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THW: 38th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup on Sunday

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 8 December 2010, Wednesday

38th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup on Sunday

As one of the premier sporting events of the country, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup is eagerly awaited by fans and participants alike. With a history of nearly four decades, it has become an annual tradition and one of the most significant events on the racing calendar.

This particular edition of the race is special to PCSO as it is the first to be held under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III and is the 38th in its history. It is set for December 12 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

The Gold Cup race was conceived in the early ‘70s by the PCSO Board of Directors headed by chairman and general manager Nereo C. Andolong. The motivation for instituting the program was in line with PCSO’s mandate to support the industry. The race and its hefty purses provide incentives for local horseowners and Thoroughbred breeders to produce more horses and attain excellence in the sport.

The first Gold Cup was held on 7 October 1973 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Hippodrome. In recent years, it is staged in December, highlighting the holiday racing season and serving as a fitting end to a year of action and achievement in the sport.

Among the more memorable stagings of the Gold Cup include the very first, which the incomparable Sun God, owned by Pedro Cojuangco, won virtually unopposed, capping an impressive career. In 1981 and 1982, Herminia Mamon’s Fair and Square won back-to-back, both times under the reinsmanship of the “maestro”, Jesus Guce.

The feat was duplicated in 1989 and 1990 by Toshio Abe’s Sun Dancer, a plucky filly guided on both occasions by Eduardo Domingo Jr., the “gentleman rider”.

Other track stars which have won the Gold Cup two-in-a-row are Chito Arceo’s Bulldozer (1996 and 1997), both times under Joe Noel Camu, and Wind Blown, which won in 2000 when owned by Leonardo Javier Jr. and in 2001 under the ownership of Herminio S. Esguerra.

Other highlights over 38 years of this race were the dramatic rally from last by Rolando Rojas’ Crown Colony, winner in 1994; Rojas’ Real Top setting a track record in 1998 to crown an impressive year of sweeping the year’s major stakes races including a slam of the Triple Crown; and the thrilling neck-and-neck stretch duel between Triple Crown winner West Bound of C&H Enterprises and longshot Red Star Rising of Francis Trillana, resulting in a win by the latter.

Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’ Ibarra, the victor in 2008, was denied the chance for a two-peat in 2009 by Don Enrico. Ibarra attempts another win this year. Also trying for another Gold Cup victory is Antonio Tan’s Native Land, 2007 Gold Cup winner and the oldest horse in this race at nine years old. Tan’s Shining Fame, a 2009 contestant, is back on this year’s lineup.

Expected to emerge as favorites are Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi, a two-leg Triple Crown winner, and Esguerra’s Go Army, whose latest conquest was the San Miguel-MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) Cup 2,000-meter Classic.

Not to be discounted are the chances of Rita Pilapil’s entries – two-leg Triple Crown winner Heaven Sent and stakes-caliber contender Lively Dude - and Deemark International’s Righthererightnow.

Don Enrico winning the 2009 Presidential Gold Cup at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The 38th PCSO Gold Cup has a distance of 2,000 meters and is open (as to age and sex) except to imports, with standard weight-for-age handicapping with sex allowance for fillies and mares.

Which of this year’s contestants shall earn the P2.5 million first place purse? The glittering prize was put up jointly by PCSO, contributing P1.5 million, and the Philippine Racing Commission, which provided P1 million for first. The second-placer shall receive P500,000; third, P250,000; and fourth, P125,000. There is also a breeder’s purse of P50,000 for the breeder of this year’s PCSO Presidential Gold Cup champion.

Also to be held on Sunday is the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, a stakes race sponsored by the Philracom for the benefit of the PSA, which annually stages a recognition program for the notable achievers in the realm of sports.

The event, to which all PSA members have been invited, will be the first occasion for many sportswriters to travel to Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, and for many will be their first chance to witness live horseracing.  ***

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THW: Zenyatta Retires, But Not Undefeated

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 November 2010, Wednesday

Zenyatta Retires, But Not Undefeated

Perhaps the most magnificent racemare of all time was forced to retire with one defeat, still with an enviable 19-1 record and a gallant final performance.

Zenyatta, acknowledged by racing experts as one of the classiest female runners in the history of the sport of horseracing, lost by a mere head to Blame in the recently held Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Yet, as racing writer Jeff Scott put it, writing for The Saratogian, “Zenyatta didn’t win…yet in falling inches short of catching Blame, she only added to her legend. Obviously, she already knew how to win. By losing in the most gallant way imaginable, she showed she was just as memorable in defeat.”

Held at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is one of the most prestigious G1 races in the world. The 1-1/4 mile (2,000 meters) race this year had all eyes on Zenyatta, who had beat a field of male horses last year to win the $5 million Santa Anita Classic.

This time, she valiantly rallied from an estimated 25 lengths behind – from dead last – in her attempt to pluck off her ten male antagonists one by one.

She nearly succeeded.

The blame for her loss goes to the Garrett Gomez-ridden colt Blame, sent off as the favorite. Blame beat the Mike-Smith steered Zenyatta by a head in a heart-breaking photo finish. It was that close.

Zenyatta on the outside, Blame inside by the rail. Image from here.

Still, Zenyatta showed her class all the way, and ends her career still on a high note, by showing the world her brave heart and fleet legs in her final mad dash to the wire.


In local racing, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will hold five races on November 21 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The main race will be named for PCSO chairperson Margarita Juico and is the month’s Special Maiden race for juveniles. The other four races will be named for PCSO directors Atty. Maria Aleta Tolentino, Atty. Mabel Mamba, Atty. Francisco Joaquin III, and Betty Nantes.

