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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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KL: Top Ten sa Karera

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  31 May 2011, Tuesday

Top Ten sa Karera

Sa larangan ng horseracing, tulad ng sa ibang sports, may ranking ng mga atleta na maaring maging batayan ng kanilang katayuan sa larangan na kanilang ginagalawan.

Para sa akin, ang opisyal na pamantayan nito ay ang mga estadistika na nilalabas ng Philippine Racing Commission, bilang ahensiya ng gobyerno sa ilalim ng Tanggapan ng Pangulo na siyang inatasan na mag-supervise ng sport na ito.

Ayon sa Philracom, para sa panahong Enero hanggang Abril ng kasalukuyang taon, ang mga Top Ten sa Karera ay:

Horseowners: (1) Atty. Narciso Morales; (2) Aristeo G. Puyat; (3) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus; (4) Antonio G. De Ubago Jr.; (5) Ruben B. Dimacuha; (6) Joseph C. Dyhengco; (7) Jade Bros. Freight; (8) Ralph Javier; (9) Herminio S. Esguerra; (10) Eduardo E. Gonzalez.

Trainers: (1) Ray R. Henson; (2) Ruben S. Tupas; (3) Carlos M. Vicente: (4) Johnny C. Sordan; (5) Rodolfo G. Mendoza; (6) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus; (7) Renato R. Yamco; (8) Nestor E. Manalang;  (9) Dave R. De la Cruz; (10) J. S. Henson.

Jockeys: (1) Patricio R. Dilema; (2) Jonathan B. Hernandez; (3) Jesse B. Guce; (4) Fernando M. Raquel Jr.; (5) Mark A. Alvarez; (6) Rodeo G. Fernandez; (7) Valentino R. Dilema; (8) Kelvin B. Abobo; (9) John Alvin Guce; (10) John B. Cordero.

Horses: (1) Magna Carta; (2) Juggling Act; (3) Yes Pogi; (4) Getting Better; (5) Big Daddy’s Dream; (6) Bosbarawana; (7) Bahala Na; (8) Alamid; (9) Deceptions; (10) Dancing Gisele.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, dumalaw sa website ng Philracom sa

Samantala, pinapaalala ng Philracom sa mga kinauukulan na magpa-nominate na ngayong araw para sa first leg ng Philracom Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Juvenile Colts Stakes na gaganapin sa Santa Ana Park sa Hunyo 18 (fillies) at Hunyo 19 (Colts) sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Ang nomination fee ay P2,500 kada entry. Ang araw ng deklarasyon ay Hunyo 3, at P5,000 per entry. Ang pagbobola ng post position ay sa Hunyo 15 sa PRC Handicapping Department ng 5:00pm.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 May 2011, Wednesday

Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

A change-up strategy led to success for a fast-breaking charger in the 2011 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup.

The 16th PCSO Silver Cup displayed at Santa Ana Park.

Held last May 22, a rainy Sunday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, the 2,000 meter race set veteran Yes Pogi against five other classy contenders.

Yes Pogi is known as a stayer, coming from the rear of the field to claw his way to a win under his former rider Fernando Raquel Jr. However, the problem with such a technique is that he might run out of track before he can catch up to the frontrunner – and this has been the cause of his few defeats.

This time around, rider Manolito Daquis opted to let him grab the lead from Thoti’s Best before they hit the first bend, a surprise tactic that had fans – even Yes Pogi’s trainer, Felix Lauron – biting their nails in suspense. It proved to be the right move to avoid being sprayed with mud in the face, a factor that could have affected Yes Pogi’s running.

Manolito Daquis on Yes Pogi winning the 16th PCSO Silver Cup.

A top ten jockey said that he has noticed that Yes Pogi tends to jump out of the gate quickly, but past strategies forced him to hang back. “If he had been allowed to lead before,” said the rider, “we might have seen this versatility from Yes Pogi sooner.”

