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THW: Humble Riches Can Be Proud

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  21 September 2011, Wednesday

Humble Riches Can Be Proud

Emerging superfilly Humble Riches has reason to be proud after acing the 4th leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series held last Saturday at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches won the 1,500-meter event by many lengths, clocking 1:34.2 with quarters of 17.8/24/24.8/27.6.

Mika Mika Mika put up a good fight but had to settle for second place, followed by Spring Collection and Alpha Alleanza for the final two prize-money places.

Humble Riches won the second and third leg of the series, breaking the record for 1,200 meters during the latter with a speedy 1.11.6 and winning by six lengths over Alpha Alleanza.

Jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr. has a story to tell about Humble Riches. He says according to trainer Ruben Tupas, when they began training that filly early this year, she reared when being led into the trailer that was to take her from the ranch down to the racecourse.

She hit her head on the trailer ceiling and was knocked unconscious, a condition that often leads to death.

The trainer and grooms revived Humble Riches by splashing water on her. She came round, staggered to her feet, was trucked to the track, and from then on showed that freakish speed.

Her time has been consistently better than the boys’. In the counterpart Colts stakes held last Sunday, Golden Empire fought hard for the victory, winning by three lengths wire-to-wire but only posting splits of 18.4/24.4/25/27.8 for a total 1:35.6 for the same distance. That’s over a second-and-a-half slower than Humble Riches’ time – in horseracing, that’s an eon.

Patron was second, Stolen Time third, Yes Yes Yes fourth.

The mile Philracom Juvenile Championship is set for December 11 also at SLLP. Will the 2YO crown go to Humble Riches? This is one event no racegoer should miss.

This early, I’m betting my shirt (and entire wardrobe, including shoes and handbags) on this superfilly.

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Speaking of December 11, it’s also the date of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Presidential Gold Cup, the most important race on the calendar.

Meanwhile, the PCSO Draw and Races Department recently announced the declared runners for its October 16 Special Maiden Race at SLLP (in order of post position drawn):

Herminio Esguerra’s Purple Ribbon, to be ridden by jockey Fernando Raquel Jr.; Ruben Dimacuha’s Make My Day  (jockey Mark Alvarez); Raymund Puyat’s Flo Jo (Christopher Garganta); Honorato Neri’s Fort Alamo (Antonio Alcasid Jr.); Doroteo Pangilinan’s Madam Theresa (Virgilio Camañero Jr.); and Dominic Francisco’s Shegar (Jordan Cordova).

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In world racing, horses are gearing up for the November 5 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA. Handlers of Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo want to see the two compete in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Uncle Mo was the 2010 2YO champion. He’ll be running in the $200,000 Kelso Stakes mile (G2).

Stay Thirsty won the Jim Dandy and Travers stakes races, and will be entered in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on October 1.   ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  for 20 September 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

Pinatunayan noong Sabado ng babaeng kabayong si Humble Riches na siya ang number one contender para sa korona ng outstanding juvenile itong taon.

Malayong nanalo ito, sakay ni jockey Val Dilema, sa 4th leg Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series sa San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Umoras ng 1:34.2 si Humble Riches sa cuartos na 17.8-24-24.8-27.6. Sumegundo si Mika Mika Mika, tersero si Spring Collection, at cuarto si Alpha Alleanza.

Samantala, sa katumbas sa Colts stakes, mahigit sa isang segundo ang bagal ng mga lalaking kabayo – napakalaking bagay sa mundo ng karera.

Tyempong 1:35.6 lamang ang naitala sa Colts stakes noong Linggo, na ipinanalo ni Golden  Empire ng banderang tapos na tatlong kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Patron. Sinundan ito sa tersero ni Stolen Time, at si Yes Yes Yes ang pumang-apat.

Parehong 1,500 meters ang distansiya ng dalawang juvenile stakes races na ito.

Sa karerang ibayong dagat naman, naghahanda na ang mga kalahok para sa Breeders’ Cup sa Nob. 5 sa Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA.

