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THW: Gentle Irony, Best Import?

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 August 2011, Wednesday

Gentle Irony, Best Import?

Two Australian imports belonging to the same stable copped the first two places in the Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes held last Sunday (August 7) at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Coupled entries Gentle Irony and Juggling Act were sent off as the favorites in the tough 1,900-meter race dubbed the 4th leg of the Imported/Local Challenge series.

With star jockey Jesse Guce aboard, , Gentle Irony came from behind to reach the wire ahead of his Fernando Raquel Jr.-ridden stable mate Juggling Act. Both are owned by longtime horseowner Atty. Narciso Morales and trained by Nelson Lorica.

Multiply placed third , Batang Tundo fourth. Quarters for the race were 6’-23’-26’-24’26, for a total time of 1:58.8.

A group of horseowners discussing industry issues the other night opined that Gentle Irony and Juggling Act are perhaps the best imports on the track this season. They’d be pretty hard to beat in any race they’re in. And it’s all to the good for the owner to have both these hot properties on his team.

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These gentlemen also talked about the good performance put on by superfilly Tensile Strength in a condition race for mixed 3YO that same day. Steered by Jeffril Zarate, the Felizardo Sevilla Jr.-owned Tensile Strength soundly beat the favorite, bay colt Magna Carta. It’s no fluke, because the exact same thing happened in the third leg of the Triple Crown last July.

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On Saturday (August 13) at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park, Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, and Pure Grace will do battle against each other in the Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Humble Riches won the 2nd leg, and she’s the one to beat here. Alpha Alleanza came in second to her, and she could do well again.

On Sunday (August 14) will be the counterpart Colts stakes featuring Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, and Yes I’m The One.

I’m putting my shirt on Jet Stream to win this one the same way he did the 2nd leg – in blitzkrieg fashion.

Both races will be run over 1,200 meters, with set weight handicapping of 52 kgs for fillies and 54 kgs for colts.

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Speedy colt Who Else burned up the track last August 2 at the trial for the August 21 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.

Held at SLLP over 1,300 meters, the Eduardo Gonzalez-owned colt steered by jockey Esmael Nahilat won by 1-1/2 lengths and clocked 7’-24’-24’-28 for 1:25’ over 1,300 meters.

Pleasantly Perfect (1:26) took second; Dancing Dolphin third and Carmelo fourth, both posting 1:26’.

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In other racing news, local turfdom played host to visitors from abroad who came over to observe and share information.

Last July 24-25, Philracom took around four officials and a veterinarian from the Korean Racing Authority. They were the guests of honor at SLLP for the Philippines-Korea Friendship Race and the KRA Trophy Race.

Last August  1-2, C. Mano and Greg Manley of Hygain Feeds in Singapore paid a visit, along with Peter Lord and veterinarian Dr. Ross Teitzel.

Mano, Greg, and Peter – who’ve been here before – gave a seminar on equine health and nutrition under the sponsorship of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos. In attendance at the Manila Polo Club were racehorse owners and riders and enthusiasts from the equestrian circuit.  Dr. Ross was here to attend to some clients’ horses at the Batangas thoroughbred ranches.   ***

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KL: Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 August 2011, Tuesday

Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot     

Llamado ang nanaig sa Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes na ginanap noong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club.

Sakay si star jockey Jesse Guce, nagparemate si Gentle Irony upang manalo sa 1,900 meter na karera na tinaguriang 4th leg ng Imported/Local Challenge series.

Sumegundo ang kanyang coupled entry na si Juggling Act, lulan si jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. Ang dalawang kabayong ito na pagmamay-ari ni Atty. Narciso Morales ay inangkat mula sa Australia.

Tercero naman si Multiply, at cuarto puwesto si Batang Tundo.

Ang cuartos na naitala ay 6’-23’-26’-24’26, total time 1:58.8.

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            Exciting din ang sumunod na karera noong araw din na iyon – isang ordinary condition race para sa 3YO, mixed group. Llamado si Magna Carta, sakay si Jesse Guce, ngunit ang nanalo ay ang segundo-llamadong Tensile Strength na ginabayan ni Jeffril Zarate.

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            Sa susunod na Sabado sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club, deklarado nang lumaban sina Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, at Pure Grace sa Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Sa Linggo naman sa katumbas na Colts stakes sina Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, at Yes I’m The One.