Said PCSO general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, “These five races help fulfill the part of PCSO’s mandate that requires the agency to support horseracing and uplift the quality of the sport.” The sport and the agency have a partnership that go back seventy-six years, when sweepstakes draws were held in conjunction with horse races.

Meanwhile, the PCSO’s flagship race, the Presidential Gold Cup, will be held on December 12 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.  Declaration of horses for this, the 38th running, is on November 12 at the PCSO’s new office at the Secretariat Bldg., PICC Complex, Pasay City (across Sofitel).   ***

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THW: PCSO Maiden Trial Results

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,, 13 October 2010, Wednesday

PCSO Maiden Trial Results

As part of its original mandate, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is tasked to support the sport of horseracing, which it fulfills by sponsoring horse races. This illustrates the tie between the PCSO and the horseracing industry, which goes back to the time when winning sweepstakes numbers were determined by which horses won in designated races.

Apart from its premier sponsored races the First Lady or First Gentleman Silver Cup (in honor of the sitting president’s spouse) and the highly prestigious Presidential Gold Cup, the PCSO supports “maiden” races that showcase first-time runners, usually 2YO and 3YO. These used to be the “Sweepstakes races” of yore.

Nowadays, PCSO Special Maiden Races are staged several times a year, and are eagerly anticipated by participants for the generous prize money, and fans for being a showcase of the best up-and-coming runners.

About a month or three weeks before a race, a trial run is made to determine if the horses who wish to enter are qualified. One such trial was held yesterday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

The 1,300-meter trial was won in 1:22 by Emmanuel King’s Hi Money, ridden by Patricio Dilema and carrying 53 kgs. Mayor Sandy Javier’s Yellowguska came in two lengths behind to take second place, while John Joseph Lagasca’s Babe’s Magic placed third and Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus’s Beyond Good fourth.

Others that participated in the trial were ACS Industrial Farm’s Gold Quest, Honorato Neri’s Don Galo, Mandy Carlo Sanchez’s Belle De Arturo, and Rolando Villardo’s Some Like It Hot.

The PCSO Maiden Race proper will be held on October 31 at Santa Ana Park, with a purse of P300,000 for the winner, P100,000 for second place, and P50,000 for third. To the winning breeder will go a cash prize of P30,000.


The last quarter of the year ushers in the big racing festivals, kicking off the holiday racing season with the Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby. To be held at San Lazaro Leisure Park on October 18-24, this year’s event will be its ninth edition and features the KDJM Juvenile Fillies, KDJM Juvenile Colts, The Don Antonio Floirendo Golden Girls Stakes for female horses, and the highlight Don Juan Derby.

With thanks to blogger Josh ( for the data, here are the entries:

KDJM Juvenile Fillies: Dimasalang (Quaker Ridge/Matinee Marvel), to be ridden by jockey JB Hernandez; Divisoria (Wind Blown/Talkin Aggie), JPA Guce; Indy’s Task (Indy Minstrel/Family Task), Pat Dilema; Hold The Bubbly (Hold That Tiger/Wild Bubbles), JB Guce; Antoine Dugo (Fort Dignity/Mrs. Rainier), JT Zarate; Rosemary Blue (Perfect Cut/Being There), CV Garganta; Security Dream (Minsk/Security Risk), AB Alcasid Jr.

KDJM Juvenile Colts: My Keys (Zingaro/Eclipso), KE Malapira; Naugh Naugh (Rum Tum Tiger/Velocity), JB Hernandez; Lord of War (Quaker Ridge/Near Miss), Val Dilema; Dear John (Arturo/Hongo), CB Tamano; Arvin Dugo (Quaker Ridge/Repriced), JT Zarate; Cheese Quemas (Fort Dignity/Suonos), AB Alcasid Jr.

Don Juan Derby: Yes Pogi (Rum Tum Tiger/Belle Epoque), MF Daquis; Carriedo (Deputy Bodman/Astuce), JB Guce; Gastambide (Enjoyment/Seaquin), JPA Guce; Denise Song (No Excuse Needed/Ingoldsby Lass), AB Alcasid Jr.; Next Big Thing (Footstepsinthesand/Wooden Nickel), JT Zarate; Rita Ravensky (King Cugat/Limbea), DH Borbe; Dy San Diego (Half Hennesy/Colchis), Pat Dilema; Run Prospector Run (Monashee Mountain/Shawaatee), Val Dilema; Our Solemn Prayer (Songandaprayer/I’m Sweeter), JA Guce.

Don Antonio Floirendo Golden Girls Cup: Heaven Sent (Heza Gone West/Kiss and Run), Pat Dilema; My Hope (Manner Hill/Cathy’s Joy), CB Tamano; Cramps (Refuse to Bend/Classical Connie), JA Guce; Dailies (Arch/Curtain Raiser), JB Guce; Go Topless (Fasliyev/Sunshine Cure), AB Alcasid Jr.; Breath of Love (Ombra Della Sera/Scent of Romance), JB Hernandez; Hussteria (Hussonet/Trouville), KE Malapira; Aling Nayang (Dubai Destination/Spirit of A Star), JG Serrano; Botbo (Reenact/On The Corso), Val Dilema; Santeria (Hussonet/Wizardry), JT Zarate; Magic Minx (Mossman/Dane Magic), EP Nahilat, Fierce Fighter (Officer/Sevasmoke).

KDJM accepts local-breds, island-borns, and imports in its “anything goes” races, making for interesting spectacles that will make aficionados panting for more racing action as the holiday racing season heats up.   *** / Visit:

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