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KL: PCSO 2011 Silver Cup

by Jenny on April 30, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 30 April 2011, Saturday

PCSO 2011 Silver Cup

Malapit nang itanghal ang isa sa pinaka-prestihiyosong karera ng taon – ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup.

Ito ay ang ika-16 edisyon ng karera na ganapin sa Mayo 22 sa Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite, sa distansiyang 2,000 meters.

Ayon kay PCSO Draw and Races Dept. manager Carlos Castillo, ang mga deklaradong kalahok ay sina:

Post Position #1 -  Thoti’s Best ni Wilbert Tan, hinete Christopher B. Tamano, 55 kgs;

#2 – Go Army ni Herminio Esguerra, hinete Fernando M. Raquel Jr., 55.5 kgs.;

#3 – Shining Armour ni Mario Gerald Cunanan, hinete Patricio R. Dilema, 55 kgs.;

#4 – Yes Pogi ni Francis Lim, hinete Manolito F. Daquis, 55 kgs.;

#5 – Darleb ni Josephy Dyhengco, hinete Jeffril T. Zarate, 55 kgs.;

#6 – Righthererightnow ng Deemark Trading, hinete Jonathan B. Hernandez, 55 kgs.

Lahat ng kalahok ay lalaking kabayo na 4 taong gulang, maliban kay Go Army na sa edad na limang taon ay ang pinakamatanda sa karerang ito.

Tungkol naman sa Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown na kampeonato para sa mga 3YO local-born, ang first leg nito ay Mayo 15 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite.

Ayon kay Philracom handicapper Rolando Lansangan, siyam ang nominadong kalahok – Arvindugo, Barkley, Bosbarawana, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Super Charge, at The Rock.

Maari pang magbago ang lineup na ito sa araw ng deklarasyon. Ang mangyayari ay baka may umurong, ngunit siguradong wala nang puede pang humabol sa lineup dahil sarado na ang pagpapalista.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: PCSO Silver Cup, Triple Crown 1

by Jenny on April 27, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 27 April 2011, Wednesday

PCSO Silver Cup, Triple Crown 1

You’re reading it here first – the lineup of one of the most prestigious races of the year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup!

Registration for the 2,000 meter race at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park on May 22 closed yesterday at 4pm, said sponsoring agency PCSO’s Desoto Tupaz of the Draw and Races Department.

Seven horses are entered, all older horses: Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army and Carriedo, Deemark Trading’s Righthererightnow, Josephy Dyhengco’s Darleb, Wilbert Tan’s Thoti’s Best, Marlon Cunanan’s Shining Armour, and Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi.

Yes Pogi is the one to beat, being a stayer with a patented come-from-behind strategy that works best over longer distances. He comes off a recent win in the class-division, showing that his condition, while not at peak, can still improve over the coming weeks.

Go Army and Carriedo could still pull off good performances, but railbirds I’ve asked are eyeing Righthererightnow and Thoti’s Best to make their mark.

The PCSO Silver Cup is traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse, but given that President Benigno Aquino III is a bachelor, the trophy will instead be sculpted with the faces of himself and his four sisters, along with other symbolic elements representing PCSO.

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Sports fans are also looking forward to summer’s hottest race series, the Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Triple Crown for local-born 3YO Thoroughbreds.

Nomination for the mile-long first leg, set for May 15 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, was still on-going as of presstime, said sports and games officer Rolando Lansangan of the Philracom.

And no, he told me, I couldn’t get advance word of the nominees because the names were being dropped into a sealed box which could not be opened before 5pm, which is the deadline for submission of this column.

I tried my best but time wasn’t on my side. I’ll let you know the lineup for the Triple Crown first leg next week.

Meanwhile, we can speculate on who’s likely to join. Magna Carta is on top of the list, and no surprise – the island-born speedster of mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. has been making waves lately despite losing to Arvindugo by a head in the April 17  Philracom Diamond III stakes at Santa Ana Park.

Prior to that, Magna Carta creamed a tough field in the February 27 PCSO Freedom Cup, winning by ten lengths. After that he held off a hard-charging Barkley to win by a head in the Philracom Chairman’s Cup last March.

