THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 29 August 2012, Wednesday
September PCSO Special Maiden Race
As a significant part of a 2YO thoroughbred’s campaign, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office-backed special maiden races for juveniles are much-awaited both by participants and spectators.
PCSO’s Committee on Races under lawyer Jose Malang and its Draw and Races Department under Carlos Castillo have carefully planned a 2YO campaign that has been running for several months now, with the next one to take place on Sept. 22 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The trial race is set for Sept. 4, with the following declared entries:
Kenneth Causon’s Princess Keni (filly, to be ridden by jockey PR Dilema), Nathaniel Velasco’s Laguna (filly, AB Alcasid Jr.), Felipe Vergara’s Able Minister (filly, KB Abobo), Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Finest (colt, RG Fernandez), Antonio Eleazar and Reynaldo Buñag’s Busilak ang Puso (colt, GA Rivera),
Hideaway Farm Corp.’s Gold on Fire (filly, CB Tamano), Patrick Uy’s Right Direction (colt, JB Guce), Eduardo Gonzalez’s Gee’s for Victory (filly, JB Hernandez), Narciso Morales’s Onemoretimesweety (filly, JA Guce), Dynamic Parts Center’s Garnet (colt, CV Garganta), and Antonio Eleazar’s Security Champ (colt, VM Camañero Jr).
The handicapping is set weight, with colts to carry 54 kgs. and fillies 52 kgs.
With the increased budget from the PCSO for its racing program – P30 million this year compared to less than P15 million last year – a major chunk goes to support maiden races that will add to the prestige of the season for elite 2YO.
Serious racing fans should watch the 2YO races, as it is from their ranks that the 3YO champions emerge, such as Hagdang Bato, who swept the Triple Crown series this year, the first in eleven years since the last Triple Crown champ, Silver Story.
Horseowners and trainers, depending on the capability and physical condition of their juveniles, will choose at what point during the season to insert their 2YO runners – early on for the sturdy ones, and later on in the year for those who need more growing up. There are others who opt to skip a 2YO season for their colts and fillies and ease them into battle when they turn 3YO.
That’s the beauty of the system – horses are run only when they are physical and mentally ready (at least, this is what is ideal).
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Industry leaders were invited by Manila Jockey Club chairman and CEO lawyer Alfonso R. Reyno Jr. to a multi-sectoral meeting last August 11 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. It was well-attended and various issues affecting the sport and the business of racing were discussed.
In addition to the weekly multi-sectoral meetings held at the Philippine Racing Commission, stakeholders have a multiplicity of venues to air their opinions, air grievances and complaints, and talk about matters that affect their specific interest groups.
An interesting and timely development is the greater cooperation among horseowners as they seek to obtain the collective consensus of their members on different concerns and lobby these as a united front to Philracom and the racing clubs.
This was evident at a meeting last month of the three horseowners’ organizations – Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO), Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization (Philtobo), and Klub don Juan de Manila (KDJM).
The unified group or “tri-org” (for want of a better monicker at this time) has met before, but last month’s meeting was historic in the level of rapport and camaraderie among the gentlemen present.
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I should be telling you about George Young Stribling, a transplanted
American who arrived in the early ‘80s when he was in his 60s and never returned to the land of his birth, dying here on August 14 at the age of 95.
He contributed much to the sport, in particular its conduct, raising it to higher standards than when he found it.
He meant a lot to us in the racing community, especially among the jockey colony. I can’t write about him yet, it’s still too sad.
One of these days. ***