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THW: 10th Don Juan Derby

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  14 September 2011, Wednesday

10th Don Juan Derby

With the ‘ber’ months now upon us, the three horseowners’ organizations are gearing up for their trademark racing festivals in the last three months of the year.

As has become tradition over the past decade or so, the Klub Don Juan de Manila is first to kick off the holiday racing season with its 10th Klub Don Juan de Manila Derby on October 2 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

KDJM president Ferdinand Dimaisip and his fellow officers recently released the official lineup for the KDJM slate of stakes races.

The highlight KDJM Derby, a 2,000  meter race, is for 3YO, open to locals and imports  but only horses nominated to the KDJM may join. Total prize money is P1,500,000.00 guaranteed, allocated as follows: first place P900,000, second 300,000, third 150,000, and fourth 60,000. Fifth to 13th placers receive P10,000  each.

The entries are: High Voltage, Markers Mark, Magna Carta, Naugh Naugh, Kitte’s Champ, Lord of War, Hari ng Yambo, Born Tycoon, Doña Nenita, Senyora Nenita, Boss Gee, Thirdy Thirdy, and Cheese Mosa.

The 1,900-meter Don Antonio Floirendo Sr. Golden Girl Stakes is for 4YO and older fillies and mares, locals and imports. The prize is PP500,000, split as follows: first place P300,000, second P112,500, third P62,500, and fourth P25,000.

The entries are Denise Song, Dancing Gisele, Wings Beneath, Rain Shower, Lucky Find, Heaven Sent, Santeria, Botbo, and My Hope.

The 1,400-meter KDJM Juvenile Colts Stakes and KDJM Juvenile Fillies Stakes are for 2YO locals and imports, nominated horses. The prize money structure for each of these two races is the same as that for the Golden Girls Stakes.

Competing in the Juvenile Colts are Purple Ribbon, Remind Me, Steel Creation, Patron, Kidlat, Pleasantly Perfect, Yonamizmo, Hamaheat, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Who Else, and Golden Empire.

In the counterpart Fillies race are Sea Princess, Lavish Love, Time To Shine Dad, Humble Riches, Spring Collection, Alpha Alleanza, and Fair Wind.

From November 15-20 is the 16th Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners Championships at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. In connection with this, MARHO is now accepting nominations for yearlings (2010 foals) until September 30.

December will see the running of the Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization Juvenile Championship Races also at Santa Ana Park. Total prize money for the entire event has reached P4 million, with P3 million for the Juvenile Open Championship and

P1 million for the Juvenile Fillies Championship. Philtobo is also accepting nominations for yearlings up to November 30.

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Racing consultant for the Philippine Racing Commission, veterinarian Romy Buencamino, got in touch recently to correct my mention in my column last week that Philracom chairman Angel Castaño Jr. used to be chairman of the board of stewards of the Manila Jockey Club.

Chairman Castaño was not a chairman of stewards at MJC, but he was a racing steward of the Philracom, when stewards used to be under that body. Our apologies for the mistake.

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A longshot – third-to-the-last choice in a ten-horse field – won the 1st Inquirer Bandera Cup held last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.

Benissimo, owned by John Joseph Lagasca and guided by Kelvin Abobo, sped to the front when the gates opened and held the lead till the home turn, when top choice Ice Storm made its move followed by Windbeneathmywings.

Racing fans were surprised when the Jose Florentino Jr.-trained Benissimo tapped into hidden reserves and regained the lead down the stretch close to the wire to win by ¾ length over Windbeneathmywings, while another longshot, Yes Joey, placed third. The time for the 1,300-meter race was 7-22’-23’-26’= 1:19.6.

Sponsored by the Philracom, the charity race benefits the Inquirer Newsboy Foundation and the Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign that distributes school supplies at selected public schools to encourage literacy.   ***

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KL: MARHO Championship Festival

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 April 2011, Saturday

MARHO Championship Festival

Isa sa pinaka-aabangan ng Bayang Karerista tuwing taon ay ang MARHO Breeders’ Cup racing festival. Pakarera ng Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners, sakop dito ang limang stakes races – Classic, 3YO Colt, 3YO Filly, Juvenile Colt, Juvenile Filly, at Sprint. Milyones ang pinapamahagi na premyo bawat karera, kaya rin ito ay inaabangan ng mga race participants – horseowners, trainers, at jockeys.

