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THW: Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  20 July 2011, Wednesday

Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

Racing is full of surprises, and last weekend saw a couple of upsets in the big races that drew more than the usual number of fans to the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

Last Sunday, two interesting races were held, both sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission – the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown and the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

The Triple Crown is the championship series for elite local-born 3YO – only the very best may join. The entries in the PSA Cup, in contrast, were drawn from the class-divisions and the race was a grab-bag of feisty veterans aged four to nine.

In the Triple Crown, all eyes were on the favorite Magna Carta, who triumphed in the second leg and placed second in the first. The colt owned by Michael Dragon Javier faced off against twelve other foes over 2,000 meters.

But when the dust cleared, it was far second choice Tensile Strength first at the wire. Ridden by star jockey Jeffril Zarate, the Manuel Vicente-trained filly bested the rest of the field, including ten colts, to win by three.

The Rock placed second, Cheese Mosa third, and Barkley fourth. Magna Carta did not feature among the placers.

The splits for the race were 24.4-23.4-25.4-25.8-27.6 for a total time of 2:06.6. Tensile Strength’s win was worth P1.8 million for her owner, former Philracom commissioner Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla Jr.

In the Philracom-Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, second-to-that-last-favorite Ferrarione shocked the overflow crowd at Santa Ana Park by outlasting the frontrunner Barefoot Contessa, yet another longshot.

The 9YO veteran horse owned and trained by Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus was the oldest entry among the ten-horse field. He came off a 209-day spell well-rested enough to come from behind and clobber his foes in the stretch.

Lapus Stable star jockey Red de Leon saw a gap by the rails and cleverly positioned Ferrarione inside, saving ground and overtaking eventual second-placer Barefoot Contessa before the wire.

Speedy McKie took third and heavy favourite Nine Dragon settled for fourth. Quarters for the 1,300-meter race were set at 7’-23-23-26’ for a total time of 1:19.8. S

Present at the awarding ceremony were PSA officers Teddyvic Melendres, sports editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer (president); Riera Mallari, sports editor of Manila Standard-Today (secretary); Joe Antonio, sports editor of People’s Journal (treasurer); and Aldrin Cardona, sports editor of Daily Tribune (Board member and past president).

With them representing the host club was racing manager and assistant vice-president Dan Valmonte, while I was there too as a member of PSA.

Last Saturday, the 2,000-meter Philracom Hopeful Stakes saw Prime Rate emerge victorious, followed by Thirdy Thirdy in second, Midnight Myth third, and Sir Ferdinand fourth.

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As I promised last week, here’s a little more on the planned Malvar-Tanauan, Batangas Metro Manila Turf Club racing facility of horseowner-businessman Norberto Quisumbing Jr., PhD. “Dr. NQ”, as he is fondly called, anticipates that in the next two years, the key facilities in the racing cluster shall be completed.

Around 250 workers will be employed in the first phase of construction in the third quarter of this year and increase to 500 in December 2011.  ***

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KL: Dehado sa Triple Crown, PSA Cup!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  19 July 2011, Tuesday

Dehado sa Triple Crown, PSA Cup!

Hindi talaga nawawalan ng sorpresa sa karera kahit kailan, at ito nga ang nangyari noong nakaraang weekend sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club sa Naic, Cavite.

Sa pinakaaabangan na pangatlong yugto ng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown noong Linggo, ang segundo llamado lamang na Tensile Strength ang nanaig. Sakay ni hinete Jeffril Zarate, nagparemate ito sa may back stretch at nanalo pa ng tatlong kabayo, sa distansiyang 2,000 meters.

Sumegundo si The Rock, tercero si Cheese Mosa, at cuarto si Barkley. Wala sa placers ang llamadong Magna Carta.

Ang cuartos ng karera ay 24.4-23.4-25.4-25.8-27.6, para sa kabuuang oras na 2:06.6.

Nagpanhik ng P1.8 million pesos si Tensile Strength sa kanyang may-ari, dating Philracom commissioner Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla Jr. Ang trainer naman ni Tensile Strength ay si Manuel Vicente.

Sa Philracom-Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup noong Linggo rin, nagulat ang bayang karerista nang nauna sa meta si Ferrarione ni owner-trainer Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus.

Ang siyam na taong beteranong kabayong ito ay pangalawa sa pinakadehado sa lahat.

Galing ito sa 209 araw na bakasyon, kaya di masyadong inaaasahan ng mananaya. Ngunit dinaan ito ng kanyang hineteng si Redentor de Leon sa balya noong nagparemate, at sa may meta natuka ang nagbabanderang Barefoot Contessa na napakadehado rin.

Ang oras ng 1,300 meter na karerang iyon ay 7’-23-23-26’, total time 1:19.8. Segundo si Barefoot Contessa, tercero si Speedy McKie, at cuarto ang llamadong Nine Dragon.

