Sent off as the far second favorite, Boss Emong showed the public that the Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas was his house as he took home theP2.5 million 2022 Philracom Chairman’s Cup last Sunday.
What started as a fierce battle under the sweltering heat for the win between him and his chief rival turned into a romp as Super Swerte continued with his woes of being unsuccessful at the Malvar track. This woe was compounded by the epistaxis suffed by Swerte.
With this unfortunate incident, it was all but a walk in the park for the Dance City out of Chica Una six-year-old grey owned by the partnership of Kennedy Morales and Edward Vincent Diokno and bred by Tony Tan. Boss Emong sttopped theclock at 2:04.6 for the lung-busting 2000 meters with quarters of 25-23′-23-23-28.
“Napakaganda ng pagkakadala ng hinete. Mas malayo pa sana mananalo kung hindi siya bumuka sa final turn,” breeder Tony Tan said.
For his part, jockey Jeffril T. Zarate said about his win, “Sinundan ko yung instructions ng connections to the letter. Kasama na dun yung pag-race ng konting wide para ipakita na malinis ang labanan at upang makaiwas sa kontrobersiya.”
The win was worth P1.5 million to Boss Emong’s connections while Big Lagoon came in second, Isla Puting Bato third, Pangalusian Island fourth and Super Swerte a disappointing fifth and last.
Division 2 highlighted the so far successful run of top favorite Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr’s Robin Hood to bag the P450 thousand top prize registering quarters of 24′-24′-24′-24′-29′ for a total of 2:07.2 over the 2000 meter journey.
Second was stablemate Magtotobetski while Hookbung Dagat, King Tiger and Golden Sunrise round out the finishers.
In the Division 3 version, Bayani Coching’s second choice Blackburn had to overcome being pinned near the rail to emerge victorious clocking 2:06.8 in the trying journey. Jockey Jenjen Juco steered the eventual winner from off the rail to escape traffic to net the win over Victorious Colt, La Liga Filipina, Life Gets Better and Gusto Mucho in that order.
“Congratulations to all the winners and their connections. Next week, the racing public will get to witness the emerging champions as the 2022 Triple Crown kicks off. We, in the industry, expect to see the bayang karerista’s overwhelming support to this event as we at the Commission bring top-notch competition for their enjoyment,” Philracom Chairman Aurelio “Reli” de Leon said.