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THW: Humble Riches Can Be Proud

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  21 September 2011, Wednesday

Humble Riches Can Be Proud

Emerging superfilly Humble Riches has reason to be proud after acing the 4th leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series held last Saturday at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches won the 1,500-meter event by many lengths, clocking 1:34.2 with quarters of 17.8/24/24.8/27.6.

Mika Mika Mika put up a good fight but had to settle for second place, followed by Spring Collection and Alpha Alleanza for the final two prize-money places.

Humble Riches won the second and third leg of the series, breaking the record for 1,200 meters during the latter with a speedy 1.11.6 and winning by six lengths over Alpha Alleanza.

Jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr. has a story to tell about Humble Riches. He says according to trainer Ruben Tupas, when they began training that filly early this year, she reared when being led into the trailer that was to take her from the ranch down to the racecourse.

She hit her head on the trailer ceiling and was knocked unconscious, a condition that often leads to death.

The trainer and grooms revived Humble Riches by splashing water on her. She came round, staggered to her feet, was trucked to the track, and from then on showed that freakish speed.

Her time has been consistently better than the boys’. In the counterpart Colts stakes held last Sunday, Golden Empire fought hard for the victory, winning by three lengths wire-to-wire but only posting splits of 18.4/24.4/25/27.8 for a total 1:35.6 for the same distance. That’s over a second-and-a-half slower than Humble Riches’ time – in horseracing, that’s an eon.

Patron was second, Stolen Time third, Yes Yes Yes fourth.

The mile Philracom Juvenile Championship is set for December 11 also at SLLP. Will the 2YO crown go to Humble Riches? This is one event no racegoer should miss.

This early, I’m betting my shirt (and entire wardrobe, including shoes and handbags) on this superfilly.

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Speaking of December 11, it’s also the date of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Presidential Gold Cup, the most important race on the calendar.

Meanwhile, the PCSO Draw and Races Department recently announced the declared runners for its October 16 Special Maiden Race at SLLP (in order of post position drawn):

Herminio Esguerra’s Purple Ribbon, to be ridden by jockey Fernando Raquel Jr.; Ruben Dimacuha’s Make My Day  (jockey Mark Alvarez); Raymund Puyat’s Flo Jo (Christopher Garganta); Honorato Neri’s Fort Alamo (Antonio Alcasid Jr.); Doroteo Pangilinan’s Madam Theresa (Virgilio Camañero Jr.); and Dominic Francisco’s Shegar (Jordan Cordova).

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In world racing, horses are gearing up for the November 5 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA. Handlers of Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo want to see the two compete in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Uncle Mo was the 2010 2YO champion. He’ll be running in the $200,000 Kelso Stakes mile (G2).

Stay Thirsty won the Jim Dandy and Travers stakes races, and will be entered in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on October 1.   ***

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KL: Kampeon ng Lakambini

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  3 September 2011, Saturday

Kampeon ng Lakambini           

Pinatunayan noong nakaraang Linggo ni Constatic na siya ang pinakamagaling sa mga older horses na babae nang kanyang inagaw ang korona ng Lakambini Stakes sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang karera na suportado ng Philippine Racing Commission ay may distansiyang 1,800 meters. Banderang tapos si Constatic sa ilalim ng masugid na pagrerenda ni Christopher Garganta.

Sumegundo si Prime Rate, tersero si Cheese Mosa, at cuarto si Coal Harbor. Ang tiyempo ay 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 = 1:51.6.

Ang lahi ni Constatic ay Ecstatic (USA) sa inaheng Consa (PHI). Ang talentadong mananakbong ito ay pagmamay-ari ni Ronaldo Tan.

Sa ibang balita, na-lift na ng Philracom ang suspension na ipinatong ng Manila Jockey Club kay jockey Antonio Alcasid Jr.

Siya ay na-suspend ng MJC Board of Stewards ng anim na buwan dahil sa “lack of interest” na ang average na penalty at tatlong buwan lamang.

Noong unang meeting ng bagong Philracom Board, ni-lift na ang suspension dahil nakaraan na ang tatlong buwan at ito’y ginawang ‘time served’ na lamang.

Ang kaso , banned pa rin si Alcasid sa San Lazaro Leisure Park at hindi pa makakapag-ensayo o sakay doon. Dapat naman ma-lift na ang ban dahil lifted na ang suspension ng hineteng ito.

At sa iba pang balita, maraming salamat sa mga bumati sa aking pagkapanalo ng Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature noong Set. 1. Ang gawad ay first prize para sa aking sanaysay sa wikang Ingles, “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park.” Ito’y ilalathala ng University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters sa kanilang literary journal, ang “Likhaan”, sa darating na Disyembre. Abangan nalang din itong lumitaw online sa website ng Palanca Foundation.

