THW: Yes Pogi, Magna Carta Rule Weekend Races

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 16 March 2011, Wednesday

Yes Pogi, Magna Carta Rule Weekend Races

Philippine Sportswriters’ Association 2010 Horse of the Year Yes Pogi trounced nine other foes to dominate the Philippine Racing Commission’s Commissioner’s Cup last Saturday at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Sent off as the heavy favorite, the two-leg Triple Crown winner owned by Francis Lim unleashed his patented rally charge in the final stages of the race under the reinsmanship of regular rider Manolito Daquis to win by six lengths over spent second placer Righthererightnow. Wellwellwell was third and Thoti’s Best fourth.

The total time for the arduous 1,900-meter race was 2:02.

Yes Pogi’s impressive performance adds luster to his string of victories, which includes the 2010 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup. Sired by Herma Farms and Stud in Lipa, Batangas, Yes Pogi is a stellar example of the the class and quality of Philippine-bred champions.

Present at the awarding ceremony was race honoree Governor Gerry Espina of Biliran, who was a former Philracom commissioner.

In Sunday’s Philracom Chairman’s Cup, island-born star Magna Carta clocked 1:34.4 to win the 1,500-meter race, part of the “Road to the Triple Crown” tuneup races for elite 3YO. 2010 MARHO Cup Juvenile Colts champion Barkley came in a length behind to grab second place. Bosbarawana placed third and Arvindugo fourth.

The Michael Dragon T. Javier-owned Magna Carta came off a victory in the PCSO Freedom Cup last February 27, also at SLLP. The speedy colt was steered both times by PSA 2010 Jockey of the Year Jesse Guce.

This year’s Chairman’s Cup was held in honor of the late former Philracom chairman Nicanor Jacinto. Sadly, no family representative was on hand for the awarding ceremony as the racing world has lost contact with his family.

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PCSO’s Carlos Castillo, OIC-manager of the Draw and Races department, recently announced the names of the horses running in the March 27 PCSO Special Maiden Race to be held at SLLP. The trial race shall be held on March 15.

The 1,300-meter race for 3YO will feature Armando Santos’s Flag Bearer, to be ridden by Val Dilema; Eduardo Dimacuha’s Ooh La La’s Gold with Ernesto Reyes; Benhur Abalos’s Tiger Run with Kelvin Abobo; Honorato Neri’s Smart Guru with Antonio Alcasid Jr.; Jan Michael Santos’s Bright Jade with Rodeo Fernandez; and Joel Songsong’s Just For Keeps with John Alvin Guce.

The prizes are: 1st – P300,000; 2nd – P100,000; and 3rd – P50,000. The winner’s breeder shall receive P30,000.

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Congress’ Games and Amusements Committee approved last Monday House Bill 224 authored by congressmen Amado Bagatsing (5th district Manila) and Jeci Aquino Lapus (3rd district Tarlac).

The bill shall create the Philippine Thoroughbred Horseracing Authority, which will take on all the functions and responsibilities of Philracom, as well as its present personnel and so forth. The law shall change the corporate nature of Philracom to make it more flexible and responsive to external and internal challenges.

The bill, having garnered the support of the industry, shall now be sent to the floor. It was last deliberated upon and also approved in 2009, during the 14th Congress. Let us hope that this time around it’ll go all the way into enactment.  ***

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