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KL: Bagong Philracom Board

by Jenny on August 27, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  27 August 2011, Saturday

 Suggested heading: Bagong Philracom Board

Ginanap kahapon sa tanggapan ng Philippine Racing Commission ang oathtaking ng bagong chairman at commissioners.

Si outgoing chairman Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II ang nag-administer ng panunumpa ng panunungkulan kina incoming chairman Angel Castaño Jr. at incoming commissioners Atty. Victor Tantoco, Dr. Reynaldo Fernando, Jesus Cantos, Lyndon Guce, at Franco Loyola.

Sina Atty. Tantoco at Dr. Fernando ay dati nang commissioners. Si Guce ay pinalitan si Eduardo Domingo Jr. bilang jockeys’ representative at si Jesus Cantos naman ang pumalit kay James Paman para sa horseowners. Si Loyola ay hindi taga-industriya.

Kulang pa ng isang commissioner sa lineup, at inaabangan kung mag-a-appoint pa ang Palasyo nito.

Ang susunod ay hango sa farewell speech ni Atty. Rojas:

“Tatlo’t-kalahating taon na mula nang ako’y manungkulan dito bilang pinuno ng Komisyon. Dati isang ordinaryong horseowner at breeder ng dalawampung taon, bigla akong naatasan na manilbihan sa pamilya ng karera…

“Noong nagdiwang tayo ng Philracom anniversary noong 2008 nang ako’y chairman na, hiniling ko ang inyong kooperasyon at inyong tulong upang sama-sama nating ipagpatuloy ang mga mabuting programa ng mga nakaraang Komisyon, at makagawa ng iba pang hakbang upang lalong umunlad ang karera.

“Sa kabila ng pandaigdigang krisis sa ekonomiya, naging matatag ang industriya ng karera dito sa Pilipinas. Kahit nagsarahan na ang ilang mga karerahan sa Amerika at maari sa iba pang lugar, napanatili natin na isang viable and vibrant industry ang thoroughbred racing at breeding.

“Sama-sama nating nagawa ito. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong tulong. Salamat sa inyong kumpiyansa at suporta sa akin at sa mga commissioners…

“Oras na upang ibigay ko ang renda ng Komisyon sa iba, at bumalik sa pagiging ordinaryong horseowner at breeder. Isa lang ang hiling ko – na ibigay ninyo ang parehong kooperasyon at suporta at higit pa kay incoming chairman Angel Castaño Jr. at sa kanyang mga commissioners…”

Tiyak na magiging mainit na topic ng diskusyon sa industriya ang bagong Board na ito. Inaabangan natin ang kanilang magiging programa at proyekto para sa racing community.

Chairman Rojas, we’ll miss you. Thank you for all that you have done to keep the industry together during the crisis years. Chairman Castaño and new commissioners, good luck!

Karera lang, walang personalan!  *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Facebook: Gogirl Racing / Twitter: @gogirlracing

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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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KL: Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 August 2011, Saturday

Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

Pumutok ang balita sa karera kamakailan na pinatawan ng Manila Jockey Club ng “ban” sina horseowner Demi Ching at ang kanyang hineteng si Pipoy Silva pagkaraaan ng pagkatalo ng kabayo ni Mr. Ching na sakay ni Pipoy sa isang karera kung saan ito ang llamado.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na nakarinig ako na may na-“ban” na isang horseowner.

Ito rin ang unang beses na na-“ban” ang isang hinete na walang suspensiyon.

Karapatan ng racing club na i-“ban” mula sa kanilang lugar ang kahit sinong tao para sa kahit na anong dahilan. Kung ayaw nilang papasukin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang isang tao dahil sa tingin nilang di angkop ang kanyang kilos, kasuotan, o kahit mukha, nasa kanila iyon.

Ngunit ang insidenteng kinasangkutan nina Mr. Ching at Mr. Silva ay naganap sa konteksto ng karera. May sariling rules and regulations nga ang mga racing club, ngunit may rules and regulations din ang laro ng karera ng kabayo.

Bakit walang imbestigasyon o suspension sa kaso ni Pipoy, tanong ng ilang kapwa hinete niya? Nag-aalala  rin ang isang grupo ng horseowners sa nangyari sa kaso ni Mr. Ching.