Deemed to be burned out from successive races, Magna Carta could use a rest till Triple Crown day. It’s likely that a short spell will help the son of American stallion Woodman out of Pledge the Fifth recover in time for this test.

He’s also considered to better at San Lazaro rather than Santa Ana, and he’ll be having that advantage during the first leg.

Philracom’s Triple Crown races are open to 3YO local-born Thoroughbreds and usually feature runners from the elite groups. Hefty prizes are meant to encourage local breeders to produce top-class champions for the track, with an eye to exportation in the future, once local compliance with international quarantine rules has been met.

The races are held in conjunction with the Hopeful Stakes race, also for elite 3YO that for some reason are not entered in the Triple Crown itself.

All in all, this summer is going to be an exciting one for racing fans! *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Web: http://jennyo.net / Facebook: Gogirl Racing

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KL: Sino sa Triple Crown?

by Jenny on April 26, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 26 April 2011, Tuesday

Sino sa Triple Crown?

Nakakalokang isipin ang Triple Crown championships ngayon taon, dahil walang lumilitaw na clear contender para sa trono ng mga angat na 3YO.

Ang first leg ng three-leg series ng Philippine Racing Commission ay gaganapin sa Mayo 15 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park sa distansiyang milya. Ang kampeonatong ito ay bukas sa mga local-born 3YO. P3 million ang nakalaang premyo para sa 1st hanggang 4th place. Sa Mayo 14 naman sa SLLP rin ang Hopeful Stakes para sa mga 3YO na di sasali sa Triple Crown.

Kung nagtanungan noong nakaraang buwan, maraming hindi magdadalawang-isip na sumagot ng “Magna Carta” kapag tinanong kung sino ang kanilang kakampihan. Maganda ung una niyang mga panalo, sampung kabayo noong Pebrero 27 sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Freedom Cup. Tapos nanalo siya ng isang kabayo kay Barkley sa Philracom Chairman’s Cup noong Marso.

Ngunit natalo siya ng ulo lamang sa Diamond III stakes sa Santa Ana Park noong Abril 17 kay Arvindugo.

Kaya nag-aalala ngayon ang mga racing fans – wala na ba sa kundisyon ang pambato ng Royal Maverick Ranch?

Binibigyan ngayon ng pansin ang ibang mga 3YO colts tulad nina Arvindugo, The Rock at Dear John, na dumating ng tersero at cuarto sa Diamond III, at fillies na sina Cheese Mosa na nanalo ng Diamond II, at sina Prime Rate at Constatic na sumegundo at tersero. Nariyan din ang nanalo sa PCSO Special Maiden Race na si Wanna Change at ang sumegundo sa kanyang si Gold Field.

Ngunit ayon kina jockey Joey Macaraig at trainer Arnel la Rosa, kay Magna Carta pa rin sila.

Joey: “Nag-off lang siya dahil sunog sa sunod-sunod na laban. Pero kung ipahinga na siya mula ngayon hanggang araw ng Triple Crown, at bigyan nalang ng mga trangko na ¾ o ½, ay babalik ang kanyang dating kundisyon.”

Arnel: “Magna Carta pa rin, dahil menos siya sa Santa Ana, kaya di nakakapagtakang natalo siya sa Diamond III. Dahil ang first leg ng Triple Crown ay nasa San Lazaro, tingin ko siya pa rin ang horse to beat.”

Kayo po, kanino sa Triple Crown?

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Wanna Change Wins PCSO Maiden Race

by Jenny on April 20, 2011

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

Wanna Change Wins PCSO Maiden Race

After a strong showing in the trial race, speedy colt Wanna Change did not disappoint its backers by charging hard down the stretch to victory in last Sunday’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Maiden Race.

Held at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, the 1,200-meter race pit Wanna Change, the favorite, against a tough field of 3YO. With jockey Jonathan on top, the tandem hung back just behind frontrunner Gold Field, the second pick, which was also second-placer to Wanna Change in the trial held a couple of weeks earlier.

Hernandez put Wanna Change into higher gear at the far turn, leaving Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field five lengths behind to eat his dust, as he stopped the clock at 1:17.5. Andre Angelo Santos’ Sunshine came in third.