Inanunsiyo kamakailan ni MARHO president Eric Tagle na ang petsa ng MARHO Cup championships ay sa Nob. 15-20, at tulad ng dati ito ay gaganapin sa MARHO home track, ang Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club sa Naic, Cavite. Ayon sa liham sa MARHO mula kay PRC executive vice-president at COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr., nai-block off na nila ang petsang ito sa kanilang racing calendar. Ang parehong organisasyon ay partners taon-taon sa pagdaos ng event na ito.

Ito ang 16th edition ng tanyag na karera ng naturang horseowners’ organization, na itinatag noong 1974. Kaya ito ang kauna-unahang grupo ng mga may-ari ng kabayong pangarera.

Bagamat tradisyon na ang pagdaos ng MARHO championships kada huling racing week ng PRC sa buwan ng Nobyembre, minabuti na ng MARHO at PRC na maagang ipaalam sa lahat ang eksaktong petsa upang makapaghanda na ang mga racing participants, at siyempre racing fans na rin na maaring nais manood nito ng live sa Naic.

Ayon naman kay MARHO past president Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, maaring magkaroon ng iba pang events sa MARHO raceweek na may kinalaman sa mga charity fund-raising events upang makatulong sa mga nangangailangan.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Hataw, Bandera!

Thanks to Bandera management, especially sports editor Frederick Nasiad, for reviving my Taglish “Karera Lang!” column that was first carried from 2007 to 2009 in the now-defunct tabloid Tumbok, a sister publicationof Bandera under the Inquirer Group.

“Karera Lang!” will appear in Bandera every  Tuesday and Saturday.

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 29 March 2011, Tuesday

Hataw, Bandera!

Maraming salamat kay Bandera sports editor Mr. Fred Nasiad at sa management ng Inquirer Group of Publications sa kanilang pagbigay-daan sa pagbabalik ng “Karera Lang!” tuwing Martes at Sabado.

Ipinanganak ang kolum na ito noong 14 May 2007, at ang pamagat ng maiden column ay “Tabako, Bagong Stakes Winner”. Lumabas ito sa Tumbok tatlong beses kada linggo. Nagtagal ito hanggang 28 February 2009, kulang-kulang dalawang taon din.

Pagkatapos noon ay nagkaroon ako ng mga English-language racing column at opinion column sa isang broadsheet, kaya di naman natigil ang aking pagsusulat. Ngunit maraming karerista ang nakapagsabing nami-miss nila ang aking Tagalog kolum.

Sari-saring balita ang laman ng “Karera Lang!” – mga schedule ng stakes races, analysis nito, mga tips (dehadista ako), resulta ng mga stakes races, mga kaganapan sa industriya ng thoroughbred racing at breeding, at iba pang impormasyon na sana makatulong sa inyo o makadulot ng kaunting kasiyahan man lang.

Mababasa ninyo ang archives ng “Karera Lang!” column at ang aking ibang mga sanaysay tungkol sa karera sa aking website, http://jennyo.net.

Sana rin ay mabuhay natin ang pakarerang sponsored ng Philippine Racing Commission na dating tinaguriang “Tumbok Cup”. Nagkaroon ito ng apat na karera at ang mga proceeds ay ipinamahagi sa charity organizations. Ang naging beneficiary ng 4th Tumbok Cup ay ang Bahay Maria para sa mga street children. Magkaroon kaya tayo ng “Bandera Cup” charity race sa hinaharap?

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Nilampaso ng tersero llamadong Smart Guru noong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang tatlo pang kalaban sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race. Lulan ni jockey Antonio B. Alcasid Jr., umoras ang kabayo ni Honorato Neri ng 1:23 para sa 1,300 meters at nanalo ng isa’t-kalahating kabayo.

Segundo ang llamadong Tiger Run na pagmamay-ari ni Mayor Benhur Abalos at tersero ang dehado sa lahat na Just For Keeps ni Joel Songsong. Huling dumating ang segundo-llamadong Ooh La La’s Gold ni Eduardo Dimacuha, na siyang nanalo sa trial race.

