THW: Boss Jaden Scores in PCSO Race

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 July 2012, Wednesday

Boss Jaden Scores in PCSO Race

The son of a champion scored over the trial race winner in last Saturday’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office at Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite.

Jockey Jeffrey Bacaycay steered lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Boss Jaden over 1,200 meters to win the race for local 2YO.

Herminio Esguerra’s Super Whaaa, who won the July 3 trial, came in second, followed by SC Stockfarm’s Boss Jay in third.

Esguerra still went home with a trophy – the coveted breeder’s prize – for having come up with the serendipitous cross that produced Boss Jaden on his Herma Farm & Stud ranch in Lipa, Batangas.

Boss Jaden is out of the broodmare Tereshkova and was sired by Esguerra’s champion Real Spicy. A hot property during his racing years, this horse by American champion Real Quiet out of Spicy Tale garnered practically all the available stakes honors – 3rd leg Triple Crown 2005, PCSO Presidential Gold Cup 2006; PCSO Silver Cup 2006 and 2008; and many other prestigious races.

Real Spicy also holds time records, coincidentally tied with another noted stayer, Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos’s Ibarra: in the 1,750 meters, 1:48, and in the 2,050 meters (the longest race distance in the country), 2:09.

The next PCSO Special Maiden race, a 2YO Open, will be held August 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park. Fifteen runners were nominated for the 1,400-meter event. The trial was held yesterday. More on that next week.

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The PCSO has other big races on its calendar. Its Committee on Races under its chairman lawyer Jose Malang, supported by the Draw and Races department under manager Carlos Castillo, recently announced the declared runners for the PCSO National Grand Derby on August 19.

To be held at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park on the 4th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup day, the PCSO Derby will be run for the first time as such and is a revival of the grand races of yore termed “derbies”, reminiscent perhaps of its famous counterparts such as the Epsom and the Kentucky.

Six colts were entered the in the mile battle, among them coupled entries:

Post Position #1: Francis Lim’s Yes Yes Yes, 3YO, jockey Patricio Dilema, 54.5 kgs;

#2: Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb, 5YO (Jeffril Zarate, 55.5);

            Coupled entries of Mayor Benhur Abalos: #3: Barkley, 4YO (Kelvin Abobo, 55) and #3A: Hagdang Bato, 3YO (Fernando Raquel Jr., 54.5);

Coupled entries of Herminio Esguerra: #6: High Voltage, 4YO (John Alvin Guce, 55) and #6A: Purple Ribbon 3YO (Rodeo Fernandez, 54.5).

I was surprised to see Hagdang Bato’s name in this lineup.

The colt has just come off a grueling campaign, capping his first semester efforts by sweeping the Philippine Racing Commission 3YO Triple Crown series, the first to do so in 11 years (the last being Patrick Uy’s Silver Story in 2001).

Generally, horses that have undergone such ordeals are spelled for several months’ rest and recovery.

On the other hand, this colt has so much going for it.

First, impeccable lineage – Hagdang Bato is by Quaker Ridge (an Esguerra-Herma Farm stallion) out of Fire Down Under (Abalos’s own mare), and is half-brother to champion and dual-record holder Ibarra (an island-born by Yonaguska).

Second, superb condition – Hagdang Bato ran the last split of the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown in 26 seconds, mighty fast considering that this is the longest leg at 2,000 meters.

Third, Hagdang Bato will face only five opponents that I believe he outclasses.

The prize money offered by PCSO isn’t too shabby either: P1.5 million for first, P500,000 for second place, P300,000 for third, and P200,000 for fourth.

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