Go Army Out of Race

Go Army Out of Race

By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 12 May 2009, Tuesday

(Back sports page; last two paragraphs below omitted from published version)

 It’s a wide-open competition for Triple Crown I honors on May 17 at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, with the withdrawal of classy chestnut colt Go Army from the first leg of the most prestigious racing event for 3YO local thoroughbreds.

Go Army (Mr. Sutter – J’Approve), bred by his owner Herminio S. Esguerra at his own Herma Farms and Stud in Lipa, Batangas, earned top honors during his juvenile campaign last year.

Despite a string of setbacks this year that marred his perfect 2YO record, Go Army is still one of the best-regarded 3YO horses in the country and was considered as one of the favourites going into this summer’s Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Triple Crown series.

Reliable sources confirmed that Go Army connections submitted the requisite scratching form at the Philracom office today. The reason for the scratching was given as “bruised sole”, a catch-all phrase that connotes an injury, soreness, or other condition that prevents a horse from running in optimum condition.

 Sources revealed that Go Army incurred an injury in one leg after running in a tune-up race last May 3 at Santa Ana Park, which he won. This was during the same racing week that saw thirteen horses injured at the track, with four of them eventually breaking down and having to be humanely destroyed. The poor track condition was blamed for Go Army’s stressed leg.

 Veteran jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr., who steered Go Army to victory in the tune-up race and was declared to partner him again in the Triple Crown I, will be riding Go Army’s stablemate Go Navy instead in that race.

 Two other Philracom stakes races will also be held on May 17 at Santa Ana Park. The Hopeful I, the auxiliary race to the Triple Crown, is less one competitor with the scratching of Key Joshua. The Bonifacio Mantilla-owned colt went lame after a workout last week.

 In the Emerald I, the final lineup includes four horses – Tony de Ubago’s Chariot of Fire, Aristeo Puyat’s Cutting Edge, Lorraine Uy Wi’s Don Enrico, and Roberto Yutadco’s Speed Almighty. ***

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1 Comment on Go Army Out of Race

  1. NiHAWmA
    12 May 2009 at 8:11 am (3976 days ago)

    I think the racing authorities should have acted immediately to avoid that incident. Because prior to May 3, there were incidents already.

    MIDNIGHT KING and WHAT ABOUT ANDEE fractured their bones. Both jockeys (M A Alvarez and apprentice jockey ED Lumagui) were unseated. A very tragic experience by the apprentice jockey.

    On the other hand, WINKING EYE and HUGS and KISSES were found limping also.

    During the day when Go Army won in a regular race (Class 4 Div 2AB), the jockey of imported horse FANTASY ANGEL, KS Bergancia was unseated in a race which was won by AL AZEEM. Tripped.

    Philippine Racing Commission
    Chapter 24: Race Clubs Track and Facilities – P.R. 145-146


    PR 145. ALL RACE CLUBS SHOULD PROVIDE ? Racing Clubs shall provide themselves with the following:

    a. adequate and well-maintained race tracks and grandstands;

    The Racing Clubs shall see to it that the racetrack and grandstands are always in good and safe condition. If the racetrack in a particular club has physically deteriorated so much so that it endangers the safety and lives of jockeys and participating horses, or if any of its grandstand appears patently dangerous for the occupancy of the racing public, the PHILRACOM may temporarily suspend racing in that club and order its temporary transfer to the other club until such time as the racetrack or grandstand is renovated and placed in good and safe condition.

    Chapter 25:

    PR 147. RACING MANAGER. – The Racing Manager shall be of legal age, of good moral character, has passed the examination given by the PHILRACOM, and has obtained from the same the required license. His duties and functions:

    6. The Racing Manager shall assure to the PHILRACOM that its facilities enumerated in Section 7 are kept and maintained in good and safe condition. For such purpose, the Racing Manager shall have supervision over all race facilities and devices.