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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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KL: Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  for 20 September 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

Pinatunayan noong Sabado ng babaeng kabayong si Humble Riches na siya ang number one contender para sa korona ng outstanding juvenile itong taon.

Malayong nanalo ito, sakay ni jockey Val Dilema, sa 4th leg Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series sa San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Umoras ng 1:34.2 si Humble Riches sa cuartos na 17.8-24-24.8-27.6. Sumegundo si Mika Mika Mika, tersero si Spring Collection, at cuarto si Alpha Alleanza.

Samantala, sa katumbas sa Colts stakes, mahigit sa isang segundo ang bagal ng mga lalaking kabayo – napakalaking bagay sa mundo ng karera.

Tyempong 1:35.6 lamang ang naitala sa Colts stakes noong Linggo, na ipinanalo ni Golden  Empire ng banderang tapos na tatlong kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Patron. Sinundan ito sa tersero ni Stolen Time, at si Yes Yes Yes ang pumang-apat.

Parehong 1,500 meters ang distansiya ng dalawang juvenile stakes races na ito.

Sa karerang ibayong dagat naman, naghahanda na ang mga kalahok para sa Breeders’ Cup sa Nob. 5 sa Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA.

Pinag-uusapan ngayon kung magkikita sa $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ang mga naghahari ngayon sa pista nila – sina Uncle Mo at Stay Thirsty.

Si Uncle Mo ay ang 2-year-old champion noong 2010. Tatakbo siya sa nalalapit na $200,000 Kelso Stakes (G2) na milya ang distansiya.

Si Stay Thirsty ang nanalo ng Jim Dandy at Travers stakes races, at lalahok sa $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup sa Belmont (New York) sa Okt. 1.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Karera Lang! By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, for 17 September 2011, Saturday

Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Maganda ang karerang mapapanood this weekend ng bayang karerista sa pagtatanghal ng Philippine Racing Commission 4thleg Juvenile Fillies at Juvenile Colts stakes races sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa Carmona, Cavite.

Parehong distansiyang 1,500 meters ang karerang ito na para sa dalawang taong gulang na kabayo.

Sa Sabado ang Fillies Stakes. Dahil set weight ang handicapping, lahat ng walong kalahok ay  magdadala ng 52 kgs: Alpha Alleanza, Cat’s Diamond, Golden Boss, Humble Riches, It’s My Turn, Kogarah Lass, Mika Mika Mika, at Spring Collection.

Mahirap nang taobin si Humble Riches na maganda ang pinakita sa nakaraang stakes races. Siya ang nanalo ng second at third legs ng serye ng Philracom Juveniles, at nakabasag pa ng record noong third leg, kung saan ay umoras siya ng 1.11.6 sa 1,200 meters, at nanalo ng anim na kabayo pa ang layo sa sumegundong Alpha Alleanza.

Sa Linggo ang Colts Stakes, 54 kgs ang peso ng 12 kalahok (scratched si Hamaheat): Cinderella Kid, Golden Empire, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Lucky Quest, Patron, Pleasantly Perfect, Sky Serpent, Smarty Ryan, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, Who Else, at Yes Yes Yes.

Bigyan ng pansin dito si Pleasantly Perfect na nanalo ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race noong Agosto 21. Type rin sina Sky Serpent at Stolen Time, na nanalo at sumegundo noong 3rd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Colts Stakes.

Samantala, inihayag ng PCSO Draw and Races Department ang declared runners para sa PCSO Special Maiden Race ng Oktubre 16 sa SLLP (in order of post position):

Purple Ribbon ni Herminio Esguerra, sasakyan ni jockey Fernando Raquel Jr.; Make My Day ni Ruben Dimacuha (jockey Mark Alvarez); Flo Jo ni Raymund Puyat (Christopher Garganta); Fort Alamo ni Honorato Neri (Antonio Alcasid Jr.); Madam Theresa ni Doroteo Pangilinan (Virgilio Camañero Jr.); at Shegar ni Dominic Francisco (Jordan Cordova).

