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THW: Don Juan Races a Success

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 October 2010, Wednesday

Don Juan Races a Success

Congratulations to the officers and members of the Klub Don Juan de Manila on their successful staging of the 9th Don Juan Derby racing Festival! Held last raceweek at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, the event featured four major races and minor trophy races scattered throughout the week.

Longshots ruled in the major races, with only one favorite scoring a win. Top choice Yes Pogi got back at rival Carriedo to bag the coveted Don Juan Derby trophy.

Yes Pogi, winner of two legs of this year’s Triple Crown Championship for 3YO, hung back of the field in his customary style to come from behind and win by a length-and-a-half. Owned by Francis Lim, trained by Felix Lauron, and ridden by Manolito Daquis, Yes Pogi is expected to perform well in the rest of the year’s prime competitions, such as the MARHO Cup racing festival.

In the other major races, Jun Paman’s Dailies won the Don Antonio Floirendo Golden Girls Stakes; SC Stockfarm’s Lord of War scored in the KDJM Juvenile Colts; and Antonio Floirendo’s Indy’s Task crossed the wire first in the KDJM Juvenile Fillies.

It was a rousing, well-managed event, and credit goes to the present leadership of KDJM for a job well done – president Ferdie Dimaisip, vice-presidents Manny Santos and Bayani Coching, corporate secretary Robert Francisco, treasurer Cesar Avila, and directors Tonyboy Eleazar, Ryan Ponce, Ruben Laureano, Victor Martinez, and John Joseph Lagasca. Special mention goes to their indefatigable and energetic manager Malou Beleno.


This next bit of information is not about racing, but it is about a former equine veterinarian, Lito Borja. Those in the know will remember him as formerly connected with the Philippine Racing Club. In 2007, he left the dizzying world of the racetrack for a simple life as a gentleman farmer on 40 hectares of paradise in Orion, Bataan, three hours’ drive from Manila.

At present, Dr. Borja grows fruit trees and other cash crops, but will be adding coffee to his planting lineup soon. He has not abandoned his interest in animals and takes care of a menagerie of wild animals on his vast plantation close to Mount Samat. “You can see the lights of Manila from there,” he says.

One thing he’s considering is caring for old and retired racehorses. “I can put up a paddock,” he said, “where they can run free. The place is hilly in some parts and they can get trailriding exercise.”

Since he is cash-strapped, he cannot afford to buy horses, but is willing to take them in from horseowners and breeders who might want to farm out geldings, dry mares, retired racehorses, and so on. It sounds like a very interesting project – an old folks’ home, as it were, for Thoroughbreds. It’s a quiet and peaceful way for horses to live out the rest of their days. Horseowners who want to take Dr. Borja up on his offer can send me an email at

In November, Dr. Borja will be off to Basilan for a week, where he will do volunteer work at remote barangays and war-ravaged and poverty-stricken areas there. For ‘animaltarian’ reasons, I asked? “Humanitarian too,” he insisted. “There is endemic poverty in Mindanao and experts have concluded that it can be alleviated by providing more livelihood opportunities and improving those already existing. Vets like myself can help by giving care to their cattle, which are undersized and undernourished.”

It’s people like Dr. Borja, who unselfishly volunteer their time and effort to missions like this, who make things better for the rest of us. Let’s think of how we can, in our own little way, also contribute to the well-being of the racehorses  and cattle  and dogs and all the other fauna that share the earth with us. ***

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THW: Of Lakambinis and Broken Records

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 August 2010, Wednesday

Of Lakambinis and Broken Records

It’s a rule of thumb in handicapping (choosing winners in horseracing) to opt for a colt or male horse over a filly or mare. It’s just one of those things, like taking a sprinter over a stayer in short distance races, stayers over sprinters in mid- to long-distance battles, and bays over grays and roans in bright day races.

To remove the gender factor, there are “distaff” races open only to fillies and mares, such as the Philippine Racing Commission’s annual Lakambini Stakes for local-bred 3YO fillies. Horseowners with high quality fillies take the effort and time to prepare their horses for this big-money stakes race that is usually run over a long distance.

This year it was run over 1,800 meters at Santa Ana Park last Sunday, with a slate of talented thoroughbreds coming out of their stables to compete for first prize of P720,000 put up by the Philracom, which also allotted prizes for second to fourth and for the winning breeder.

First out of the gate was the heavy favorite, Eric Tagle’s Thief in the Nite, with Cito Esquivias’s Empire Glory running off the pace. Longshot Ma’am Mika ran in third, moving up in the backstretch to grab second position before the far turn.

At the top of the stretch, Thief in the Nite was still in front but fading, allowing Ma’am Mika to take the lead. Third choice Redemption, guided by top rider Jesse Guce, staged a powerful rally in the final eighty meters to win by a length over Jun Molina’s Ma’am Mika. EB King’s Bilyonarya took third, C&H Enterprises’ Westerly Wind fourth. Total time for the race was 1:53.6.

Owned by Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos, Redemption is trained by Ruben Tupas. Sired by Sailaway out of American mare Fire Down Under, Redemption is half-sister to Mayor Abalos’s champion Ibarra, which was sired by a Cherokee Run progeny, Yonaguska.

