Cojuangco Cup, MARHO Breeders Classic at Sta. Ana on Sunday
A TOTAL of P11 million in prizes will be up for grabs in a weekend of high-stakes racing, highlighted by the Ambassador Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. Cup and the San Miguel Beer-MARHO Breeders Championship Classic at the Sta. Ana Racetrack in Naic, Cavite.
Three record holders in Sakima, Shukriya and Smokin’ Saturday banner the elite cast of horses scheduled to run on Sunday.
SC Stockfarm’s Sakima, which submitted the record time in the 1,800 meters last Oct. 1 with a 1:50 clocking, sets out as the favorite in the Ambassador Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. Cup, held in honor of the San Miguel Corp. Chairman, a stalwart in the industry of horseracing.
To be ridden by Jockey JA Guce, Sakima is expected to face stiff competition from stablemate Hitting Spree (Jockey KB Abobo), Joseph Dyhengco’s Atomicseventynine (JT Zarate), Narciso Morales’ Messi (EG Esguerra) and Cool Summer Farm’s She’s Incredible (OP Cortez) in the Cojuangco Cup offering a total purse of P2.5 million.
Smokin’ Saturday of owner Roberto Inigo and Shukriya of Amado Bagatsing lead the roster in the Philippine Racing Commission’s 2nd Leg 3YO Imported Fillies Stakes, which offers a total prize of P500,000.
Shukriya, to be ridden by MM Gonzales, owns the record time of 1:11.0 in the 1,200 meters last Oct. 1, while Smokin’ Saturday, which will have JT Zarate as her jockey on Sunday, set the record in the 1,600 meters of 1:37.6, achieved only last Oct. 22.
The MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) Breeders Classic Championship, on the other hand, is one of the biggest racing events in the Philippine horse racing industry and is a culmination of a three-leg series of high-powered events held simultaneously with the MARHO Invitational Races leading to the big race.
Other races slated on Sunday are the Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. Thanksgiving Cup 3YO Colt Mile, the Andoks Litson Corp. Cup-3 YO Filly Mile, the MARHO Breeders Championship 2YO Juvenile Colts and the PCSO-backed Sprint Race.
The 1st Leg of the Road to the MARHO Breeders Championship was sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission. Kanlaon, the horse owned by Benjamin Abalos Jr., won this race with a cash prize of P500,000 from Philracom. Kanlaon also won the 2nd leg of the classic race, while Mayor Benhur’s other horse, Lakan, won the 3rd Leg race, sponsored by the Philippine Racing Club Inc.
Meanwhile, for the 1st MARHO Invitational Race, which was sponsored by the Manila Jockey Club Inc. with P500,000 cash prize, the winning horse was Malaya, also owned by Benjamin Abalos Jr. The 2nd leg was won by Bite the Dust owned by Antonio Tan and the 3rd Leg Invitational trophy was taken home by Sakima of new MARHO member, Oliver Velasquez from SC Stock Farms.
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