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THW: Humble Riches Can Be Proud

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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THW: 3rd Bagatsing Racefest at MJC Breaks Record

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:, Web:, Facebook: Gogirl Racing, Twitter: @gogirlracing)

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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: 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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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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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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THW: Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  20 July 2011, Wednesday

Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

Racing is full of surprises, and last weekend saw a couple of upsets in the big races that drew more than the usual number of fans to the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

Last Sunday, two interesting races were held, both sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission – the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown and the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

The Triple Crown is the championship series for elite local-born 3YO – only the very best may join. The entries in the PSA Cup, in contrast, were drawn from the class-divisions and the race was a grab-bag of feisty veterans aged four to nine.

In the Triple Crown, all eyes were on the favorite Magna Carta, who triumphed in the second leg and placed second in the first. The colt owned by Michael Dragon Javier faced off against twelve other foes over 2,000 meters.

But when the dust cleared, it was far second choice Tensile Strength first at the wire. Ridden by star jockey Jeffril Zarate, the Manuel Vicente-trained filly bested the rest of the field, including ten colts, to win by three.

The Rock placed second, Cheese Mosa third, and Barkley fourth. Magna Carta did not feature among the placers.

The splits for the race were 24.4-23.4-25.4-25.8-27.6 for a total time of 2:06.6. Tensile Strength’s win was worth P1.8 million for her owner, former Philracom commissioner Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla Jr.

In the Philracom-Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, second-to-that-last-favorite Ferrarione shocked the overflow crowd at Santa Ana Park by outlasting the frontrunner Barefoot Contessa, yet another longshot.

The 9YO veteran horse owned and trained by Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus was the oldest entry among the ten-horse field. He came off a 209-day spell well-rested enough to come from behind and clobber his foes in the stretch.

Lapus Stable star jockey Red de Leon saw a gap by the rails and cleverly positioned Ferrarione inside, saving ground and overtaking eventual second-placer Barefoot Contessa before the wire.

Speedy McKie took third and heavy favourite Nine Dragon settled for fourth. Quarters for the 1,300-meter race were set at 7’-23-23-26’ for a total time of 1:19.8. S

Present at the awarding ceremony were PSA officers Teddyvic Melendres, sports editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer (president); Riera Mallari, sports editor of Manila Standard-Today (secretary); Joe Antonio, sports editor of People’s Journal (treasurer); and Aldrin Cardona, sports editor of Daily Tribune (Board member and past president).

With them representing the host club was racing manager and assistant vice-president Dan Valmonte, while I was there too as a member of PSA.

Last Saturday, the 2,000-meter Philracom Hopeful Stakes saw Prime Rate emerge victorious, followed by Thirdy Thirdy in second, Midnight Myth third, and Sir Ferdinand fourth.

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As I promised last week, here’s a little more on the planned Malvar-Tanauan, Batangas Metro Manila Turf Club racing facility of horseowner-businessman Norberto Quisumbing Jr., PhD. “Dr. NQ”, as he is fondly called, anticipates that in the next two years, the key facilities in the racing cluster shall be completed.

Around 250 workers will be employed in the first phase of construction in the third quarter of this year and increase to 500 in December 2011.  ***

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KL: PCSO Special Maiden Race

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  25 June 2011, Saturday

PCSO Special Maiden Race

Hindi na matutuloy ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Race na nakatakda ng Hulyo 17 sa Santa Ana Park.

Kaunti lamang ang mga kabayo ang unang nagpalista para sa karera, kaya nagpa-substitute group ang mga handicappers ng Philippine Racing Club at ang PCSO upang maka-engganyo ng iba pang sasali.

Ngunit noong kamakailan, nag-anunsiyo ang PCSO Draw and Races department na dahil sa kakaunti lamang ang nagpa-deklara, kakanselahin na ang karera at ililipat nalang ito ng araw, sa Disyembre 4 sa Santa Ana Park pa rin.

Sayang naman na hindi nabuo ang karerang ito. Isipin nalang natin na ang paglipat ng schedule ng karera ay makakapag-bigay ng pagkakataon sa ibang kabayo na maaring maihanda ng kanilang trainer sa mga darating na buwan.

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Patuloy pa rin ang pagbuhos ng matinding ulan sa Maynila kahapon, Hunyo 24, ang ika-440 Araw ng Maynila. Naalala ko tuloy ang napakasayang mga karerang idinadaos sa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman dati kapag Araw ng Maynila, at ang pinaka-tampok dito ay ang Gran Copa de Manila.

Ito ay unang itinakda ng Manila Jockey Club noong 1896. Umorder pa galing Hong Kong ng napakagarang tropeo, malaki, mabigat, at gawa sa pilak, ngunit sa kasamaang-palad hindi natuloy ang karera dahil sumiklab na ang Spanish-American War noong panahong iyon.

Itinabi ng MJC ang tropeo, ngunit nawasak din ito noong 1970s sa isang sunog. Noong mayor ng Maynila ang yumaong Ramon Bagatsing Sr., minabuti niyang buhayin ang karerang ito at ang Gran Copa ang naging highlight race kada taon sa San Lazaro.

Sayang nalang na hindi pinagpatuloy ng MJC ang tradisyong ito noong inilipat nila ang karerahan sa Carmona.

Para sa mga kareristang old-timer, ang Gran Copa ay isang magandang alaala nalang ng nakaraang ‘glory days’ ng karera.   ***

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THW: Markees World Makes Mark

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 22 June 2011, Wednesday

Markees World Makes Mark  

Scoring impressive wins on successive Saturdays (no mean feat especially since most elite racehorses are lightly raced), Markees World’s back-to-back successes show that this freakishly fast filly could be this year’s juvenile valedictorian.

After her success in the June 11 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at San Lazaro Leisure Park, Markees World won last Saturday’s Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes for Fillies at Santa Ana Park.

Owned by newcomer Renato Virata and trained by oldtimer Johnny Sordan, the Rodeo Fernandez-steered filly crushed five other competitors in the first leg of the series for elite 2YO. Clocking 59.8 seconds for the 1,000-meter sprint, she posted splits of 12.8-21.4-25.6 to win by several lengths.

Lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Blanca took second place, followed by Joseph Dyhengco’s Going West in third and basketball coach and former Pampanga governor Joseller Guiao’s Magalang in fourth, then Camelabang and Classy Kitcat last (Huatulco was scratched).

Markees World (Key Apo x Ribbon Grain) was bred by Aristeo G. Puyat on his Paris Match Farm in Batangas. She did fractions better than the boys in the Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes run the following day.

Joseph Dyhengco’s Jet Stream trounced three other foes and clocked 13’-22-25 for a total time of 1:00.4 in the Colts. Congressman Jeci Lapus’ Stolen Time came second, Esquivias’ Jaden Dugo third, and Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic last (Jaden Apoparato was scratched).

The second legs of the Juvenile Championship series are slated for July 23 (Fillies) and July 24 (Colts) at SLLP. The way things are going, the Fillies should be on Sunday, primetime, because they’re going faster than the boys and are more exciting to watch.

Before then, July 17 is when the next PCSO 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held, at Santa Ana Park. Will Markees World stamp her class again in this one?

Also to be held on that day is the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, sponsored by Philracom.  PSA officers are expected to attend the occasion, among them Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Teddyvic Melendres (president), MST’s Riera Mallari (corporate secretary), and People’s Journal’s Joe Antonio (treasurer). ***

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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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