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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: Malaking Karera Ngayon

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  11 June 2011, Saturday

Malaking Karera Ngayon

Tatlong malalaking karera ang pasasabugin ngayong araw sa San Lazaro Leisure Park sa Carmona, Cavite – kanino kayo kakampi?

Dalawa ang alok ng Philippine Racing Commission, ang ikalawang yugto ng Triple Crown stakes at ng Hopeful stakes na mga serye.

Kalahok sa Triple Crown sina Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, at The Rock.

Si Hari ng Yambo ang nanalo ng first leg at malamang umulit muli, sa ganda ng kondisyon at pinakita nitong nakaraan. Sumegundo sa kanya noon si Magna Carta na sisikap na gumanti sa huling pagkatalo. SiConstatic ang kaisa-isang babaeng kabayo dito; siya ang nanalo ng first leg ng Hopeful at sisikapin niyang magpakitang-gilas dito.

Puno ang aparato para sa Hopeful, at ang mga kalahok ay sina Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind, Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, at Whistler.

Sina Smart Guru at  Cheeze Mosa ang dapat abangan dito, pati na rin si Whistler na dumating ng cuarto noong unang yugto.

Parehong 1,750 meters ang distansiya nitong matitinding karera na bukas sa lahat ng mga local-born na 3YO, ngunit ang karaniwang na isinasali rito ay ang mga de-kalidad na kabayo na may lakas at tulin, dahil napakahirap ng mga karerang ito. Kadalasan kasi, ang mga karera para sa 3YO ay 1,600 meters lamang.

Ang pangatlong malaking karera ngayong araw sa SLLP ay ang ikaapat na Special Maiden Race para sa taong ito ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Ang distansiya ay 1,300 meters at kabilang rito sina Classy Kitcat, Fair Wind, Huatulco, Pinay Beauty, Conqueror’s Magic, Stolen Time, at Markees World. Si Markees World ang nanalo ng trial noong May 24, at malamang siya rin ang aasahan pag dating sa tayaan.

Maligayang Araw ng Kasarinlan! Ipagdiwang natin ang kalayaan ng ating bansa, at pati na rin ang ating kalayaan na mangarera!  ***

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THW: Triple Crown, PCSO Races on June 11

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  8 June 2011, Wednesday

Triple Crown, PCSO Races on June 11

There are times during the year when nothing out of the ordinary is planned apart from regular races, and there are days when the whole day explodes in a frenzy of top-rated speed and action.

Saturday, June 11, is one of those days, and I strongly urge true horseracing fans to mark it on their calendars.

That’s when the 1,750-meter second legs of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes series for elite 3YO thoroughbreds will be run at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Running in the Triple Crown are Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, and The Rock.

Having crushed his opponents easily in the first leg, Hari ng Yambo is expected to dominate once again, but will have to contend against challenges from Magna Carta, who came in second to him the last time.

Constatic, the lone filly here, won the first leg of the Hopeful and on that strong showing was entered in the more difficult Triple Crown. She is still expected to do well against the boys. Tensile Strength placed third to her in that Hopeful and will seek to avenge the loss.

Fourteen runners are in the Hopeful: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind, Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler.

Watch out for Cheeze Mosa and Smart Guru to do some damage, and keep options open on Whistler, who came in fourth in the Hopeful’s first leg (Cheeze Mosa placed second).

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is running its fourth Special Maiden race of the year also on June 11, over 1,300 meters. The May 24 trial race was won by Markees World by seven lengths. Also in are Classy Kitcat, Fair Wind, Huatulco, Pinay Beauty, Conqueror’s Magic, and Stolen Time.

This exciting lineup of races happening the day before Araw ng Kasarinlan is all the more reason to celebrate the freedom to race – what can be better for Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts!

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 Alarming reports about an equine disease outbreak in the Western part of the United States are all over the Internet.

In a May 24 Los Angeles Times report by Gale Holland, seven horses have already died of the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) that first broke out in Ogden, Utah, last April.

Horse events from Tulsa to San Diego County have been cancelled on account of the outbreak, for fear of the disease spreading.

Horse herpes is highly contagious because it is airborne and spread by horse-to-horse contact. The disease hits the neurological system. It presents first as a cold, followed by fever, weakness of the hindquarters, and loss of motor coordination leading to paralysis and/or death. Some horses just drop dead within 24 hours of contracting the virus.

The virus may also cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant mares, or result in foals being born dead. There is no vaccine against EHV-1, nor is there a cure, although anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs have been helpful.

EHV-1 does not affect humans.

According to Steve Lyle, public affairs director of the US Department of Food and Agriculture, this is one of the biggest equine disease outbreaks in recent years.

At the moment, says veterinarian Jojo Cambay, head of the Philracom equine laboratory, he has not heard of any EHV-1 cases in the Philippines.

We are sure that the members of the racing industry will remain alert to such threats. We have not forgotten the huge losses the industry incurred in 1997 during the equine influenza outbreak that resulted in the temporary suspension of the races, nor the equine infectious anemia outbreak of 2004 that affected over 200 horses.  ***

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KL: Triple Crown, sa Hunyo 11 Na!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  4 June 2011, Saturday

Triple Crown, sa Hunyo 11 Na!

