THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 6 April 2011, Wednesday
Juggling Act Rips Yes Pogi
Yes, you read that headline right. 5YO veteran import Juggling Act scored an upset over top favorite Yes Pogi in last Sunday’s Diamond I stakes race held at Santa Ana Park.
It’s always a surprise when that happens, not only for the owners of the top pick, but also the bettors, the majority of whom expected the favorite to win. But that’s racing for you – anything can happen.
The Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Diamond I was the third leg of the Import/Local Challenge series. Juggling Act was sent off as second favorite in the sales against Philippine-bred Yes Pogi, who came fresh off a win in the March 13 Philracom Commissioners Cup at San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Mooney Money took the lead while Yes Pogi ran off-the-pace with regular rider Manolito Daquis aboard. Juggling Act with Fernando Raquel Jr. galloped just behind them; the duo bided their time until the far turn and flashed past the frontrunners to win by nearly five lengths.
Juggling Act (Giant’s Causeway – Piccadilly Circus) earned P300,000 for his owner lawyer Narciso Morales, who also took the third place purse for coupled entry Indy Hay. Yes Pogi settled for second place, while Mooney Money copped fourth, followed by Botbo and Fierce Fighter last.
The total time for the race was 1:52.8 for 1,800 meters, with splits of 13’-23’-24’-25-26.
Post-race kibitzing was pretty much unanimous that Yes Pogi was burned out from successive battles. The two weeks between his most recent races are, in the opinion of most owners and trainers, not enough time to recover, especially for racehorses of this caliber. Abroad, horses go months in between races.
Yes Pogi would benefit greatly from a longish spell at the ranch now, more so with summer coming in. A few weeks galloping about in a nice grassy paddock is what this horse doctor orders.
Meanwhile, there is much rejoicing over at the Narciso Stables. It is now the top-ranked racing operation this year with P2.55 million in gross earnings for the period January 1 to February 28, according to Philracom records.
Something to look forward to next weekend at Santa Ana Park is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Open Maiden race for 3YO on April 17. The winner of the trial race held last March 29 was colt Wanna Change, owned by Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus.
Guided by Rey-ann Camañero, Wanna Change (Heza Gone West – Regal Kingdom) clocked 1:18 and is the one to watch come raceday.
Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field placed second, Honorato Neri’s Beau Erin third, and Augusto Benedicto Santos’s Sparkler fourth. Andre Angelo Santos’s Sunshine was fifth while Herminio Esguerra’s Aduana came in last.
Both the trial and the actual race are an easy 1,200 meters. ***