Abangan natin kung may susunod na kabanata ang panibagong kuwentong karerang ito.

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            Samantala, excited na ang pamilya Bagatsing sa kanilang inaasikasong 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival na gaganapin sa SLLP sa Agosto 19, ang birthday ng yumaong mayor at horseowner/breeder. Ang buong araw na iyon ay hitik ng trophy at stakes races, at ang balita ang nakakuha sila ng maraming sponsors.

Good news ito para sa mga sota ng mga mananalong kabayo, na tuwing RDB festival ay binibigyan ng cash award bilang pagbigay-pugay sa kanilang kontribusyon sa karera.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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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: 3rd Racetrack, Malapit Na!

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 July 2011, Saturday

3rd Racetrack, Malapit Na!

Nagpalabas kamakailan ng anunsiyo ang Metro Manila Turf Club Inc. (MMTCI) na nasa unang yugto na ng development ang kanilang racing complex at clubhouse sa loob ng Dolores Industrial Park eco-tourism at leisure area sa Batangas. Ang complex na ito ay sakop ng mga bayan ng Malvar at Tanauan.

Ang Dolores Industrial Park Corporation ay pinangungunahan ng kanilang chairman, horseowner Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. Aniya sa anunsiyo, naniniwala siya at ang kanyang mga kasamang negosyante na ang probinsiya ng Batangas, lalo na ang dalawang naturang bayan, ay may growth at investment opportunities sa tourism at leisure sector na maari pang palaguhin at palakihin.

Ayon naman kay MMTCI executive vice president J. Alexander R. Carandang (na isa ring horseowner), ang complex ay magkakaroon ng magandang grandstand at clubhouse, mga kainan, quarters ng mga hinete at sota, mga opisina, saddling paddocks, cuadra ng mga kabayo, klinik ng mga beterinaryo – in short, lahat ng mga kailangan sa isang state-of-the-art racing facility.

Sa loob ng Metro Turf ay magtatayo rin ng sports complex na may soccer field, baseball field, at 400-meter track-and-field oval para sa mga sports events na gaganapin sa Batangas at karatig lugar.

Ayon kay Atty. Carandang, kinukumpleto nila ang mga permits na kailangan upang masimulan na ang construction sa bandang 3rd quarter ng taong ito.

Ang maganda sa proyektong ito ay magkakaroon ng karagdagang economic opportunities at trabaho para sa mga taga-Batangas, na isa nang “horsey” community dahil naroon sa bandang Lipa ang karamihan ng thoroughbred breeding ranches sa bansa.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Racing Taxes Bill

by Jenny on April 16, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 16 April 2011, Saturday

Racing Taxes Bill

Halos dalawang taon na ang nakaraan mula noong pumasa sa Lower House ng Kongreso ang House Bill 4176: “An Act Rationalizing the Taxes on Horseracing”.

Mayo 2009 noong ito’y inihain ni Palawan congressman Abraham Mitra sa mga kumite ng Ways and Means at Games and Amusements ng 14th Congress.

Kasama rin dito bilang mga “author” ng racing taxes bill ay sina Cong. Amado Bagatsing (Manila) at Cong. Jeci Lapus (Tarlac). Silang dalawa rin ang co-authors ng HB 224, “Racing Authority Bill”, na ating itinalakay sa kolum na ito noong nakaraang Martes.

Ang sadya ng racing taxes bill ay ang pababain ang buwis sa taya sa karera upang maging mas malusog ang laro ng horseracing. Kung mas mababa ang buwis, mas malaki ang dibidendo sa mananaya at mas marami ang tataya rito; lalakas ang benta ng racing clubs, wala nang tataya sa bookies, at tataas rin ang matatanggap na buwis ng gobyerno. Kaya everybody happy pag naipasa ang bill na ito.

Ang karerang Pilipino ay isa sa dumaranas ng pinakamabigat na pagpataw ng buwis sa mundo – halos 35%.

Sa racing taxes bill, pabababain sa 4% mula sa kasalukuyang 10% ang tax on winnings, at 5% mula sa 10% documentary stamp tax, sa mga exotic bets tulad ng Winner Take All, Pick 6, Pick 5, superfecta, super six, pentafecta, quartet, at triple trifecta.