The breeder’s prize went to Luis Chuidian, whose ranch produced Wanna Change from American stallion Heza Gone West out of Kiwi mare Regal Kingdom.

PCSO’s next race will be the Silver Cup, slated for May 22 also at Santa Ana Park. The race is traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse. Since President Benigno S. Aquino III is still a bachelor, the race honorees are the president’s sisters -Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dy, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda, and Kris Aquino.

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The Philippine Racing Commission held two stakes races at Santa Ana Park over the weekend. The Diamond II mile for 3YO fillies was run on Saturday, with the favorite, lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Mosa winning by half-a-length over Prime Rate, Constatic, and Rhea’s Angel in that order. The time for the race was 1:42.4.

The counterpart 3YO colts’ race happened on Sunday, with Ralph Javier’s Arvindugo clocking 1:41.4 for the mile and winning by a head over the heavy favorite Magna Carta. The Rock placed third and Dear John fourth.

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I can’t wait for the first leg of the Triple Crown on May 15 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The mile race sponsored by Philracom has a total purse of P3 million, allocated from first to fourth. Handicapping is set weight, with colts carrying 54 kgs and fillies 52 kgs.

Apparent from the outcomes of the recent 3YO races is the lack of a clear stand-out among the local-bred 3YO this racing season. This tells us that the Triple Crown campaignthis summer is up in the air for anyone to catch. That makes it more exciting and shows that the elite 3YO trilogy will be hard-fought and tough to conquer.

I will go so far as to predict a longshot surprise in at least one of the legs.

In short, I don’t think there will be a sweep of the Triple Crown this year and that the Philracom’s bonus prize of P500,000 for the slam will go unclaimed yet once more.

But that’s just me. And this is horseracing, where anything can happen.

And that is what makes it fun! If you haven’t watched a horse race yet, you’re missing out on a different kind of speed/skill/sport combination. Give it a try. Races happen Tuesdays to Sundays year-round, and are broadcast live over cable television.***  (Email: jennyo@live.com; Web: http://jennyo.net; Facebook: Gogirl Racing; Twitter: @gogirlracing)

 

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THW: PCSO Special Maiden Race

by Jenny on April 13, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 13 April 2011, Wednesday

PCSO Special Maiden Race

Can Wanna Change change the 3YO game?

Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus’ colt won the March 29 trial race of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Open Maiden race for 3YO.

The son of prolific sire Heza Gone West out of Regal Kingdom, Wanna Change posted 1:18 under Rey-ann Camanero. Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field came in second, Honorato Neri’s Beau Erin third, Augusto Benedicto Santos’s Sparkler fourth, Andre Angelo Santos’s Sunshine fifth, and Herminio Esguerra’s Aduana came in last.

The actual race runs on April 17, Sunday, over 1,200 meters at Santa Ana Park.

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Contrary to some kibitzers’ perception that the racing and breeding industry is moribund, there are outsiders who have expressed interest in participating in the scene. One such potential new player is entrepreneur Romy Sia, of Healthy Options and Wine Story fame.

An intense visionary, who brings focused energy to everything he does, from business to hobbies, he sees much potential growth in the industry.

Sia used to bet on horses decades ago, using a Dividendazo racing program, but since then the thought of racing had not crossed his mind until recently, when he saw the movie “Secretariat”.

He has also observed how the racing industry works in the United Kingdom, where he resided for several years. Romy has many terrific ideas on how to market and promote the sport as a sport, downplaying the betting aspect.

I’ve put him in touch with horseowner and breeder Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos, who kindly accommodated my request for an opportunity to introduce them to each other.

Let’s hope that we will one day welcome Romy Sia into the industry as a participant or partner, in whatever role he chooses to take.

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Which bring me to a point I’ve made several times before. The betting aspect is both essential and incidental to the sport. One may enjoy racing for itself as a sport, reveling in the performance of horses, those most magnificent of animals. Seeing their powerful legs pumping, the muscles under their hide rippling from shoulder to flank, one is transported to a world where speed and power and strategy determine victory.

The vibrant colors of jockeys’ silks, the snorting and neighing of horses as they take to the track, the flick of a whip and a jockey’s smile as he parades on his mount in the paddock – racing is a feast for the eyes, a cacophony of sound, an experience like no other that takes down, lifts up, and transports and transforms, each and every time the starting gate opens.

