WITH their contributions to the horse-racing industry during the past year, the Philippine Racing Club Inc. and the Manila Jockey Club led the honorees at the 2019 Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) Awards during simple rites at the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Manila Jockey Club Chief Operating Officer Atty. Peter Sagala received MJC's award as Racing Club of the Year (Based on Total Amount of Horse Prizes), while Philippine Racing Club Inc.’s Racing Manager Antonio Alcasid Jr. accepted the trophy for PRCI as Racing Club of the Year (Based on Total Gross Sales of the Day).
SC Stockfarm, Inc.'s Oliver Velasquez was named Philracom Stakes Races Horse Owner of the Year, while the stable's star horse Sepfourteen was recognized as the Top Earning Horse of the Year.
Leonardo M. Javier Jr. was declared as the Horse Breeder of the Year, even as Narciso O. Morales was named as the Top Earning Horse Owner of the Year.
Taking home the most number of awards, Ruben S. Tupas was declared as the Philracom Stakes Races Trainer of the Year and Top Earning Trainer of the Year. He also accepted the award for the Philracom Stakes Races Horse of the Year--Smart Candy--which tied with Pride of Laguna, owned by Emmanuel A. Santos.
Meanwhile, award-winning jockeys O'Neal P. Cortez and Jessie B. Guce won the Top Earning Jockey of the Year and Stakes Races Jockey of the Year, respectively.
The 11th Manila Horse Power Organization, Inc. Anniversary Racing Festival was announced as the Most Successful Racing Festival of the Year, awarded to Ferdie Eusebio.
“These awardees stood out for the industry during a trying year. They were the bright spots and they deserve all of the accolades,” said Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez, who was joined by his commissioners in the awards ceremonies.
The awarding was held before the 2019 Philracom Commissioner's Cup, graced by Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
Later, using its Horse of the Year award as an inspiration and motivation, Sepfourteen added another win under its belt after claiming the Commissioner's Cup in a down-to-the-wire victory against long-time rival Electric Truth.
The tandem of jockey JA Guce and Sepfourteen played catch up from the start before turning the tide in the last 500 meters to take the lead for good.
The Leonardo Javier Jr.-owned Electric Truth gave Sepfourteen a scare after rushing from behind in the last 300m, slowly closing the gap between the two before coming up short in seizing the lead.
The Santa Clara Stockfarm-raised Sepfourteen bagged P900,000 for the win, including the P50,000 breeder's purse and trophies, while Electric Truth took home P337,500 for a bridesmaid finish.
Third-placer Pangalusian Island pocketed P187,500 and Mandatum earned P75,000 for fourth place.