Ang distansiya ng mga karerang ito ay 1,200 meters – set weight handicapping na 52 kgs sa fillies at 54 kgs sa colts.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: Who Else sa PCSO Maiden Trial

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 6 August 2011, Saturday

Who Else sa PCSO Maiden Trial

Umaalab sa tulin ang colt na si Who Else noong Agosto 2 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park noong kanyang ipinanalo ang trial para sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race.

Nanalo ng 1/1-2 kabayong layo si Who Else sa pagrerenda ni jockey Esmael Nahilat. Tumala ito ng cuartos na 7’-24’-24’-28 para sa kabuuang 1:25’, sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Sumegundo si Pleasantly Perfect (1:26), sinundan nina Dancing Dolphin sa tercero at Carmelo sa cuarto puesto, na dikit-dikit halos dumating sa oras na 1:26’.

Base sa mga naitalang performance ng mga ito, angat si Who Else at ito ang titingnan ng karamihan ng karerista pag dating ng mismong araw ng karera sa Agosto 21, sa SLLP rin at sa parehong distansiya.

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Samantala, sa Linggo na sa SLLP ang 4th leg ng Imported/Local Challenge Series ng Philippine Racing Commission na tinaguriang Philracom Peridot Stakes.

Maglalaban sa distansiyang 1,900 meters sina Multiply, Botbo, Next Big Thing, Juggling Act, Gentle Irony, at Batang Tundo.

Ang mga ito ay beteranong kabayo na magbibigay ng magandang laban sa isa’t-isa, kaya inaasahang magiging kaaya-aya ang Peridot Stakes sa mga karerista.

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            Sa ibang balitang karera, dumalaw kamakailan sa bansa ang dalawang grupo ng dayuhan upang pag-aralan ang pamamalakad ng karera dito sa atin.

Noong Hulyo 24-26, nagalak ang Philracom na asikasuhin ang mga panauhin mula sa Korean Racing Authority – apat na opisyal at isang beterinaryo. Sila ang nag-award ng tropeo sa SLLP para sa Philippines-Korea Friendship Race at ang KRA Trophy Race.

Noong Agosto 1-2 naman dumating sina C. Mano, Greg Manley ng Hygain Feeds, at Peter Lord upang magbigay ng seminar sa kalusugan ng kabayo, sa ilalim ng sponsorship ni Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos na isang horseowner at breeder.

Dumating din kamakailan si Dr. Ross Teitzel, isang beterinaryo na espesyalista sa kabayong pangarera, upang gamutin ang kabayo ng ilang mga horseowners sa kanilang mga rancho sa Batangas.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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THW: Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 August 2011, Wednesday

Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

There are horseracing events that are staged as a matter of course, are there are those that grab the fancy and become an annual tradition, kept up in the face of economic challenges purely for the love of the sport. One such is the Bagatsing Cup, to be run in its third edition on August 19 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The event was first staged in 2009 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, organized by the Bagatsing family of Manila city politics in honor of the clan patriarch, the late Manila mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing.

The racing festival was conceived as an hommage to their father by present fifth district Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon D. Bagatsing Jr. Both, like their father, are also horseowners and have been since their 20s, encouraged by their father who enjoyed spending weekends watching the races at the old San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman or puttering around his thoroughbred farm, watching mares and foals at play.

Atty. Bagatsing says of those times that his father would, after work at City Hall, “…put on his cowboy hat. That was a signal that he was off to the farm in Batangas for some peace and quiet with the horses.”

In part, the event was also conceived as a modest revival of the Gran Copa de Manila races of the MJC. Initiated in 1896, it had its glory days in the 1970s to ‘90s, held in conjunction with the Araw ng Maynila celebrations with big-name sponsors such as San Miguel Beer backing the prize money and freebies for racing patrons. In addition to trophy races, two major races were held as the culminating events – the Division I and the Division II.

When MJC moved to Carmona, Cavite, in 2003, the event was held only once more there before being halted because, management said, the racing club was no longer in Manila.  Fans mourned the passing of a tradition.

But with the institution of the Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival in 2009, the Division I and II races were revived, without, however, the huge prize money. Still, the sentiment was there and it was warmly welcomed by fans, making the first event one of the most successful on the calendar that year.

This year, on August 19, the late mayor’s birthday, in addition to the Division I (for 3YO) and Division II (for imported and local horses) races, there will be seven other trophy races on the day.

