THW: PCSO Silver Cup and Special Maiden Races

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 16 May 2012, Wednesday

PCSO Silver Cup and Special Maiden Races

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has had a long partnership with the racing industry, and everyone is excited now that their racing calendar has kicked into gear with a whole slew of exciting stakes contests.

In fact, you don’t have to wait long for the next one; PCSO is staging a special maiden race this Saturday, May 19, at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

The event pits seven 3YO against each other over 1,200-meters:

Stall #1, Aristeo Puyat’s filly Watershed, to be ridden by jockey Rodeo Fernandez with a handicap weight of 53 kgs; #2, Leonardo Javier Jr.’s colt In Principle, jockey Jesse Guce, 54.5; #3, Santa Clara Stockfarm’s filly Sweetmind, jockey John Alvin Guce, 53;

#4, Joseph Dyhengco’s filly Heart Summer, jockey Jeffril Zarate, 53;  #5, Narciso Morales’s filly Machine Gun Mama, jockey Jonathan Hernandez, 53; #7, Herminio Esguerra’s filly Isla Verde, jockey Fernando Raquel Jr., 53;  #8, Moises Villaseñor’s filly Miss Malapia, jockey Mark Alvarez, 53.

The purses are: for 1st, P600,000; 2nd, P225,000; 3rd, P125,000, with P50,000 for the breeder of the winning horse.

This race is pretty even-steven. I have my eye on In Principle, Isla Verde, and Watershed because of their interesting workouts.

Meanwhile, the PCSO 17th Silver Cup is set for June 3, Sunday, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Open to all runners except imports, the race is 2,000 meters long and features the following track stars:

Stall #1, Felizardo Sevilla  Jr.’s 4YO filly Prime Rate, jockey Mark Alvarez, 54 kgs; #2, Emmanuel Santos’s 4YO colt Hari ng Yambo, jockey John Alvin Guce, 55; #3, Benhur Abalos’s 4YO colt Barkley, jockey Kelvin Abobo, 55; #4, Joseph Dyhengco’s 4YO colt Darleb, jockey Patricio Dilema, 55; #5, Michael Dragon Javier’s 4YO colt Magna Carta, jockey Jesse Guce, 55;

#6, Emmanuel King Jr.’s 5YO mare Money Queen, jockey Dominador Borbe Jr., 55; #7, Sixto Esquivias IV’s 4YO colt Arvin Dugo, jockey Jeffrey Bacaycay, 55, and coupled entry #7A, 4YO filly Cheese Mosa, jockey Jonathan Hernandez, 54; #9, Herminio Esguerra’s 4YO colt High Voltage, jockey Fernando Raquel Jr., 55, and coupled entry #9A, 6YO mare Nuclear Power, jockey Val Dilema, 55.5.

Cheese Mosa will take stall #10 while Nuclear Power takes #8.

Up for grabs are the following hefty purses: 1st, P2.5 million; 2nd, P700,000; 3rd, 350,000; 4th, P250,000, and a breeder’s prize of P200,000.

This is a mixed bag. All these horses have won or placed in stakes races and for that reason make a good lineup, although I’d give the advantage to the Esquivias entries, both of which have been doing well this season. Magna Carta and Barkley are serious contenders.

Both these PCSO races shouldn’t be missed by the serious racing aficionado. Mark the dates!   ***

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