Sa madaling salita, magiging pareho lang ang buwis na nakapataw sa exotic bets sa buwis ngayon sa special bets – daily double, forecast, double quinella, trifecta, daily double plus one, extra double, at win.

Lumalakas ang benta ng karera tuwing binababa ang buwis, tulad noong 1988. Kapag naman tinataas ang buwis, humihina ang benta, tulad ng nangyari noong 1984 at 1993.

Bagamat pumasa sa mababang kapulungan ang batas na ito noong 2009, iyon ung panahon na nagsara na ang 14th Congress dahil sa eleksiyon ng 2010. Kaya hindi ito naihain sa Senado – dahil sa kakulangan ng oras.

Ngayong 15th Congress na, simula uli ang proseso sa umpisa.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Philippine Racing Authority?

by Jenny on April 12, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 12 April 2011, Tuesday

Philippine Racing Authority?

Hindi po ito bagong panukala kundi lumang-luma na.

Nagkaroon ng hearing muli tungkol sa batas na ito noong isang buwan sa Kongreso. Ang may-akda ng batas na ito noon pa – ang House Bill 224, “An Act Creating The Philippine ThoroughbredHorseracing Authority” – ay si Cong. Amado S. Bagatsing, kilalang horseowner sa kasalukuyan tulad rin ng kanyang ama, ang yumaong mayor ng Maynila na si Ramon D. Bagatsing Sr.

Nakailang pasada rin sa technical working group ng Kongreso ang racing authority bill. At noong panahong iyon, na patapos na ang 14th Congress, ay inasikaso muna ang racing taxes bill na tungkol sa pagpapababa ng buwis sa mga taya sa karera.

Si Cong. Amado rin ang nagpasimuno bagamat ang principal author ng racing taxes bill noon ay si Cong. Abraham Mitra, anak rin ng horseowner, ang pumanaw na si Speaker Ramon V. Mitra Jr.

Pumasa naman ang racing taxes bill sa Lower House noong taong iyon – 2009 – ngunit nagsara na ang Kongreso noong time na iyon dahil sa paghahanda para sa eleksiyon ng 2010 kaya hindi na naihain ang bill na ito sa Senado. Kaya balik muli sa umpisa ng proseso ang racing taxes bill. Ngayong 15th Congress na, isinusulong muli ni Cong. Amado ang parehong bill na ito.

Ang Racing Authority ay ang Philippine Racing Commission pa rin, sa ibang pangalan at anyo, ngunit pinatibay at pinalakas upang mas matugunan nito ang mga problema tulad ng krisis pang-ekonomiya na makakaapekto sa sales.

Magiging parang GOCC (government owned- and –controlled corporation) na ang ahensiya; at sana, gaya ng mga GOCC tulad ng PAGCOR, ay makakakilos na ang gobyerno para sa ikabubuti at ikauunlad ng industriya.

Mabubuhay muli ang National Stud Farm, kung saan makakapagpakasta ang mga may-ari ng kabayo sa mga istalyon sa murang halaga.

Mas mabilis nang lalabas ang mga premyo ng horseowner, trainer, at jockey dahil ang pondo ay manggagaling na mismo sa Authority at di na kailangang hintayin pang lumabas mula sa Department of Budget and Management tulad ng kasalukuyang matagal na proseso.

Sa susunod, ang racing taxes bill naman ang ating tatalakayin.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: MARHO Championship Festival

by Jenny on April 9, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 April 2011, Saturday

MARHO Championship Festival

Isa sa pinaka-aabangan ng Bayang Karerista tuwing taon ay ang MARHO Breeders’ Cup racing festival. Pakarera ng Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners, sakop dito ang limang stakes races – Classic, 3YO Colt, 3YO Filly, Juvenile Colt, Juvenile Filly, at Sprint. Milyones ang pinapamahagi na premyo bawat karera, kaya rin ito ay inaabangan ng mga race participants – horseowners, trainers, at jockeys.

Inanunsiyo kamakailan ni MARHO president Eric Tagle na ang petsa ng MARHO Cup championships ay sa Nob. 15-20, at tulad ng dati ito ay gaganapin sa MARHO home track, ang Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club sa Naic, Cavite. Ayon sa liham sa MARHO mula kay PRC executive vice-president at COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr., nai-block off na nila ang petsang ito sa kanilang racing calendar. Ang parehong organisasyon ay partners taon-taon sa pagdaos ng event na ito.

