THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 29 January 2014, Wednesday
PCSO Gold Cup at SLLP this year
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Racing Committee decided last week to hold this year’s edition of their flagship race, the Presidential Gold Cup, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
The race is set for Dec. 21 and will be a special event for PCSO. Said lawyer Jose T. Malang, chairman of the PCSO Racing Committee, “Not only will this be the 42nd running of the sport’s most prestigious race, it also takes place during the agency’s 80th anniversary year, a special milestone for us.”
SLLP will also feature PCSO special maiden races throughout 2014, but the remaining major races of the agency will be held at the two other racetracks.
The Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park will host two other PCSO stakes races – the Silver Cup on June 22 and the National Grand Derby on August 3 – as well as several maiden races.
Metro Manila Turf Club will be the venue for the Freedom Cup on Feb. 23, the Anniversary Race on Oct. 12, and maiden races.
The PCSO’s first race for the year is the Special Maiden for 3YO at Santa Ana Park on February 15. In the lineup are Joy Raymundo’s colt Fort Courage, to be ridden by jockey JB Cordova; lawyer Narciso O. Morales’s colt Abantero (Val Dilema); Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s filly Real Lady (DH Borbe Jr.); Jeci A. Lapus’s filly Royal Reign (Jonathan Hernandez); Aristeo G. Puyat’s colt Wild Talk (JL Paano);
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s colt Kanlaon (Jesse Guce); JRS Farm’s colt Black Town (Kelvin Abobo); Ferdinand Eusebio’s Tan Goal (Antonio Alcasid Jr.); Joseph Dyhengco’s colt Joeymeister; Ronald D. Tan’s filly Batangas Dream (Louie Cuadra); and Jade Bros. Farm’s colt Hermosa Street (Norberto Calingasan).
The trial for the 1,200-meter race will be held tomorrow.
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The PCSO was given a citation by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) last Saturday at the organization’s annual PSA Awards Night, held traditionally in the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel.
The agency was recognized for its various contributions to sports.
This year’s honoree for horseracing was jockey Jesse Guce.
It was a privilege to see basketball great Carlos Loyzaga Sr. (83) receive a lifetime achievement award sixty years after his exploits on the court.
He was accompanied to the event by his wife Vicky and daughter Bing Loyzaga.
The PSA Awards Night is the longest-running recognition program in Philippine sports and is awaited every year by athletes and others in the sports scene.