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KL: Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  for 20 September 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

Pinatunayan noong Sabado ng babaeng kabayong si Humble Riches na siya ang number one contender para sa korona ng outstanding juvenile itong taon.

Malayong nanalo ito, sakay ni jockey Val Dilema, sa 4th leg Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series sa San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Umoras ng 1:34.2 si Humble Riches sa cuartos na 17.8-24-24.8-27.6. Sumegundo si Mika Mika Mika, tersero si Spring Collection, at cuarto si Alpha Alleanza.

Samantala, sa katumbas sa Colts stakes, mahigit sa isang segundo ang bagal ng mga lalaking kabayo – napakalaking bagay sa mundo ng karera.

Tyempong 1:35.6 lamang ang naitala sa Colts stakes noong Linggo, na ipinanalo ni Golden  Empire ng banderang tapos na tatlong kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Patron. Sinundan ito sa tersero ni Stolen Time, at si Yes Yes Yes ang pumang-apat.

Parehong 1,500 meters ang distansiya ng dalawang juvenile stakes races na ito.

Sa karerang ibayong dagat naman, naghahanda na ang mga kalahok para sa Breeders’ Cup sa Nob. 5 sa Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA.

Pinag-uusapan ngayon kung magkikita sa $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ang mga naghahari ngayon sa pista nila – sina Uncle Mo at Stay Thirsty.

Si Uncle Mo ay ang 2-year-old champion noong 2010. Tatakbo siya sa nalalapit na $200,000 Kelso Stakes (G2) na milya ang distansiya.

Si Stay Thirsty ang nanalo ng Jim Dandy at Travers stakes races, at lalahok sa $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup sa Belmont (New York) sa Okt. 1.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  17 August 2011, Wednesday

Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

A sharp filly looking to be the valedictorian of this season’s juvenile class made good grades last weekend when she broke the record for the 1,200 meters.

Humble Riches won the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes last Saturday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park coming from off-the-pace. She was sent off as the outstanding favorite based on her speedy win in the second leg.

Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches posted splits of 24.2-22-25.2 for a total time of 1:11.6. This breaks the record of 1:11.8 set just last August 9 by Cheese Mosa also at Santa Ana Park in a condition race. The previous record was Miss Elliot’s 1:12 set in 2010.

Humble Riches came in six lengths ahead of second placer Alpha Alleanza, followed by Pure Grace and Going West in third and fourth.

Again, as in the second leg, Humble Riches did better than the boys. Sky Serpent, winner of the counterpart Juvenile Colts Stakes last Sunday, notched splits of 24.2-23.6-26.4 under jockey Esteban de Vera for a total 1:14.2 also over 1,200 meters din.

Sky Serpent, owned by Dos Ranchos Jofero, was fifth out of the gate yet still won by half-a-length over Stolen Time, who came in second. Petronas was third, Bechot fourth.

Watch for the 4th legs of the series on September 17 and 18 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

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A group of horseowners expressed concern over the ban imposed by the Manila Jockey Club recently on fellow horseowner Demi Ching and Pipoy Silva, the jockey who rode his horse Ho Ho Ho at San Lazaro Leisure Park a couple of weeks ago. The horse was the top choice in the race and lost.

This is the first time I have ever heard of a horseowner being banned for this reason from any racing club’s premises.

This is the first time I have heard of a jockey being banned without having received a suspension or other penalty after the race, leading to questions on the part of various racing sectors on the propriety of the ban.

It is the right of any racing club to ban from their premises anyone for any reason – whether this be the cut of his clothes, his behavior, or the look of his face. The racetrack is their property after all.

However, the incident that concerns Ching and Silva occurred in the context of a race. While a racing club may have its own racing rules and regulations, there are also rules and regulations that govern the sport of horseracing.

Why was there no investigation or suspension into Silva’s case? Why was a ban imposed right away after the horse’s loss, like a knee-jerk reaction?

I’m just asking.

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Meanwhile, fans are looking forward to the 3rd incarnation of the Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival to be held on the late mayor’s birthdate of August 19 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The first two episodes were held at Santa Ana Park. The debut event in 2009 was held over an entire week and was a top-grosser in terms of betting handle.

