pm (3666 days ago)


    WILD ORCHID … the controversial horse of Atty. Ed Moreno lost to GOLDEN LINK as an outstanding favorite in a regular race at the Santa Ana Park. Jockey FM Raquel was suspended for six months for DELIBERATELY LOSING THE RACE but a TRO was issued. So Raquel was able to ride again. Because of his horse defeat, Atty. Ed Moreno was forced to remove his trainer from the stable and sold Wild Orchid.

    Racing fans were frustrated when they saw FM Raquel’s mount right at the back of Golden Link with JB Hernandez.

  4. NiHAWmA
    9 September 2008 at 2:32 pm (3666 days ago)

    GRAND HARVEST (by High Yield out of Dove Orchid) is Wild Orchid’s full brother who has not won any race here in the Philippines.