Top pick Secretary didn’t break a sweat in going gate-to-wire in winning the 2022 PHILRACOM 2YO Maiden Stakes held in honor of past Philracom chairman and now Permanent Philippine Represntative to the United Nations, Ambassador Antonio Manuel “Tonette” Lagdameo last Sunday at the San Lazaro Business and Leisure Park.

The Dance City out of Romantic Jewel bay filly bred by Joseph Dyhengco immediately established a two length lead as the field of six jumped out of the gate with Jaguar and Love Radio trying their very best to keep in step with the pace set by the leader.

But by the half-mile pole it was evident that the pace being set was just too much as Secretary merely settled his stride with multi-titled jockey Jeffril Zarate simply holding his mount a bit back to save strength for the final furlong.

Clocking quarters of 12′-24′-25-27′ (1:29 for the 1400 meter race, the Ronald David owned galloper stamped her class and romped away with the P600 thousand top prize.

Jaguar, Love Radio and Malibu Bell came in second, third and fourth for P225 thousand, P125 thousand and P50 thousand, respectively.

“Sinigurado ko lang na gumanda talon ng kabayo ko at pagkatapos nun ay ma-relax ko siya. Sa ultimo kwarto pinitik ko na yung kabayo ko at nag-response naman at lumayo na kami,” Zarate said.

Owner Ronald David humbly stated, “We expected Secretary to lead from the start, but of course the threat of the competition was always there. In the end, I guess swerte lang na siguro talagang para sa atin yung panalo.”

Race honoree Ambassador Lagdameo thanked the Philippine Racing Commission for the honor, “I’m glad to see horseracing still going strong and I’m looking foward to the further growth of the industry.”

“Firstof all, I’d like to congratulate the winning connections of Secretary for a job well done. And of course, it is our honor to host an event recognizing the importance of our former Chairman’s new appointment as Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations,” Philracom chair Reli de Leon said.