THW: Will Malaya win the PCSO 3YO Open?

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 19 March 2014, Wednesday


Will Malaya win the PCSO 3YO Open?

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Racing Committee announced the nine-entry lineup for its next offering set on Saturday (Mar. 22) at San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park.

A 1,400-meter PCSO Special Maiden race for 3YO, it is a set-weight handicap race – the fillies are to carry 53 kgs., the colts 54.5.

The declared entries are Herminio Esguerra’s Manalig Ka, to be ridden by DH Borbe Jr. carrying 54.5 kgs.; Jade Bros. Farm’s Pacific Warrior (NK Calingasan, 54.5), Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Angel (RG Fernandez, 53),

Jeci Lapus’s Black Fury (PR Dilema, 54.5), Ruben Dimacuha’s Think Twice (JB Guce, 54.5), Benhur Abalos’s Malaya (KB Abobo, 53), Hideaway Farms’s Lucky Leonor (FM Raquel Jr., 53), Olivia Vergara’s Princess Ellie (JPA Guce, 53), and Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s St. Claire (RO Niu Jr., 53).

Malaya won the trial race by many lengths and, based on this performance, might emerge the favorite.

Lucky Leonor came in second, followed by Alta’s Angel in third and Manalig Ka fourth. The other arrivals were, in order: Think Twice, Pacific Warrior, St. Claire, Princess Ellie, and Black Fury last.

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PCSO will be holding a trial race on Friday at Metro Turf racecourse in Batangas over 1,400 meters.

The race is a 3YO Open and attracted 10 hopefuls. Six are fillies: Cat’s Regal, Definitely Great, Morning Time, Misty Blue, My Song, and Palos. Four are colts: White Supremacy, Prince of Aachen, Pusong Bato, and Think Again.

The race proper will be held Apr. 5 at the same track.

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Happy 40th anniversary to the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners and the Philippine Racing Commission. Both were founded in 1974.

Such milestones roll around only once in a lifetime, and when they do, they deserve special commemoration. Just hanging in there for all that time is accomplishment enough.

Being a government agency, I suppose the Philracom can only do so much in terms of its arrangements for celebrations, but this would be an auspicious year for them to launch projects like an updated stud book and “bluebook” (handbook of rules and regulations). An updated list of stallions in the Philippines would also be informative.

MARHO, on the other hand, as the oldest horseowners’ group in the country, might want to consider staging a Founder’s Cup racing festival this year in addition to its flagship MARHO Cup Championships every November.

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The 35th Asian Racing Conference, the “oldest and largest world forum in thoroughbred racing,” will be held May 4 to 8 this year in Hong Kong.

Racing officials and personalities from all over Asia attend this yearly gathering that features not only race meetings but also symposia on racing business and operations.

Among the topics to be discussed are the future direction of wagering, racecourses and environmental sustainability, movement of horses, and connecting racing with popular culture.

The ARC is an event staged by the Asian Racing Federation. The first ARC was held in 1960, and right from the start the Philippines was a participant and a member. More on this next week.


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