THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 April 2011, Wednesday
PCSO Silver Cup, Triple Crown 1
You’re reading it here first – the lineup of one of the most prestigious races of the year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup!
Registration for the 2,000 meter race at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park on May 22 closed yesterday at 4pm, said sponsoring agency PCSO’s Desoto Tupaz of the Draw and Races Department.
Seven horses are entered, all older horses: Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army and Carriedo, Deemark Trading’s Righthererightnow, Josephy Dyhengco’s Darleb, Wilbert Tan’s Thoti’s Best, Marlon Cunanan’s Shining Armour, and Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi.
Yes Pogi is the one to beat, being a stayer with a patented come-from-behind strategy that works best over longer distances. He comes off a recent win in the class-division, showing that his condition, while not at peak, can still improve over the coming weeks.
Go Army and Carriedo could still pull off good performances, but railbirds I’ve asked are eyeing Righthererightnow and Thoti’s Best to make their mark.
The PCSO Silver Cup is traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse, but given that President Benigno Aquino III is a bachelor, the trophy will instead be sculpted with the faces of himself and his four sisters, along with other symbolic elements representing PCSO.
Sports fans are also looking forward to summer’s hottest race series, the Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Triple Crown for local-born 3YO Thoroughbreds.
Nomination for the mile-long first leg, set for May 15 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, was still on-going as of presstime, said sports and games officer Rolando Lansangan of the Philracom.
And no, he told me, I couldn’t get advance word of the nominees because the names were being dropped into a sealed box which could not be opened before 5pm, which is the deadline for submission of this column.
I tried my best but time wasn’t on my side. I’ll let you know the lineup for the Triple Crown first leg next week.
Meanwhile, we can speculate on who’s likely to join. Magna Carta is on top of the list, and no surprise – the island-born speedster of mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. has been making waves lately despite losing to Arvindugo by a head in the April 17 Philracom Diamond III stakes at Santa Ana Park.
Prior to that, Magna Carta creamed a tough field in the February 27 PCSO Freedom Cup, winning by ten lengths. After that he held off a hard-charging Barkley to win by a head in the Philracom Chairman’s Cup last March.
Deemed to be burned out from successive races, Magna Carta could use a rest till Triple Crown day. It’s likely that a short spell will help the son of American stallion Woodman out of Pledge the Fifth recover in time for this test.
He’s also considered to better at San Lazaro rather than Santa Ana, and he’ll be having that advantage during the first leg.
Philracom’s Triple Crown races are open to 3YO local-born Thoroughbreds and usually feature runners from the elite groups. Hefty prizes are meant to encourage local breeders to produce top-class champions for the track, with an eye to exportation in the future, once local compliance with international quarantine rules has been met.
The races are held in conjunction with the Hopeful Stakes race, also for elite 3YO that for some reason are not entered in the Triple Crown itself.