The speedy gray colt bred at horseowner-businessman Herminio Esguerro’s Herma Farms & Stud facility in Batangas is by Rum Tum Tiger (USA) x Belle Epoque(USA), perhaps proving the contention of some that American lineages are the best for speed on dirt tracks.

Yes Pogi won on a fast track by an amazing nine lengths with splits of 25-23’-24’-25-26’ for a total time of 2:04.4. This ties with the 2005 record set by Stowaway Lass at Wild Orchid.

Righthererightnow came in second, Darleb third, and Thoti’s Best fourth, followed by Shining Armour and Go Army last.

Present at the awarding ceremony, from PCSO, were general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Committee on Races chairman Atty. Jose Malang, vice-chairmen Carlos Castillo at Desoto Tupaz, and members Dr. Romeo Buencamino at Henry Z. Beech, also assistant general manager Benigno Aguas, treasury department manager Mercedes Hinayon, and others.

Daquis, GM Rojas, Lauron, and Ma. Theresa de Vera in behalf of owner Francis Lim.

Also there, from the host Philippine Racing Club, were president Solomon Cua and executive vice-president/COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr.

Receiving the award in behalf of Yes Pogi owner Francis Lim was Ma. Theresa de Vera, while Jec Santos subbed for Herma Farms.

Congratulations to the connections of Yes Pogi, a true champion!


The trial race for the June 11 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race for 2YO (open) was held yesterday at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park over 1,300 meters.

Joining the trial were fillies Classy Kitkat owned by Ramon Bagatsing Jr., Herminio Esguerra’s Fair Wind, Jose Mari Franco’s Huatulco, Renato Virata’s Markees World, and Kerby Chua’s Pinay Beauty, and colts Conqueror’s Magic of Wilbert Tan and Jeci Lapus’s Stolen Time. Handicapping was set weight, fillies carrying 52 kgs. and colts 52 kgs.

Markees World, steered by replacement rider Rodeo Fernandez, won the trial by about seven lengths over Stolen Time. Fair Wind placed third and Conqueror’s Magic fourth, followed by Classy Kitcat, Huatulco, and Pinay Beauty last. The time was 1:24’.

Markees World with Rodeo Fernandez wins the PCSO Special Maiden trial.

Winning by seven? That makes Markees World the one to watch. By Australian and Philippine stakes winner Key Apo out of Ribbon Grain, the dark bay filly was bred at Paris Match Farm owned by racing industry elder statesman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat.

Also on June 11 are the second legs of the Philippine Racing Commission’s Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes series.

With three major races running on one day, it’s going to be a huge event for speed aficionados. Mark it in your planners and drive down to the SLLP Turf Club for a day of racing and dining.  It’s along Governor’s Drive in Carmona, Cavite, less than an hour away from Makati. ***

Photos by Eric de los Reyes/PCSO.

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KL: Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 24 May 2011, Tuesday

Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

Walang kapagurang nilampaso ng beteranong Yes Pogi ang kanyang mga karibal sa 16th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup noong Linggo sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club.

Gumamit ang kanyang hineteng si Manolito Daquis ng kakaibang istratehiya sa laban. Kilala bilang stayer ang puting kabayo, na noong araw ay hinahayaan ng kanyang dating hinete na si Fernando Raquel Jr. na magpa-remate mula sa hulihan.

Ang nakakatakot lang sa modus na iyon ay baka kapusin si Yes Pogi, at iyon na nga ang nangyari sa ilang pagkakataon na siya’y natalo.

Ayon sa isang batikang hinete sa Top Ten, dati nang may potential na maging versatile sa estilo si Yes Pogi. “Pag larga niyan sa aparato,” ani ng hinete, “mabilis niyang nakukuha ang unahan.”

Ito ang nakitang posibilidad ni Daquis sa kabayo. Dahil maulan nung itinakbo ang PCSO Silver Cup at ayaw ni Yes Pogi na natatalsikan siya ng putik, minabuti ni Daquis na paunahin si Yes Pogi. Nakuha agad nila ang bandera kay Thoti’s Best bago pa mag-first bend, at hindi na ito binitiwan hanggang meta.

