Exciting Klub Don Juan Derby at Metroturf
The Klub Don Juan de Manila, a horseowners’ group established in 2002, will be staging its 14thKDJM Racing Festival this weekend (Oct. 3 and 4) at Metroturf Racecourse in Malvar, Batangas.
The organization is named after Don Juan, a racehorse famous during the 1950s for winning 24 out of its 25 races. It was owned by businessman Johnny Ysmael and regularly partnered with star jockey Elias Ordiales.
The inspiration for staging the KDJM Derby event came from the National Grand Derby Races set up by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society to raise funds to fight the scourge of TB after the war.
KDJM President Lamberto C. Almeda Jr. said that in addition to the four iconic championship races, “This year we are also offering rich trophy races for the entire weekend as an incentive to participants and to provide entertainment to racing fans.”
Entered in the 2,000-meter Don Juan Derby are Miss Brulay, Dikoridik Koridak, Princess Ella, Breaking Bad, and Court of Honor. The race has a guaranteed prize of P1.5 million and is sponsored by KDJM and Metroturf.
The P500,000 Klub Don Juan Golden Girls sponsored by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (1,800 meters) will showcase the talents of Silver Sword, Strong Champion, Eugenie, Security Model, Magatto, and Cat’s Diamond.
In the Klub Don Juan Juvenile Colts (1,400 meters) are Light and Shade, Stark, Underwood, Security Chief, and Mount Iglit.
The Klub Don Juan Juvenile Fillies (1,400 meters) starts Katniss, Port Angels, Sky Glory, Angelia’s Magic, Contessa, Most Trusted, and He He He.
Both juvenile races are backed by the Philippine Racing Commission with guaranteed prizes of P500,000 each.
Three trophy races on Sunday are sponsored with guaranteed prizes of P300,000 each from Magic Millions Australia, Pancit Malabon Express, and John and Yoko Resto-Uptown Center.
Providing an added prize to the winner only of P30,000 for their trophy races are Organique, Inc., Manila Horse Power, Chairman Joey Uy Jamisola, Maile Atienza, Equine International Air Freight, and All Creatures Great and Small veterinary supply.
There will be four P30,000-added-prize trophy races on Saturday supported by FR Sevilla Industrial and Development Corp., SC Stockfarm, Mercury Freight, and Fundador. Edong Diokno will give P30,000-added for the 1st Hari ng Baclaran trophy race as well as P5,000 cash and a sack of rice for the winning groom. KDJM will allot P20,000-added for five more trophy races.
For the entire KDJM weekend, each winning horseowner will receive a bottle of Fundador while the winning grooms will each receive a 25-kg. sack of rice from Manila Rep. Lito Atienza (Buhay Partylist) and Maile Atienza (candidate for councilor in the third district of Manila).