Pinag-uusapan ngayon kung magkikita sa $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ang mga naghahari ngayon sa pista nila – sina Uncle Mo at Stay Thirsty.

Si Uncle Mo ay ang 2-year-old champion noong 2010. Tatakbo siya sa nalalapit na $200,000 Kelso Stakes (G2) na milya ang distansiya.

Si Stay Thirsty ang nanalo ng Jim Dandy at Travers stakes races, at lalahok sa $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup sa Belmont (New York) sa Okt. 1.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Philracom Juvenile Stakes

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

Karera Lang! By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, for 17 September 2011, Saturday

Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Maganda ang karerang mapapanood this weekend ng bayang karerista sa pagtatanghal ng Philippine Racing Commission 4thleg Juvenile Fillies at Juvenile Colts stakes races sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa Carmona, Cavite.

Parehong distansiyang 1,500 meters ang karerang ito na para sa dalawang taong gulang na kabayo.

Sa Sabado ang Fillies Stakes. Dahil set weight ang handicapping, lahat ng walong kalahok ay  magdadala ng 52 kgs: Alpha Alleanza, Cat’s Diamond, Golden Boss, Humble Riches, It’s My Turn, Kogarah Lass, Mika Mika Mika, at Spring Collection.

Mahirap nang taobin si Humble Riches na maganda ang pinakita sa nakaraang stakes races. Siya ang nanalo ng second at third legs ng serye ng Philracom Juveniles, at nakabasag pa ng record noong third leg, kung saan ay umoras siya ng 1.11.6 sa 1,200 meters, at nanalo ng anim na kabayo pa ang layo sa sumegundong Alpha Alleanza.

Sa Linggo ang Colts Stakes, 54 kgs ang peso ng 12 kalahok (scratched si Hamaheat): Cinderella Kid, Golden Empire, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Lucky Quest, Patron, Pleasantly Perfect, Sky Serpent, Smarty Ryan, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, Who Else, at Yes Yes Yes.

Bigyan ng pansin dito si Pleasantly Perfect na nanalo ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race noong Agosto 21. Type rin sina Sky Serpent at Stolen Time, na nanalo at sumegundo noong 3rd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Colts Stakes.

Samantala, inihayag ng PCSO Draw and Races Department ang declared runners para sa PCSO Special Maiden Race ng Oktubre 16 sa SLLP (in order of post position):

Purple Ribbon ni Herminio Esguerra, sasakyan ni jockey Fernando Raquel Jr.; Make My Day ni Ruben Dimacuha (jockey Mark Alvarez); Flo Jo ni Raymund Puyat (Christopher Garganta); Fort Alamo ni Honorato Neri (Antonio Alcasid Jr.); Madam Theresa ni Doroteo Pangilinan (Virgilio Camañero Jr.); at Shegar ni Dominic Francisco (Jordan Cordova).

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: 10th Don Juan Derby

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  14 September 2011, Wednesday

10th Don Juan Derby

With the ‘ber’ months now upon us, the three horseowners’ organizations are gearing up for their trademark racing festivals in the last three months of the year.

As has become tradition over the past decade or so, the Klub Don Juan de Manila is first to kick off the holiday racing season with its 10th Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby on October 2 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

KDJM president Ferdinand Dimaisip and his fellow officers recently released the official lineup for the KDJM slate of stakes races.

The highlight KDJM Derby, a 2,000  meter race, is for 3YO, open to locals and imports  but only horses nominated to the KDJM may join. Total prize money is P1,500,000.00 guaranteed, allocated as follows: first place P900,000, second 300,000, third 150,000, and fourth 60,000. Fifth to 13th placers receive P10,000  each.

The entries are: High Voltage, Markers Mark, Magna Carta, Naugh Naugh, Kitte’s Champ, Lord of War, Hari ng Yambo, Born Tycoon, Doña Nenita, Senyora Nenita, Boss Gee, Thirdy Thirdy, and Cheese Mosa.