Happy birthday ngayon kay multi-awarded trainer Dr. Antonio C. Alcasid. May you have lots more to come, Dad. At ganoon din kay horseowner Mr. Aristeo G. Puyat. Happiest of birthdays, Tito Putch!

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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KL: Bagatsing Cup, Binasag ang Sales Record!

by Jenny on August 27, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  23 August 2011, Tuesday

 Bagatsing Cup, Binasag ang Sales Record!

Napakasaya noong nakaraang linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey club, kung saan ginanap ang 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival noong Biernes at ang Philippines-Japan Friendship Racing Festival noong Linggo.

Maraming dehado ang nagsi-sulputan noong Bagatsing racefect, na kinabilangan ng 9 na karera, gawa na rin ng tulong sa handicapping ni Philippine Racing Commission sports and games officer Rolando “Bitoy” Lansangan kay MJC handicapper Nitoy Gonda at ang kanyang team.

Tatlo ang major races ng 3rd RDB racefest. Sa 3rd Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Memorial Cup III, nanalo si Cramps ni Kenneth Causon, sa ilalim ng paggabay ni Val Dilema at pagkundisyon ni Francis Clor. Segundo si Rain Shower at tersero si Dona Nenita (coupled entries ni Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.), at cuarto si Tritanic ng RMR Equine. Ang tiyempo ay 17’-24-25-27’ = 1:34 sa 1,500 meters.

Sa RDB Cup II, nanaig si Gastambide ni Marvin Louie Villasenor, nirendahan ni Rodeo Fernandez at kinundisyon ni Dave de la Cruz. Sumunod sina Carriedo ni Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus, Money Queen ni ER King Jr., at Darleb ni Joseph Dyhengco. 1,900 meters ang distansiya, at ang tiyempo ay 19-24-26-25’-27 = 2:01’.

Sa main race, ang RDB Cup I, ang matinik na si Tensile Strength ni Felizardo Sevilla Jr. ang nanaig, lulan si jockey Jeffril Zarate. Ang trainer ay si Manuel Vicente. Tinalo nito si Magna Carta ni Michael Dragon Javier na sumegundo, sinundan nina Arvindugo ni Atty. Sixto Esquivias IV, Lord of War ng SC Stockfarm, at panghuli si Hari ng Yambo ni Emmanuel Santos, sa cuartos na 19-23-25’-25’-27 = 2:00.

Tumala ng sales na P29.5 million ang Bagatsing Cup, na binasag ang dating sales para sa Biernes sa MJC na mahigit ng kaunti sa P28 million , ayon kay MJC racing manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo.

Kasama sa mga dumalong bisita noong gabing iyon ay sina Cong. Lucy Torres at ang kanyang asawa, ang aktor na si Richard Gomez.

Congrats sa Bagatsing family at MJC para sa matagumpay na Bagatsing Cup!

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Ang anunsiyong ito ay mula kay cockfighting show TV host Havy Bagatsing: Sumali na sa San Juan Coliseum 6th anniversary 7-Stag Derby, P2 million guaranteed. Eliminations 4-Stag sa Set. 7 at 10; Finals 3-Stag sa Set. 14. Pot Money: P15,000. Minimum bet: P11,000. Day Champion: P100,000. Accepted weights: 1.700 to 2.150 kgs., submission of weights one day before. Accepted bands: Rambulan 1 banded, NFGB, at UGBA-affiliated. Pumunta sawww.sabong.net.ph para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

Karera (at ibang sports) lang, walang personalan! *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Facebook: Gogirl Racing / Twitter: @gogirlracing

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THW: Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 17, 2011

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: Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 August 2011, Saturday

Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

Pumutok ang balita sa karera kamakailan na pinatawan ng Manila Jockey Club ng “ban” sina horseowner Demi Ching at ang kanyang hineteng si Pipoy Silva pagkaraaan ng pagkatalo ng kabayo ni Mr. Ching na sakay ni Pipoy sa isang karera kung saan ito ang llamado.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na nakarinig ako na may na-“ban” na isang horseowner.

Ito rin ang unang beses na na-“ban” ang isang hinete na walang suspensiyon.

Karapatan ng racing club na i-“ban” mula sa kanilang lugar ang kahit sinong tao para sa kahit na anong dahilan. Kung ayaw nilang papasukin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang isang tao dahil sa tingin nilang di angkop ang kanyang kilos, kasuotan, o kahit mukha, nasa kanila iyon.

