THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 19 November 2014, Wednesday
Driven zooms to upset win in PCSO maiden race
A longshot won the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race last Nov. 8 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
With the field reduced to five entries after the scratching of Red Lakota, Takeitorleaveit, which won the trial race, was sent off as the favorite.
Mayweather took the lead, followed a length away by Pamulinawen. Driven and Takeitorleaveit followed behind, with Lady of Diamonds running last. It looked like a wire-to-wire shoo-in for the leader, but to everyone’s surprise, Driven, only the fourth favorite, was steered by jockey Kelvin Abobo on a rally down the stretch to win by a length.
The time for the 1,300-meter race was 1:23.2 (7-23’-24’-28’). Mayweather took second, followed by Takeitorleaveit, Lady of Diamonds, and Pamulinawen last.
Joey Sevilla received the winning owner’s and breeder’s trophies in behalf of registered owner Felipe O. Vergara, and Aga Matias represented trainer Googie Catajan.
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PCSO will be holding its last Special Maiden race for the year on Dec. 13 at Metro Turf racecourse in Malvar, Batangas.
The open event for 2YO attracted 11 entries: Edward Tan’s filly Superv, to be ridden by CS Pare Jr.; Bayani Coching’s colt Kharbyne (CB Tamano); MF Farms’s filly Mayday (RG Fernandez); Manuel de Asis’s colt Thunder Maxx (CV Garganta); Antonio Callejas’s filly Princess Jem (JB Bacaycay); Ferdinand Eusebio’s filly Valenzuela (JT Zarate);
Benhur Abalos’s filly Song of Songs (JB Hernandez); Jab Fer Farms’s colt Boy Harabas (JL Paano); Juancho Ferariza’s colt Right as Rain (FM Raquel Jr.); Jose Villanueva’s filly Oh Neng (JB Cordova); and SC Stockfarm’s colt Cat’s Dream (JA Guce).
Handicapping is set-weight, with fillies to carry 52 kgs. and colts 54 kgs.
The trial race will be held on Nov. 28.
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The 4th leg of the Philracom Juvenile Colts race last Nov. 16 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park, in honor of PRC Chairman Emeritus Santiago Cua Sr., saw Sky Hook take top honors in a hotly-contested race.
For his contributions to the development of the racing industry, Chairman Emeritus Cua received a plaque of recognition from Philracom at the awarding ceremony for the race. His son, PRC Chairman Santiago Cua Jr., acting in his father’s behalf, accepted the plaque from Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castaño Jr.
Also present at the awarding were Sky Hook’s connections – former jockey Dante Salazar representing owner Joseph Dyhengco, trainer Anthony Francisco, and jockey Jordan Cordova.
Sky Hook is entered in the MARHO Ruby Racing Festival Juvenile Colts stakes race, to be run Nov. 30 at SLLP over 1,500 meters. He faces almost the same slate of foes he overcame in the Nov. 16 Philracom juvenile race.
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Track rivals Hagdang Bato and Pugad Lawin are preparing for separate races this month. Pugad Lawin is getting ready for the 1,200-meter Philracom Grand Sprint championship on Nov. 23 at Metro Turf, and Hagdang Bato for the 2,000-meter Amb. Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. Cup on Nov. 30 at SLLP. ***