The 1,900-meter Don Antonio Floirendo Sr. Golden Girl Stakes is for 4YO and older fillies and mares, locals and imports. The prize is PP500,000, split as follows: first place P300,000, second P112,500, third P62,500, and fourth P25,000.

The entries are Denise Song, Dancing Gisele, Wings Beneath, Rain Shower, Lucky Find, Heaven Sent, Santeria, Botbo, and My Hope.

The 1,400-meter KDJM Juvenile Colts Stakes and KDJM Juvenile Fillies Stakes are for 2YO locals and imports, nominated horses. The prize money structure for each of these two races is the same as that for the Golden Girls Stakes.

Competing in the Juvenile Colts are Purple Ribbon, Remind Me, Steel Creation, Patron, Kidlat, Pleasantly Perfect, Yonamizmo, Hamaheat, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Who Else, and Golden Empire.

In the counterpart Fillies race are Sea Princess, Lavish Love, Time To Shine Dad, Humble Riches, Spring Collection, Alpha Alleanza, and Fair Wind.

From November 15-20 is the 16th Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners Championships at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. In connection with this, MARHO is now accepting nominations for yearlings (2010 foals) until September 30.

December will see the running of the Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization Juvenile Championship Races also at Santa Ana Park. Total prize money for the entire event has reached P4 million, with P3 million for the Juvenile Open Championship and

P1 million for the Juvenile Fillies Championship. Philtobo is also accepting nominations for yearlings up to November 30.

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Racing consultant for the Philippine Racing Commission, veterinarian Romy Buencamino, got in touch recently to correct my mention in my column last week that Philracom chairman Angel Castaño Jr. used to be chairman of the board of stewards of the Manila Jockey Club.

Chairman Castaño was not a chairman of stewards at MJC, but he was a racing steward of the Philracom, when stewards used to be under that body. Our apologies for the mistake.

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A longshot – third-to-the-last choice in a ten-horse field – won the 1st Inquirer Bandera Cup held last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.

Benissimo, owned by John Joseph Lagasca and guided by Kelvin Abobo, sped to the front when the gates opened and held the lead till the home turn, when top choice Ice Storm made its move followed by Windbeneathmywings.

Racing fans were surprised when the Jose Florentino Jr.-trained Benissimo tapped into hidden reserves and regained the lead down the stretch close to the wire to win by ¾ length over Windbeneathmywings, while another longshot, Yes Joey, placed third. The time for the 1,300-meter race was 7-22’-23’-26’= 1:19.6.

Sponsored by the Philracom, the charity race benefits the Inquirer Newsboy Foundation and the Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign that distributes school supplies at selected public schools to encourage literacy.   ***

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KL: Kampeon ng Lakambini

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  3 September 2011, Saturday

Kampeon ng Lakambini           

Pinatunayan noong nakaraang Linggo ni Constatic na siya ang pinakamagaling sa mga older horses na babae nang kanyang inagaw ang korona ng Lakambini Stakes sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang karera na suportado ng Philippine Racing Commission ay may distansiyang 1,800 meters. Banderang tapos si Constatic sa ilalim ng masugid na pagrerenda ni Christopher Garganta.

Sumegundo si Prime Rate, tersero si Cheese Mosa, at cuarto si Coal Harbor. Ang tiyempo ay 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 = 1:51.6.

Ang lahi ni Constatic ay Ecstatic (USA) sa inaheng Consa (PHI). Ang talentadong mananakbong ito ay pagmamay-ari ni Ronaldo Tan.

Sa ibang balita, na-lift na ng Philracom ang suspension na ipinatong ng Manila Jockey Club kay jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr.

Siya ay na-suspend ng MJC Board of Stewards ng anim na buwan dahil sa “lack of interest” na ang average na penalty at tatlong buwan lamang.

Noong unang meeting ng bagong Philracom Board, ni-lift na ang suspension dahil nakaraan na ang tatlong buwan at ito’y ginawang ‘time served’ na lamang.