The racefest, conceived by the late mayor’s sons Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” S. Bagatsing Jr., gives added prize money to horseowners and cash incentives to the winning grooms.

The event also revives, as two halves of the Bagatsing Cup, the Division I and Division II races of the Gran Copa de Manila, which were held at MJC’s now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Sta. Cruz during the Araw ng Maynila festivities. The event also will feature 7 trophy/special races.

The racefest blends both traditional and novelty as it, over the years, evolves into an annual tradition in its own right, thanks to the Bagatsing family’s dedication and perseverance.

According to Atty. Dondon, “This is our tribute to our father the late mayor, who was an enthusiastic member of the racing and breeding industry. We are able to continue holding this event thanks to our sponsors – Philracom, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, PAGCOR, Smart Communications, Resorts World, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, Herma Farms & Stud, Mr. Bing Tecson, San Juan Coliseum, All Tech, Mayor Sandy Javier, Mr. Ron Charles, Euromed, Pocari Sweat, and Hi-Grade Feeds.”

Watch the action on the live racing coverage on cable TV on Friday evening if you can’t make it to SLLP in Carmona, Cavite.  ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  16 August 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

Pinatunayan muli ng mga babaeng kabayo itong taon na mas matulin sila kaysa sa counterpart na mga lalaking kabayo sa 3rd Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes na idinaos nitong nakaraang weekend sa Santa Ana Park.

Si Humble Riches, na nanalo rin ng second leg ng seryeng ito, ang inihirang na outstanding favourite ng mga karerista dahil sa tulin ng kanyang panalo noong nakaraan.

Sa karera noong Agosto 13, Sabado, itinakbo siya ng off the pace ni jockey Val Dilema.  Nanalo siya ng anim na kabayo ang layo, sa cuartos na 24.2-22-25.2 para sa total time na 1:11.6 sa distansiyang 1,200 meters.

Sa oras na ito ay binasag ni Humble Riches ang dating record na 1:11.8 na naitala ni Cheese Mosa noong Agosto 9 lamang sa isang condition race.

Segundo si Alpha Alleanza, tersero si Pure Grace, at cuarto si Going West.

Samantala, sa katumbas na Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes, panlima sa alis si Sky Serpent, lulan si jockey Esteban de Vera. Ang kabayong ito, na pagmamay-ari ng Dos Ranchos Jofero, ay nag-pacing na lamang rin at nagparemate sa home stretch, at nanalo pa ng kalahating kabayo.

Ang cuartos as 24.2-23.6-26.4 sa kabuuang 1:14.2 sa 1,200 meters din. Segundo si Stolen Time, tersero si Petronas, at cuarto si Bechot.

Abangan ang 4th leg ng seryeng ito sa Setyembre 17 at 18 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park. ***

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THW: Gentle Irony, Best Import?

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 August 2011, Wednesday

Gentle Irony, Best Import?

Two Australian imports belonging to the same stable copped the first two places in the Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes held last Sunday (August 7) at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Coupled entries Gentle Irony and Juggling Act were sent off as the favorites in the tough 1,900-meter race dubbed the 4th leg of the Imported/Local Challenge series.

With star jockey Jesse Guce aboard, , Gentle Irony came from behind to reach the wire ahead of his Fernando Raquel Jr.-ridden stable mate Juggling Act. Both are owned by longtime horseowner Atty. Narciso Morales and trained by Nelson Lorica.

Multiply placed third , Batang Tundo fourth. Quarters for the race were 6’-23’-26’-24’26, for a total time of 1:58.8.

A group of horseowners discussing industry issues the other night opined that Gentle Irony and Juggling Act are perhaps the best imports on the track this season. They’d be pretty hard to beat in any race they’re in. And it’s all to the good for the owner to have both these hot properties on his team.

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These gentlemen also talked about the good performance put on by superfilly Tensile Strength in a condition race for mixed 3YO that same day. Steered by Jeffril Zarate, the Felizardo Sevilla Jr.-owned Tensile Strength soundly beat the favorite, bay colt Magna Carta. It’s no fluke, because the exact same thing happened in the third leg of the Triple Crown last July.

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On Saturday (August 13) at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park, Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, and Pure Grace will do battle against each other in the Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Humble Riches won the 2nd leg, and she’s the one to beat here. Alpha Alleanza came in second to her, and she could do well again.

