THW: Top 2YO Thoroughbreds

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 5 September 2012, Wednesday

Top 2YO Thoroughbreds

The September 4 trial results of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race for this month are in, and it looks like Gee’s for Victory is looking mighty able.

The Eduardo Gonzalez-owned filly ridden by hotshot jockey Jonathan Hernandez bested ten other fellow juveniles. She ran off the pace and won by a length over Alta’s Finest, a colt. Another filly, Gold on Fire, placed third, followed by Right Direction, a colt, in fourth.

The quarters were 12’-25’-25’-29 for a total 1:30.4 over 1,400 meters at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The actual race will be held at SLLP on September 22. With these results, punters have a pretty good idea of what the sales trend will look like on that day, and handicap their choices accordingly.

There is a saying in racing, though, that goes, “Apat ang paa nilang lahat,” (“They each have four legs”) meaning anything can happen in any race, especially in one involving elite 2YO such as these.

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The other major races set for September are sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission and will be held at Santa Ana Park: 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies, Sept. 15, and the 3rd leg Juvenile Colts, Sept. 16, both 1,500 meters; and Opal Stakes (5th leg Import/Local Challenge series), Sept. 30, 2,000 meters.

This is a great kick-off to the “ber” season that features the big racing festivals of the horseowners’ organizations Klub Don Juan de Manila (October at SLLP), and MARHO and Philtobo (November and December at Santa Ana Park respectively).

Everyone is looking forward to the PCSO 40th Presidential Gold Cup on December 9 at Santa Ana Park, which could quite possibly see the long-awaited face-off between local track idol and 2012 Triple Crown slammer Hagdang Bato versus island-born champion Magna Carta.

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Happy birthday (Sept. 3) to an elder statesman of racing, Mr. Aristeo G. Puyat.

Known in the industry and to friends as “Putch”, he has been a horseowner and breeder for several decades and has seen countless champions run to victory on the track, quite a few of them bred on his Paris Match Farm.

During his term as president of MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners), he, along with MARHO chairman Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” M. Javier Jr., established the San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup Championships in 1996.

Now on its 17th year, it is the longest-running horseowner-staged event and the one with the biggest races and fattest purses.

To this day Mr. Puyat is still with MARHO as president emeritus and is often asked for advice on industry matters. He always emphasizes strategy and direction as well as better marketing as being among the ways to industry growth.

From his message in last year’s MARHO Cup souvenir program:

“While we honor the champions and accomplishments of the past, we also need to se the directions for where we want the sport to go, and evolve plans and solutions on how to get there…The industry has tremendous growth potentials that remain untapped. While forward strides are being made, together we can do so much more.”

Happy, happy birthday, dear Tito Putch!

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