THW: Magna Carta, Magnifico!

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 2 March 2011, Wednesday

Magna Carta, Magnifico!

A 3YO island-born colt demolished the field to win in last Sunday’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Freedom Cup at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Outstanding favorite Magna Carta, owned by Michael Dragon T. Javier, negotiated the the 1,500-meter race with ease, running wire-to-wire and winning by ten lengths.

Steered by Philippine Sportswriters Association 2010 jockey of the year Jesse Guce, Magna Carta clocked a brisk 1:34’ and stamped himself as the one to watch in this year’s forthcoming 3YO stakes races.

Emmanuel King’s Hi Money came in second, followed by Ralph Javier’s Arvindugo in third and RMR Equine, Inc.’s Yellow Citizen in fourth.

Present to witness the race at SLLP were, from PCSO, chairperson Margarita Juico along with her husband Dr. Philip Ella Juico, general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, assistant general managers Betsy Paruginog, Julieta Aseo, and Benigno Aguas, department managers Atty. Jose Malang and Reynaldo Empremiado (chairman and vice-chairman of the Committee on Races, respectively), and Josefina Sarsonas, as well as assistant department manager Orlando Malaca and division chief Desoto Tupaz (also vice-chairman of the Committee on races) both of the Draw and Races department.

They were also on hand to award the trophies to the winning connections.

Magna Carta is trained by Ray Henson and is from the Royal Maverick Ranch of Javier, Leyte mayor Leonardo “Sandy”Javier Jr., who accepted the award as winning breeder. He is the father of Magna Carta’s owner and is a long-time horseowner and breeder, well-respected in the industry with many contributions to the sport.

Mayor Javier has bred a great many Thoroughbred champions. His farm produced Wind Blown, the winningest racehorse of all time, who retired in 2004 with over P19 million in money earned, a record unequaled to date.

As chairman of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners for many years now, Mayor Javier, along with then-president of MARHO Aristeo G. Puyat, instituted the MARHO Cup races held every last racing weekend in November at Santa Ana Park. The racing festival is the richest annual week-long event, eagerly awaited by race aficionados.

Magna Carta has an impressive lineage – Woodman out of Pledge the Fifth by Danzig – which tends towards the speedy side resulting in a sprinter of this caliber. Time will show if Magna Carta will pick up the flexibility that will allow him to perform as a stayer when he gets older, since races for older horses are usually held over longer distances.

PCSO is in the process of reviewing its 2011 Schedule of Races, which traditionally includes several PCSO Special Maiden Races for juveniles, the Silver Cup, and the Presidential Gold Cup, the most prestigious annual event of the sport.  ***

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