THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 June 2009, Wednesday
PCSO Silver Cup, Three More on Sunday
Sunday, June 14, is a huge day for thoroughbred racing at the Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park racecourse in Naic, Cavite. An unprecedented four major stakes races will be held on that day, making it one of the most explosive event days in recent memory.
One of them is the 14th edition of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office First Gentleman Silver Cup. The 2,000-meter race is in honor of the sitting president’s spouse and is one of the most prestigious on the calendar for local-bred and island-born horses.
Declared to run are Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Ibarra, Tony Tan’s Shining Fame, Raymund Puyat’s Hieroglyphics, Joseph Dyhengco’s El Terrible, Jake Maderazo’s Mr. Victory, Lorraine Uy Wi’s Don Enrico, Jun Molina’s Defiant, and Herminio S. Esguerra’s Anonymous.
Ibarra, winner of two legs of the 2007 Triple Crown and the 2008 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, had a good tuneup two raceweeks ago and is expected to be sent off as the favorite. Don Enrico comes off two stakes wins – the Philracom Emerald I and Emerald II last May.
Others who won their tune-ups were Hieroglyphics, Mr. Victory, and Shining Fame. El Terrible and Defiant placed in theirs.
PCSO’s Chairman Sergio O. Valencia has approved P1.75 million in prize money, with P1.1 million to the winner. The second-placer receives P350,000, third, P175,000, and fourth, P85,000. A breeder’s purse of P40,000 is as an incentive to produce more Philippine thoroughbreds.
Trophies for the 2008 edition, which ran at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The replica of the PCSO Silver Cup (center) is awarded to the winning horseowner.
Also running on Sunday are three Philippine Racing Commission-supported stakes races: the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown, in honor of horseman and late Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Sr., and the Hopeful Stakes, both 1,800-meter races for local-bred 3YO. For juveniles, there’s the 2YO Open stakes sprint over 900 meters.
Declared for the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown are: Esguerra’s coupled entries Blue Ocean and Eternal Flame; Rita Pilapil’s coupled runners Heaven Sent (winner of the first leg) and Lively Dude; Nel Velasco’s Dream Supreme; Bienvenido C. Niles Jr.’s Iconic; and Alexander Chua’s Mr. Diamond.
Heaven Sent is expected to do well again, but Blue Ocean, who won a regular race two weeks ago, should not be discounted, and neither should Dream Supreme. All the others will put up a good fight and may surprise.
In the Hopeful Stakes, declared are Abalos’s Henry Sugar, Aristeo Puyat’s Boudica, C & H Enterprises’ Action Sailor, Esguerra’s Chief of Staff and Go Navy, Ilano and Sons’s Blue Seal, and Alchy Enterprises’ Princess Jacklyn.
The 2YO Open Stakes is going to be exciting, with a new batch of young ‘uns all set to strut their stuff – Big Apo, Esguerra’s Brother Barack and Carriedo, Che and Ryan, Cong, Jeci Lapus’s Ice Storm, Market Value, Mt. Panamao, Roberto Yutadco’s Speed Spell, Summit Dancer, Taste of Paradise, and Woodsy Ribbon.
Both the Hopeful and 2YO stakes are ‘anything can happen’ races that racing fans shouldn’t miss. *** (Web: http://jennyo.net)