THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 June 2014, Wednesday
2nd leg Triple Crown on Sunday
This weekend is going to be an interesting one for racing fans, with the staging of the 2nd legs of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown and Hopeful stakes races at Santa Ana Park.
“Both are 1,800 meter races,” said Philracom Executive Director Jesus B. Cantos, “and we have provided P3 million in total prizes from first to fourth for the Triple Crown, and P1 million for the Hopeful.”
There are 13 runners (12 betting numbers) in the Hopeful on June 21, Saturday: Wild Talk, Lady Leisure, Great Care, Biseng Bise, Marinx, Castle Cat, Rob the Bouncer, Wo Wo Duck, Good Connection, Love Na Love, Bukod Tangi, and King Bull/Rock Shadow (coupled entries).
Veteran jockey Antonio B. Alcasid Jr. is going with Love Na Love and King Bull/Rock Shadow.
Eight entries (six betting numbers) joined the 2nd leg Triple Crown on June 22, Sunday: Kaiserslautern/Tap Dance (coupled entries), Low Profile, Matang Tubig, Kid Molave, Macho Machine, and Malaya/Kanlaon (coupled entries).
Alcasid suggests Malaya/Kanlaon and Kid Molave for this one, which is sure to be hotly contested.
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Cantos added that Philracom is participating in the Kabisig Expo from June 16 to 20 at SM Fairview.
The Expo is a showcase of government agencies and provides the public with information about their mandates and services.
“The opening,” said Cantos, “was graced with the ribbon cutting headed by Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castaño Jr. and Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina of the Department of National Defense.
“Chairman Castaño, consistent with his desire to increase the public’s awareness level of horseracing as a diversion of Filipinos, invited mallgoers to watch actual racing so that they will experience the excitement and thrill of the “king of sports”, that at the same time generates revenue for the government and jobs for our people.”
What gave a touch of novelty to the Philracom booth was the presence of apprentice jockeys Eddieboy Guerra (son of the late jockey and trainer EM Guerra) and Reinell Simplicio, fully dressed in their silks, helmets, and riding boots, and brandishing whips.
Complimentary copies of the Dividendazo Racing Program were also distributed at the event. The “’Dazo,” as it is called by kareristas, has been published since 1932.
See photos of this event, and others, at my Facebook Page: Gogirl Racing.
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The Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) announced the assumption of its Executive Vice-President Antonio G. de Ubago Jr. to the position of Acting President.
The other directors remain: Leonardo M. Javier Jr., chairman; lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., vice-president and corporate secretary; Antonio V. Tan, vice-president for racing; Jesus Ramon O. Mamon, vice-president for racing; vice-president for membership, Emmanuel A. Santos; Victor V. Ferrer Jr., auditor; and directors Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Jeci A. Lapus, Vicente Go Bon, Macario Asistio III, lawyer Sixto S. Esquivias IV, and Robert Ramirez.
MARHO, founded in 1974, is the oldest horseowners’ group and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The group is already planning its flagship MARHO Cup Championships event scheduled, as always, in November.