THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 30 June 2010, Wednesday
In Spanish, it means ‘tyrant, executioner’; in Filipino, it connotes images of masculinity and toughness. And if you believe that words – and names – possess power, a special mojo of their own, then it’s a good strong name for a racehorse.
The names of the “Dugo” horses currently terrorizing the track are taken from this word, and they are living up to its meaning in spectacular style, the latest instances being the winners of last weekend’s Juvenile Stakes races at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park.
Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, Saturday saw the running of the Juvenile Fillies and Sunday the Colts, both over 1,200 meters.
In the Fillies, Sixto Esquivias’s Antoine D’Ugo, winner of a Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race some three weeks back, was sent off as the outstanding favorite. To no one’s surprise she completely trounced her foes – Oliver Velasquez’s Deputy Jazz, who came in second; third-placer Pot Pot’s Love (her coupled entry); Wilbert Tan’s Ginny Rose; while Dugo’s Paramour (owned by Ralph Javier) came in last.
Antoine D’Ugo (Fort Dignity – Mrs. Rainier) was bred by Tony de Ubago.
In the Colts, Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo won handily, posting splits of 24’-22’-26’ for a total time of 1:13.5. Tony de Ubago’s Cheese Quemas came in second a couple of lengths behind, followed by Javier’s General Dugo (the winner’s coupled entry) and Tan’s Perfect Pyjama.
The Juvenile Colts races was run without betting, as there is a required minimum number of entries for the racing club to offer a certain betting option. Why were only ‘three in number’ were allowed to run? Because there is a racing rule that provides exactly that.
Meanwhile, jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. and trainer Renato Yamco scored two-for-two by copping trophies in both races as rider and conditioner of Antoine D’Ugo and Arvin Dugo.
It was great to hear from horseowner and breeder Raymund Puyat last week. He clarified a statement I made in my last column about Rum Tum Tiger, sire of recent PCSO Special Maiden race winner Naugh Naugh, being a Herma Farms & Stud stallion. Puyat was in fact the owner of the stallion (now deceased), which stood at Herma for two seasons. He also owns Velocity, Naugh Naugh’s dam.
Arvin Dugo (Quaker Ridge – Repriced) was bred by Eric Tagle, who mentioned that Repriced is also the dam of his champion Thief in the Nite (by US sire Bel Esprit), winner of this year’s Philracom 2nd leg Hopeful Stakes.
Among the country’s most steadfast breeders, Puyat and Tagle continue to contribute to the effort of raising Philippine champions by bringing in successful lineages from abroad.
From the Philracom comes the news that several horses broke records at Santa Ana Park recently. In the 1,100m: Sixto Esquivias’s Megamax, 1:05.8; 1,200m: Celerino Falcon’s Queen Starr, 1:13; and two owned by Herminio Esguerra – 1,300m: Go Army, 1:17.6; 1,700m: Multiply, 1:46. Congratulations! Expect faster times and perhaps more new records with the advent of the rainy season and firmer track surfaces.
This Sunday at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park will see the revival of the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Cup, sponsored by the Philracom. The lineup will be announced soon. ***