Ang susunod na pakarera ng PCSO ay April 17 sa Santa Ana Park. Isa rin itong Special Maiden Race na may distansiyang 1,200 meters. Ang trial ang gaganapin ngayong hapon, at mga kasali rito ay mga 3-year-olds (3YO) local-breds – sina Aduana, Beau Erin, Gold Field, at Sunshine (fillies) at Sparkler at Wanna Change (colts).

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: MARHO Kinse This Week

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 24 November 2010, Wednesday

MARHO Kinse This Week

With the arrival of cooler weather and humongous traffic snarls this November comes the biggest horseracing festival of the year – the action-packed San Miguel Beer-MARHO Cup Championships this week at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park.

Established by Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners chairman Leonardo Javier Jr. and president emeritus Aristeo Puyat in 1996, the event is now on its 15th running, hence the event tagline “MARHO Kinse”.

Its six championship races are open only to elite-class Philippine-bred horses, MARHO’s way of supporting the local Thoroughbred breeding industry, and is a testament to the excellence of the mostly Batangas-born runners that compete on the country’s two racetracks.

However, in recognition of the massive contribution of imports to the improvement of the local bloodline, over forty trophy races have also been prepared by the MARHO, some of these races being open to imports and island-born horses (foals born from pregnant imported mares).

One of the staunchest and most generous supporters of the MARHO Cup is San Miguel Corporation. Its chairman and CEO, former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., is the founding chairman of MARHO and has backed the event since its inception. The event itself and the main race, the Classic, are consistently branded “San Miguel Beer”.

The brand was also applied to this year’s 3YO Colt Mile.

The other championship races this Kinse year are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Filly Mile; the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Colts and Juvenile Fillies stakes; and the Santa Ana Park Sprint.

Philracom has always supported the MARHO, as has PRC, owner and operator of Santa Ana Park, MARHO’s home track, which provides logistical and financial assistance. PCSO’s support as one of the main sponsors once again is much welcomed.

The 15th anniversary is termed “crystal”, and it is clear from the lineup of runners that this festival is going to be extra special.

Classic (2,000 meters): Rita Pilapil’s Heaven Sent, with jockey RG Fernandez, carrying 55kgs, coupled with Joshua’s Laughter, JPA Guce, 57; Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army, JB Hernandez, 57; Benhur Abalos’ Schadow Strafze, KB Abobo, 57; Tony Tan’s Native Land, JA Guce, 57, coupled with Shining Fame, JB Guce, 57; and Juan Molina Jr.’s Defiant, JT Zarate, 55.

Colt Mile (all imposts 56kgs): Wilbert Tan’s Thoti’s Best, Dan L. Camañero; Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi, FM Raquel; Aristeo Puyat’s Flair Bottoms, AB Alcasid Jr.; Herminio Esguerra’s Gastambide, JPA Guce; and Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb, JT Zarate.

Filly Mile (all 54 kgs): Leonora Pasion’s My Sweet Leonora, JG Tinte; Rona Yanagizawa’s Woodsy Ribbon, RG Fernandez; Benhur Abalos’ Redemption, JB Guce; Francisco Maristela’s May Bukas Pa, JT Zarate; Aristeo Puyat’s Apo Bell, AB Alcasid Jr.; and C & H Enterprises’Westerly Wind, KB Abobo.

Juvenile Colts (mile, all 54kgs): Emmanuel King’s Hi-Money, Pat Dilema; Jeci Lapus’ Beyond Good, JG Tinte; Benhur Abalos’ Barkley, JB Guce; Rita Bustamante’s Lexibonn, JPA Guce; Sta. Clara Stockfarm’s Lord of War, JB Hernandez; and Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo, FM Raquel Jr.

Juvenile Fillies (mile, all 54kgs): Manny Santos’ Seeds of Wisdom, AF Sullano; Sixto Esquivias’ Antoine Dugo, 54; Wilbert Tan’s Gandang Pinay, JB Guce; Bienvenido Niles Jr.’s Homerun Queen, JT Zarate; Benhur Abalos’ Elusive Wind, AM Tancioco; Enrique Javier’s Immaculate, PR Dilema; Herminio Esguerra’s Dimasalang, JB Hernandez; and Honorato Neri’s Kitty West, AB Alcasid Jr.