Ang kaso , banned pa rin si Alcasid sa San Lazaro Leisure Park at hindi pa makakapag-ensayo o sakay doon. Dapat naman ma-lift na ang ban dahil lifted na ang suspension ng hineteng ito.

At sa iba pang balita, maraming salamat sa mga bumati sa aking pagkapanalo ng Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature noong Set. 1. Ang gawad ay first prize para sa aking sanaysay sa wikang Ingles, “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park.” Ito’y ilalathala ng University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters sa kanilang literary journal, ang “Likhaan”, sa darating na Disyembre. Abangan nalang din itong lumitaw online sa website ng Palanca Foundation.

Happy birthday ngayon kay multi-awarded trainer Dr. Antonio C. Alcasid. May you have lots more to come, Dad. At ganoon din kay horseowner Mr. Aristeo G. Puyat. Happiest of birthdays, Tito Putch!

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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THW: 3rd Bagatsing Racefest at MJC Breaks Record

by Jenny on August 27, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 24 August 2011, Wednesday

3rd Bagatsing Racefest at MJC Breaks Record

Lovely lawmakers, a handsome actor, distinguished congressmen, foreign embassy officials, and racehorses – it could have been a scene from a prewar movie.

Instead, it was the happy reality last Friday, August 19, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, during the 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.

The late mayor of Manila was a supporter of racing and breeding, as are his sons, Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” Bagatsing Jr. Both have been horseowners and breeders since their twenties and are members of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners.

The sons and other family members – among them Cong. Amado’s daughter Belinda and Atty. Dondon’s sons, Sampaloc councillor DJ and TV presenter Havy – conceived of a racing festival as a tribute to the late clan patriarch, whose idea of relaxation was to clap a cowboy hat on his head and hie off to his Batangas ranch for a few hours in the company of his thoroughbreds.

On the third racefest in his honor, a vibrant party ensued at the SLLP Turf Club Gold Box, hosted by the Bagatsing family and MJC chairman lawyer Alfonso R. Reyno Jr. Among the guests were former senator Nikki Coseteng; congresspersons Lucy Torres (Ormoc) and her husband, actor Richard Gomez (who is her chief-of-staff), Jeci Lapus (Tarlac), also a horseowner/breeder/trainer, and Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro); a couple of officials from the United States Embassy (they declined to be named) and their wives; the elder statesman of racing, Aristeo “Putch” Puyat; and many other horseowners, press people, and other guests.

There were nine races held that evening. Three were main races of the RDB Cup, reminiscent of the Gran Copa de Manila races revived by the late mayor at MJC, when the club was still based at the now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman. Six were sponsored trophy races backed by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, SMART Communications, horseowner Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, PAGCOR, Resorts World, and Cong. Albee Benitez.

Thanks to the skilful handicapping led by Philippine Racing Commission’s sports and games officer Rolando “Bitoy” Lansangan and MJC handicapper Nitoy Gonda, longshots dominated the day.

In the Herma Farms-ICTSI-Bing Tecson sponsored RDB Cup III, Kenneth Causon’s Cramps won under the reins of Val Dilema while trained by Francis Clor. Rain Shower came in second and Doña Nenita third (coupled entries ni Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.), while RMR Equine’s Tritanic checked in fourth. Splits and time for the 1,500-meter race were 17’-24-25-27’ = 1:34.

In the Philracom-backed RDB Cup II, Marvin Louie Villasenor’s Gastambide ruled, steered by Rodeo Fernandez and trained by Dave de la Cruz. Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus’s Carriedo placed second, ER King’s Money Queen third, and Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb fourth. For 1,900 meters the time was 19-24-26-25’-27 = 2:01’.