Ngunit ang insidenteng kinasangkutan nina Mr. Ching at Mr. Silva ay naganap sa konteksto ng karera. May sariling rules and regulations nga ang mga racing club, ngunit may rules and regulations din ang laro ng karera ng kabayo.

Bakit walang imbestigasyon o suspension sa kaso ni Pipoy, tanong ng ilang kapwa hinete niya? Nag-aalala  rin ang isang grupo ng horseowners sa nangyari sa kaso ni Mr. Ching.

Abangan natin kung may susunod na kabanata ang panibagong kuwentong karerang ito.

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            Samantala, excited na ang pamilya Bagatsing sa kanilang inaasikasong 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival na gaganapin sa SLLP sa Agosto 19, ang birthday ng yumaong mayor at horseowner/breeder. Ang buong araw na iyon ay hitik ng trophy at stakes races, at ang balita ang nakakuha sila ng maraming sponsors.

Good news ito para sa mga sota ng mga mananalong kabayo, na tuwing RDB festival ay binibigyan ng cash award bilang pagbigay-pugay sa kanilang kontribusyon sa karera.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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THW: Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 August 2011, Wednesday

Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

There are horseracing events that are staged as a matter of course, are there are those that grab the fancy and become an annual tradition, kept up in the face of economic challenges purely for the love of the sport. One such is the Bagatsing Cup, to be run in its third edition on August 19 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The event was first staged in 2009 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, organized by the Bagatsing family of Manila city politics in honor of the clan patriarch, the late Manila mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing.

The racing festival was conceived as an hommage to their father by present fifth district Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon D. Bagatsing Jr. Both, like their father, are also horseowners and have been since their 20s, encouraged by their father who enjoyed spending weekends watching the races at the old San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman or puttering around his thoroughbred farm, watching mares and foals at play.

Atty. Bagatsing says of those times that his father would, after work at City Hall, “…put on his cowboy hat. That was a signal that he was off to the farm in Batangas for some peace and quiet with the horses.”

In part, the event was also conceived as a modest revival of the Gran Copa de Manila races of the MJC. Initiated in 1896, it had its glory days in the 1970s to ‘90s, held in conjunction with the Araw ng Maynila celebrations with big-name sponsors such as San Miguel Beer backing the prize money and freebies for racing patrons. In addition to trophy races, two major races were held as the culminating events – the Division I and the Division II.

When MJC moved to Carmona, Cavite, in 2003, the event was held only once more there before being halted because, management said, the racing club was no longer in Manila.  Fans mourned the passing of a tradition.

But with the institution of the Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival in 2009, the Division I and II races were revived, without, however, the huge prize money. Still, the sentiment was there and it was warmly welcomed by fans, making the first event one of the most successful on the calendar that year.

This year, on August 19, the late mayor’s birthday, in addition to the Division I (for 3YO) and Division II (for imported and local horses) races, there will be seven other trophy races on the day.

Also instituted as a tradition was the giving of cash prizes to the grooms of the winning horses, a gesture that is not commonly done as grooms already receive a percentage of the gross prize money. The extra cash of P3,000 along with a sack of rice were welcome incentives, prompting some grooms to dub this the “Grooms’ Racing Festival”, which pleases the Bagatsing brothers.

“We started the event to honor not only our father, but also the people who work behind the scenes of the sport yet play a huge part in it,” said Atty. Bagatsing.

Added Congressman Bagatsing, “Grooms are overlooked and unrecognized. My late father always had a special place in his heart for the marginalized. In this way, we honor his memory by giving recognition and prizes that are long overdue.”

The Bagatsing family thanks the Philippine Racing Commission, the major sponsor of the event, for the support given since the racefest’s inception. We’ll bring you more details as they firm up.   ***

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THW: A Sense of Racing History

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  29 June 2011, Wednesday

A Sense of Racing History       

Filipinos in general don’t have a sense of history.

True or false?

In my experience, I’ve found this to be true, more often than not. Sadly for those who do appreciate the past, the horseracing milieu does not keep memorabilia, ephemera, pictures, clippings, and other tokens of the past. There isn’t even an archive of early races. I envy US racing, which has footage of races from as far back as the 1930s, and even older than that, perhaps. We can watch Seabiscuit and Man O’War run over and over. We can still view Secretariat race each succeeding quarter of the 1973 Kentucky Derby faster than the one before it, and be wrapped up in the display of power, speed, and sheer joy in running.

Yet we do not even have footage of our own champion horses like Triple Crown sweepsters Fair and Square, Time Master, Sun Dancer – and I’m just talking the’80s.