Medyo kinabahan pa raw ang trainer ni Yes Pogi na si Felix Lauron sa umpisa ng karera dahil hindi nga raw dating inuuna ang kabayo.

Nanalo ng nine lengths si Yes Pogi, sa oras na 2:04.4 sa kuwartos na 25-23’-24’-25-26’.

Napantayan niya ang 2005 record para sa 2,000 meters nina Stowaway Lass at Wild Orchid. Nakatulong rin na matigas ang pista dahil umulan.

Sumegundo si Righthererightnow, tersero si Darleb, at kuwarto si Thoti’s Best. Sinundan sila ni Shining Armour at huling dumating si Go Army.

Kasama sa awarding ceremony mula sa PCSO sina general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Committee on Races chairman Atty. Jose Malang, vice-chairmen Carlos Castillo at Desoto Tupaz, at members Dr. Romeo Buencamino at Henry Z. Beech; sina assistant general manager Benigno Aguas, treasury department manager Mercedes Hinayon, at marami pang iba.

Naroon mula sa Philippine Racing Club sina president Solomon Cua at executive vice-president at COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr.

Tinanggap ni Ma. Theresa de Vera ang tropeo para sa may-ari ni Yes Pogi na si Francis Lim, at si Jec Santos naman para sa Herma Farms & Stud, breeder ni Yes Pogi (Rum Tum Tiger x Belle Epoque).

Congratulations sa connections ni Yes Pogi, isang tunay na kampeon!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Longshot Rules 1st Leg Triple Crown!

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 May 2011, Wednesday

Longshot Rules 1st leg Triple Crown!

Like I’ve said before, anything can happen in a horse race.

And when you’re talking elite thoroughbreds, it’s all the more likely that any event they figure in will be an even-steven race, with no quarter given to the favorite.

That’s what a longshot did in last Sunday’s 1st leg Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series held at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Seven horses were declared, and one was scratched – Bosbarawana, who also had a chance of winning. Of the remaining six horses, classy colt Magna Carta emerged as the favorite in the sales.

But when the gates flew back, the aptly-named jockey Rodeo Fernandez was quick at the jumpout, grabbing the lead and never giving it up till the wire, reaching it six lengths ahead of Magna Carta. Coming a very close third in a photo-finish was The Rock, while Barkley took fourth.

Hari ng Yambo, an island-born bay colt, nearly shattered the 1:38 record for the mile distance set in 2007 by another island-born, Copper Dew, by posting 1:39 with impressive quarters of 24’-23-25-26’. I believe he could have broken the record, but since he had pulled way ahead of the pack in the stretch, his jockey may have eased up a bit to spare the horse the risk of injury, especially since he is almost sure to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown series.

Hari ng Yambo, by Chapel Royal (USA) x Daulide (ARG), is owned by Manny Santos and trained by Mark Tupas. Their stable receives the first prize of P1.8 milllion.

I think we know who’s going into the second leg of the Triple Crown on June 11, also at SLLP, as the heavy favorite. And if there’s a horse that could make a sweep of all three legs, it’s this one.

Meanwhile, the winner of the 1st leg of the Philracom 1st leg Hopeful Stakes held at the same track last Saturday was another longshot, Constatic, who also beat the race favorite, Cheese Mosa, who also came in second.  Tensile Strength came in third, Whistler fourth.

Local-bred Constatic, by Ecstatic (USA) x Consa (PHI), was to have been ridden by its regular jockey, Antonio Alcasid Jr. But he was declared to ride another likely candidate, Smart Guru, which was scratched before the race, allowing replacement rider Louie Balboa to grab top honors here.

Like I’ve also said before, suwerte ang pulot-sakay.