The highlight Philracom-RDB Cup I was won by Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s  hot property Tensile Strength guided by jockey Jeffril Zarate. Trained by Manuel Vicente, the filly beat four other colts including Michael Dragon Javier’s Magna Carta that settled for second, followed by Atty. Sixto Esquivias IV’s Arvindugo and Santa Clara Stockfarm’s Lord of War. Emmanuel Santos’s Hari ng Yambo, erstwhile top contender in the 3YO wars this season, straggled in last. The time for the 1,900-meter race was 19-23-25’-25’-27 = 2:00.

According to MJC racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo, sales for the day reached P29.5 million, breaching the previous MJC Friday record of almost P28 million. Atty. Bagatsing ascribed the event’s success to the support of the industry, sponsors, and especially racing fans. “The love of Mayor Bagatsing for horseracing was reciprocated by the fans – it’s a love-love relationship,” he said.

He also referred to older racing fans’ nostalgia for the Gran Copa races held every Araw ng Maynila, that were always the most well-attended at the Hippodrome from the ‘70s to the ‘90s.

“For young people who don’t know what the Gran Copa was about,” Bagatsing said, “this [Bagatsing Cup] was a reliving of those colorful glory days of the sport of kings. From the intensity of the support shown the event these past three years, it’s obvious that people are yearning for the old Gran Copa.”   *** (Email: jennyo@live.com, Web: http://jennyo.net, Facebook: Gogirl Racing, Twitter: @gogirlracing)

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KL: Bagatsing Cup, Binasag ang Sales Record!

by Jenny on August 27, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  23 August 2011, Tuesday

 Bagatsing Cup, Binasag ang Sales Record!

Napakasaya noong nakaraang linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey club, kung saan ginanap ang 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival noong Biernes at ang Philippines-Japan Friendship Racing Festival noong Linggo.

Maraming dehado ang nagsi-sulputan noong Bagatsing racefect, na kinabilangan ng 9 na karera, gawa na rin ng tulong sa handicapping ni Philippine Racing Commission sports and games officer Rolando “Bitoy” Lansangan kay MJC handicapper Nitoy Gonda at ang kanyang team.

Tatlo ang major races ng 3rd RDB racefest. Sa 3rd Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Memorial Cup III, nanalo si Cramps ni Kenneth Causon, sa ilalim ng paggabay ni Val Dilema at pagkundisyon ni Francis Clor. Segundo si Rain Shower at tersero si Dona Nenita (coupled entries ni Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.), at cuarto si Tritanic ng RMR Equine. Ang tiyempo ay 17’-24-25-27’ = 1:34 sa 1,500 meters.

Sa RDB Cup II, nanaig si Gastambide ni Marvin Louie Villasenor, nirendahan ni Rodeo Fernandez at kinundisyon ni Dave de la Cruz. Sumunod sina Carriedo ni Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus, Money Queen ni ER King Jr., at Darleb ni Joseph Dyhengco. 1,900 meters ang distansiya, at ang tiyempo ay 19-24-26-25’-27 = 2:01’.

Sa main race, ang RDB Cup I, ang matinik na si Tensile Strength ni Felizardo Sevilla Jr. ang nanaig, lulan si jockey Jeffril Zarate. Ang trainer ay si Manuel Vicente. Tinalo nito si Magna Carta ni Michael Dragon Javier na sumegundo, sinundan nina Arvindugo ni Atty. Sixto Esquivias IV, Lord of War ng SC Stockfarm, at panghuli si Hari ng Yambo ni Emmanuel Santos, sa cuartos na 19-23-25’-25’-27 = 2:00.

Tumala ng sales na P29.5 million ang Bagatsing Cup, na binasag ang dating sales para sa Biernes sa MJC na mahigit ng kaunti sa P28 million , ayon kay MJC racing manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo.

Kasama sa mga dumalong bisita noong gabing iyon ay sina Cong. Lucy Torres at ang kanyang asawa, ang aktor na si Richard Gomez.

Congrats sa Bagatsing family at MJC para sa matagumpay na Bagatsing Cup!

