THW: Amethyst, Chairman’s Cup Next Month

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  28 January 2009, Wednesday

Amethyst, Chairman’s Cup Next Month

Happy Lunar New Year to all! What are horse racing fans looking forward to next month?

After the salvo of Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored January stakes races – the Garnet I and the Garnet II – the next fusillade erupts on February 8, with the running of the Philracom’s Amethyst I mile at Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

The race is the second leg of the Imported/Local Challenge and has total prizes of P500,000 allocated from first to fourth, as is usual practice.

February 15 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, will showcase the 1500-meter Amethyst II, a handicap race open to the special class division runners of the three highest groups. The twist here is that it is open to local-breds only. Such races are always interesting to watch, to see how much thoroughbred breeding has improved in the country in the past several decades.

Speaking of breeding, one of the major contributors to this effort will be honored on February 22.

The 2009 Philracom Chairman’s Cup stakes, in honor of past leaders of the government agency that regulates and supervises the sport, will be named for Augusto Benedicto L. Santos, who served from 1986 to 1990.

Santos is also a noted breeder and horseowner and has been active in the industry since the ’70s, if not earlier. He bred many champions on his Batangas ranch. Many of his winners were the progeny of stock imported by his father, Augusto A. Santos, also a noted horseman who entered the sport in 1956.

In the ’80s, there were the likes of Luminary (2nd leg Triple Crown champion), Rocket Star, and Little Hut.

In the ’90s, Marangal reigned supreme. He was bred by Santos in New Zealand. Other winners on the roster are Gold Cup victor Balatkayo and the undefeated racemare Sun Dancer.

In the new millennium, his stakes performers included Flirting Hero, Batangas Force, I Love This Game, San Diego Force, Namaste, and Cat’s Eye.

The 1600-meter Chairman’s Cup is open to 3YO local-breds and carries a total pot of P2 million. There is also a P70,000 prize to the winner of the breeder. These serve as hefty incentives to local breeders to continue to upgrade their bloodstock.

Meanwhile, the Philracom has released the rankings of the Top Fifty Horses, Owners, Trainers, and Jockeys of 2008. Space constraints prevent me from listing them all, but here are those who made the official Top Ten:

Horses: Indelible Ink, Don Enrico, Shining Fame, Go Army, Real Spicy, Ibarra, Terry Toon, Es Twenty Six, Hieroglyphics, and Good Humour.

Owners: Herminio S. Esguerra, Aristeo G. Puyat, Antonio O. Floirendo Sr., Ricardo G. Aquino, Antonio V. Tan Jr., Emmanuel A. Santos, Leonardo M. Naval, George M. Lazarte, Jeci A. Lapus, and Antonio G. de Ubago Jr.

Trainers: Ruben S. Tupas, Raymundo R. Henson, Dave R. de la Cruz, Nestor E. Manalang, Ricardo P. Paman Jr., Felipe B. Buencamino, Orlando A. Velasquez, Ernesto S. Roxas, MM Vicente, Donato S. Sordan.

Jockeys: Jonathan B. Hernandez, Jesse B. Guce, Patricio R. Dilema, John Alvin A. Guce, Fernando M. Raquel Jr., Dominador H. Borbe Jr.,  Jeffril T. Zarate, Karvin E. Malapira, EP Nahilat, and John B. Cordero.

Rankings are based on “money earned”, or gross prizes won from first to fourth. For the full list and stats, visit   ***

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7 Comments on THW: Amethyst, Chairman’s Cup Next Month

  1. NiHAWmA
    2 February 2009 at 8:20 am (4170 days ago)


    LUMINARY, the arch rival of FAIR & SQUARE (including Master Robert)

    ROCKET STAR, the arch rival of RED ANNIE (Nicky Jacinto) including Silver Grey of Gerry Gonzales

    MARANGAL happens to be an imported horse competing against Celebrated Ruler (L. Almeda) and Karangalan (Gerry Gonzales)

    LITTLE HUE, the stable mate of Golden Hue.

    BALATKAYO, 1991 winner of PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.

    FLIRTING HERO, a speedster. Can you still remember Streets of Gold?

    It was Ochie Santos’s PAY D’ CLAY, steered by JD Camu ( trained by the late Mang Juaning Macaraig, who won the inaugurals of the First Gentleman Silver Cup (1996).

    1997, also saw Ochie Santos’s AMERICAN SONG, guided by DH Borbe Jr. ( trained by Rudy Mendoza) winning the First Gentleman Silver Cup.

    2001 saw one of Ochie Santos’s horse named SONATA upsetting Silver Story in the Winner’s Division at the Santa Ana Park. An unbelievable loss.

    Silver Story defeated the stable mate of Sonata, SKY HAWK in the (2001 Horseman’s Cup) Triple Crown at the San Lazaro Hippodrome.

  2. Lainie
    9 February 2009 at 11:55 pm (4163 days ago)


    I am an Australian resident that reads your blog I would be grateful if you could locate a horse that is from a mare that own by the name of “Smack That” if she has run ect.. I was also appaled at those attacks on the horses over there very cowardly and cruel.

    Regards Lainie

  3. NiHAWmA
    13 February 2009 at 6:14 am (4160 days ago)

    SMACK THAT, Oct.29 was her first Maiden race (Special Class Division 4). The filly was pitted against Syrinx, Negligee, Pumatone, Miss Elliot. Magical Street, Armidale and Street Song. Unfortunately the jockey was dismounted during the early going.

  4. Daniel Ong
    23 February 2009 at 10:02 am (4149 days ago)

    Jenny, balitaan mo kami pano natalo ni Dream Supreme si Go Army.

    Salamat poe.


  5. Daniel Ong
    23 February 2009 at 10:05 am (4149 days ago)

    Hi Jenny,

    Balitaan mo naman kami kung pano natalo si Go Army kay Dreame Supreme.



  6. lazybones
    4 March 2009 at 12:16 am (4141 days ago)

    Hi Jen, please include mo sa mga write up mo ang mga hineteng sinususpende-anong kabayo-ilang lingo at makailang beses na sya nasuspende. At sana bago patakbuhin ang kabayo suriin muna kung fit to run- ang ng yayari pagkatapos ng karera lang nila nalalaman na may karamdaman ang kabayo kaya natalo na sya panaman ang outstanding favorite-di ba isang kakulangan ng namamahala ang ganitong uri ng dapat sana mga 30 minuto bago tumakbo ang mga kabayo ay wala ng makakalapit dito upang maiwasan ang biglaang pagkakaroon ng sakit ng kabayo na syang dahilan ng kanyang pagkatalo, salamat Jenny

  7. eudes
    7 March 2012 at 8:49 pm (3041 days ago)

    Can u provide me birth dates of known horseowners and trainers? I would be very happy if you can provide me this request. Thank you…