SIX imported and local gallopers are entered in the centerpiece event of the PASAY ‘The Travel City’ Racing Festival, which is now on its eighth straight year, set Saturday (Dec. 18) at the MetroTurf in Malvar-Tanauan, Batangas.
The protagonists in the 8th Pasay ‘The Travel City’ Grand Cup are: Paolo Mendoza’s Tony’s Love (AS Pare) and American Factor; The Golden Three Kings Resources Inc.’s Full Steam (OP Cortez); Oliver Velasquez’s Raintree Starlet (KB Abobo); Virgilio Cruz’s Greatwall (RD Raquel); and Faustino Datu’s Son Also Rises (JB Hernandez).
This exciting race will be the highlight of the day-long racing extravaganza honoring the City of Pasay as the premiere tourism gateway of the Philippines which is being hosted annually by the Metro Manila Turf Club.
The winner of this race will be going home with the top prize of P300,000 plus a very handsome trophy. The winning trainer and jockeys also receive an elegant crystal trophy each. The runnerup gets P112,500 while the third and fourth placer receive P62,500 and P25,000, respectively.
This is a keenly-awaited race and all the entries are given big chances of pulling off surprises. The 1,600-meter distance by which the race will be disputed will bring out the best not only among the horses but also among the participating jockeys.
Three more major stakes races will be up for grabs and they are the 8th Pasay City Representative Tony Calixto Cup, the 8th Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano Cup, and the 7th Former Pasay City Mayor Duay Calixto Memorial Cup.
Six exciting chargers will fight it out in the Rep. Tony Calixto Cup that offers a total of P350,000 at stake and they are: Stand By Me (JB Hernandez), Shanghai Silk (JB Guce) Lovely Julliane (KB Abobo), Bomod ok Falls (JB Bacaycay), Lal Liga Filipina (AR Villegas), and Enzo (JA Guce).
Another P350,000 will be at stake in the Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano Cup that lines up eight horses such as: Candid Moment (CP Henson), Will To Win (MA Alvarez), Truly Ponti (JG Serrano), Super Ninja (PM Cabalejo), Runawayfromrosenot (RA Base), Candaba (RG Fernandez), Sooner Time (CS Pare), and Stripes of Red (JL Paano).
Seven rising 2-year-olds are featured in the P300,000 Duay Calixto Memorial Cup and they are: Limunsudan Falls (JPA Guce), Mariacristinafalls (JB Guce), Charm Campaign (AR Villegas), Hie Nieve Rahh (CP Henson), Moves Like Jagger (JB Hernandez), Impeccable (PM Cabalejo), and Diez Catorce (RC Suson).
There will be 10 other Trophy Races to be disputed during the day with an added prize of P30,000 to the Winner only plus trophy, and another P180,000 courtesy of the Philracom going to the top four placers.
Two 40-inch flat screen TVs will be raffled off among the 14 winning trainers and jockeys while all the 14 winning grooms will receive a 25-kilo sack of rice each.
Pasay City Rep. Tony Calixto and various officials of Pasay City, which recently celebrated its anniversary, are expected to grace the event.