Thankfully, the present management of the racing clubs – Philippine Racing Club and Manila Jockey Club – have kept copies since the change of management and ownership in the ‘90s and the advent of the digital age. CDs and DVDs take up less space and are easier to manage than other forms of video storage.

However, the loss of our precious racing heritage is still deplorable. Apart from the lack of archives, there aren’t any books on racing. The gap needs to be filled. But because the racing community is so small, there aren’t a lot of people who can write about the topic with authority and creativity, who can make such a vibrant and dynamic subculture such as this one come alive for readers.

But one can always hope that this situation will change in the future.

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 What’s got me in a nostalgic mood? Last June 24, that’s what. Araw ng Maynila. The traditional date for the running of what used to be one of the most significant races on the calendar – the Gran Copa de Manila, once staged at MJC’s San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman.

The Hippodrome was a lovely Art Deco grandstand, designed by National Artist architect Juan Nakpil, that had become unkempt and shabby through the decades and was torn down to make way for an SM Mall and other modern high-rise buildings. The development has beat back inner-city decay somewhat and contributed positively to the area economy, but yet again it shows how little Filipinos value history, and the beauty of historical artifacts and structures.

When MJC moved to a much larger site in Carmona, Cavite, in 2003, the Gran Copa was held only until in 2006. (Supercolt Real Spicy won that year.) Too bad. That’s another bit of history that’s lost in the past.   ***

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KL: Kasaysayan ng Gran Copa de Manila

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  28 June 2011, Tuesday

Kasaysayan ng Gran Copa de Manila

Nabanggit ko sa kolum na ito noong nakaraang Sabado ang Gran Copa de Manila, taunang karera na idinadaos sa dating San Lazaro Hippodrome nasa Tayuman tuwing Araw ng Manila (Hunyo 24).

May mga mambabasang humingi ng karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa tanyag na karerang iyon. Itong mga sumusunod na talata ay hango sa isang kolum na isinulat ko noong 2008 para sa yumaong diyaryong Tumbok:

“Upang ipagdiwang ang  pagtigil ng rebolusyon laban sa Kastila, pagkaraan ng pirmahan ng kasunduan sa Biak na Bato noong 1897, nag-piyesta ang lungsod ng Maynila ng isang buong buwan – Enero 1898 – tampok ang karera ng bangka, paputok, dula, at iba pang libangan.

“Ang Manila Jockey Club naman ay nakaisip na magpakarera at binansagan nila itong Gran Copa de Manila, na itinakda nila ng Mayo 1 ng taong iyon. Nagpagawa sila sa Hong Kong ng napagandang kopa o tropeo na gawa sa pilak, 22 inches ang laki, na may dekorasyon na ulo ng kabayo at iba pang palamuti.

“Ngunit sa araw mismo ng karera pumutok ang Spanish-American War. Nagsara ang MJC at pinadala nila ang tropeo sa vault ng Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank.

Isinauli ng bangko ang tropeo sa MJC noong 1937. Noong panahon naman ng Ikalawang Digmaan, 1941, itinago ng isang opisyal ng MJC, si Dr. Salustiano Herrera, ang kopa at ibinalik ito sa MJC noong peacetime na.

“Hindi naigawad ang orihinal na Gran Copa, at nawala ito ng tuluyan sa isang sunog noong 1971 sa dating San Lazaro Hippodrome ng MJC sa Tayuman, Manila. (Ang naka-display ngayon sa SLLP ay replika nalang.)

“Noong panahon ni Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing, mga early 1970s, ibinalik niya ang tradisyon ng Gran Copa de Manila at mula noon ay itinanghal ito taun-taon sa Hippodrome sa loob ng higit tatlong dekada.

“Ito ay sinuportahan ng San Miguel Corporation at tinawag ang karera na “San Miguel Beer- Gran Copa de Manila”. Ayon sa Australyanong racecaller na si Peter Morrison, na narito noong mga panahong iyon, ang Gran Copa raw ay ang pinakasikat na event ng MJC na nagbabasag ng mga sales at attendance records.

“Noong mid-1990s, ibinenta ng pamilya Prieto ang MJC sa pamilya Reyno at iba pang mga stockholders. Nilipat ang MJC sa bagong pista sa Carmona – ang San Lazaro Leisure Park – noon 1 April 2003.

“Itinuloy pa rin doon ang Gran Copa,  at ang huling pagtatanghal nito ay noong 26 June 2006. Ang winner ay si Real Spicy, segundo si Ever Mine Now, at tercero si La Tienne. Dahil wala na ring corporate sponsor noon, medyo mababa nga ang premyo, at natuluyan nang nawala ito nang sumunod na dalawang taon.