On Sunday (August 14) will be the counterpart Colts stakes featuring Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, and Yes I’m The One.

I’m putting my shirt on Jet Stream to win this one the same way he did the 2nd leg – in blitzkrieg fashion.

Both races will be run over 1,200 meters, with set weight handicapping of 52 kgs for fillies and 54 kgs for colts.

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Speedy colt Who Else burned up the track last August 2 at the trial for the August 21 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.

Held at SLLP over 1,300 meters, the Eduardo Gonzalez-owned colt steered by jockey Esmael Nahilat won by 1-1/2 lengths and clocked 7’-24’-24’-28 for 1:25’ over 1,300 meters.

Pleasantly Perfect (1:26) took second; Dancing Dolphin third and Carmelo fourth, both posting 1:26’.

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In other racing news, local turfdom played host to visitors from abroad who came over to observe and share information.

Last July 24-25, Philracom took around four officials and a veterinarian from the Korean Racing Authority. They were the guests of honor at SLLP for the Philippines-Korea Friendship Race and the KRA Trophy Race.

Last August  1-2, C. Mano and Greg Manley of Hygain Feeds in Singapore paid a visit, along with Peter Lord and veterinarian Dr. Ross Teitzel.

Mano, Greg, and Peter – who’ve been here before – gave a seminar on equine health and nutrition under the sponsorship of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos. In attendance at the Manila Polo Club were racehorse owners and riders and enthusiasts from the equestrian circuit.  Dr. Ross was here to attend to some clients’ horses at the Batangas thoroughbred ranches.   ***

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KL: Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 August 2011, Tuesday

Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot     

Llamado ang nanaig sa Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes na ginanap noong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club.

Sakay si star jockey Jesse Guce, nagparemate si Gentle Irony upang manalo sa 1,900 meter na karera na tinaguriang 4th leg ng Imported/Local Challenge series.

Sumegundo ang kanyang coupled entry na si Juggling Act, lulan si jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. Ang dalawang kabayong ito na pagmamay-ari ni Atty. Narciso Morales ay inangkat mula sa Australia.

Tercero naman si Multiply, at cuarto puwesto si Batang Tundo.

Ang cuartos na naitala ay 6’-23’-26’-24’26, total time 1:58.8.

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            Exciting din ang sumunod na karera noong araw din na iyon – isang ordinary condition race para sa 3YO, mixed group. Llamado si Magna Carta, sakay si Jesse Guce, ngunit ang nanalo ay ang segundo-llamadong Tensile Strength na ginabayan ni Jeffril Zarate.

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            Sa susunod na Sabado sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club, deklarado nang lumaban sina Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, at Pure Grace sa Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Sa Linggo naman sa katumbas na Colts stakes sina Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, at Yes I’m The One.

Ang distansiya ng mga karerang ito ay 1,200 meters – set weight handicapping na 52 kgs sa fillies at 54 kgs sa colts.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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THW: Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  27 July 2011, Wednesday

Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

Humble Riches, despite her name, earned the right to strut when she beat the boys’ time last weekend at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The 2YO filly competed in the Philippine Racing Commission’s 2nd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes race last Saturday. She carried 53 kgs under jockey Val Dilema.

The 1,000-meter sprint also featured Buena Fortuna, partnered with jockey Fernando M. Raquel, carrying 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; It’s She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53 (I know, the name is ungrammatical, that’s not a typo); It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Humble Riches was sent off as the favorite from the start and hung off-the-pace, kicking into gear at the far turn. She posted a time of one minute flat. The record for the distance is held by Lord Boni, who clocked 58.6 seconds on 31 March 2007 at the same track.

Alpha Allianza came in second place, Going West third, and It’s She Perfect fourth. (I know, an odd name, but there’s nothing wrong with her legs nor her form, and those are what count on the track.)

In the four-horse 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes held Sunday – same distance, same track – favorite Jet Stream under Jeffril Zarate hit the wire first, followed by Bechot, Stolen Time, and Sky Serpent in that order. The time for the race was 1:01.6, also for 1,000 meters.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office announces the ten nominated entries to the August 21 Special Maiden Race (2YO Open) participating in the trial on August 2 at SLLP:

Colts: Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Choice, Danilo Estacio’s Carmelo, Jeci Lapus’s Dancing Dolphin, Fe Eliscupides’s Hamaheat, Ramoncito Arceo’s Kamikazi, Divina Dy’s Pleasantly Perfect, and Eduardo Gonzalez’s Who Else;

Fillies: Paolo Mendoza’s Louie Alexa, Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Power of Destiny, and Mario Gerard Cunanan’s Santorini.