Sprint (1,000 meters): Bienvenido Niles Jr.’s Bumble Bee, JT Zarate, 57; Rita Pilapil’s Lively Dude, JAA Guce, 57; Cesar Castro’s EJ’s Magic, FM Raquel Jr., 57; Napoleon Chua’s Music King, PR Dilema, 57; Herminio Esguerra’s Eternal Flame, JB Guce, 55.

Meanwhile, last Sunday at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, Philracom’s biggest race of the year, the Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. Cup, was won by the far second choice, Herminio Esguerra’s Multiply. The imported 4YO colt guided by Jeffril Zarate scored a decisive upset over the outstanding favorite, Benhur Abalos’ island-born Ibarra, winning by eight lengths. The time was a quick 2:06 over 2,000 meters, with splits of 24’-23-26-25-27’.

Railbirds opined that Ibarra had been let loose too soon and consequently took the second quarter at a fast 23”, which could have been cause for Ibarra to lose steam in later stages of the race. Multiply, which ran off the pace, took the lead at the far turn and hit the wire with plenty to spare. ***

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THW: PCSO, MARHO Cup Races Coming Soon

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 17 November 2010, Wednesday

PCSO, MARHO Cup Races Coming Soon

The races last weekend at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park were an interesting bunch. They weren’t predominantly llamado (won by favorites) which would have been boring; instead, they were of moderate difficulty, with victories by third, fourth, and fifth favorites providing spicy challenge and sending the magagaling sa karera home with robust dividends.

It was a treat to watch Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s talented 2YO Barkley beat a field of up-and-coming colts and fillies last Sunday. The Jesse Guce-guided and Ruben Tupas-trained Barkley (Baseball Champion-Treeline) beat Cito Esquvias’s Prince Isiah to the wire by a length with a total time of 1:19 and quarters of 7-23-23’-25’ in the 1300-meter race. Ofelia Ibaviosa’s Whistler came in third and Ramon Taay’s Evox fourth.

On the same card, another promising 2YO gave a portent of things to come by demolishing nine other juveniles over 1300 meters. Narra (Shooting Star-Materiales Fuertes), a sturdy colt owned by Gaudencio Pamaos, trained by former horseowner Andrew Sanchez, and ridden by novato specialist Esteban de Vera, was sent off as the outstanding favorite. He did not disappoint his backers, fashioning a length-and-a-quarter win in 1:21 win over placers Perfectionist, Sha Na Na, and Terrible Marvin.

Both Barkley and Narra are Philippine-bred, and their achievements and those of their peers at this early age make true horsemen and racing fans proud at how much local breeding has improved. The major thoroughbred breeding enthusiasts spare no expense in importing the best bloodstock they can afford, knowing that they most likely cannot expect a return on their investments. They do it because of their passion for a sport that is like no other.

The allied racing and breeding industries are fortunate to have such gentlemen among their ranks – Benhur Abalos; Javier, Leyte mayor Sandy Javier; and businessmen Aristeo Puyat, Herminio Esguerra, Eric Tagle, Tony de Ubago, Nathaniel Velasco, Ochie Santos, Tito de Jesus, Nonoy Niles, Raymund Puyat, Emmanuel Santos, and Tony Tan, to name just a few of them.

A couple of other Sunday races are worth mentioning. Race 11 saw an upset victory scored by fifth choice Lady Diamond (Treasure Cay-Agree to Agree), a 4YO bay filly owned by Alchy Enterprises that came from behind to score over second placer Scud Missile, the third favorite. The top choice, Jigsaw Star, was nowhere to be seen among the first six placers.

Race 9 was a fantastic battle among the veteran warriors in class-division 1. The stretch run saw five horses running neck-and-neck, with photo finishes declared for first and third places. When the smoke cleared, the favorite, Ciriaco Lapid’s Royal Academy, was declared the winner by a mere nostril, relegating Banay Banay to second, Away We Go to third, and Royal Scepter to fourth.

Royal Academy was well-steered by young rider Apoy Asuncion, who was elevated from the apprentice ranks not too long ago. The time for their 1000-meter sprint was 1:04.