Naroon sa awarding ceremony ang ilang mga opisyal ng PSA, kabilang sina Teddyvic Melendres, sports editor ng Philippine Daily Inquirer (president), Riera Mallari, sports editor ng Manila Standard-Today (secretary), Joe Antonio, sports editor ng People’s Journal (treasurer), at Aldrin Cardona, sports editor ng Daily Tribune (Board member and past president).

Kasama nila ang racing manager at assistant vice-president ng PRC, si Dan Valmonte, at ang inyong lingkod bilang miyembro ng PSA.

Ang nanalo naman ng Hopeful Stakes noong nakaraang Sabado ay si Prime Rate, na sumegundo noong pangalawang yugto at nanalo pa ng dalawang kabayo sa huling yugtong ito.

Siya ay sinundan ni Thirdy Thirdy (segundo), Midnight Myth (tercero), at Sir Ferdinand (cuarto).  ***

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KL: Triple Crown Bukas!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  16 July 2011, Saturday

Triple Crown Bukas!

Bukas na gaganapin ang huling yugto ng seryeng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown, pati na rin ang Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

Samantala, ngayong araw naman tatakbo ang Philracom Hopeful Stakes, seryeng idinadaos kasabay ng Triple Crown.

Ang mga karerang ito ay gaganapin sa Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite.

Sa huling kabanata ng 2,000-metrong Triple Crown, maraming mata ang nakatuon kay Magna Carta. Bagamat si Hari ng Yambo ang nanalo ng anim na kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Magna Carta sa first leg, ito’y kabayong San Lazaro at may problema minsan sa aparato.

Nakaganti si Magna Carta sa second leg. Ngunit kalahating-kabayo lang ang panalo niya kay Lord of War; si Hari ng Yambo naman ay dumating ng bugaw noong karerang iyon.

Bigyang-pansin din natin dito ang coupled entries Arvindugo at Cheese Mosa. Si Cheese Mosa ang nanalo ng second leg ng Hopeful Stakes. Onseng kalaban ang tinalo niya ang apat na kabayo pa ang layo niya sa sumegundong Prime Rate.

Di lang iyon, mas maganda ang tiyempong naitala ni Cheese Mosa sa Hopeful kesa sa tiyempo ni Magna Carta sa second leg ng Triple Crown!

Si Arvindugo naman ay dumating ng cuarto noong second leg ng Triple Crown.

Sa Hopeful naman, tinitingnan ko si Prime Rate dahil siya nga ang sumegundo sa second leg ng seryeng ito.

Good luck sa inyong pananaya this weekend!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: 3rd leg Triple Crown, Third Racetrack

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  13 July 2011, Wednesday

3rd leg Triple Crown, Third Racetrack

We’re heading down the stretch and close to the wire for the elite championship series for local-born 3YO, the Triple Crown.

Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, the series tests the strength, speed, and stamina of the worthiest crop of young chargers for this season.

Declared to run at Santa Ana Park on Sunday are a full gate of entries – fillies (to carry 52 kgs each): Cheese Mosa, Constatic; colts (54 kgs): Arvindugo, Barkley, Finest Material, Hari ng Yambo, High Voltage, Just for Keeps, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Smart Guru, Tensile Strength, The Rock.

Hari ng Yambo won the first leg as a longshot, hitting the wire six lengths ahead of Magna Carta, who was sent off as the favorite that time.  It was a humbling loss for the much-touted son of Woodman (USA) out of Pledge the Fifth (USA). He struck back, however, in the second leg, winning by half-a-length over Lord of War. Hari ng Yambo finished last in the nine-horse field.

This time around, I’m seeing another good performance by Magna Carta. Despite the short win in the second leg, the energetic colt owned by Michael Dragon Javier is in fine form and should do well against the rest of the field, although it will be hard going, given the high quality of the competition.

Coupled entries Arvindugo and Cheese Mosa will also go on my ruta (bet combination). As racing punters will tell you, ‘bet one, take one’ is always an advantage. Cheese Mosa won the second leg of the Hopeful Stakes, also for elite 3YO, beating eleven others and winning by four lengths ahead of Prime Rate (who is entered in the third leg of the Hopeful Stakes on Saturday).

Not only that, Cheese Mosa notched a time for that race that was a few fractions of a second better than the time posted by Magna Carta in the second leg of the Triple Crown!

Meanwhile, her coupled entry Arvindugo placed fourth in the Triple Crown’s second leg.

Speaking of the third leg of the Philracom Hopeful Stakes, there are 12 participants: fillies (52 kgs): Coal Harbor, Dimasalang, Gandang Pinay, Prime Rate; colts (54 kgs): Midnight Myth, My Keys, Sir Ferdinand, Thirdy Thirdy, Tony Pee, Top Connection, Tucker’s Diamond, Wonder Lev.

I’m looking at Prime Rate here (he came in second in the last leg), Dimasalang, and stayer Wonder Lev.

Philracom is also sponsoring the Philippine Sportwriters Association Cup, to be held Sunday along with the Triple Crown third leg.