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: 10th Don Juan Derby

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  14 September 2011, Wednesday

10th Don Juan Derby

With the ‘ber’ months now upon us, the three horseowners’ organizations are gearing up for their trademark racing festivals in the last three months of the year.

As has become tradition over the past decade or so, the Klub Don Juan de Manila is first to kick off the holiday racing season with its 10th Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby on October 2 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

KDJM president Ferdinand Dimaisip and his fellow officers recently released the official lineup for the KDJM slate of stakes races.

The highlight KDJM Derby, a 2,000  meter race, is for 3YO, open to locals and imports  but only horses nominated to the KDJM may join. Total prize money is P1,500,000.00 guaranteed, allocated as follows: first place P900,000, second 300,000, third 150,000, and fourth 60,000. Fifth to 13th placers receive P10,000  each.

The entries are: High Voltage, Markers Mark, Magna Carta, Naugh Naugh, Kitte’s Champ, Lord of War, Hari ng Yambo, Born Tycoon, Doña Nenita, Senyora Nenita, Boss Gee, Thirdy Thirdy, and Cheese Mosa.

The 1,900-meter Don Antonio Floirendo Sr. Golden Girl Stakes is for 4YO and older fillies and mares, locals and imports. The prize is PP500,000, split as follows: first place P300,000, second P112,500, third P62,500, and fourth P25,000.

The entries are Denise Song, Dancing Gisele, Wings Beneath, Rain Shower, Lucky Find, Heaven Sent, Santeria, Botbo, and My Hope.

The 1,400-meter KDJM Juvenile Colts Stakes and KDJM Juvenile Fillies Stakes are for 2YO locals and imports, nominated horses. The prize money structure for each of these two races is the same as that for the Golden Girls Stakes.

Competing in the Juvenile Colts are Purple Ribbon, Remind Me, Steel Creation, Patron, Kidlat, Pleasantly Perfect, Yonamizmo, Hamaheat, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Who Else, and Golden Empire.

In the counterpart Fillies race are Sea Princess, Lavish Love, Time To Shine Dad, Humble Riches, Spring Collection, Alpha Alleanza, and Fair Wind.

From November 15-20 is the 16th Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners Championships at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. In connection with this, MARHO is now accepting nominations for yearlings (2010 foals) until September 30.

December will see the running of the Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization Juvenile Championship Races also at Santa Ana Park. Total prize money for the entire event has reached P4 million, with P3 million for the Juvenile Open Championship and

P1 million for the Juvenile Fillies Championship. Philtobo is also accepting nominations for yearlings up to November 30.

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Racing consultant for the Philippine Racing Commission, veterinarian Romy Buencamino, got in touch recently to correct my mention in my column last week that Philracom chairman Angel Castaño Jr. used to be chairman of the board of stewards of the Manila Jockey Club.

Chairman Castaño was not a chairman of stewards at MJC, but he was a racing steward of the Philracom, when stewards used to be under that body. Our apologies for the mistake.

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A longshot – third-to-the-last choice in a ten-horse field – won the 1st Inquirer Bandera Cup held last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.

Benissimo, owned by John Joseph Lagasca and guided by Kelvin Abobo, sped to the front when the gates opened and held the lead till the home turn, when top choice Ice Storm made its move followed by Windbeneathmywings.

Racing fans were surprised when the Jose Florentino Jr.-trained Benissimo tapped into hidden reserves and regained the lead down the stretch close to the wire to win by ¾ length over Windbeneathmywings, while another longshot, Yes Joey, placed third. The time for the 1,300-meter race was 7-22’-23’-26’= 1:19.6.

