THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 30 October 2013, Wednesday
Low Profile Asserts in PCSO Race
Trial race winner Low Profile outlasted nine others to win the October 26 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.
Ruben Dimacuha’s 2YO colt broke well out of the gate under jockey Mark Alvarez and grabbed the lead from the start, with Dixie Gold clinging closely off-the-pace.
Down the stretch, Kid Molave staged a powerful rally that brought him close to the frontrunner, but Low Profile shook off the challenger in a sudden burst of energy down the stretch to win by a decisive 1-1/4 lengths.
Low Profile, an island-born runner by Tribal Rule out of Lacquaria, clocked 1:27.4 (12’-24-24-27) for the 1,400 meter race.
PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II himself handed a trophy to Dimacuha at the awarding ceremony. Alvarez and trainer Dodek Vicente also received trophies.
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Global racing fans will be glued to the action at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles this weekend for the running of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup.
On Friday, November 1, get ready for the Marathon Stakes (G2), Juvenile Turf, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Distaff.
Saturday, November 2, will showcase the Juvenile Fillies, Filly and Mare Turf, Filly and Mare Sprint, Geico Turf Sprint, Juvenile, Turf, Xpressbet Sprint, Mile, and (saving the best for last), the much-anticipated Classic.
The $5 million Classic will be run over a mile and a quarter (2,000 meters), just about the same as the longest distance we run our horses in the Philippines, so the outcome of this event should be interesting in terms of comparison.
The 2012 Classic was won by Fort Larned, who is seeking to score a back-to-back this year. Bleacherreport.com correspondent Austin Green says that the 5YO “deserves some respect after his unbelievable showing in this race last year” – a wire-to-wire run fending off challenger Mucho Macho Man to win by half a length.
Green adds Fort Larned may well “finish within the top three,” after winning the Homecoming Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 28 and the Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15.
Also entered in the Classic this year are Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Ron the Greek, Declaration of War, Flat Out, Graydar, Last Gunfighter, Moreno, Palace Malice, Paynter, Planteur, and Will Take Charge.
Like Fort Larned, others seeking another chance at Classic gold are Game On Dude (the favorite last year and this year’s morning-line top pick), Mucho Macho Man (a plucky second to the winner last year, could do well again), Ron the Greek, and Flat Out.