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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: Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 September 2011, Tuesday

Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

Isang ubod na dehadong kabayo – tersero sa pinakadehado sa lahat – ang kumupo ng unang Inquirer-Bandera Cup noong Linggo sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang di inaasahang Benissimo ni John Joseph Lagasca ang unang tumawid sa meta sa 1,300 metrong distansiyang karera na nilahukan ng siyam pang kabayo.

Unang lumabas sa aparato si Benissimo sa ilalim ni jockey Kelvin Abobo. Kilala ang kabayong ito bilang matulin sa gate at kadalasang nauuna; ngunit inisip ng marami na ang de-remateng Ice Storm, na siyang llamado, ang dadating oras na bumigay na si Benissimo.

Ngunit hindi nakayanan ni Ice Storm ang aire ni Benissimo, na kinukundisyon ni Boy Florentino. Sa home turn, umurong na siya at kinuha ni Windbeneathmywings ang unahan, ngunit rumemate ng buong tapang si Benissimo at nanalo pa ng ¾ kabayo, sa tiyempong 7-22’-23’-26’=1:19.6.

Kasama sa awarding ceremony sina Ms. Imelda Alcantara, vice-president for operations ng Inquirer Publications, Inc. at Mr. Rene R. Reinoso, senior vice-president for sales and marketing ng Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Naroon rin, mula sa Bandera, sina Mr. Lito Bautista, executive editor; Mr. Frederick Nasiad, sports editor ng Bandera; at ang inyong lingkod, bilang horseracing columnist ng Bandera.

Ang sponsor Philippine Racing Commission ay kinatawan ng bagong commissioner, jockey Lyndon B. Guce.

Marami ring taga-Bandera at Inquirer Group na sumama sa Naic, Cavite, upang mapanood ang unang charity race para sa beneficiaries na Inquirer Newsboy Foundation at Bandera Lapis at Papel campaign, na namamahagi ng school supplies sa ilang public schools.

Ayon kay Mr. Nasiad, pinag-lalaruan nila ngayon ang ideya na magkaroon ng Inquirer Racing Festival – isang araw kung saan may tig-isang karera para sa anim na publications sa ilalim ng Inquirer Group.

Nagpapasalamat ang Bandera at Inquirer sa Philracom sa ilalim ni Chairman Angel Castaño Jr., at sa Philippine Racing Club, lalo na kay assistant vice-president at racing manager Dan Valmonte na nagbuhos ang buong suporta ng Santa Ana Park sa pagdaos ng event na ito.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: 1st Bandera Cup

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  10 September 2011, Saturday

 1st Bandera Cup

Ilang tulog nalang, first Bandera Cup na!

Ikinagagalak ng Bandera at ng Philippine Racing Commission na itanghal ang pakererang ito na tiyak ikatutuwa ng bayang karerista.

Ito’y isang charity race, at ang beneficiaries ay ang Inquirer Newsboy Foundation at Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign.

Ang una ay tumutulong sa mga newsboy na nagbebenta ng pahayagan, at ang pangalawa naman ay isang charity effort ng Bandera na namamahagi ng school supplies sa ilang mga pampubliko na paaralan.

Nakakatuwa na malaki ang nabuong field para sa unang takbo ng Bandera Cup. Siguradong bonggang-bongga ang karerang ito, na tatakbo bilang Race 4 sa Linggo, Set. 11, sa Santa Ana Park sa Naic, Cavite.

Ayon kay Philippine Racing Club assistant vice-president at racing manager Dan Valmonte, 1,300 meters ang distansiya ng naturang karera. Eto ang sampung kalahok at ang kanilang timbang at hinete:

Luna Rossa ni Moises Villaseñor – 54 kgs, jockey JB Guce;

Speedy McKie ni Kenneth Causon – 55, VR Dilema

Sail Street ni Wilbert Tan – 55, CV Garganta

Ice Storm ni Cong. Jeci Lapus – 54, JB Hernandez

Ma’am Mika ni Emmanuel Atienza – 54, JPA Guce

Inner Class ni Ricardo Aquino – 54, AM Tancioco

Windbeneathmywings ni Paolo Mendoza – 53, RL Lagrata

Benissimo ni John Joseph Lagasca – 54, KB Abobo

Yes Joey ni Francis Lim – 54, JB Cordero

Alleluia ni Eduardo Gonzalez – 54, EP Nahilat

Ayon kay jockey at race analyst Joey Macaraig, “Top choice ko dito si Luna Rossa. Una, magaling ang hinete, si JB Guce. Flexible siya sa kabayo, puedeng mauna, puedeng sumunod. Maganda ang post position sa uno; dahil 1,300 meters ang distansiya, pwedeng mauna.