Sponsored by the Philracom, the charity race benefits the Inquirer Newsboy Foundation and the Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign that distributes school supplies at selected public schools to encourage literacy.   ***

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KL: Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

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

Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: 1st Bandera Cup

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

 1st Bandera Cup

Ilang tulog nalang, first Bandera Cup na!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speedy McKie ni Kenneth Causon – 55, VR Dilema

Sail Street ni Wilbert Tan – 55, CV Garganta

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

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

Inner Class ni Ricardo Aquino – 54, AM Tancioco

Windbeneathmywings ni Paolo Mendoza – 53, RL Lagrata

Benissimo ni John Joseph Lagasca – 54, KB Abobo

Yes Joey ni Francis Lim – 54, JB Cordero

Alleluia ni Eduardo Gonzalez – 54, EP Nahilat

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

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

Karera lang, walang personalan!  *** 

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THW: New Philracom Board

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

New Philracom Board 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KL: Saan Patungo ang Karerang Pilipino?

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  6 September 2011, Tuesday

 Saan Patungo ang Karerang Pilipino?

gayong may bagong Board ang Philippine Racing Commission, maraming taga-karera at karerista na nagtatanong: ano kaya ang direksiyon na itatalaga ng bagong pamunuan para sa karerang Pilipino?

Naalala ko noong isang araw ang huli kong punta sa mga foreign racetracks – ito’y noong 2009, sa Hong Kong (Sha Tin at Happy Valley Racecourses) at sa Amerika (Santa Anita Park sa California).

Ito ang nasulat ko noon tungkol sa karerahan sa Hong Kong:          

“Sobrang ganda ng karerahan sa Hong Kong. Ito ay isang truly world-class operation sa ilalim ng Hong Kong Jockey Club, na isang private company na isa sa pinakamalaking taxpayer sa bansa. Higit 11% ng income tax na nakakalap ng Hong Kong ay mula sa HKJC.

“Lahat ng kita ng HKJC ay pumupunta sa charity efforts, at marami pa itong sinusuportahan ng mga endeavors tulad ng Panda Habitat sa Ocean Park resort.

“Dalawa ang racetrack ng HKJC – ang Happy Valley, na unang itinayo sa gitna mismo ng siyudad ng Hong Kong, at ang Sha Tin facility sa New Territories. Ang schedule ng racing sa Hong Kong ay magaan lang – dalawang araw kada linggo, mula Setyembre hanggang Hunyo. Miyerkoles ang karera sa Happy Valley, at Linggo sa Sha Tin.”

Sa kanilang karerahan, mayroon mga facilities tulad ng equine laboratory, hospital, equine pool, at forge. Ang equine lab nila ay isa sa apat na kilalang equine lab sa mundo.

Ang equine hospital ay state-of-the-art din. May hydraulic table ang operating theater, at gamma ray machine upang silipin ang loob ng kabayo, bukod pa sa x-ray at ultrasound machines. May mga treadmills for testing ng cardiovascular health ng kabayo.

Sa forge naman ginagawa ng kanilang magbabakal ang mga horseshoes, bokado, at iba pang kagamitan.

Napakaganda rin ng Santa Anita Park. Mismo ang presidente nito noon, si Mr Ron Charles, ang nag-tour sa akin. Tumapak pa kami sa mismong pista upang maramdaman at makita ko ang Cushion-Track synthetic surface na gamit nila noon.

Kahit di natin mapantayan ang ganda ng kanilang karerahan, at least makakakuha tayo ng “best practices” na maaring i-apply sa ating lokal na sitwasyon na ikabubuti ng karerang Pilipino.

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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KL: Kampeon ng Lakambini

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  3 September 2011, Saturday

Kampeon ng Lakambini           

Pinatunayan noong nakaraang Linggo ni Constatic na siya ang pinakamagaling sa mga older horses na babae nang kanyang inagaw ang korona ng Lakambini Stakes sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang karera na suportado ng Philippine Racing Commission ay may distansiyang 1,800 meters. Banderang tapos si Constatic sa ilalim ng masugid na pagrerenda ni Christopher Garganta.

Sumegundo si Prime Rate, tersero si Cheese Mosa, at cuarto si Coal Harbor. Ang tiyempo ay 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 = 1:51.6.