Should the industry’s movers and shakers take more effective steps towards showing this aspect of racing to the mainstream public, I believe that we will see more interest in the sport from sectors that as of now have not even heard of racing.  ***

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THW: Juggling Act Rips Yes Pogi

by Jenny on April 6, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 6 April 2011, Wednesday

Juggling Act Rips Yes Pogi

Yes, you read that headline right. 5YO veteran import Juggling Act scored an upset over top favorite Yes Pogi in last Sunday’s Diamond I stakes race held at Santa Ana Park.

It’s always a surprise when that happens, not only for the owners of the top pick, but also the bettors, the majority of whom expected the favorite to win. But that’s racing for you – anything can happen.

The Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Diamond I was the third leg of the Import/Local Challenge series. Juggling Act was sent off as second favorite in the sales against Philippine-bred Yes Pogi, who came fresh off a win in the March 13 Philracom Commissioners Cup at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Mooney Money took the lead while Yes Pogi ran off-the-pace with regular rider Manolito Daquis aboard. Juggling Act with Fernando Raquel Jr. galloped just behind them; the duo bided their time until the far turn and flashed past the frontrunners to win by nearly five lengths.

Juggling Act (Giant’s Causeway – Piccadilly Circus) earned P300,000 for his owner lawyer Narciso Morales, who also took the third place purse for coupled entry Indy Hay. Yes Pogi settled for second place, while Mooney Money copped fourth, followed by Botbo and Fierce Fighter last.

The total time for the race was 1:52.8 for 1,800 meters, with splits of 13’-23’-24’-25-26.

Post-race kibitzing was pretty much unanimous that Yes Pogi was burned out from successive battles. The two weeks between his most recent races are, in the opinion of most owners and trainers, not enough time to recover, especially for racehorses of this caliber. Abroad, horses go months in between races.

Yes Pogi would benefit greatly from a longish spell at the ranch now, more so with summer coming in. A few weeks galloping about in a nice grassy paddock is what this horse doctor orders.

Meanwhile, there is much rejoicing over at the Narciso Stables. It is now the top-ranked racing operation this year with P2.55 million in gross earnings for the period January 1 to February 28, according to Philracom records.

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Something to look forward to next weekend at Santa Ana Park is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Open Maiden race for 3YO on April 17. The winner of the trial race held last March 29 was colt Wanna Change, owned by Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus.

Guided by Rey-ann Camañero, Wanna Change (Heza Gone West – Regal Kingdom) clocked 1:18 and is the one to watch come raceday.

Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field placed second, Honorato Neri’s Beau Erin third, and Augusto Benedicto Santos’s Sparkler fourth. Andre Angelo Santos’s Sunshine was fifth while Herminio Esguerra’s Aduana came in last.

Both the trial and the actual race are an easy 1,200 meters.   ***

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KL: Juggling Act, Naka-Upset!

by Jenny on April 5, 2011

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 5 April 2011, Tuesday

Juggling Act, Naka-Upset!

Nagulantang ang Bayang Karerista nang matiklo ng segundo llamadong Juggling Act ang paboritong Yes Pogi sa Diamond I stakes race noong Linggo sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang pakarera ng Philippine Racing Commission, na siyang tinaguriang 3rd leg ng serye ng Imported/Local Challenge, ay pinaka-abangan ng racing fans dahil ito ay isa pang pagsubok para sa kampeong si Yes Pogi, na humakot ng napakaraming panalo sa stakes at regular race noong nakaraang taon.

Ang kabayo ni Francis Lim ay siya ring pinarangalan ng Philippine Sportswriters Association bilang 2010 Horse of the Year.

Kaya siya ang naging llamado sa benta bago tumakbo ang karera.

Pagbukas ng aparato, unang lundag si Mooney Money; sinundan siya off-the-pace ni Yes Pogi, lulan ang kanyang regular rider na si Manolito Daquis. Si Juggling Act, na ginabayan ni Fernando Raquel Jr., ay nag-pacing sa likuran nila, sinundan ng ibang kalahok.