This week, the races are being held at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, and their highlight races this coming Sunday are five major races sponsored by thePhilippine Charity Sweepstakes Office – the PCSO Special Maiden Race, named for PCSO chairperson Margarita Juico; and four other trophy races named for the four PCSO directors – lawyers Mabel Mamba, Maria Aleta Tolentino, and Francisco Joaquin; and Betty Nantes. PCSO general manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas II will also be attending the PCSO races.

Next raceweek at Santa Ana Park will see the staging of the “MARHO Kinse” event – the 15th MARHO Cup racing festival sponsored by San Miguel Beer, PCSO, Philippine Racing Commission, PRC, Hygain Feeds, and Ciara Marie Foundation. The coming months will see more special horseracing events and the same track, including the 38th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup on December 12. ***

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THW: Hi Money Wins PCSO Race

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 November 2010, Wednesday

Hi Money Wins PCSO Race

Kicking off the second Winner-Take-All set last Sunday at Santa Ana Park,the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race featured up-and-coming juveniles in a battle that turned out to be a special setting for a spectacular star.

With nary a stutter at the start, Hi Money, piloted by jockey Pat Dilema, broke cleanly from the gate and led the seven-horse field from start to finish, hitting the wire five lengths ahead of spent second-placer Beyond Good.

The lineup had initially included Yellowguska, half-brother to island-born champion Ibarra, who was scratched earlier that raceday.

Hi Money (Mr. Sutter – Hey Hi), owned by Emmanuel King and trained by Tito Alvarez, was sired by Herma Farms and Stud in Batangas and with this performance cements his status as a promising 2YO. He posted splits of 7-22’-23-28’ for a total time of 1:21.

Babe’s Magic, the only filly in the race, came in third, while Gold Quest settled for fourth.

With its staging of this race, PCSO adheres to its mandate of supporting horseracing in a partnership that goes back decades, in fact to the founding of the PCSO 76 years ago. As a consequence of this support, the sport has improved and, together with the PCSO, has created enduring traditions in the sport, such as the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, now the most prestigious and most awaited race on the calendar. Its 38th running will be held also at Santa Ana Park in late December.

Fans eagerly await which horses will be entered in the lineup of what is also one of the richest races of the year, jointly sponsored by both PCSO and the Philippine Racing Commission.

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Speaking of annual traditions, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners reminds all horseowners and trainers that the declaration of entries for the 15th running of the MARHO Cup racing festival is on November 4, Thursday, at the Philippine Racing Club handicapping office in Makati City.

Entries shall be accepted for the six major stakes races – San Miguel Beer-MARHO Classic, Colt Mile, the Filly Mile, Philracom Juvenile Fillies, Philracom Juvenile Colts, and Santa Ana Park Sprint. The usual rules as in previous years apply. For more information, and to take ad space in its souvenir magazine, call Josie at 566-3923.

MARHO thanks its major sponsors San Miguel Corporation, Philracom, and Santa Ana Park for helping sustain this incentive program for the elite thoroughbred competitors of the land. ***

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THW: Defiant Defies Odds

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 20 October 2010, Wednesday

Defiant Defies Odd in Sampaguita Stakes

Running neck and neck against some of the finest fillies and mares in the land, Defiant proved herself the best after winning the 2010 Sampaguita Stakes.

Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission, the annual event showcases the top 3YO and older female horses in a grueling 1,800-meter race. Held at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, last Sunday, bettors were gratified to see that the 6YO Jun Molina-owned mare still has what it takes to win.

Defiant, sent off as second choice, galloped off the pace just behind frontrunners Heaven Sent, the favorite, and Eternal Flame. The two wore each other down, allowing Defiant to come from behind, breeze past them, and win by nearly two lengths with a total time of 1:56.7. Eternal Flame came in second, followed by a spent Heaven Sent in third, while Redemption came in fourth.

Sired by the Irish stallion Self Feeder out of American mare Defarge, Defiant has an impeccable lineage. On the sire side, Lycius her grandsire brings in Mr. Prospector and Native Dancer blood while her granddam Last Drama contributes the heritage of Sir Ivor and Somethingroyal, a Princequillo mare and the dam of celebrated champions Secretariat and Sir Gaylord.