Ang lahi ni Constatic ay Ecstatic (USA) sa inaheng Consa (PHI). Ang talentadong mananakbong ito ay pagmamay-ari ni Ronaldo Tan.

Sa ibang balita, na-lift na ng Philracom ang suspension na ipinatong ng Manila Jockey Club kay jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr.

Siya ay na-suspend ng MJC Board of Stewards ng anim na buwan dahil sa “lack of interest” na ang average na penalty at tatlong buwan lamang.

Noong unang meeting ng bagong Philracom Board, ni-lift na ang suspension dahil nakaraan na ang tatlong buwan at ito’y ginawang ‘time served’ na lamang.

Ang kaso , banned pa rin si Alcasid sa San Lazaro Leisure Park at hindi pa makakapag-ensayo o sakay doon. Dapat naman ma-lift na ang ban dahil lifted na ang suspension ng hineteng ito.

At sa iba pang balita, maraming salamat sa mga bumati sa aking pagkapanalo ng Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature noong Set. 1. Ang gawad ay first prize para sa aking sanaysay sa wikang Ingles, “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park.” Ito’y ilalathala ng University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters sa kanilang literary journal, ang “Likhaan”, sa darating na Disyembre. Abangan nalang din itong lumitaw online sa website ng Palanca Foundation.

Happy birthday ngayon kay multi-awarded trainer Dr. Antonio C. Alcasid. May you have lots more to come, Dad. At ganoon din kay horseowner Mr. Aristeo G. Puyat. Happiest of birthdays, Tito Putch!

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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KL: Philracom Chairman Castaño

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  30 August 2011, Tuesday

Philracom Chairman Castaño

Tulad ng aking inaaasahan, mainit na topic ngayon sa karera ang pag-appoint ng Malacañang kay dating racing steward na si Angel Lopez Castaño Jr.bilang bagong chairman ng Philippine Racing Commission.

Matagal nang nawala sa karera si Chairman Castaño; 20 taon na akong nasa karera ngunit di ko maalala kung inabutan ko pa siya.

Ang kanyang yumaong ama, si Angel N. Castaño, ay isa sa 15 founding members ng MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) noong 1974.

Ayon kay Chairman Castaño, inumpisahan niya ang kanyang career sa racing bilang racing judge ng Manila Jockey Club noong ito’y nasa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman, Manila.

Siya’y naging pinuno ng judges, tapos steward, hanggang sa naabot niya ang pagiging chairman ng board of stewards ng MJC.

Noong kapanahunan raw ni Chairman Castaño noong dekada ‘70s na nagdesisyon na paghintulutan ang night racing, noong nagpalit ng teknolohiya at nakapagpakabit ng malakas at maliwanag na ilaw ang mga racing club sa pista.

Inayos rin nilang mga stewards ang photo patrol, ipinatupad ang disqualification rule for non-starters at iba pa, at gumawa ng marami pang hakbang para sa ikauunlad at ikaaayos ng race conduct.

Kaya matagal nang taga-karera si Chairman Castaño at nakapagbigay ng mahahalagang kontribusyon sa pamamalakad ng sport na ito sa loob ng kanyang naging mga tungkulin noong araw. Malawak ang kanyang experience sa racing, hindi siya baguhan rito, at ang maganda ay may historical perspective siya ng sport na ito.

May kaunting ‘catching up’ lang siyang kailangang gawin, ngunit para sa isang bihasa tulad niya, tiyak na hindi ito magiging hadlang sa kanyang matagumpay na pag-unawa ng sitwasyon ng karera ngayon.

Subalit, dahil matagal nga siyang wala sa karera, napapag-isip ang iba’t-ibang sektor – may-ari, hinete, sota, racing clubs, at iba pa – kung ano ang karakter at ugali ng bagong Philracom chairman at kung paano niya didiskartehan ang kanyang mga tungkulin.

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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