THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 11 April 2012, Wednesday
Weekend 3YO Showcase
With summer temperatures hitting 35 degrees, it’s only fitting that horseracing action on the two racetracks sizzle with a slew of stakes races only for the strong and speedy.
Local-born 3YO get to strut their stuff this weekend in three important races that showcase the best Philippine-bred Thoroughbreds (yes, that is always spelled with a capital “T”, as if it were a brand name, and refers to a “horse breed best known for its use in horseracing”, says Wikipedia).
All three races are set at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Two are sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission and the third by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
On April 14, Saturday: PCSO Special Maiden Race, 1,300 meters, official entries and post positions – stall #1: Aristeo G. Puyat’s Caraga Weather, to be ridden by jockey Rodeo Fernandez; #2: Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s Quaker’s Hill with Regan Mamucod; #3: Antonio V. Tan’s Pugad Lawin with John Alvin Guce; #4. Joseph Dyhengco’s Deo Volente with Patricio Dilema; #5: Herminio Esguerra’s Arriba Amor with Fernando Raquel Jr.; and #6: Dennis Pineda’s Royal Storm with Jesse Guce.
Two of the entries are colts – Pugad Lawin and Royal Storm – while the rest are fillies. Former jockey and racing analyst Joey Macaraig is going with Arriba Amor and Royal Storm here. Both are in tip-top condition and have been showing brisk workout performances and times.
Also on Saturday is the Philracom Diamond II Stakes for fillies, a 1,600-meter race. The declared entries are (meaning some of them might yet be withdrawn or scratched): Antonio Coyco’s C Bisquick (get it, get it, chuckle, I love a good pun); Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Blanca (has a good chance of winning);
Felipe Vergara’s Eloquence and Time To Shine Dad (coupled entries); Bienvenido Niles Jr.’s Gale Force; Kenneth Causon’s Humble Riches (the one to beat!); Benhur Abalos’s Posse Left (could score an upset); and Reginald Allen Vergara’s Princess Iley.
On April 15, Sunday, colts show off in the Philracom Diamond III Stakes. Declared to run are: Wilfred Yason’s Chevrome; Jeci Lapus’s Dancing Dolphin; Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Golden Empire; Benhur Abalos’s Hagdang Bato (likely to win); Kenneth Causon’s Isa Pa Isa Pa; Leonardo Javier Jr.’s Patron (a strong contender); Herminio Esguerra’s Purple Ribbon (don’t discount this one); Johanne Cessna Ferreras’s Shoemaker; and Francis Lim’s Yes Yes Yes.
As we’ve mentioned, these are tuneup races for elite 3YO that might be entered in the Triple Crown series. “Highly prestigious” is a cliché that doesn’t even come close to describing how significant and important this series is.
These three weekend races will bring these contenders closer to their Holy Grail. Burning hot action? You can bet your last peso on that. Let the summer stakes begin! ***