Also instituted as a tradition was the giving of cash prizes to the grooms of the winning horses, a gesture that is not commonly done as grooms already receive a percentage of the gross prize money. The extra cash of P3,000 along with a sack of rice were welcome incentives, prompting some grooms to dub this the “Grooms’ Racing Festival”, which pleases the Bagatsing brothers.

“We started the event to honor not only our father, but also the people who work behind the scenes of the sport yet play a huge part in it,” said Atty. Bagatsing.

Added Congressman Bagatsing, “Grooms are overlooked and unrecognized. My late father always had a special place in his heart for the marginalized. In this way, we honor his memory by giving recognition and prizes that are long overdue.”

The Bagatsing family thanks the Philippine Racing Commission, the major sponsor of the event, for the support given since the racefest’s inception. We’ll bring you more details as they firm up.   ***

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KL: Agosto 21 PCSO Special Maiden Race

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  30 July 2011, Saturday

Agosto 21 PCSO Maiden Race

Inanunsiyo na kamakailan ng Draw and Races Department ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ang official lineup ng mga kasali sa Agosto 21 Special Maiden Race ng PCSO.

Ang karera ay bukas sa mga 2YO (Open) at gaganapin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Ang trial race para dito ay nakatakda para sa Agosto 2, parehong pista at distansiya. Heto ang mga deklaradong kalahok:

Colts (magdadala ng 54 kg): Who Else ni Eduardo Gonzalez (sasakyan ni jockey Esmael  Nahilat); Kamikazi ni Ramoncito Arceo (jockey Pipoy Silva), Hamaheat ni Fe Eliscupides (Rodeo Fernandez), Alta’s Choice ni Robert Joseph Moran (Val Dilema), Pleasantly Perfect ni Divina Dy (Jonathan Hernandez), Dancing Dolphin ni Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus (Red de Leon), at Carmelo ni Danilo Estacio (Michael Yap).

Filly (magdadala ng 52 kg): Louie Alexa ni Paolo Mendoza (Patty Dilema).

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            Sa SLLP rin gaganapin ang 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup, sa Agosto 19, Biernes, na siyang araw ng kapanganakan ng yumaong alkalde.

Ayon sa kanyang anak na horseowner rin, dating kongresista ng Maynila Atty Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., inaasikaso na ng pamilya ang mga pakarera sa araw na ito, kasama sina MJC racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo at corporate communications officer Nathan Mazo, at Philippine Racing Commission sports and games officer (handicapper) Rolando Lansangan.

Magkakaroon ng siyam na karera sa araw na iyon. Dalawa rito ang parang Gran Copa de Manila – tinaguriang Division I (para sa 3YO) at Division II (imported-local open). Ang pitong karera pa ay special trophy races.

Abangan ang dalawang karerang ito sa susunod na buwan!

            Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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THW: Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  27 July 2011, Wednesday

Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

Humble Riches, despite her name, earned the right to strut when she beat the boys’ time last weekend at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The 2YO filly competed in the Philippine Racing Commission’s 2nd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes race last Saturday. She carried 53 kgs under jockey Val Dilema.

The 1,000-meter sprint also featured Buena Fortuna, partnered with jockey Fernando M. Raquel, carrying 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; It’s She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53 (I know, the name is ungrammatical, that’s not a typo); It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Humble Riches was sent off as the favorite from the start and hung off-the-pace, kicking into gear at the far turn. She posted a time of one minute flat. The record for the distance is held by Lord Boni, who clocked 58.6 seconds on 31 March 2007 at the same track.

Alpha Allianza came in second place, Going West third, and It’s She Perfect fourth. (I know, an odd name, but there’s nothing wrong with her legs nor her form, and those are what count on the track.)

In the four-horse 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes held Sunday – same distance, same track – favorite Jet Stream under Jeffril Zarate hit the wire first, followed by Bechot, Stolen Time, and Sky Serpent in that order. The time for the race was 1:01.6, also for 1,000 meters.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office announces the ten nominated entries to the August 21 Special Maiden Race (2YO Open) participating in the trial on August 2 at SLLP:

Colts: Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Choice, Danilo Estacio’s Carmelo, Jeci Lapus’s Dancing Dolphin, Fe Eliscupides’s Hamaheat, Ramoncito Arceo’s Kamikazi, Divina Dy’s Pleasantly Perfect, and Eduardo Gonzalez’s Who Else;

Fillies: Paolo Mendoza’s Louie Alexa, Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Power of Destiny, and Mario Gerard Cunanan’s Santorini.