Constatic, owned by Ronaldo Tan and trained by Joel Mijares, clocked 25’-24-25’-26’ for a  total of1:41.4, about the average time for the mile. They won P600,000 first place purse for the efforts of their team.

On Sunday, all eyes will be glued to the action at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park for the 16th running of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup. The arduous 2,000 meter race pits wily veterans Thoti’s Best, Shining Armour, Go Army, Yes Pogi, Darleb, and Righthererightnow against each other in a fight for P1.1 million in first-place prize money.

Yes Pogi shone last year as a 3YO in two legs of the Triple Crown, and won a slew of stakes races after that. Though not undefeated, he’s still my best pick for this race, one of the most prestigious and exciting on the racing calendar.

Good times for racing? You can bet on it.   ***

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KL: Hari ng Yambo, Hari ng 1st Leg TC!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 17 May 2011, Saturday

Hari ng Yambo, Hari ng 1st leg TC!

Isang dehadong kabayo ang nanaig sa Philippine Racing Commission 1st leg Triple Crown seriesnoong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite.

Nilampaso ng kuwarto-llamadong Hari ng Yambo ang lima pang kalahok, kasama na ang llamadong siMagna Carta na inasahan ng karamihan. (Na-scratched si Bosbarawana.)

Pag bukas ng aparato, kinuha agad ni Rodeo Fernandez, hinete ni Hari ng Yambo, ang unahan, at hindi na ito binitiwan hanggang makarating sa meta ng anim na kabayo pa ang layo sa sumegundong Magna Carta. Tersero si The Rock, at kuwarto si Barkley.

Malapit na ring basagin ni Hari ng Yambo ang record time na 1:38 para sa milya na ginawa ni Copper Dew noon pang 2007. Umoras si Hari ng Yambo ng 1:39, sa kuwartos na 24’-23-25-26’, isang napaka-impresibong performance. Tingin ko kaya niyang sirain ang record noon, ngunit hindi nalang ito ipinuwersa sa rekta dahil malayo na sila sa kalaban at para huwag ilagay sa panganib ang kalagayan ng kabayo.

Naipanhik ni Hari ng Yambo ang P1.8 million first prize sa kanyang may-ari, Manny Santos. Siyempre tuwang-tuwa ang kanyang trainer, Mark Tupas, sa itinakbo ng kanyang alaga.

Tingin ko alam na natin kung sino ang magya-llamado sa 2nd leg ng Triple Crown sa Hunyo 11 sa  SLLP uli.

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Ang nanalo naman ng Philracom 1st leg Hopeful Stakes noong Sabado ay dehado rin. Tinalo ni Constatic ang san-dosenang kalahok pati na ang llamadong Cheese Mosa, na sumegundo lang sa kanya.

Ang kinalabasan ng laban na nito ay pareho lang sa Triple Crown – second place lang ang favorite. Terserong dumating si Tensile Strength, pang-apat si Whistler.

Dalawang kabayo pa nanalo si Constatic, sa pag-gabay ni Louie Balboa. Si Ronaldo Tan ang may-ari at si Joel Mijares ang trainer. Ang kuwartos ay 25’-24-25’-26’, total time 1:41.4, na pangkaraniwan o average na tiyempo para sa milya.


Ang susunod na malaking karera ay ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 16th Silver Cup sa darating na Linggo, Mayo 22, Santa Ana Park. Abangan!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Bandera Cup, Tuloy!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 14 May 2011, Saturday

Bandera Cup, Tuloy!

Aprubado na ng Philippine Racing Commission ang kanilang sponsorship ng Bandera Cup charity race, at ang schedule nalang nito ang inaayos pa.

Ayon kina Bandera—- at sports editor Frederick Nasiad, dalawa ang iniisip nilang gawing benepisyaryo ng charity race na ito – ang Newsboys Foundation at “Lapis at Papel” Foundation. Ang layunin ng huli ay ang mamahagi ng school supplies sa mga mag-aaral sa ilang paaralang pampubliko.