“Sana maibalik ang tradisyon na ito. Sayang, dahil napakalawig ng kasaysayan ng karerang ito para maputol lang.”

Karera lang – walang personalan! *** 

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KL: PCSO Special Maiden Race

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  25 June 2011, Saturday

PCSO Special Maiden Race

Hindi na matutuloy ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Race na nakatakda ng Hulyo 17 sa Santa Ana Park.

Kaunti lamang ang mga kabayo ang unang nagpalista para sa karera, kaya nagpa-substitute group ang mga handicappers ng Philippine Racing Club at ang PCSO upang maka-engganyo ng iba pang sasali.

Ngunit noong kamakailan, nag-anunsiyo ang PCSO Draw and Races department na dahil sa kakaunti lamang ang nagpa-deklara, kakanselahin na ang karera at ililipat nalang ito ng araw, sa Disyembre 4 sa Santa Ana Park pa rin.

Sayang naman na hindi nabuo ang karerang ito. Isipin nalang natin na ang paglipat ng schedule ng karera ay makakapag-bigay ng pagkakataon sa ibang kabayo na maaring maihanda ng kanilang trainer sa mga darating na buwan.

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Patuloy pa rin ang pagbuhos ng matinding ulan sa Maynila kahapon, Hunyo 24, ang ika-440 Araw ng Maynila. Naalala ko tuloy ang napakasayang mga karerang idinadaos sa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman dati kapag Araw ng Maynila, at ang pinaka-tampok dito ay ang Gran Copa de Manila.

Ito ay unang itinakda ng Manila Jockey Club noong 1896. Umorder pa galing Hong Kong ng napakagarang tropeo, malaki, mabigat, at gawa sa pilak, ngunit sa kasamaang-palad hindi natuloy ang karera dahil sumiklab na ang Spanish-American War noong panahong iyon.

Itinabi ng MJC ang tropeo, ngunit nawasak din ito noong 1970s sa isang sunog. Noong mayor ng Maynila ang yumaong Ramon Bagatsing Sr., minabuti niyang buhayin ang karerang ito at ang Gran Copa ang naging highlight race kada taon sa San Lazaro.

Sayang nalang na hindi pinagpatuloy ng MJC ang tradisyong ito noong inilipat nila ang karerahan sa Carmona.

Para sa mga kareristang old-timer, ang Gran Copa ay isang magandang alaala nalang ng nakaraang ‘glory days’ ng karera.   ***

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THW: Philtobo Races

by Jenny on January 3, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 29 December 2010, Wednesday

Philtobo Races

The Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization staged an interesting event last Sunday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park – the 11th running of the Philtobo Grand Championships.

The Santa Ana Park-Philtobo 3YO Colts championship was taken by second pick Thoti’s Best. The Wilbert Tan-owned colt steered by Daniel Camañero nudged out favorite Gastambide to claim the P240,000 first prize. Its counterpart PGA Cars-Philtobo 3YO Fillies race was won by Narciso Morales’ Tiger Moon.

Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo shone in the Papiroman Farms-Philtobo 2YO Colts race, while Aida and Joe Arceo’s Restless Heart proved her dominance in the Herma Farms & Stud-Philtobo 2YO Fillies stakes.

The top honor in the Philippine Racing Commission-Philtobo Juvenile championship was claimed by Herminio Esguerra’s Pritil, guided by ace rider Jonathan Hernandez and trained by Bogie Fernandez. The trio repeated their winning ways in the 2,000-meter Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office-Philtobo Classic championship with the pride of their stable, Go Army.

Fans looking forward to coming races must watch a special year-ender on December 31 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, when retiring local-bred horses will have their last hurrah during the Philracom Farewell Stakes race. The 2,000-meter battle will have total prizes of P500,000 allocated from first to fourth places.

Horses are allowed to race until they are 12YO. Since all local-born horses are considered to be Northern Hemisphere-bred, meaning they all turn a year older on January 1, all horses that will turn 13 on the first day of the 2011 will be allowed to participate in this final event of the year.

Also at SLLP on January 9 will be the first Philracom stakes race of the new year – the Garnet I, first leg of the Imported/Local Challenge series. To be run over a mile, the nominated entries are Fierce Fighter, For Bond Only, Mr. Diamond, Multiply, The Next Big Thing, and coupled entries Indy Hay and Juggling Act.

Overall, 2010 has been kind to racing, with sales being on the upside compared to last year. I can’t give exact figures yet since they won’t be available till after the year-end – but thanks are due to the racing fans who have staunchly supported the sport come what may.

For its part, the governing body of the sport, Philracom, looks forward to more vibrant and dynamic racing in 2011, and wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – a sentiment that I echo with all my heart.   ***

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