On her dam side, Defiant possesses a nice British lineage courtesy of Hyperion, with French stallion Mahmoud also making an appearance in her pedigree.

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Meanwhile, also last raceweek at Santa Ana Park, a mishap in Saturday’s Race 6 saw the breakdowns of congressman Henry Cojuangco’s Kairel and Surround Sound which ran as coupled entries. To discuss the incident and the issue of track safety, Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners president Eric Tagle and other MARHO directors hosted a dinner the other night to which were invited various racing personages.

Among the guests present were Philracom chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, PRC’s executive vice-president lawyer Ramon P. Ereñeta and racing manager Dan Valmonte, jockeys’ association president Antonio Alcasid Jr. and director Lyndon Guce, and trainers Googie Catajan and Gil Pansoy (who trained Kairel and Surround Sound).

Apart from track condition, many other factors may influence the outcome of a race and whether a horse finishes or not. One thing that must be considered is the soundness of the horse. Since racehorses are usually worked every morning in addition to their running in races, the wear and tear on their muscles and joints is considerable. The stress may lead to the formation of hairline fractures, tendonitis, and other ailments that may lead to breakdowns.

Atty. Ereñeta said that PRC policy is to give utmost importance to maintaining the Santa Ana  Park track in good condition. To achieve this, they use all the necessary equipment such as a waterer, harrow (to break up and soften the track surface), and plancha (a heavy steel plate to seal the track and allow water to slide off the surface easily).

All things considered, the jockeys reiterated that they are satisfied with the condition of the track at Santa Ana Park.

The MARHO Board thanked Atty. Ereñeta and Mr. Valmonte for their consistent vigilance on track matters, prompt response in the case of untoward incidents, and graciousness in dealing with requests and queries coming from the various industry sectors.

The MARHO Board also took the opportunity to announce the forthcoming MARHO Cup racing festival to be held at Santa Ana Park, MARHO’s home track, on November 23 to 28. Dubbed “MARHO Kinse: The Crystal Anniversary”, the event, on its 15th edition this year, showcases the elite Thoroughbreds of the country in well-handicapped races that attract participants, spectators, and sponsors while contributing to the promotion of the sport.  ***

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THW: Next Batch of Juveniles to Shine

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 6 October 2010, Wednesday

Next Batch of Juveniles To Shine

Of the different groupings of horses, the two-year-old juveniles are among my personal favorites because it is interesting to see how young equine athletes perform on the track after barely a year of training.

It is during this time that we see them struggle to improve in terms of strength, speed, and diskarte, with the jockey and trainer factors naturally looming large in their development. Unlike the veteran runners, juveniles are wont to hesitate at the jump-out, weave in and out of traffic, race wide, and otherwise behave erratically as they go along the path towards mastery. Rare and few are the runners who are perfect from the start; there is usually a learning curve, as with all things, which is why this particular group is fascinating to watch.

Depending on their physical conformation and makeup, juveniles are trained at different ages. Some are broken in on the ranch earlier than others. After being trained to the saddle and bit and to carry a rider, they are brought down to the track for further training – getting in and out of the gate, the jump-out, the trot, canter, and gallop, physical buildup, and so on.

After several months at the track, they are sent back up to the ranch for a spell, before being brought back down for more training and eventually their novato run. The next batch of hotshots to have their baptisms of fire will be running on October 31 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Special Maiden Race.

The PCSO holds several maiden races a year. These used to be called the Sweepstakes races until lotto supplanted the sweepstakes and the term became an anachronism. Again, some juveniles start earlier than others which is why there is more than one PCSO special maiden race in the year.

The next one will run over 1,300 meters and is open to local-bred 2YO, with the following declared entries: Colts – Rolando Villardo’s Some Like It Hot, with jockey Virgilio  Camañero Jr.,  to carry 53 kgs.; Jeci Lapus’s Beyond Good, with JB Hernandez, 53; ACS Industrial Farm’s Gold Quest, with JB Cordero, 53; Honorato Neri’s Don Galo, JB Cordova, 54.5; Emmanuel King’s Hi Money, PR Dilema, 53;  Leonardo Javier Jr.’s Yellowguska, JA Guce, 53. Fillies – John Joseph Lagasca’s Babe’s Magic, with RG Fernandez, 52 kgs.; Mandy Carlo Sanchez’s Belle de Arturo, JG Tinte, 52.

