Trainer Chito Santos was at San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP) last Tuesday night (June 19) to saddle his entries, looking mighty fit and rested after almost a week in Australia for the June 12-14 Magic Millions sales.
He said that one of his horseowners, Oliver “Jojo” Velasquez, bought four horses, among them a Johannesburg filly that he particularly admired and got at a bargain.
Johannesburg (Hennessy-Myth, 1999) was bred in Kentucky and had an undefeated career as a 2-yo champion. His 3-yo year, however, was lackluster, and he now stands at the mighty Coolmore Stud.
His pedigree is impeccable; his grandsire is Storm Cat, one of my personal favorite stallions because he has Northern Dancer and Secretariat blood in him, contributing the speed of Bold Ruler and the staying power of Princequillo.
Mr. Velasquez, said Chito, was on the hunt for certain pedigrees that would eventually enhance his breeding operations, while Chito recommended that he purchase workhorse runners with good conformations to provide cash flow to their stable.
On http://www.phf.com.ph (Pambansang Website ng Pinoy Horse Fanatics), horseowner Chino Pamintuan (who logs in as “samahan_matibay”) reported that the party of 80 Filipino buyers and their connections crammed their shopping carts with 39 horses bearing choice pedigrees.
Manny Santos, said Pamintuan, bought 13, Bayani Coching 6, Roland Lim 3, Jun Almeda 2, David Lee 2, Pierre Niles 1, B. Ponce 1, Shellane Marie Pamor 1, and other Filipino buyers 9.
PHF member “filheights” shared that Manny Santos (of Jade Bros.Resort and Farm) spent A$140,000 [almost p6 million] on his purchases. The most expensive was a Hussonet-Classic Consent filly worth A$26,000 [P1 million].
Manny Santos also bought a Rock of Gibraltar-Priscilla chestnut filly for A$15,000 [P585,000]. Rock of Gibraltar is a European champion (see earlier entry in this blog).
Manny also acquired a brown filly by E Dubai out of Regal Sea for A$17,000 [P663,000]. E Dubai is also a stakes winner and comes from the world-famous Godolphin Stable of Dubai ruler Sheik Muhammad al-Maktoum.
These imported bloodlines should dramatically improve our local bloodstock and give us exciting races to look forward to.
Photo: A clipping from an Australian publication that featured Jojo Velasquez.