Champion mare Ever Mine Now showed the racing world that she’s still got what it takes to be on top by capturing the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association (PSA) Cup last August 12, 2007 at Santa Ana Park.
Fresh from a five-month layoff, Ever Mine Now broke neatly out of the gate to grab the lead and dominate the mile-long race. The six-year-old runner, sired by American Odyssey out of Ever Mine, scored a wire-to-wire victory.
Only stablemate La Tienne was able to come close to the freakishly speedy frontrunner at the far turn. But despite her best efforts, she had to settle for second place, half-a-length behind Ever Mine Now. The winner duplicated her own record time of 1:38.6, with splits of 25-23-24-26.6 to earn the first place purse of P300,000.
The awarding ceremony was attended by several PSA officials: Perry Legaspi (director), Jun Lumibao (treasurer), and Aldrin Cardona (president). They presented the trophies to Ever Mine Now’s owner, Batangas mayor Eddie Dimacuha, trainer Rey Henson, and jockey Jonathan Hernandez.
Ever Mine Now was the 2006 Imported Horse of the Year. Among her achievements was defeating defending champion Wild Orchid in the All-Imported Championship with a brilliant wire-to-wire run. Out of 21 starts last year, Ever Mine notched ten wins, five second-places, four thirds, and one fourth to earn P2.91 million. ***
Photo: “Unoh” Hernandez and Ever Mine Now – winning tandem.