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Ang anunsiyong ito ay mula kay cockfighting show TV host Havy Bagatsing: Sumali na sa San Juan Coliseum 6th anniversary 7-Stag Derby, P2 million guaranteed. Eliminations 4-Stag sa Set. 7 at 10; Finals 3-Stag sa Set. 14. Pot Money: P15,000. Minimum bet: P11,000. Day Champion: P100,000. Accepted weights: 1.700 to 2.150 kgs., submission of weights one day before. Accepted bands: Rambulan 1 banded, NFGB, at UGBA-affiliated. Pumunta sawww.sabong.net.ph para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

Karera (at ibang sports) lang, walang personalan! *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Facebook: Gogirl Racing / Twitter: @gogirlracing

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THW: Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 17, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  17 August 2011, Wednesday

Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

A sharp filly looking to be the valedictorian of this season’s juvenile class made good grades last weekend when she broke the record for the 1,200 meters.

Humble Riches won the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes last Saturday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park coming from off-the-pace. She was sent off as the outstanding favorite based on her speedy win in the second leg.

Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches posted splits of 24.2-22-25.2 for a total time of 1:11.6. This breaks the record of 1:11.8 set just last August 9 by Cheese Mosa also at Santa Ana Park in a condition race. The previous record was Miss Elliot’s 1:12 set in 2010.

Humble Riches came in six lengths ahead of second placer Alpha Alleanza, followed by Pure Grace and Going West in third and fourth.

Again, as in the second leg, Humble Riches did better than the boys. Sky Serpent, winner of the counterpart Juvenile Colts Stakes last Sunday, notched splits of 24.2-23.6-26.4 under jockey Esteban de Vera for a total 1:14.2 also over 1,200 meters din.

Sky Serpent, owned by Dos Ranchos Jofero, was fifth out of the gate yet still won by half-a-length over Stolen Time, who came in second. Petronas was third, Bechot fourth.

Watch for the 4th legs of the series on September 17 and 18 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

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A group of horseowners expressed concern over the ban imposed by the Manila Jockey Club recently on fellow horseowner Demi Ching and Pipoy Silva, the jockey who rode his horse Ho Ho Ho at San Lazaro Leisure Park a couple of weeks ago. The horse was the top choice in the race and lost.

This is the first time I have ever heard of a horseowner being banned for this reason from any racing club’s premises.

This is the first time I have heard of a jockey being banned without having received a suspension or other penalty after the race, leading to questions on the part of various racing sectors on the propriety of the ban.

It is the right of any racing club to ban from their premises anyone for any reason – whether this be the cut of his clothes, his behavior, or the look of his face. The racetrack is their property after all.

However, the incident that concerns Ching and Silva occurred in the context of a race. While a racing club may have its own racing rules and regulations, there are also rules and regulations that govern the sport of horseracing.

Why was there no investigation or suspension into Silva’s case? Why was a ban imposed right away after the horse’s loss, like a knee-jerk reaction?

I’m just asking.

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Meanwhile, fans are looking forward to the 3rd incarnation of the Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival to be held on the late mayor’s birthdate of August 19 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The first two episodes were held at Santa Ana Park. The debut event in 2009 was held over an entire week and was a top-grosser in terms of betting handle.

The racefest, conceived by the late mayor’s sons Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” S. Bagatsing Jr., gives added prize money to horseowners and cash incentives to the winning grooms.

The event also revives, as two halves of the Bagatsing Cup, the Division I and Division II races of the Gran Copa de Manila, which were held at MJC’s now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Sta. Cruz during the Araw ng Maynila festivities. The event also will feature 7 trophy/special races.

The racefest blends both traditional and novelty as it, over the years, evolves into an annual tradition in its own right, thanks to the Bagatsing family’s dedication and perseverance.

