THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 July 2013, Wednesday
Young Turk rules PCSO Maiden trial
Longtime horseowner and breeder Jeci Lapus’s colt Young Turk dominated the July 5 trial race at Metro Manila Turf Club for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race for juveniles.
Young Turk, carrying 54 kgs. and ridden by Jonathan Hernandez, clocked 1:10’ (23’-22-25) over 1,200 meters to beat seven other runners, coming in a length ahead of the second placer, SC Stockfarm’s filly Mona’s Art. Roman Santos’s colt Asikaso placed third.
The other arrivals, all fillies, were, in order: Up and Away, Chancery Lane, Move On, Willingandable, and Tumauini. Only Young Turk and Asikaso were the colts that ran the trial. Two other colts were scratched – Haring Araw and Loveinthemorning.
The actual race will be held on July 20 at MetroTurf.
Racing fans use the results of the PCSO trial to estimate the abilities of the 2YO runners competing in the actual race. It’s pretty safe to say at this point that putting a few bucks on Young Turk (Special Edition x Tempestuous Wind) to win would be the way to go.
Says Lapus, “We were preparing just to gauge the capability of [Young Turk]. It was a surprise to see that the horse has the heart to race. We do light workouts since the horse seems to be fast just like the stallion.
“We hope to duplicate the trial race. The dream of every breeder is [to win] the PCSO [Silver Cup and Gold Cup], Juvenile [championship], [for the horse to be a] 2YO champion, and Triple Crown [for 3YO]. Tough dream!”
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Wanna be a jockey?
The New Philippine Jockey’s Association is accepting applicants for the Philippine Jockey’s Academy this year until August 30. The entrance examination will be held on September 2 at 9:00 am.
Qualifications: Filipino citizen, male or female, 17 to 22 years old, not more than 5’6” in height and not more than 47 kgs. in weight, high school graduate, physically and mentally fit.
Enrollment requirements: P500 non-refundable entrance exam fee, NSO-authenticated birth certificate, certified true copy of high school diploma, Form 137, or Transcript of Records, parental consent (for 17YO) with waiver of claims against the Academy, original copy of NBI, police, and barangay clearances, drug testing result, and
photos (one whole body, two pieces 2×2, two pieces 1×1).
Application forms are available at the NPJA Office at Unit 401, Pelicon Bldg., Sugar Road, Cityland Subdivision, Carmona, Cavite (near San Lazaro Leisure Park).
For inquiries call landline (046) 430-3673. Check out the New Philippine Jockeys Association Facebook Page for updates.
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Correction: In my column last week about the PCSO Silver Cup, I wrote that Patron came in last. Patron was actually scratched from the race “due to off-feed,” according to Lito Zabat, a steward of the Philippine Racing Club. My apologies to my readers. ***