Pagdating sa rekta, wala ang pamosong bulusok ni Yes Pogi. Dinaanan siya ng Juggling Act at nanalo pa ito ng limang kabayo. Umoras ito ng 1:52.8 sa distansiyang 1,800 meters sa cuartos na 13’-23’-24’-25-26.

Tuwang-tuwa ang kanyang may-ari, si Attorney Narciso Morales, na siyang number one horseowner as of February 28 ayon sa rankings ng Philracom, lalo dahil nakuha rin nila ang third place kay Indy Hay, na ka-couple ni Juggling Act.

Cuarto ang beteranong si Mooney Money, quinto si Botbo. Bugaw o huli sa datingan si Fierce Fighter.

Mukhang wala sa kundisyon si Yes Pogi. Matamlay ang kanyang pa-remate. Maaring nasunog sa sunod-sunod na laban. Huli siyang tumakbo noong Marso 13 sa Philracom Commissioner’s Cup sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, kung saan niya dinurog ang kalaban.

Ngunit ang dalawa o tatlong linggong pagitan sa laban ay, para sa ilang horseowners at trainers, ay masyadong dikit. Sana ay maipahinga muna si Yes Pogi sa rancho upang pagbalik, makita natin muli ang kanyang winning form.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Third Favorite Thrills in PCSO Race

by Jenny on April 1, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 30 March 2011, Wednesday

Third Favorite Thrills in PCSO Race

Unpredictable – that’s what horse races often are, and the best-laid plans and thought-out scenarios may fail to ascertain in advance the winner.

That’s what transpired during the March 27 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office-sponsored Special Maiden Race at San Lazaro Leisure Park. It is a PCSO racing rule that a trial race for all the declared entries be held before the actual race. Punters take note of who wins the trial, the placers, and their running forms. Their analysis serves to guide them in picking the winner when betting on the actual race.

But since all the entries have to do is pass the trial – it’s usually a matter of compliance – the horses’ connections prefer to not push their horses in an effort to minimize risks to their safety and preserve their condition as much as possible, so that they are not burned out or injured before the race.

That’s why when a precocious filly named Ooh La La’s Gold, owned by Eduardo Dimacuha, won the March 15 trial, bettors sent her off as the second favorite on raceday. Another filly, Mayor Benhur Abalos’ Tiger Run, was the favorite.

But it was third choice Smart Guru, a chestnut colt owned by Honorato Neri, that scored an upset in the PCSO race for 3YO beginning their career. Piloted by ace veteran Antonio Alcasid Jr., Smart Guru carried 54.5 kgs, 1.5 kgs more than the two fillies.

Sired by American stallion Conquistarose out of Australian mare Crazy Bout You, Philippine-bred Smart Guru clocked 1:23 for the 1,300-meter journey to win the P300,000 purse.

Tiger Run came in second, Just For Keeps (a Joel Songsong-owned colt) third, and Ooh La La’s Gold came in last.

The next PCSO event will be a 1,200-meter Open Maiden race for 3YO. Registered to run at Santa Ana Park on April 17 are Herminio Esguerra’s Aduana, Honorato Neri’s Beau Erin, Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field, and Andre Angelo Santos’ Sunshine (fillies), and Augusto Benedicto Santos’ Sparkler and Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus’ Wanna Change (colts).

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The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners recently announced the tentative schedule of their prestigious MARHO Cup championship races, the longest-running annual racing festival of its kind.

“This year’s MARHO Cup is the 16th edition and will be held from November 15 to 20 at Santa Ana Park,” said MARHO president Eric Tagle, “with the usual slate of championship races – the Classic, 3YO Colts, 3YO Fillies, Juvenile Colts, Juvenile Fillies, and Sprint.”

The event was initially conceived as an incentive for Thoroughbred owners and breeders to improve the bloodlines for local runners, a long-term policy that has paid off and shown results in terms of faster track times and better performances.

Tagle also announced that MARHO will be holding MARHO Trophy Races twice a month, one race at each track (SAP and SLLP). At stake are an added prize of P20,000 to the winner if a MARHO member in good standing and a commemorative trophy.