According to Atty. Dondon, “This is our tribute to our father the late mayor, who was an enthusiastic member of the racing and breeding industry. We are able to continue holding this event thanks to our sponsors – Philracom, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, PAGCOR, Smart Communications, Resorts World, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, Herma Farms & Stud, Mr. Bing Tecson, San Juan Coliseum, All Tech, Mayor Sandy Javier, Mr. Ron Charles, Euromed, Pocari Sweat, and Hi-Grade Feeds.”

Watch the action on the live racing coverage on cable TV on Friday evening if you can’t make it to SLLP in Carmona, Cavite.  ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  16 August 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

Pinatunayan muli ng mga babaeng kabayo itong taon na mas matulin sila kaysa sa counterpart na mga lalaking kabayo sa 3rd Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes na idinaos nitong nakaraang weekend sa Santa Ana Park.

Si Humble Riches, na nanalo rin ng second leg ng seryeng ito, ang inihirang na outstanding favourite ng mga karerista dahil sa tulin ng kanyang panalo noong nakaraan.

Sa karera noong Agosto 13, Sabado, itinakbo siya ng off the pace ni jockey Val Dilema.  Nanalo siya ng anim na kabayo ang layo, sa cuartos na 24.2-22-25.2 para sa total time na 1:11.6 sa distansiyang 1,200 meters.

Sa oras na ito ay binasag ni Humble Riches ang dating record na 1:11.8 na naitala ni Cheese Mosa noong Agosto 9 lamang sa isang condition race.

Segundo si Alpha Alleanza, tersero si Pure Grace, at cuarto si Going West.

Samantala, sa katumbas na Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes, panlima sa alis si Sky Serpent, lulan si jockey Esteban de Vera. Ang kabayong ito, na pagmamay-ari ng Dos Ranchos Jofero, ay nag-pacing na lamang rin at nagparemate sa home stretch, at nanalo pa ng kalahating kabayo.

Ang cuartos as 24.2-23.6-26.4 sa kabuuang 1:14.2 sa 1,200 meters din. Segundo si Stolen Time, tersero si Petronas, at cuarto si Bechot.

Abangan ang 4th leg ng seryeng ito sa Setyembre 17 at 18 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park. ***

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KL: Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 August 2011, Saturday

Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

Pumutok ang balita sa karera kamakailan na pinatawan ng Manila Jockey Club ng “ban” sina horseowner Demi Ching at ang kanyang hineteng si Pipoy Silva pagkaraaan ng pagkatalo ng kabayo ni Mr. Ching na sakay ni Pipoy sa isang karera kung saan ito ang llamado.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na nakarinig ako na may na-“ban” na isang horseowner.

Ito rin ang unang beses na na-“ban” ang isang hinete na walang suspensiyon.

Karapatan ng racing club na i-“ban” mula sa kanilang lugar ang kahit sinong tao para sa kahit na anong dahilan. Kung ayaw nilang papasukin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang isang tao dahil sa tingin nilang di angkop ang kanyang kilos, kasuotan, o kahit mukha, nasa kanila iyon.

Ngunit ang insidenteng kinasangkutan nina Mr. Ching at Mr. Silva ay naganap sa konteksto ng karera. May sariling rules and regulations nga ang mga racing club, ngunit may rules and regulations din ang laro ng karera ng kabayo.

Bakit walang imbestigasyon o suspension sa kaso ni Pipoy, tanong ng ilang kapwa hinete niya? Nag-aalala  rin ang isang grupo ng horseowners sa nangyari sa kaso ni Mr. Ching.

Abangan natin kung may susunod na kabanata ang panibagong kuwentong karerang ito.

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            Samantala, excited na ang pamilya Bagatsing sa kanilang inaasikasong 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival na gaganapin sa SLLP sa Agosto 19, ang birthday ng yumaong mayor at horseowner/breeder. Ang buong araw na iyon ay hitik ng trophy at stakes races, at ang balita ang nakakuha sila ng maraming sponsors.

Good news ito para sa mga sota ng mga mananalong kabayo, na tuwing RDB festival ay binibigyan ng cash award bilang pagbigay-pugay sa kanilang kontribusyon sa karera.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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