THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 17 August 2011, Wednesday
Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup
A sharp filly looking to be the valedictorian of this season’s juvenile class made good grades last weekend when she broke the record for the 1,200 meters.
Humble Riches won the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes last Saturday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park coming from off-the-pace. She was sent off as the outstanding favorite based on her speedy win in the second leg.
Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches posted splits of 24.2-22-25.2 for a total time of 1:11.6. This breaks the record of 1:11.8 set just last August 9 by Cheese Mosa also at Santa Ana Park in a condition race. The previous record was Miss Elliot’s 1:12 set in 2010.
Humble Riches came in six lengths ahead of second placer Alpha Alleanza, followed by Pure Grace and Going West in third and fourth.
Again, as in the second leg, Humble Riches did better than the boys. Sky Serpent, winner of the counterpart Juvenile Colts Stakes last Sunday, notched splits of 24.2-23.6-26.4 under jockey Esteban de Vera for a total 1:14.2 also over 1,200 meters din.
Sky Serpent, owned by Dos Ranchos Jofero, was fifth out of the gate yet still won by half-a-length over Stolen Time, who came in second. Petronas was third, Bechot fourth.
Watch for the 4th legs of the series on September 17 and 18 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.
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A group of horseowners expressed concern over the ban imposed by the Manila Jockey Club recently on fellow horseowner Demi Ching and Pipoy Silva, the jockey who rode his horse Ho Ho Ho at San Lazaro Leisure Park a couple of weeks ago. The horse was the top choice in the race and lost.
This is the first time I have ever heard of a horseowner being banned for this reason from any racing club’s premises.
This is the first time I have heard of a jockey being banned without having received a suspension or other penalty after the race, leading to questions on the part of various racing sectors on the propriety of the ban.
It is the right of any racing club to ban from their premises anyone for any reason – whether this be the cut of his clothes, his behavior, or the look of his face. The racetrack is their property after all.
However, the incident that concerns Ching and Silva occurred in the context of a race. While a racing club may have its own racing rules and regulations, there are also rules and regulations that govern the sport of horseracing.
Why was there no investigation or suspension into Silva’s case? Why was a ban imposed right away after the horse’s loss, like a knee-jerk reaction?
I’m just asking.
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Meanwhile, fans are looking forward to the 3rd incarnation of the Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival to be held on the late mayor’s birthdate of August 19 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The first two episodes were held at Santa Ana Park. The debut event in 2009 was held over an entire week and was a top-grosser in terms of betting handle.
The racefest, conceived by the late mayor’s sons Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” S. Bagatsing Jr., gives added prize money to horseowners and cash incentives to the winning grooms.
The event also revives, as two halves of the Bagatsing Cup, the Division I and Division II races of the Gran Copa de Manila, which were held at MJC’s now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Sta. Cruz during the Araw ng Maynila festivities. The event also will feature 7 trophy/special races.
The racefest blends both traditional and novelty as it, over the years, evolves into an annual tradition in its own right, thanks to the Bagatsing family’s dedication and perseverance.
According to Atty. Dondon, “This is our tribute to our father the late mayor, who was an enthusiastic member of the racing and breeding industry. We are able to continue holding this event thanks to our sponsors – Philracom, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, PAGCOR, Smart Communications, Resorts World, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, Herma Farms & Stud, Mr. Bing Tecson, San Juan Coliseum, All Tech, Mayor Sandy Javier, Mr. Ron Charles, Euromed, Pocari Sweat, and Hi-Grade Feeds.”
Watch the action on the live racing coverage on cable TV on Friday evening if you can’t make it to SLLP in Carmona, Cavite. ***