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THW: Go Army Conquers in SMB-MARHO Kinse

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 1 December 2010, Wednesday

Go Army Conquers in Successful SMB-MARHO Kinse

The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners celebrated a milestone last week – its 15th running of the San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup Championship races at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite,

The racing festival, the biggest such event annually, featured this year nearly 40 trophy races scattered from Thursday to Sunday and its flagship six stakes races on Sunday.

Dubbed “MARHO Kinse: A Celebration of Horseracing”, the championships were dominated by horseowner and breeder Herminio S. Esguerra who bagged three out of six. Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos won two while Cesar Daniel Castro scored the final win.

Esguerra’s veteran runner Go Army emerged as the victor of the main race, the San Miguel Beer – MARHO Cup Classic, easily conquering six other foes to win the 2,000-meter battle by five lengths.

Heaven Sent sprung clean out of the gate and ran in front by five ahead of the Jonathan Hernandez-steered Go Army, who ran off the pace for most of the way until the home turn when he started moving up and pulled away from the rest of the field.

Go Army (Mr. Sutter – J’Approve) clocked splits of 24’-24-26-27-29 for a total time of 2:10.4. Native Land came in second, followed by a spent Heaven Sent and Defiant in fourth.

Esguerra entries also won two other main races. The Hernandez-guided Dimasalang (Quaker Ridge – Matinee Marvel) triumphed in the Philippine Racing Commission–MARHO Cup Juvenile Filly stakes, and second favorite Gastambide (Enjoyment – Sequin) in the 3YO Colt Mile.

Abalos fielded Barkley (Baseball Champion-Treeline) in the Philracom-MARHO Cup Juvenile Colt stakes. Barkley was sent off as the second choice and won by a length-and-a-half over third-placer Arvin Dugo. The favorite, Lord of War, came in third.

Redemption (Sailaway-Fire Down Under), half-sister to champion Ibarra and another Abalos stable star and also second pick in the sales, was victress of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office-MARHO Cup 3YO Filly Mile, winning by ¾ length over top pick Westerly Wind, May Bukas Pa, and Woodsy Ribbon.

Castro’s EJ’s Magic (Self Feeder – Heir Apparent) made MARHO history by scoring a three-peat in the Sprint, being the only frontrunner to overcome strong winds last Sunday and hit the wire first. He duplicated the feat of Ariba King who won three-in-a-row from 2002-2005.

The savvy 6YO chestnut sprinter ran as third favorite and posted splits of 12’-21’-26’ for a total time of 1:00.7.

The MARHO breeders’ trophies went to Esguerra’s Herma Farms & Stud, which bred Dimasalang, Gastambide, Go Army, and EJ’s Magic; and to Abalos, whose ranch produced both Barkley and Redemption.

Thanks to a stellar lineup and strong sponsor, participant, and aficionado support, “MARHO Kinse” logged vigorous betting handle figures, a mark of event success.

The six-day raceweek’s sales were pegged at P160.7 million for a week without betting carryovers while Sunday’s were over P37.39 million. MARHO’s record for Sunday sales is over P45 million, set in 2005 at the old Santa Ana Park racetrack in Makati City.

In keeping with this year’s crystal anniversary theme, the winning horseowners of the six championship races were awarded heavy glass crystal vases while the breeders were awarded sparkling Swarovski crystal horse figurines presented in sapphire blue boxes.

The racing festival was initially staged in 1996, the brainchild of MARHO chairman mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. and president emeritus Aristeo G. Puyat as a scheme for providing incentives and encouragement to local Thoroughbred breeders to improve the quality of the racehorses they were producing.

Since then, in the face of economic and other challenges, MARHO has continued with the program, providing millions of pesos in prize money annually for the winners and placers of the event. Breeders, for their part, have responded over the years by bringing in quality horses from abroad to boost local bloodstock.

The six championships are open only to Philippine-bred horses, and to be nominated to the MARHO gives foals an added cachet at auctions and sales.

This year’s event sponsors were San Miguel Corporation, Philracom, PCSO, Santa Ana Park, Hygain Feeds, and the Ciara Marie Foundation. The MARHO board of directors – Mayor Sandy Javier, chairman; Eric Tagle, president; Antonio de Ubago, executive vice-president and treasurer; Antonio Tan, VP-Racing; Manny Santos, VP-Membership; Atty. Ramon Bagatsing Jr., VP-Special Projects and corporate secretary; Victor Ferrer Jr., auditor; directors Jesus Ramon Mamon, Macario Asistio, Cong. Amado Bagatsing, Jose Maria Franco, Vicente Go Bon, Enrique Javier, Cong. Jeci Lapus, and Robert Ramirez -  thank all the sponsors and everyone who participated and helped make MARHO Kinse the most successful horseracing event of the year so far.