Matatandaan na mayroong annual charity race ang Tumbok, ang dating sister publication ng Bandera. Naka-apat na pakarera ito, at ang pinakahuling organisasyon na natulungan nila ay ang Bahay Maria foundation para sa mga abandoned children.

Dahil ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na magpapakarera ang Bandera, pinag-iisipan nila ng mabuti kung anu-anong mga pakulo at kabonggahan ang maari nilang i-arrange para sa ikasasaya ng mga manonood ng karera at pati na rin ang mga mambabasa ng Bandera.

Kaya antabayanan nalang sa kolum na ito ang schedule ng 1st Bandera Cup!


Mga balitang karera: super-dehado ang nanalo ng 137th Kentucky Derby, first leg ng US Triple Crownna idinaos noong Mayo 7 sa Churchill Downs racetrack sa Lexington, Kentucky.

Galing sa gitna ng kumpol ang 20-1 longshot na si Animal Kingdom, sakay ni John Velasquez. Change-rider lamang siya; pinalitan niya ang regular rider na si Robby Albarado na nabasag ang ilong nang umalma ang sasakyang kabayo nito sa isang regular race tatlong araw bago mag-Derby Day.

Bakit hindi panguha si Animal Kingdom: bukod sa hindi niya regular rider si Velasquez, ito rin ang una niyang takbo sa buhangin. (“Turf horse” kasi ito, tumatakbo sa pistang damo). Bakit panguha: kadalasan ay suwerte ang pulot-sakay. Ganyan talaga ang karera, kahit ano, maaring mangyari.

Kalendaryo ng karera sa Mayo: 14, SLLP: 1st leg Philracom Hopeful Stakes; 15, SLLP: 1st leg Philracom Triple Crown; 21, Pimlico Racecourse sa Maryland, USA: Preakness Stakes, 2nd leg US Triple Crown; 22, PRC: PCSO 16th Silver Cup.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Longshot Wins KY Derby!

<THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 11 May 2011, Wednesday

<Longshot Wins KY Derby!

The first Saturday in May is like Christmas and Valentine’s Day and Easter all rolled into one for racing fans around the world. It’s when the Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Lexington, and where the finest 3YO Thoroughbreds show the world the speed and power at their command.

This year saw Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 longshot, win the 137th running of the KY Derby, the first leg of the US Triple Crown.

Animal Kingdom was hardly even mentioned in any of the morning-line tips; more attention was given to Dialed In, Nehro, even Pants on Fire, who won the Louisiana Derby with lady rider Rosie Napravnik.

But the feisty colt proved he wasn’t a nobody by racing in the middle of the field of 19 horses, pulling away in the stretch to win the 1-1/4 mile (2,000 meter) race by 2-3/4 lengths in 2:02.04. (Secretariat set the track record of 1:59.40 in 1973).

In comparison the Philippine record for that distance is 2:04.4, held jointly by island-born fillies Stowaway Lass and Wild Orchid, both clocking it in 2005.

Now why wasn’t Animal Kingdom on the radar? It was his first time to run on dirt; he had previously won a race on a synthetic surface at Turfway Park. His jockey, John Velasquez, was a replacement for regular riderRobby Albarado, who broke his nose in an accident just three days before Derby Day.

Why I should have seen it coming – suerte ang pulot-sakay, as they say here.

The Kentucky Oaks, held the previous day also at Churchill Downs, was also won by a longshot, Plum Pretty. Steered by Martin Garcia, the filly held off St. John’s River just enough to win by a neck.

The second leg of the US Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, will be held on May 21 at the Pimlico Racecourse in Maryland.

Meanwhile, we are gearing up for our own Triple Crown series, supported by the Philippine Racing Commission. The first leg happens on May 15 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, while the first leg of the Hopeful Stakes will take place on May 14.

I’m going with Magna Carta in the TC, despite recent losses. I think that colt has got what it takes to go the distance.