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Are you a horseowner interested in acquiring American bloodlines for your stable or ranch? Are you a race aficionado dreaming to become a horseowner? MARHO chairman Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier has tentatively set a horse auction at his legendary Royal Maverick Ranch in Lipa, Batangas, for late May.

He will be offering 26 yearlings and 28 2YO, some of them sired by Warrior Song and Art Moderne. The two stallions are former runners who have battled each other and clocked 1:33 for the mile. The Philippine track record for that distance is 1:38, held by an island-born filly, Jose Mari Franco’s Copper Dew.  Watch this space for updates on the RMR auction.  ***

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KL: Hataw, Bandera!

by Jenny on March 29, 2011

Thanks to Bandera management, especially sports editor Frederick Nasiad, for reviving my Taglish “Karera Lang!” column that was first carried from 2007 to 2009 in the now-defunct tabloid Tumbok, a sister publicationof Bandera under the Inquirer Group.

“Karera Lang!” will appear in Bandera every  Tuesday and Saturday.

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 29 March 2011, Tuesday

Hataw, Bandera!

Maraming salamat kay Bandera sports editor Mr. Fred Nasiad at sa management ng Inquirer Group of Publications sa kanilang pagbigay-daan sa pagbabalik ng “Karera Lang!” tuwing Martes at Sabado.

Ipinanganak ang kolum na ito noong 14 May 2007, at ang pamagat ng maiden column ay “Tabako, Bagong Stakes Winner”. Lumabas ito sa Tumbok tatlong beses kada linggo. Nagtagal ito hanggang 28 February 2009, kulang-kulang dalawang taon din.

Pagkatapos noon ay nagkaroon ako ng mga English-language racing column at opinion column sa isang broadsheet, kaya di naman natigil ang aking pagsusulat. Ngunit maraming karerista ang nakapagsabing nami-miss nila ang aking Tagalog kolum.

Sari-saring balita ang laman ng “Karera Lang!” – mga schedule ng stakes races, analysis nito, mga tips (dehadista ako), resulta ng mga stakes races, mga kaganapan sa industriya ng thoroughbred racing at breeding, at iba pang impormasyon na sana makatulong sa inyo o makadulot ng kaunting kasiyahan man lang.

Mababasa ninyo ang archives ng “Karera Lang!” column at ang aking ibang mga sanaysay tungkol sa karera sa aking website, http://jennyo.net.

Sana rin ay mabuhay natin ang pakarerang sponsored ng Philippine Racing Commission na dating tinaguriang “Tumbok Cup”. Nagkaroon ito ng apat na karera at ang mga proceeds ay ipinamahagi sa charity organizations. Ang naging beneficiary ng 4th Tumbok Cup ay ang Bahay Maria para sa mga street children. Magkaroon kaya tayo ng “Bandera Cup” charity race sa hinaharap?

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Nilampaso ng tersero llamadong Smart Guru noong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang tatlo pang kalaban sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race. Lulan ni jockey Antonio B. Alcasid Jr., umoras ang kabayo ni Honorato Neri ng 1:23 para sa 1,300 meters at nanalo ng isa’t-kalahating kabayo.

Segundo ang llamadong Tiger Run na pagmamay-ari ni Mayor Benhur Abalos at tersero ang dehado sa lahat na Just For Keeps ni Joel Songsong. Huling dumating ang segundo-llamadong Ooh La La’s Gold ni Eduardo Dimacuha, na siyang nanalo sa trial race.

Ang susunod na pakarera ng PCSO ay April 17 sa Santa Ana Park. Isa rin itong Special Maiden Race na may distansiyang 1,200 meters. Ang trial ang gaganapin ngayong hapon, at mga kasali rito ay mga 3-year-olds (3YO) local-breds – sina Aduana, Beau Erin, Gold Field, at Sunshine (fillies) at Sparkler at Wanna Change (colts).

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: PCSO Announces 2011 Races

by Jenny on March 22, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 March 2011, Wednesday

PCSO Approves Official 2011 Races

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board recently approved this year’s schedule of horse races, creating much anticipation among race participants and racing fans who eagerly await the exciting events sponsored by the PCSO.

Board Resolution No. 0073 (s. 2011), dated March 3, provides for eight Maiden Races, the Silver Cup, and the Presidential Gold Cup.

