THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 July 2014, Wednesday
Longshot wins July PCSO race
In one of those surprise outcomes that make horseracing so interesting, a fourth-choice longshot clobbered six other elite juveniles in the July 5 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.
Held at San Lazaro Leisure Park, the 1,400-meter race was dominated in the sales by Hook Shot, the trial race winner.
The quickstepping Buzzer Beater was first out of the gate, with Hook Shot grabbing the lead before the bend. Super Spicy wrested the front by the far turn, but faded down the stretch, overtaken by Hook Shot and the John Alvin Guce-steered Princess Ella, who staged a precocious rally to win by 1.5 lengths.
Princess Ella, owned by SC Stockfarm and trained by Chito Santos, clocked 1:31 (13-24’-25-28’). Hook Shot was second, Jazz Asia third, and Polka Dot Bikini fourth.
Meanwhile, only three horses were nominated for the 1,600-meter PCSO National Grand Derby set for August 3.
This led to the creation of a substitute group comprising runners of PCSO 2YO Special Maiden Races in 2013 and 3YO races in 2014.
The second nomination round was held yesterday, with the declaration to take place on July 10. I’ll give you the final lineup next week.
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Thanks to Philippine Racing Commission executive director Jesus B. Cantos for information on the declared runners for the July 13 Option race.
To be held at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, the mile race will feature La Furia Roja, Captain Ball, Penrith, and Oh Oh Seven.
This Option race is held in lieu of the Philracom’s 4th Imported/Local Stakes, the nomination for which was cancelled due to having attracted less than the minimum number of entries (four).
The Option race was opened to 3YO locals and imports that are placers or non-winners of major Philracom stakes races. While the same allocation of prize money was retained, the distance for the race was reduced to 1,600 meters from 1,900.
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It was a privilege to spend some time with horseowner Mayor Benhur Abalos last Monday talking about horses, right after the Monday Morning program at Mandaluyong City Hall.
One of the things he mentioned was getting in touch with horsepeople from Cebu about sending racehorses there for breeding purposes.
The province is the venue for the Cebu Horse Congress and Festival, which is a three-day horse show and competition. Participants come from Bacolod, Bohol, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Masbate, and other areas to compete in events such as racing, which has three types – barrel, obstacle, and oval.
All horses are accommodated, they are just grouped according to class: A, big horses; B, medium-sized; and C, smaller horses, called “Bisaya” class, or as we might say in racing, “nativo”.
Masbate also has its annual rodeo festival, Bukidnon its horse show and competition, and Baguio its Pony Boys Day, as well as the famous horses-for-hire at Wright Park.
All these areas and others that have any significant horse-related activities would benefit from Mayor Abalos’s idea of a program to rehome retired horses or horses that for whatever reason can no longer be raced.