THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 26 June 2013, Wednesday
PCSO Silver Cup on Sunday
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will be staging one of its two major races – the PCSO Silver Cup – on June 30 at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.
The race was to have been held on June 9 at the same track, but the date was moved due to the racing holiday staged by the horseowners’ tri-organization (“Tri-Org”) around that time.
As of presstime, these are the declared entries (all colts this year) for the 2,000-meter race for older horses:
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s coupled entries Hagdang Bato, to carry 55 kgs. paired with jockey Jonathan Hernandez, and Barkley (55.5, Val Dilema); Wilbert Tan’s Sulong Pinoy (55.5, Fernando Raquel Jr.); Jade Bros. Farm’s Big Daddy’s Dream (56, Efren Raquel);
Herminio Esguerra’s High Voltage (55.5, Jeffril Zarate); Sandy Javier’s Patron (55, Jesse Guce); and Antonio de Ubago’s Chief Joesan (55.5, Red de Leon).
This early, it looks like a simple workout for Hagdang Bato, last season’s 3YO champion and Triple Crown champion. His teammate Barkley could also do well, and do not discount the chances of Patron.
The winner gets P2.5 million. The other prizes are P700,000 for second place, P350,000 for third, and P250,000 for fourth.
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PCSO’s Committee on Races, chaired by lawyer Jose T. Malang, has also announced the runners for the July 20 PCSO Special Maiden Race at Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas.
Ten juvenile entries have been declared for the 1,200-meter race:
Esguerra’s Haring Araw (colt, Jeffril Zarate); Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s Chancery Lane (filly, Reynaldo Niu Jr.); lawyer Narciso Morales’s Loveinthemorning (colt, Jesse Guce); JRS Farm’s Tumauini (filly, Leonardo Cuadra Jr.); Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Move On (filly, Fernando Raquel Jr.);
Ruben Dimacuha’s Up and Away (filly, Mark Alvarez); Antonio David Jr.’s Willingandable (filly, Dominador Borbe Jr.); Jeci Lapus’s Young Turk (colt, Jonathan Hernandez); Roman Santos’s Asikaso (colt, John Alvin Guce); and SC Stockfarm’s Mona’s Art (filly, Val Dilema).
Handicapping is set weight: colts to carry 54 kgs., fillies 52 kgs.
The first place purse is worth P600,000, second P225,000, and third P125,000, while the winning breeder earns P50,000.
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An update on the situation between the horseowners’ and the Philippine Racing Commission, that led to the racing holiday staged by the Tri-Org a couple of weeks ago: the non-aligned horseowners who ran their horses during the racing holiday are asking to meet with the Tri-Org. The meeting set for last Friday was postponed. ***