The sport’s most prestigious race, the Presidential Gold Cup, is slated for December 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The winner last year was gray galloper Yes Pogi, who is still making waves on the track as a 4YO this season. Yes Pogi, owned by Francis Lim, garnered an additional honor last March 5 when the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association named him its “Horse of the Year”.

The Silver Cup, traditionally held in honor of the sitting President’s spouse, is set for May 22 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. There is no word yet who this year’s honoree will be, as President Noynoy Aquino is a bachelor, or whether there will be an honoree at all.

Last year’s Silver Cup was won by track icon Ibarra. The island-born champion’s owner, Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos, confirmed to me that “Ibarra is now a stud stallion. Some of the mares he has impregnated are Stowaway Lass and Dandansoy.” Both mares are champions; Dandansoy is one of Mayor Abalos’s favorites because she was the first racehorse he ever owned.

Of the eight PCSO maiden races, two are for 3YO (March 27 at SLLP and April 17 at SAP), four are for 2YO (June 12 and August 21 at SLLP, July 17 and September 11 at SAP), and two are open eligibility (October 16 at SLLP, November 20 at SAP). No distances were set as of presstime.

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A duet of important Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored stakes races are taking place this weekend at SLLP. The Commissioner’s Cup is set for Saturday and is open to 4YO and older Philippine-breds. The distance is an arduous 1,900 meters that will test the mettle of the competitors vying for purses totalling P1.2 million. This year’s race honoree is past Philracom commissioner Gerardo Espina Jr., now governor of Biliran, Leyte.

The entries are: Boni’s Gem, coupled entries Carriedo and Go Army, Mr. Diamond, Righthererightnow, Shining Fame, Thoti’s Best, Tiger Moon, Well Well Well, and Yes Pogi.

I love Go Army’s pluck, but over 1,900 meters, tried-and-tested stayer Yes Pogi has the best chance for victory in this race.

Sunday will see local 3YO running over 1,500 meters in the Chairman’s Cup, in honor of the late former Philracom chairman Nicanor Jacinto. Total prize money from first to fourth places is P2 million, with P1.2 million going to the winner.

The entries are: Arvindugo, Barkley, Bosbarawana, Boss Gee, coupled entries Cheese Mosa and Prince Isiah, Chief Joesan, Hi Money, King Theodore, Magna Carta, Platinum Lance, Pritil, The Rock, and Sulong Pinoy.

After his spectacular, ten-length-win in the February 27 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Freedom Cup also at SLLP, Magna Carta will likely emerge the favorite. Should his condition still be the same as then, I see no reason why he can’t win this one as well.

The Chairman’s Cup is among the races dubbed the “Road to the Triple Crown”, culminating in the much-awaited trilogy for elite 3YO this summer. The first leg of the Triple Crown will be held at SLLP on May 15 (1,600 meters), as will the second leg, on June 11 (1,750 meters); the third leg is on July 17 at SAP, (2,000 meters).

The progressively longer distances of the Triple Crown races are a traditional formula to foster the emergence of a truly versatile runner flexible enough to win over both shorter and longer distances – the mark of a true track champion.

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Today is the birthday of George Stribling, a man who has contributed much to the state of Philippine racing as it is today, specifically with regard to the jockey community. A former racehorse trainer in his native USA, he was also the mentor of top jockeys Eddie and Sam Maple, who were active in the ‘70s to the ‘90s. Sam died in 2001; Eddie was elevated to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Now in his 90s, Stribling visited the Philippines in the early ‘80s and never left. He established the Philippine Jockey Academy to teach American racing methods and professionalize the occupation of riders who are now achievers in the sport here and abroad.

Among Stribling’s many students are PSA 2010 Jockey of the Year Jesse Guce and multi-awarded jockey Ramon Guce who has been based in California since the start of the last decade.

He was also my teacher when I entered the PJA as an apprentice in 1990; though he knew I was never any good as an athlete, he always treated me with much kindness and indulged my desire to learn the basics of horsemanship. He also reinforced among us students good work attitudes such as “Never be late”.

Happy birthday, Mr. Stribling! Looking forward to more years of your company!   ***

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