For those who wish to view the “San Miguel Beer-MARHO Kinse” souvenir magazine, search for “Gogirl Racing” on Facebook for the link.   ***

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THW: MARHO Kinse This Week

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 24 November 2010, Wednesday

MARHO Kinse This Week

With the arrival of cooler weather and humongous traffic snarls this November comes the biggest horseracing festival of the year – the action-packed San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup Championships this week at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park.

Established by Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners chairman Leonardo Javier Jr. and president emeritus Aristeo Puyat in 1996, the event is now on its 15th running, hence the event tagline “MARHO Kinse”.

Its six championship races are open only to elite-class Philippine-bred horses, MARHO’s way of supporting the local Thoroughbred breeding industry, and is a testament to the excellence of the mostly Batangas-born runners that compete on the country’s two racetracks.

However, in recognition of the massive contribution of imports to the improvement of the local bloodline, over forty trophy races have also been prepared by the MARHO, some of these races being open to imports and island-born horses (foals born from pregnant imported mares).

One of the staunchest and most generous supporters of the MARHO Cup is San Miguel Corporation. Its chairman and CEO, former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., is the founding chairman of MARHO and has backed the event since its inception. The event itself and the main race, the Classic, are consistently branded “San Miguel Beer”.

The brand was also applied to this year’s 3YO Colt Mile.

The other championship races this Kinse year are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Filly Mile; the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Colts and Juvenile Fillies stakes; and the Santa Ana Park Sprint.

Philracom has always supported the MARHO, as has PRC, owner and operator of Santa Ana Park, MARHO’s home track, which provides logistical and financial assistance. PCSO’s support as one of the main sponsors once again is much welcomed.

The 15th anniversary is termed “crystal”, and it is clear from the lineup of runners that this festival is going to be extra special.

Classic (2,000 meters): Rita Pilapil’s Heaven Sent, with jockey RG Fernandez, carrying 55kgs, coupled with Joshua’s Laughter, JPA Guce, 57; Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army, JB Hernandez, 57; Benhur Abalos’ Schadow Strafze, KB Abobo, 57; Tony Tan’s Native Land, JA Guce, 57, coupled with Shining Fame, JB Guce, 57; and Juan Molina Jr.’s Defiant, JT Zarate, 55.

Colt Mile (all imposts 56kgs): Wilbert Tan’s Thoti’s Best, Dan L. Camañero; Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi, FM Raquel; Aristeo Puyat’s Flair Bottoms, AB Alcasid Jr.; Herminio Esguerra’s Gastambide, JPA Guce; and Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb, JT Zarate.

Filly Mile (all 54 kgs): Leonora Pasion’s My Sweet Leonora, JG Tinte; Rona Yanagizawa’s Woodsy Ribbon, RG Fernandez; Benhur Abalos’ Redemption, JB Guce; Francisco Maristela’s May Bukas Pa, JT Zarate; Aristeo Puyat’s Apo Bell, AB Alcasid Jr.; and C & H Enterprises’Westerly Wind, KB Abobo.

Juvenile Colts (mile, all 54kgs): Emmanuel King’s Hi-Money, Pat Dilema; Jeci Lapus’ Beyond Good, JG Tinte; Benhur Abalos’ Barkley, JB Guce; Rita Bustamante’s Lexibonn, JPA Guce; Sta. Clara Stockfarm’s Lord of War, JB Hernandez; and Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo, FM Raquel Jr.

Juvenile Fillies (mile, all 54kgs): Manny Santos’ Seeds of Wisdom, AF Sullano; Sixto Esquivias’ Antoine Dugo, 54; Wilbert Tan’s Gandang Pinay, JB Guce; Bienvenido Niles Jr.’s Homerun Queen, JT Zarate; Benhur Abalos’ Elusive Wind, AM Tancioco; Enrique Javier’s Immaculate, PR Dilema; Herminio Esguerra’s Dimasalang, JB Hernandez; and Honorato Neri’s Kitty West, AB Alcasid Jr.

Sprint (1,000 meters): Bienvenido Niles Jr.’s Bumble Bee, JT Zarate, 57; Rita Pilapil’s Lively Dude, JAA Guce, 57; Cesar Castro’s EJ’s Magic, FM Raquel Jr., 57; Napoleon Chua’s Music King, PR Dilema, 57; Herminio Esguerra’s Eternal Flame, JB Guce, 55.

Meanwhile, last Sunday at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, Philracom’s biggest race of the year, the Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. Cup, was won by the far second choice, Herminio Esguerra’s Multiply. The imported 4YO colt guided by Jeffril Zarate scored a decisive upset over the outstanding favorite, Benhur Abalos’ island-born Ibarra, winning by eight lengths. The time was a quick 2:06 over 2,000 meters, with splits of 24’-23-26-25-27’.

Railbirds opined that Ibarra had been let loose too soon and consequently took the second quarter at a fast 23”, which could have been cause for Ibarra to lose steam in later stages of the race. Multiply, which ran off the pace, took the lead at the far turn and hit the wire with plenty to spare. ***

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