“Panegundo ko si Ice Storm. Compatible sila ng kanyang hinete, si JB Hernandez. Puede silang sumunod kay Luna Rossa. Dehado naman ang panersero ko – si Yes Joey, na magaling magpa-remate.”

Karera lang, walang personalan!  *** 

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THW: New Philracom Board

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  7 September 2011, Wednesday

New Philracom Board 

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently appointed a new chairman and commissioners for the government agency supervising the sport of horseracing, the Philippine Racing Commission.

Named as new chairman last August 10 was Angel Lopez Castaño Jr., while this administration’s slate of commissioners comprises lawyer Victor Tantoco, veterinarian Reynaldo Fernando, engineer Jesus Cantos, jockey Lyndon Guce, and Franco Loyola.

Chairman Castaño, while he has been away from the industry for quite some time, was a former chairman of the board of stewards of Manila Jockey Club, when it was still owned by the Prieto family and other shareholders and still based at the San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman, Manila.

He was on the panel that, in the ‘70s, decided to allow night racing, upon the advancement of track lighting technology and that created the disqualification rule and many other rules and regulations that guide the sport today.

As for the commissioners, Atty. Tantoco and Dr. Fernando are re-appointees from the previous term; Guce had served previously but resigned; while the other two are first-time commissioners. Engr. Cantos is a horseowner; Mr. Loyola is not from the racing industry.

A simple turnover ceremony was held last August 26 at the Philracom office in Makati. Immediate past chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II administered the oath of office to the new Philracom board.

In his farewell speech, outgoing chairman Rojas asked the Philracom personnel to give Chairman Castaño the same, if not greater, support that they extended him during his own three-year tour of duty.

We thank Atty. Rojas for his dedication and service, steering the racing industry through crisis times caused by the global recession. Under his watch, racing in the Philippines remained profitable and vibrant even as racetracks in the US closed down, among them the historic Bay Meadows racecourse in San Mateo, California, that shut down in 2008.

We wish Chairman Castaño and his commissioners the best of luck as they carry on the work of supervising the sport of Thoroughbred horseracing and its allied industry, breeding.

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Among those who extended their welcome wishes to the new Philracom board were the officers and members of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners. The oldest horseowners’ group in the country, founded the same time as the Philracom, in 1974, MARHO counts as one of its 15 founding members Angel N. Castaño Sr., the late father of the current Philracom chairman.

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In other news, Constatic proved to be the fleetest mare on the track after winning the Philracom Lakambini Stakes last August 28 at Santa Ana Park.

The Christopher Garganta-guided racemare won the 1,800-meter race running wire-to-wire, setting splits of 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 for a total time of 1:51.6.

Prime Rate came in second, followed by Cheese Mosa in third and Coal Harbor fourth.

Constatic was sired by Ecstatic (USA) out of Consa (PHI) and is owned by Ronaldo Tan.

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Thanks to all who congratulated me for winning first prize in this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in the category Essay (English). The title of my piece is “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park”. It will be published this December by the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters in their literary journal, Likhaan.

Here’s an excerpt, about my days as the country’s first female apprentice rider:

“The day I stopped feeling gonzo was when Alamat’s colt shied at a piece of paper on the track and galloped at top speed. I had not learned to gallop yet and could not control my mount. Jockeys and grooms yelled for others to clear the track – “Kaskas! Runaway!” as I hung on to the reins, the wind whipping my shirt against my chest.

“The colt spied a gap in the rails that led to our stables. He swerved to go through it, threw me off-balance, and I spun in mid-air, landing flat on my back on the sand.

“I felt no fear. There was no pain. The sky was very blue and the clouds were very white. The sand was gritty under my fingers, and I thought, this is not Santa Ana sand, there are no beaches here, only the Pasig River. The sand was alien to the place, trucked there from some shoreline in northern Luzon. But it had been trodden by people and horses and that made it part of the town. There I was, lying in several inches of dirt, embedded in Santa Ana in a way few people ever experienced.”

The essay will also appear online on the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation website. ***

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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: 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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THW: Gentle Irony, Best Import?

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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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THW: Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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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