Both the trial and actual race will be held over 1,300 meters.

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Also on the August racing calendar are the following: at SLLP, Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.

According to former Manila congressman and the late mayor’s son lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., their family is still going over the racing festival arrangements and mechanics with MJC racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo.

The racefest was conceived by Atty. Bagatsing and his brother, Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, as an homage to their father who was an avid horseowner and counted racing and thoroughbred breeding as relaxing activities that helped him cope with the stresses of his position as mayor during the challenging times of the ‘70s.

At the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park: Aug. 13, 3rd leg Philracom Juvenile Fillies Stakes; Aug. 14, 3rd leg Juvenile Colts Stakes (both 1,200 meters); Aug. 28, Philracom Lakambini Stakes. More on these exciting races next week! ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Impresibo!

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  26 July 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Impresibo!

Klaseng mas magaling ang mga babaeng kabayo kesa lalaki sa kasalukuyang crop ng juveniles na namamayagpag ngayon sa pista.

Noong nakaraang Sabado sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, nagpakita ng kakaibang gilas ang isang filly na nanalo ng off-the pace.

Ang magandang achievement niya ay ang kanyang pagtala ng oras na isang minuto sarado, bahagyang mas matulin sa naitalang oras ng mga lalaki noong sumunod na araw.

Nanalo ang llamadong Humble Riches sa 2nd leg ng Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Fillies stakes race sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Tinalo niya ang pitong kalaban sa ilalim ng paggabay ni jockey Val Dilema.

Sumegundo si Alpha Allianza, tercero si Going West, at cuarto si It’s She Perfect.

Noong Linggo naman, sa 2nd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Colts, llamado rin ang nanalong Jet Stream, lulan si Jonathan Hernandez. Segundo si Bechot, tercero si Stolen Time, at huli’t cuarto dumating si Sky Serpent. Ang oras na naitala para sa karerang ito ay 1:01.6 sa 1,000 meters din.

Samantala, nais ipaalam ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office na ang kanilang susunod na maiden race para sa 2YO ay gaganapin sa Agosto 21 sa SLLP. Ang trial ay sa Agosto 2 sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Sino kaya ang mananaig dito – babae o lalaki? Abangan!

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  23 July 2011, Saturday

2nd Leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Inaabangan itong weekend sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang ikalawang yugto ng serye ng Philippine Racing Commission para sa mga “juveniles” or dalawang-taong gulang na kabayo.

Ang 2nd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Fillies ay itatakbo ngayong araw sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Kalahok dito ang mga sumusunod: Buena Fortuna, lulan si jockey Fernando M. Raquel, sa timbang na 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; Humble Riches, Val Dilema, 53; Is She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53; It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Patok daw dito si  Humble Riches, base na rin sa magandang pinapakita nito, at puede ring kunin ung sakay ni Malapira.

Bukas naman ang sa Colts, na lahat ay magdadala ng 54 kgs, apat lamang sila: Bechot, Christopher Garganta; Sky Serpent, Esteban de Vera; Stolen Time, Jonathan Hernandez; at Jet Stream, Jeffril Zarate. Ang dalawang huling nabanggit ang napupusuan ko rito.

Abangan din sa SLLP ang mga sumusunod na karera: Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup. Ayon kay former Manila congressman, Atty Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., inaasikaso na ng kanilang pamilya at ni SLLP racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo ang mechanics ng pakarerang nagbibigay-pugay sa kanyang ama, ang yumaong mayor ng Maynila.

Tulad ng dating Gran Copa de Manila na karera, na si Mayor Bagatsing ang bumuhay sa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman noong araw, magkakaroon din ang Bagatsing Memorial Racing Day ng Division I at Division II na major stakes races. Mayroong pito pang special/trophy races. Tulad ng mga nakaraang RDB Cup festivals, may premyo ang mananalong sota, at iba pang mga pakulo. Abangan! ***

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KL: 2nd Leg Triple Crown at Hopeful

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  14 June 2011, Tuesday

2nd leg Philracom Triple Crown at Hopeful

Pinatunayan ni Magna Carta ang kanyang kakayahan noong nakaraang Sabado (Hunyo 11) sa San Lazaro Leisure Park kung saan siya ang nanaig sa ikalawang yugto ng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown.