Ito ang 16th edition ng tanyag na karera ng naturang horseowners’ organization, na itinatag noong 1974. Kaya ito ang kauna-unahang grupo ng mga may-ari ng kabayong pangarera.

Bagamat tradisyon na ang pagdaos ng MARHO championships kada huling racing week ng PRC sa buwan ng Nobyembre, minabuti na ng MARHO at PRC na maagang ipaalam sa lahat ang eksaktong petsa upang makapaghanda na ang mga racing participants, at siyempre racing fans na rin na maaring nais manood nito ng live sa Naic.

Ayon naman kay MARHO past president Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, maaring magkaroon ng iba pang events sa MARHO raceweek na may kinalaman sa mga charity fund-raising events upang makatulong sa mga nangangailangan.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Yes Pogi, Magna Carta Rule Weekend Races

by Jenny on March 22, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 16 March 2011, Wednesday

Yes Pogi, Magna Carta Rule Weekend Races

Philippine Sportswriters’ Association 2010 Horse of the Year Yes Pogi trounced nine other foes to dominate the Philippine Racing Commission’s Commissioner’s Cup last Saturday at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Sent off as the heavy favorite, the two-leg Triple Crown winner owned by Francis Lim unleashed his patented rally charge in the final stages of the race under the reinsmanship of regular rider Manolito Daquis to win by six lengths over spent second placer Righthererightnow. Wellwellwell was third and Thoti’s Best fourth.

The total time for the arduous 1,900-meter race was 2:02.

Yes Pogi’s impressive performance adds luster to his string of victories, which includes the 2010 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup. Sired by Herma Farms and Stud in Lipa, Batangas, Yes Pogi is a stellar example of the the class and quality of Philippine-bred champions.

Present at the awarding ceremony was race honoree Governor Gerry Espina of Biliran, who was a former Philracom commissioner.

In Sunday’s Philracom Chairman’s Cup, island-born star Magna Carta clocked 1:34.4 to win the 1,500-meter race, part of the “Road to the Triple Crown” tuneup races for elite 3YO. 2010 MARHO Cup Juvenile Colts champion Barkley came in a length behind to grab second place. Bosbarawana placed third and Arvindugo fourth.

The Michael Dragon T. Javier-owned Magna Carta came off a victory in the PCSO Freedom Cup last February 27, also at SLLP. The speedy colt was steered both times by PSA 2010 Jockey of the Year Jesse Guce.

This year’s Chairman’s Cup was held in honor of the late former Philracom chairman Nicanor Jacinto. Sadly, no family representative was on hand for the awarding ceremony as the racing world has lost contact with his family.

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PCSO’s Carlos Castillo, OIC-manager of the Draw and Races department, recently announced the names of the horses running in the March 27 PCSO Special Maiden Race to be held at SLLP. The trial race shall be held on March 15.

The 1,300-meter race for 3YO will feature Armando Santos’s Flag Bearer, to be ridden by Val Dilema; Eduardo Dimacuha’s Ooh La La’s Gold with Ernesto Reyes; Benhur Abalos’s Tiger Run with Kelvin Abobo; Honorato Neri’s Smart Guru with Antonio Alcasid Jr.; Jan Michael Santos’s Bright Jade with Rodeo Fernandez; and Joel Songsong’s Just For Keeps with John Alvin Guce.

The prizes are: 1st – P300,000; 2nd – P100,000; and 3rd – P50,000. The winner’s breeder shall receive P30,000.

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Congress’ Games and Amusements Committee approved last Monday House Bill 224 authored by congressmen Amado Bagatsing (5th district Manila) and Jeci Aquino Lapus (3rd district Tarlac).

The bill shall create the Philippine Thoroughbred Horseracing Authority, which will take on all the functions and responsibilities of Philracom, as well as its present personnel and so forth. The law shall change the corporate nature of Philracom to make it more flexible and responsive to external and internal challenges.

The bill, having garnered the support of the industry, shall now be sent to the floor. It was last deliberated upon and also approved in 2009, during the 14th Congress. Let us hope that this time around it’ll go all the way into enactment.  ***

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