Hit­ting Spree leaves ri­vals be­hind in Co­juangco Cup

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News -

NAIC, Cavite -- Hit­ting Spree led from start to fin­ish, en­dur­ing the chal­lenge put up by an­other fa­vorite in Atomic­sev­en­ty­nine to rule the 2017 Am­bas­sador Ed­uardo M. Co­juangco Jr. Cup at the Santa Ana Park here last Sun­day.

With Atomic­sev­en­ty­nine just close at the right side, jockey Kelvin Abobo prod­ded the four-year-old ch­est­nut colt to the wire-to-wire win in the pres­ti­gious 2000-me­ter race of­fer­ing a to­tal purse of R2.5M and held in honor of the San Miguel Corp. Chair­man, a stal­wart in the horserac­ing in­dus­try.

“Ma­ganda ang iti­nakbo ng kabayo. Inaasa­han namin ito,” said the 30-yearold Abobo af­ter rid­ing Hit­ting Spree to the win in the rich rac­ing week­end of the Philippine Rac­ing Com­mis­sion, the Metropoli­tan As­so­ci­a­tion of Race Horse Own­ers and the Philippine Rac­ing Club, of­fer­ing more than P11 mil­lion in prizes. “Per­for­mance-wise, I'm very sat­is­fied.”

The win earned Hit­ting Spree, sired by Grand Slam and Sar­rin, of owner SC Stock­farm the top purse of R1.2 mil­lion, while Atomic sev­en­ty­nine of owner Joseph Dy­hengco got R450,000. She’s In­cred­i­ble of owner Cool Sum­mer Farm took home R250,000.

It turned out to be a busy, win­ning day for Abobo.

Prior to the Co­juangco Cup win, Abobo was on board Bril­liance, which won the sec­ond leg of the Philra­com 3YO Im­ported Fil­lies Stakes (1,800Meter) Race. Fa­vorite Smokin' Satur­day of owner Roberto Inigo set­tled for run­ner-up hon­ors worth R112,000, while Al­ready Feisty of SC Stock­farm placed third and pock­eted R62,500.

Abobo was also the jockey for Golden Kingdom, which clinched the top hon­ors of the Pres­i­dent Sandy JavierMarho-Philra­com Tro­phy race, with Elet­ric Truth and Sub­ter­ranean River plac­ing sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

The star jockey then steered Shoo In past Morn­ing Breeze and Nic­cole Girl in the Pres­i­dent Ben­hur Aba­los Tro­phy, and car­ried Show­time to the vic­tory in the Marho Breed­ers Cham­pi­onship Sprint race, be­fore lead­ing Johnny Be Good in the San Miguel Beer-Marho Breed­ers Cup Cham­pi­onship Clas­sic (2,000 me­ters) past Lakan and Pi­nagtipunan.

Jockey Kevin Abobo and trainer Chito San­tos, rep­re­sent­ing Oliver Ve­lasquez of SC Stock­farm, which owns win­ning horse Hit­ting Spree, raise their tro­phies dur­ing the awards cer­e­monies of the Am­bas­sador Ed­uardo M. Co­juangco Jr. Cup at the Santa Ana Park. They are joined by (front row, from left) Philra­com Com­mis­sioner Vic­tor Tan­toco, Chair­man Andrew A. Sanchez, PH Rac­ing Club Ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO San­ti­ago Cualop­ing III and Philra­com Com­mis­sion­ers Bien­venido Niles Jr. and Ra­mon Ba­gats­ing Jr.

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