Segundo llamado lamang siya dahil segundo siyang dumating noong unang yugto ng naturang serye para sa mga de-kalidad na 3YO na local-born na mananakbo. Paborito sa benta si Hari ng Yambo, na pinanalo ng malayo ang unang yugto.

Ngunit sa pagkakataong ito, maayos ang pagkakadala kay Magna Carta; si Hari ng Yambo naman ay dumating na huli.

Umoras si Magna Carta ng 1:50.6 sa cuartos na 10’-22’-24’-25’-27’. Segundo si Lord of War, tersero si Tensile Strength, at kuwarto si Arvindugo.

Mas matulin ang oras na ginawa ni Cheeze Mosa, ang nanalo ng second leg ng Philracom Hopeful Stakes noong Linggo din. Gumawa siya ng kuartos na 10-23’-25-25’-26’ para sa tiyempo na 1:50.2, bahagyang mas maganda pa ng naitala ng mga tumakbo sa Triple Crown mismo.

Ang distansiya ng dalawang stakes races na ito ay 1,750 meters. Ang record na tiyempo sa distansiyang iyan ay 1:48, na ginawa nina Real Spicy (2006) at Ibarra (2007).

Samantala, si Markees World ang naging kampeon ng 1,300 meters Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race sa araw din na iyon. Malayong nanalo ito sa sumegundong Stolen Time; tersero si Fair Wind.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Magna Carta Lays Down the Law

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  15 June 2011, Wednesday

Magna Carta Lays Down the Law


After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hooves of Hari ng Yambo in the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series last May 15, Magna Carta exacted revenge by winning the second leg last June 11.

The 1,750-meter race was one of a power-packed trio of stakes races held that day at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Because of his previous loss, Magna Carta was sent off as only the second choice in the sales. As expected, Hari ng Yambo was the favorite.

But jockey Jesse Guce did a magnificent handling job, salvaging a half-length win over Lord of War, with splits of 10’-22’-24’-25’-27’, total time 1:50.6.

Tensile Strength came in third, Arvindugo fourth. Hari ng Yambo finished last in the nine-horse field.

Magna Carta won the first place purse of P1.8 million for owner Michael Dragon Javier; Rey Henson is the trainer.

A 3YO colt by Woodman (USA) x Pledge the Fifth (USA), Magna Carta is an island-born thoroughbred from the Royal Maverick Ranch of renowned breeder Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr., who now divides his time between the ranch and other occupations and his public service as the mayor of Javier, Leyte.

The second race of the terrible trio of stakes events was the second leg of the 1,750 meter-Philracom Hopeful Stakes. Favorite Cheese Mosa won over 11 other runners (Coal Harbour was scratched).

Guided by Patricio Dilema, the local-bred 3YO filly owned by lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV and trained by Renato Yamco reached the wire four lengths ahead of second-pick Prime Rate, clocking 10-23’-25-25’-26’ for a total 1:50.2, a few fractions better than the Triple Crown time.

In comparison, the official Philracom record for the distance stands at 1:48, held jointly by Real Spicy (2006) and Ibarra (2007).

Cheese Mosa is by Philippine stallion Shooting Star out of American mare Magic Find.

In the third of the terrific trifecta of June 11 races, Renato Virata’s Markees World, steered by Rodeo Fernandez, emerged the champion of the 1,300 meter-Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race. The Johnny Sordan-trained 2YO filly is by Australian stakes winner Key Apo out of Ribbon Grain, bred here by racing industry elder stateman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat on his Paris Match Farm.

Congratulations to the winning connections of these new champions!

In the US version of the Triple Crown, which ended also last June 11 with the staging of the Belmont Stakes, three different horses won each leg – Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, Shackleford in the Preakness, and longshot Ruler on Ice in the Belmont.

With Magna Carta having denied Hari ng Yambo the Triple Crown sweep, who’s going to triumph in the 2,000 meter third leg on July 17 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite? Will it be either of them, or another horse entirely, mirroring the US Triple Crown? The third leg is a month away, giving us plenty of time to make our choices and place our bets.

July 17 is also when the next Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held. Reminder to owners and trainers, declaration is on June 16, trial race is on June 28, P300,000 for the winner with prizes up to third place.

Meanwhile, we can look forward to this weekend at Santa Ana Park and the running of the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Championship series, both 1,000 meter sprint runs – the Fillies Stakes on June 18, Saturday, and the Colts on June 19, Sunday.   ***

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