In another special race also last Sunday, the mile-long Samahang Plaridel Race, second favorite Hot Shout, owned by Tito de Jesus’s Rolling Green Farms and ridden by John Alvin Guce, clocked 1:41 to win over placers Tiger Moon, Lakota Creek, and Okay Approve.

In last Thursday’s 2nd Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Memorial Raceday, the two 1,700 meter highlight races proved exciting with the record for that distance being broken within both races.

It’s “Horses out!” for one of the Mayor Bagatsing Day special races.

In the Division I Bagatsing Cup, third pick Thoti’s Best, steered by Daniel Camanero,  scored an upset over heavy favorite Yes Pogi and close second choice Carriedo. The time for the race was a record 1:45. Two races later, in the Division II, the Jeff Zarate-piloted Batang Tundo set the track on fire with a blistering 1:43.

Thoti’s Best flashes past Carriedo in the RDB Cup – Div I.

Though low-key compared to last year’s week-long event debut, the Bagatsing Raceday was special, with recognition given to winning grooms via cash prizes of P1,500. Sponsors Euromed, Red Bull, and Pocari Sweat had giveways packs for winning owners, trainers, jockeys, and grooms.

JennyO interviews Cong. Amado Bagatsing on the live cable TV coverage.

Meanwhile, the nomination of yearlings to the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners racing program will be accepted until October 31. A general assembly and election of officers will be held in the first or second week of September.

All in all, these are interesting times for the sport, with annual events being sustained by their founders and sponsors despite tight economic times. ***

All photos by Joselito Vilella.

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THW: Triple Crown Hopes Dashed

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 21 July 2010, Wednesday

Triple Crown Hopes Dashed

A magnificent performance by a comebacking colt crushed the Triple Crown sweep hopes of another via a heart-breaking photo-finish – and denied him a P500,000 bonus on top of the first prize of P1.8 million.

Yes Pogi, Francis Lim’s come-from-behind gray, failed to prevail against Herminio Esguerra’s Carriedo in the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commision-sponsored championship series for elite 3YOv local-breds last Sunday at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Carriedo, who had a successful juvenile campaign, was sidelined by injury for much of his 3YO season and was unable to compete in the first and second legs of the Triple Crown. They were won by Yes Pogi, who endeared himself to fans with his laid-back running style of loping along in last for most of the race, only to surge in the later stages and win via close finishes.

Railbirds had expected that the 2,000-meter Triple Crown third leg would prove to be an easy run for the Rum Tum Tiger-sired gray, since longer distances favor stayers. But when the news broke that Carriedo was back in harness, the odds quickly rearranged themselves to give the plucky bay a good chance to reassert his domination over foes he had beat before.

All the contenders broke well from the gate, their hooves trying to gain traction on a sloppy track. Thief in the Nite, the lone filly, took the lead, followed by Consolidator. Carriedo ran off the pace in fourth while Yes Pogi, galloping towards the back of the back, moved up along the rail.

At the backstretch, it was still Thief in the Nite by two ahead of Consolidator, Scotland Yard in third, Carriedo still in fourth, while Yes Pogi had moved up to fifth. Jesse Guce, on board Carriedo, saw a hole and started moving up, while Yes Pogi, hugging the rail, was still looking for a place to go through.

At the far turn, Yes Pogi went through a gap between horses, swinging a bit wide off his course, while Carriedo saved ground and made a tight sweet turn into the homestretch.

Down the lane, it was Carriedo in front by ¾ length, as Yes Pogi tried to catch up under heavy whipping by jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. All Jesse Guce had to do was ‘show the whip’ to Carriedo, who struggled to keep the gap even as Yes Pogi lengthened his strides. They hit the wire at practically the same time in a photo-finish ending.

When the dust cleared, Carriedo was declared the winner by less than a nose, clocking a total time of 2:07. Yes Pogi came in second, Righthererightnow third, and Thoti’s Best fourth.

A bit of trivia – both Yes Pogi (out of Belle Epoque) and Carriedo (Deputy Bodman – Astuce) were bred at Esguerra’s Herma Farm and Stud in Batangas.

The Triple Crown wasn’t the only battle for elite 3YO last weekend. On Saturday, in the Philracom’s Hopeful Stakes, auxiliary to the Triple Crown, it was the Manolito Daquis-guided Si Señor (The Cliff Edge – She’s No Princess) that prevailed by 3-1/2 lengths over Westerly Wind. Redemption settled for third, Unequalled fourth. The 2,000-meter run tested the capabilities of a larger field than the Triple Crown over a hard track, resulting in the victory of a longshot with a total time of 2:10.

Now, another favorite pasttime of racing fans – running races in hindsight. What if Carriedo had been entered in the first two legs – would the entire outcome of this series have been different? It’s one of those questions that can only be answered with, “We’ll never know.”

What we are sure of is that we still have no Triple Crown champion. The P500,000 bonus prize put up by Philracom for a sweep champion remains unclaimed.While a sweep would have been quite an accomplishment for Yes Pogi, the fact that it is now going on ten years since the last one (Patrick Uy’s Silver Story in 2001), it is proof that the quality of Philippine thoroughbreds are so well-matched that there isn’t one that stands head and withers above the rest. ***

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