Meanwhile, the oldest horseowners’ organization in the country, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners, recently announced its 2010-2012 officers and directors: chairman, mayor Leonardo Javier Jr.; president, Eric Tagle; executive vice-president and treasurer Antonio de Ubago Jr., vice-president for racing Antonio Tan; vice-president for membership Emmanuel Santos; vice-president for business development and special projects lawyer Ramon Bagatsing Jr., who was also named corporate secretary; and auditor Jun Ferrer.

The MARHO’s other directors are congressmen Amado Bagatsing and Jeci Lapus, councilor Macario Asistio, Jesus Ramon Mamon, Enrique Javier, Jose Mari Franco, Robert Ramirez, and Vicente Go Bon.

First on their list of projects is the MARHO Cup racing festival, an annual tradition on the calendar. To be held 23-28 November at Santa Ana Park, the championships offer hefty prizes as incentives to Thoroughbred breeders and owners to improve the quality of their bloodstock as reflected in track times and performances. This year’s edition will be the MARHO Cup’s milestone 15th running. ***

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THW: Jockeys Protest MJC Ban

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 15 September 2010, Wednesday

Jockeys Protest MJC Ban

The jockey community protested Manila Jockey Club’s recent banning of promising young jockey Kelvin Abobo from the premises of their San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

The ban is for a year and is not restricted to riding in races; Abobo may not even exercise horses on the track, watch races at the grandstand, nor enjoy MJC’s other non-racing facilities.

MJC imposed the ban on Abobo after the MJC Board of Stewards suspended him last week for 72 racing days for ‘lack of interest’ on Supreme Leader. Abobo appealed his suspension to the Philippine Racing Commission, which lifted the suspension. However, MJC still proceeded with the ban and made an announcement to that effect on their race coverage last Sunday, saying that the ban was for Abobo’s violations of racing rules and regulations.

“Philracom’s lifting of the suspension,” said New Philippine Jockeys’ Association president Antonio Alcasid Jr., “is in effect a declaration that Mr. Abobo’s ride did not violate any racing rules and regulations. Therefore MJC’s ban is without basis.”

The NPJA has no objections to MJC’s bans upon jockeys if deserved and the case in question has merit. What they are questioning is the arbitrary imposition of bans “that have no criteria and no basis,” said Alcasid.

The NPJA requested a dialogue with MJC last Tuesday with the Philracom as arbitrator, “before we make any other response to the matter,” said Alcasid.

MJC sent racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo to the dialogue. When Alcasid asked him what the basis was for Abobo’s ban, Magboo asked to be given until Friday, when another dialogue will be held.

The logical conclusion: MJC itself has no solid basis for the ban. Why wait three days to give the affected party the reason for such a harsh penalty?

At present, MJC will not retract the ban. The NPJA members have vowed to refuse to ride at SLLP until the matter is resolved.

A respected horseowner of decades-long standing opined: “It is MJC’s right to ban anyone they want from their track. But it is also the jockeys’ right to refuse to ride on their track.”

The Philracom has asked MJC to “resolve the matter” by Friday, taking into account the NPJA’s point-of-view” to “preserve industry harmony and smooth operations.”

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The drama between the riders’ guild and MJC overshadowed other events of the week at SLLP, such as the weekend wins of juvenile stars Naugh Naugh (Rum Tum Tiger – Velocity), ridden by Jonathan Hernandez, and Cheese Mosa (Shooting Star – Magic Find), steered by Jeffril Zarate, in the final legs of the Philracom Juvenile Colts and Juvenile Fillies stakes races respectively. Both races were run over 1,500 meters.

Hard luck for Barkley (Baseball Champion – Treeline), though, in the Colts. The Jesse Guce-piloted bay was sent off as the outstanding favourite, but ran into traffic along the way in the shape of foes Prince Isiah, and Cheese Quemas, which forced Barkley to race wide.

