THW: PCSO National Grand Derby, Bagatsing Cup, Monday Racing

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 14 August 2013, Wednesday


PCSO National Grand Derby, Bagatsing Cup, Monday Racing

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will hold its National Grand Derby race on Sunday, August 18, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, during the 5th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup racing festival.

The mile stakes race features lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s 3YO colt Boss Jaden to be ridden by Jeffrey Bacaycay carrying 54.5 kgs., Emmanuel King Jr.’s 5YO colt Hi Money (Patricio Dilema, 55.5), Divina Dy’s 4YO colt Pleasantly Perfect (Jonathan Hernandez, 55), and Honorato Neri’s 3YO colt Sky Dragon (Antonio Alcasid Jr., 54.5).

Chief Joesan and Barkley were scratched the week before the race.

I’m looking at stayers Sky Dragon and Hi Money to outlast the two other entries, who might battle it out in front in the early stages.

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The Bagatsing family is happy indeed with the turnout of entries for their event on Sunday in honor of their late clan patriarch, Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing.

Thirteen races will be held, including the PCSO National Grand Derby and two other PCSO-sponsored races, as well as two Philracom-backed races and eight races supported by other corporate sponsors.

Not only is the event a memorial to the late mayor, but it is how the Bagatsing family, led by Manila 5th district Congressman Amado S. Bagatsing and his brother former Manila congressman lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., give back to the industry that their father was an integral part of back in his day and which they joined themselves when they came of age.

The Bagatsings take this opportunity to give extra prizes to an unheralded sector of the industry – the grooms – who of all racing participants most need the additional incentives and deserve the recognition otherwise unbestowed.

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Monday racing is back. Is it garnering any support?

The Philippine Racing Commission announced to industry stakeholders last August 6 the implementation of racing on Monday, for several years until last week the only day of rest for the sport.

Philracom set the following guidelines, among others: there shall be eight races on Monday to Thursday starting no earlier than 6:15 pm and ending no later than 10pm; there shall be nine races on Friday starting no earlier than 6pm and ending no later than 10pm; and there shall be 12 races on Saturday and Sunday starting no earlier than 2pm and ending no later than 8:45 pm.

The exception to this shall be racing festivals, if requested by the sponsoring organization – for instance, the Bagatsing Cup will have 13 races instead of 12 this Sunday.

Mondays that are waived by a racing club can be used by the racing club that is next on the Monday rotation.

Monday racing started on August 12 at SLLP. MJC racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo says that while typhoon Labuyo affected sales that day, with fewer aficionados making their way to off-track betting stations due to the inclement weather, sales still hit P15.6 million – “not bad at all,” said Magboo. “Next time, sales might reach P17 to P18 million.”   ***

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