Gomezian simply did what he does best. Jump out of the gate like a bolt of lightning and stay out in front till they crossed the wire in taking home the recent 2022 Philracom Lakambini Stakes at the San Lazaro Business and Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
The Freddie Santos-owned progeny of Sakima out of Hot Yoga out-dashed top pick Radio Bell for the lead and never relinquished that lead as Radio Bell tried to keep in pace to no avail.
The rematch of sorts which started last year during their juvenile sojourns put the crowd on their feet as the gallopers travelled the 1600 meter distance with the Danilo de la Cruz-trained, Oneal P. Cortez mounted and Esguerra Farms-bred speedster keeping the opposition at bay the whole race.
“Excited!” was all owner Freddie Santos could say after the victory bagging him and the rest of the connections the top prize of P1.2-million.
Radio Bell took home P450-thousand for his second place effort. While Enigma Uno and Tinago Falls had to content themselves with third (worth P250-thousand) and fourth place (P100,000), respectively
The clocked stopped at 1:42.4 with clips of 25-24′-25-28 for the mile event.
When asked what’s next for Gomezian Santos said, “We are eyeing the Klub Don Juan Derby which will be on October 2. Sana palarin muli.”
In the first ever 2400-meter race in the country, Starrininmydreams lived up to his pedigree as a long distance competitor in bagging the P1-million 2022 Philracom Imported/Local Challenge Race held in honor of the late Henry Cojuangco.
The Super Saver out of Boy Crazy offspring was just watching the pace being set by American Factor and Shastaloo until the half-mile pole where both he and Time for Glory made their move to have their own “one-on-one” for the win.
It was not until the last one hundred meters that Starrininmydreams poked his head out front and crossed the wire with a one length victory worth P600-thousand over Time For Glory (P225-thousand) with Downsideprotection (P125-thousand) and Shastaloo (P50,000) salvaging third and fourth, in that order.
Winning the first ever race of its kind in the country Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla, father of winning owner Luis, said “Siyempre sobrang saya. Lahat ng owner masaya basta nananalo ng malaking karera. Lalo na’t maipanalo mo yung unang ganyan kahabang karera.”
Representing the Cojuangco family during the affair was Kit, son of Henry Cojuangco who said, “Congratulations to the winning connections. I have been to the races with my dad growing up and there was nothing quite like this. Mabuhay ang karera sa Pilipinas!”
The quarters went at 23-23′-26′-28′-27-31 for a total of 2:40.4.
The 2022 Philracom Road to the Juvenile Stakes Series saw the Ronald David-owned Secretary (Dance City out of Romantic Jewel) romping away with the win and pocketing P300-thousand in the 1300 meter preview of what’s to come.
The bay filly, as expected, took the lead from the onset and never gave the rest of the field any chance of upsetting emerging victorious in wire-to-wire fashion.
She clocked clips of 7-24′-24′ and finishing at 27′ for a total of 1:23.6 for the journey
Salvaging second worth P112,500 was Rough Cut with Jaguar (P62,500) and Malibu Bell (P25,000) coming in third and fourth, respectively.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners of today’s events. This being the start of the “major events” season, the bayang karerista will expect more exciting races in the coming weeks,” Philracom Chairman Reli de Leon said.