May 22 at Santa Ana Park, we’ll see if Yes Pogi still has what it takes to beat Go Army, Darleb, Righthererightnow, Thoti’s Best, and Shining Armour  over 2,000 meters. ***

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KL: Jockeys Day, Matagumpay!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 10 May 2011, Tuesday

Jockeys Day, Matagumpay!

Congratulations sa mga miyembro ng New Philippine Jockeys Association sa kanilang matagumpay na pagdiwang ng Jockeys Day nitong nakaraang Santa Ana Park raceweek!

Ayon kay NPJA director jockey Joey Macaraig, “May malaking katuturan ang aming ginawang event. Bukod sa mga sponsored na pakarerang ikinalat sa loob ng ilang araw, na nakapagbigay ng kaunting karagdagang premyo sa mga nanalo, nakapagbigay din kami ng tulong pinansiyal sa ilang mga baldadong hinete.”

Iniabot ni Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II ang tsekeng tig-P25,000 kina Jesus “Bong” C. Guce, Erwin J. Tijam, at Constantino Bernabe, mga dating mananakay na nasakuna sa laban.

Kasama sa sponsors ng event ang PCSO, pati na rin ang Philippine Racing Commission at PhilippineRacing Club, ang may-ari at operator ng home track ng Jockeys Day, ang Santa Ana Park.

Kaya’t kasama rin sa awarding ceremony noong Linggo ang ilang mga opisyales ng PRC, sina Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr. (executive vice-president at COO) at Ms. Jessica T. Villanueva (assistant vice-president para sa komunikasyon). Dahil kaarawan ni racing manager at AVP Dan Valmonte noong Linggo, hindi siya nakarating ngunit siya naman ang nagrabaho upang maseguro na maayos ang pagtanghal ng mga pakarera at iba pang programa para sa Jockeys Day.

Ang susunod na event ng mga hinete ay ang kanilang taunang summer outing, at kasunod noon ay ang kanilang Christmas party, kung saan ay may recognition ceremony sila para sa mga hinete na top achievers (ang criteria ay “money earned”).

“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga tumulong,” ani jockey Joey. “Kung hindi dahil sa kanilang sponsorship ay hindi namin naidaos muli itong Jockeys Day na fundraising para sa mga disabled na hinete.”

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Jockeys’ Day Ngayon

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 7 May 2011, Saturday

Jockeys’ Day Ngayon

Ngayong araw na idaraos ang pinaka-aabangan ng sambayanang karerista – ang taunang pakarera ng mga hinete ng New Philippine Jockeys Association – ang 2011 Jockeys Day.

Gaganapin ito sa Santa Ana Park, tulad ng dati. Simula Huwebes pa lang, mayroon nang mga special races sa ilalim ng event na ito. Ang main race ay ang NPJA-Philippine Racing Commission Cup na nakatakda para ngayon.

Naibahagi ko na sa aking huling kolum ang ilang mga detalye tungkol sa event na ito. Ayon kay NPJA director Joey Macaraig, may ilang mga karagdagang impormasyon.

“May tatlong muse na darating mamaya,” aniya, “ngunit surprise nalang kung sino sila. Tiyak na matutuwa ang mga karerista dahil laging kakaiba pag may muse sa awarding ceremony.”

Bukod doon, sabi ni jockey Joey, ang magiging emcee sa awarding ay si Philracom commissioner at dating star jockey na si Eduardo “Boboc” C. Domingo Jr.

Sa premyo naman, may ilang horseowners na nagbigay ng libreng pakasta sa mga winning owners sa ilang piling karera.

Ito’y sina Ginoong Putch Puyat, Tony de Ubago, Jose Mari Franco, at Ramon Balatbat (istalyong Pumatone); Boy Tan (Mozarelle); at Tony Tan (Reenact).

Tiyak na magiging masaya ang ating pangangarera ngayong araw. Full force ang suporta ng mga hinete at iba pang taga-karera dito, at marami tayong makikitang racing personalities at exciting na laban.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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