In other news, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) held a general assembly and election of its board of directors last Monday. Installed as the 36-year old group’s leaders were congressmen Amado Bagatsing and Jeci Lapus, lawyer Dondon Bagatsing, city councilors Maca Asistio and Jun Ferrer, mayor Sandy Javier, and businessmen Eric Tagle, Tony de Ubago, Tony Tan, Butch Mamon, Jing Javier, Manny Santos, Jose Mari Franco, Robert Ramirez, and Vicente Go Bon.

Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos stepped down as MARHO president after five years of service, to the warm applause and gratitude of his fellow members. During his term, he fought illegal bookies, led a horseowners’ boycott of the races to protest an unpopular former Philracom chairman, and sustained the annual staging of the MARHO championship races in the face of tough economic times, among other accomplishments.  ***

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THW: Juveniles – Heirs to the Throne

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 1 September 2010, Wednesday

Juveniles – Heirs to the Throne

After winning the Lakambini Stakes two weeks ago with his racemare Redemption, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos scored again with his juvenile colt Barkley in the Philipppine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race last Sunday.

Held at San Lazaro Leisure Park, the 1,300-meter race for juveniles attracted an elite crowd – Ronald Tan’s Constatic (Ecstatic-Consa), Nap Chua’s Rosemary Blue (Perfect Cut-Being There), Tony de Ubago’s Chief Joesan (Wando-Question Answered), Ed Gonzalez’s Simply Believe (Strong Material-Fair Maid of Kent), Sixto Esquivias’s Cheese Mosa (Shooting Star-Magic Find), Don Antonio Floirendo’s Indy’s Task (Indy Minstrel-Family Task), Amado Bagatsing’s Outstanding (Wind Blown-Cristalina), Mandy Carlo Sanchez’s Maryland Dream (Inner Harbour-Sky Reply), as well as Abalos’s Barkley (Baseball Champion-Treeline).

First out of the gate was Constatic, followed by Indy’s Task, Simply Believe, and Barkley. Into the backstretch, Indy’s Task was in the lead by three, with Barkley just running of the pace.

Indy’s Task with FM Raquel Jr. aboard, in the lead by four over Barkley with Jesse Guce (yellow silks). Images: screenshots of SLBN live coverage.

A sudden surge of power at the far turn took the latter past the frontrunner, Barkley barely breaking a sweat to win by five over Cheese Mosa, Simply Believe, and Rosemary Blue, who managed to place even if she had run at the back of the field for almost the entire distance.

It’s Barkley by six over Cheese Mosa, who staged a rapid rally on the outside to come in second.

Baseball Champion (Wild Again-Pennant Champion), standing at Tito de Jesus’s Rolling Green Farms in Lipa, has been a fairly busy sire since being brought over from the US. Bred by the famed Phipps Stable in Kentucky, he had 19 starts (4-4-1) and won nearly $180,000 in prize money before being sent to stud in the Philippines.

His damsire is Mr. Prospector, while on his sire’s side he is of Nearctic stock with a double dose of Nearco – a nice, solid, sturdy lineage, dependable in the crunch. Baseball Champion’s progeny are making waves, among them Triple Crown leg winner Dream Supreme (out of Belle of Ack, dam of stakes winner Treasured Ack), stakes contender Elgin and Chairman (o/o Defensive Lady), and sturdy runner Gundam Exia (o/o Snow Queen).

A portrait of Italian-bred Nearco (Pharos-Nogara), f. 1935, d. 1957. Bred and owned by the great racehorse trainer Federico Tesio. Nearco was the “sire of champions Nasrullah, Nearctic, and Royal Charger, thus the point stallion for the Northern Dancer and Bold Ruler lines” (pedigreequery.com).

Meanwhile, on the Philippine Racing Commission stakes calendar for September are the fourth legs of the 1,500-meter Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Colts, to be held on the 11th and 12th respectively at SLLP. October will see the running of the 2,000-meter Opal I (5th leg of the Import-Local Challenge Series) on the 10th also at SLLP and the 1,800-meter Sampaguita Stakes, for fillies and mares 3YO and older, on the 17th at Santa Ana Park.

A reminder to all Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) members – there will be a general assembly and election of the board of directors on 13 September, Monday, at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club at 7pm.   ***

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