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Horseowners and businessmen Norberto Quisumbing Jr. and lawyer J. Alexander R. Carandang recently announced that construction of another racetrack will start soon in Batangas, once all necessary permits have been obtained. Their Metro Manila Turf Club complex will be located inside the Dolores Industrial Park Complex which straddles Malvar and Tanauan cities.

The facility will occupy 24 hectares and shall comprise a “state-of-the-art grandstand and clubhouse, food stalls and restaurants, jockeys’ and grooms’ quarters, offices, saddling paddocks, horse stables clusters, and veterinary clinics.

Dr. Quisumbing was quoted in the article as saying that the project shall provide “an estimated 1,500 direct jobs” in the area – and that’s good news. More on this project in my next column. ***

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THW: 3rd leg Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  6 July 2011, Wednesday

3rd leg Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes

Coming soon, the culmination of the elite 3YO campaign known as the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown – the third leg, to be held  July 17 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

The declaration of entries was held last July 1, and it’s a full gate of runners:

Fillies (to carry 52 kgs each): Cheese Mosa, Constatic;

Colts (54 kgs): Arvindugo, Barkley, Finest Material, Hari ng Yambo, High Voltage, Just for Keeps, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Smart Guru, Tensile Strength, The Rock.

The champion’s connections will receive P1.8 million, 2nd  place P675,000, 3rd, P375,000, 4th, P150,000, and there’s a breeder’s purse of P100,000.

The third leg of the Hopeful Stakes race, which attracts elite 3YO horses that for whatever reason are not entered in the Triple Crown itself, will be held the day before (July 16), with these 12 participants:

Fillies (52 kgs): Coal Harbor, Dimasalang, Gandang Pinay, Prime Rate;

Colts (54 kgs): Midnight Myth, My Keys, Sir Ferdinand, Thirdy Thirdy, Tony Pee, Top Connection, Tucker’s Diamond, Wonder Lev.

The first placer gets P600,000; 2nd place, P225,000; 3rd, P125,000, and 4th, P50,000. The breeder’s purse is P30,000.

Both races will be run over 2,000 meters, so look for stayers to do well. We’ll do a deeper analysis in this column the Thursday before that race weekend, but for now, I’m looking at Magna Carta and The Rock in the Triple Crown.

Hari ng Yambo, who won the first leg, is stabled at San Lazaro Leisure Park and tends to run better there. He’s also been said to have gate issues.

Magna Carta is a front runner; if things go his way, there’s no reason why he can’t rule the race from start to finish.

The Rock can put on some unexpected moves and the longer distance could give him room to maneuver.

In the Hopeful, I’m keeping an eye on Dimasalang and stayer Wonder Lev, who can stage a pretty mean rally given the right breaks.

Also on July 17 is the Philippine Sportwriters Association Cup. Handicapping is care of the host club PRC and sponsor Philracom, so watch this space for the official lineup.

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Please tune in to my radio show “Kwentuhang Pinoy” on AFP Radio, DWDD 1134 khz AM every Saturday, 8-9am. It’s not a racing nor a sports program – it’s talk and opinion from a predominantly cultural perspective – but I will discuss racing one of these days. ***

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KL: 3rd leg Triple Crown at Hopeful Stakes

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  2 July 2011, Tuesday

Philracom 3rd leg Triple Crown at Hopeful Stakes    

Kahapon hanggang 5pm ang deklarasyon para sa ikatlo at huling yugto ng Triple Crown at Hopeful Stakes ng Philippine Racing Commission. Ngunit inabot tayo ng presstime kaya hindi ko pa maibibigay ang listahan; sa Martes nalang po, sa susunod kong kolum.

Ang dalawang karerang ito ay ang pinakatanyag na serye para sa mga tatlong-taong gulang na kabayong palahi ng mga local breeders. Ang distansiya ay parehong 2,000 meters at ang handicapping ay set weight, 52 kgs para sa fillies at 54 kgs para sa colts.

Ang nominasyon ng mga kalahok ay ginanap noong Hunyo 28. Maaring magbago ang mga talaang ito depende sa nangyayari sa deklarasyon kahapon.

Eto ang mga nominado para sa Hopeful stakes na gaganapin sa Hulyo 16 sa Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite.:

Fillies: Coal Harbor, Dimasalang, Gandang Pinay, Prime Rate;

Colts: Finest Material, High Voltage, Midnight Myth, My Keys, Sir Ferdinand, Thirdy Thirdy, Tony Pee, Top Connection, Tucker’s Diamond, Whistler, Wonder Lev.

Nominado para sa 3rd leg Triple Crown, Hulyo 17, Santa Ana Park din:

Fillies: Cheese Mosa, Constatic;

Colts: Arvindugo, Barkley, Finest Material, Hari ng Yambo, High Voltage, Just for Keeps, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Smart Guru, Tensile Strength, The Rock.

Tingin ko sa lineup ng nominasyon pa lang, magiging magandang labanan na naman ito.

Sa Hulyo 17 rin gaganapin ang Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup. Wala pa itong lineup, pero tiyak na magiging interesante rin ito.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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