Gaganapin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa Carmona, Cavite, ang pangalawang yugto ng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown at Hopeful Stakes na mga serye.

Ang mga karerang ito ay parehong 1,750 meters ang distansiya at bukas sa mga 3YO local-born na kabayo.

Deklarado para sa Triple Crown ay sina Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, at The Rock.

Si Constatic ang kaisa-isang filly (babaeng kabayo) at magdadala ng 52 kgs, samantalang ang iba ay colts (lalaking kabayo) na papatawan ng timbang ng 54 kgs.

Si Hari ng Yambo ang nanalo ng first leg ng walang kahirap-hirap at sumegundo si Magna Carta. Sila uli ang nakikinitang magsasagupa sa 2nd leg. Si Constatic ang nanalo ng 1st leg ng Hopeful Stakes at may kalalagyan dito, pati na rin si Arvindugo.

Sa Hopeful Stakes, mapupuno ang aparato: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind (fillies, magdadala ng 52 kgs.), Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler (colts, magdadala ng 54 kgs.).

Na-scratch si Smart Guru noong 1st leg, kaya siya ang bantayan ngayon; isama si Cheeze Mosa.

Sa Hunyo 11 rin gaganapin ang 4th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race ng taon sa distansiyang 1,300 meters. Ang nanalo sa trial race noong Mayo 24 ay ang Markees World ni Renato Virata.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Racing’s Top Ten

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  1 June 2011, Wednesday

Racing’s Top Ten

Just like any other sport, horseracing ranks its athletes and participants based on statistics. I personally consider as official the data compiled by the Philippine Racing Commission, the government body under the Office of the President mandated to supervise and regulate the sport.

As of end-April 2011, here are the Top Ten in Philippine racing.

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.

Computation of rankings is done by prize money earned. For more information, visit the Philracom website at philracom.gov.ph.

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Racing fans are looking forward to June 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro

Leisure Park, the venue for the second legs of the Philracom Triple Crown and Hopeful stakes series for elite 3YO local-born thoroughbreds. Both will be run over 1,750 meters.

Declared for the TC are: Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, and The Rock. Constatic, the lone filly, will carry 52 kgs., while the rest are colts and will be handicapped with 54 kgs.

Hari ng Yambo won the first leg quite easily, while Magna Carta is also expected to shine. Count on Arvindugo to try his best. Constatic won the first leg of the Hopeful Stakes and could do well here.

For the Hopeful, a full gate: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind (fillies, to carry 52 kgs.), Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler (colts, to carry 54 kgs.).

Smart Guru had been scratched the first time around; watch out for him this time, and for Cheeze Mosa.

Also on June 11 is the fourth Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race of the year, over 1,300 meters. Renato Virata’s Markees World won the trial last May 24 by seven lengths with a time of of 1:24’.

The other declared runners are Ramon Bagatsing Jr.’s Classy Kitcat, Herminio Esguerra’s Fair Wind, Jose Mari Franco’s Huatulco, Kerby Chua’s Pinay Beauty, Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic, and Jeci Lapus’s Stolen Time.

Meanwhile, as of presstime, horseowners and trainers are nominating their entries for the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Colts stakes races set for June 18 and June 19 respectively at Santa Ana Park. The race distance is 1,000 meters. Declaration is on June 3 with a fee of P5,000 per entry, while drawing of post position is on June 15 at the Philippine Racing Club handicapping department.   ***

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KL: Filly Nanalo sa PCSO Maiden Trial!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 28 May 2011, Saturday

Filly Nanalo sa PCSO Maiden Trial!

Nagpakitang-gilas ang isang matapang na filly sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race trial noong Mayo 24 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Kasali sa trial ang mga filly na sina Classy Kitkat, pagmamay-ari ni dating Manila congressman Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., Fair Wind ni Herminio Esguerra, Huatulco ni Jose Mari Franco, Markees World ni Renato Virata, at Pinay Beauty ni Kerby Chua, pati na ang mga colts na Conqueror’s Magic ni Wilbert Tan at Stolen Time ni congressman Jeci Lapus. Set weight ang handicapping, nagdala ang mga fillies ng 52 kilo at ang mga colts ng 54 kilo.

Lulan ng hineteng Rodeo Fernandez, na pumalit kay Patricio Dilema, nanalo ng pitong kabayo si Markees World at umoras ng 1:24’ sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Pangalawa si Stolen Time, Tercero si Fair Wind, at cuarto si Conqueror’s Magic, sinundan nina Classy Kitcat, Huatulco, at Pinay Beauty sa hulihan.

Si Markees World ay mula sa kampeong Key Apo (Aus) na stakes winner dito at sa Australia, sa inaheng Ribbon Grain. Ang breeder ng matulin na filly na ito ay si horseowner/breeder Aristeo “Putch” Puyat, sa kanyang tanyag na Paris Match Farm.

Ang mismong karera ng PCSO 2YO Special Maiden Race ay gaganapin sa Hunyo 11 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, kasabay ng pagdaos ng ikalawang yugto ng Triple Crown at Hopeful Stakes series ng Philippine Racing Commission.

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!

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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.

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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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