THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 21 August 2013, Wednesday
Boss Jaden Rules PCSO Derby
Second favorite Boss Jaden rallied from third position to win the 2013 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office National Grand Derby during the 5th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup racefest.
The mile race for 3YO Sweepstakes runners at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park last August 18 saw top choice Hi Money grab the lead. He was followed by Sky Dragon just off his flank with Boss Jaden conserving energy in third and Pleasantly Perfect bringing up the rear.
Hi Money and Sky Dragon continued to fight it out until down the stretch, when Boss Jaden’s jockey, Jeffrey Bacaycay, saw his opportunity to steal the lead and guided his horse by the rail.
He stepped on the gas at the far turn and pulled away from the others to win by five lengths. Hi Money settled for second, Sky Dragon third, while Pleasantly Perfect was last all the way.
Boss Jaden’s win earned for his owner, lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV, the first prize of P1.2 million. Time for the race on a wet track was 1:42 (25-24-26-27).
At the awarding ceremony were, from PCSO, General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II and Committee on Races members Carlos Castillo, Desoto Tupas, Orlando Malaca, and lawyer Reena Yason, while MJC was represented by Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo.
Also among the 14 races on the card that day were two Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored races.
In the 1,750-meter Philracom-Bagatsing Division I for local 4YO and older, Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s Prime Rate, the favorite, rallied from fourth with apprentice Leonardo Cuadra Jr. aboard to win by a length over second choice Money King.
Sevilla’s Penrith (coupled entry) came in third, with Onemoresweetkiss, the frontrunner, settling for fourth. Total time was 1:53 (12’-22-24’-25’-28’).
In the 1,400-meter Philracom-Bagatsing Cup Division II for imports, JS Raymundo’s Sliotar (AUS), third pick, also came from behind to win over eight foes. The John Alvin Guce-steered 5YO racemare picked up tremendous speed at the far turn to pass frontrunners Hyena and Ian’s Bet to win by two.
Oh Oh Seven, a longshot, placed second, giving good dividends in the forecast. The heavy favorite, Wait Ka Lang, came in third, followed by La Furia Roja in fourth. Total time was 1:27 (12-23-24’-27’).
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Due to the extreme conditions brought about by the unfortunate tandem of Tropical Storm Maring and the Habagat monsoon, races on Monday at Metro Turf and Tuesday at Santa Ana Park were cancelled for safety reasons.
It’s doubtful if any racing fan would have made it to an off-track betting station anyway. During bad weather, it’s best to stay home and dry, and perhaps catch up on race replays on the Internet.
The rains continue to pour down as I write this. Keep safe, everyone! ***