Both the trial and actual race will be held over 1,300 meters.

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Also on the August racing calendar are the following: at SLLP, Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.

According to former Manila congressman and the late mayor’s son lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., their family is still going over the racing festival arrangements and mechanics with MJC racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo.

The racefest was conceived by Atty. Bagatsing and his brother, Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, as an homage to their father who was an avid horseowner and counted racing and thoroughbred breeding as relaxing activities that helped him cope with the stresses of his position as mayor during the challenging times of the ‘70s.

At the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park: Aug. 13, 3rd leg Philracom Juvenile Fillies Stakes; Aug. 14, 3rd leg Juvenile Colts Stakes (both 1,200 meters); Aug. 28, Philracom Lakambini Stakes. More on these exciting races next week! ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Impresibo!

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  26 July 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Impresibo!

Klaseng mas magaling ang mga babaeng kabayo kesa lalaki sa kasalukuyang crop ng juveniles na namamayagpag ngayon sa pista.

Noong nakaraang Sabado sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, nagpakita ng kakaibang gilas ang isang filly na nanalo ng off-the pace.

Ang magandang achievement niya ay ang kanyang pagtala ng oras na isang minuto sarado, bahagyang mas matulin sa naitalang oras ng mga lalaki noong sumunod na araw.

Nanalo ang llamadong Humble Riches sa 2nd leg ng Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Fillies stakes race sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Tinalo niya ang pitong kalaban sa ilalim ng paggabay ni jockey Val Dilema.

Sumegundo si Alpha Allianza, tercero si Going West, at cuarto si It’s She Perfect.

Noong Linggo naman, sa 2nd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Colts, llamado rin ang nanalong Jet Stream, lulan si Jonathan Hernandez. Segundo si Bechot, tercero si Stolen Time, at huli’t cuarto dumating si Sky Serpent. Ang oras na naitala para sa karerang ito ay 1:01.6 sa 1,000 meters din.

Samantala, nais ipaalam ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office na ang kanilang susunod na maiden race para sa 2YO ay gaganapin sa Agosto 21 sa SLLP. Ang trial ay sa Agosto 2 sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Sino kaya ang mananaig dito – babae o lalaki? Abangan!

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  23 July 2011, Saturday

2nd Leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Inaabangan itong weekend sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang ikalawang yugto ng serye ng Philippine Racing Commission para sa mga “juveniles” or dalawang-taong gulang na kabayo.

Ang 2nd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Fillies ay itatakbo ngayong araw sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Kalahok dito ang mga sumusunod: Buena Fortuna, lulan si jockey Fernando M. Raquel, sa timbang na 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; Humble Riches, Val Dilema, 53; Is She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53; It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Patok daw dito si  Humble Riches, base na rin sa magandang pinapakita nito, at puede ring kunin ung sakay ni Malapira.

Bukas naman ang sa Colts, na lahat ay magdadala ng 54 kgs, apat lamang sila: Bechot, Christopher Garganta; Sky Serpent, Esteban de Vera; Stolen Time, Jonathan Hernandez; at Jet Stream, Jeffril Zarate. Ang dalawang huling nabanggit ang napupusuan ko rito.

Abangan din sa SLLP ang mga sumusunod na karera: Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup. Ayon kay former Manila congressman, Atty Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., inaasikaso na ng kanilang pamilya at ni SLLP racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo ang mechanics ng pakarerang nagbibigay-pugay sa kanyang ama, ang yumaong mayor ng Maynila.

Tulad ng dating Gran Copa de Manila na karera, na si Mayor Bagatsing ang bumuhay sa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman noong araw, magkakaroon din ang Bagatsing Memorial Racing Day ng Division I at Division II na major stakes races. Mayroong pito pang special/trophy races. Tulad ng mga nakaraang RDB Cup festivals, may premyo ang mananalong sota, at iba pang mga pakulo. Abangan! ***

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