Crowds filled the stands to witness five action-packed stakes races today at Santa Ana Park.
The Philippine Racing Commission sponsored two charity stakes races as part of its socio-civic program, benefiting scholars from the Paco Catholic School and St. Pius X School.
Both schools are located in the fifth district of Manila, bailiwick of horseman Cong. Amado Bagatsing.
The Paco Catholic School race was won by Hard Way (Pay Per View-Island Mist), while the Pius X race went to Dona Marucha (Thunder Vic-Malipayon). Both horses are local-breds running in class-division 4-6A to 4-7B.
L-R: Cong. Amado Bagatsing; Dr. Hilario of Paco Catholic; representative of Hard Way owner RC Tanyag; trainer Dodoy Mamaril; Fr. Ed Ulloa of Paco Catholic School; Philracom chairman Atty. Joy Rojas
Philracom chairman Rojas and commissioners Atty. Vic Tantoco and Boboc Domingo; Dona Marucha trainer Jerry Cruz and jockey Jericho Serrano
Three other stakes races were sponsored by Magic Millions Thoroughbred Sales of Australia. Managing Director David Chester flew into Manila to attend the event, where he was joined by Australian Trade Commission senior trade commissioner Ross Bray.
The MM-3YO Colts Cup mile was won by outstanding favorite Lim Expensive Toys, who left his opponents ten lengths behind as he showed his speed under the guidance of jockey John Alvin Guce. Owner Roland Lim had purchased the colt, sired by Giant’s Causeway out of Prophet’s Kiss, in an MM sale last year at the Gold Coast. He clocked 1:41 with splits of 25′-24-24-27′.
In the MM-3YO Fillies Cup mile, Blind Date clocked 1:41 to grab the title.
But it was left to an older horse to show a better performance in the MM-4YO & Older Horses Cup, also a 1600-meter race. Midnight King, a 4YO by King Cugat out of Midnight Nova and winner of the 2007 British Cup, posted quarters of 25′-24-23′-27 for a total 1:40 to give owner Pierre Niles another win.
Austrade Senior Commissioner Ross Bray, Magic Millions Managing Director David Chester, horseowner Nonoy Niles representing his son Pierre Niles, trainer Jose Clor, jockey Val Dilema, and Philippine Racing Club racing manager Dan Valmonte