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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: Who Else sa PCSO Maiden Trial

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 6 August 2011, Saturday

Who Else sa PCSO Maiden Trial

Umaalab sa tulin ang colt na si Who Else noong Agosto 2 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park noong kanyang ipinanalo ang trial para sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race.

Nanalo ng 1/1-2 kabayong layo si Who Else sa pagrerenda ni jockey Esmael Nahilat. Tumala ito ng cuartos na 7’-24’-24’-28 para sa kabuuang 1:25’, sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Sumegundo si Pleasantly Perfect (1:26), sinundan nina Dancing Dolphin sa tercero at Carmelo sa cuarto puesto, na dikit-dikit halos dumating sa oras na 1:26’.

Base sa mga naitalang performance ng mga ito, angat si Who Else at ito ang titingnan ng karamihan ng karerista pag dating ng mismong araw ng karera sa Agosto 21, sa SLLP rin at sa parehong distansiya.

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Samantala, sa Linggo na sa SLLP ang 4th leg ng Imported/Local Challenge Series ng Philippine Racing Commission na tinaguriang Philracom Peridot Stakes.

Maglalaban sa distansiyang 1,900 meters sina Multiply, Botbo, Next Big Thing, Juggling Act, Gentle Irony, at Batang Tundo.

Ang mga ito ay beteranong kabayo na magbibigay ng magandang laban sa isa’t-isa, kaya inaasahang magiging kaaya-aya ang Peridot Stakes sa mga karerista.

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            Sa ibang balitang karera, dumalaw kamakailan sa bansa ang dalawang grupo ng dayuhan upang pag-aralan ang pamamalakad ng karera dito sa atin.

Noong Hulyo 24-26, nagalak ang Philracom na asikasuhin ang mga panauhin mula sa Korean Racing Authority – apat na opisyal at isang beterinaryo. Sila ang nag-award ng tropeo sa SLLP para sa Philippines-Korea Friendship Race at ang KRA Trophy Race.

Noong Agosto 1-2 naman dumating sina C. Mano, Greg Manley ng Hygain Feeds, at Peter Lord upang magbigay ng seminar sa kalusugan ng kabayo, sa ilalim ng sponsorship ni Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos na isang horseowner at breeder.

Dumating din kamakailan si Dr. Ross Teitzel, isang beterinaryo na espesyalista sa kabayong pangarera, upang gamutin ang kabayo ng ilang mga horseowners sa kanilang mga rancho sa Batangas.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: Agosto 21 PCSO Special Maiden Race

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  30 July 2011, Saturday

Agosto 21 PCSO Maiden Race

Inanunsiyo na kamakailan ng Draw and Races Department ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ang official lineup ng mga kasali sa Agosto 21 Special Maiden Race ng PCSO.

Ang karera ay bukas sa mga 2YO (Open) at gaganapin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa distansiyang 1,300 meters.

Ang trial race para dito ay nakatakda para sa Agosto 2, parehong pista at distansiya. Heto ang mga deklaradong kalahok:

Colts (magdadala ng 54 kg): Who Else ni Eduardo Gonzalez (sasakyan ni jockey Esmael  Nahilat); Kamikazi ni Ramoncito Arceo (jockey Pipoy Silva), Hamaheat ni Fe Eliscupides (Rodeo Fernandez), Alta’s Choice ni Robert Joseph Moran (Val Dilema), Pleasantly Perfect ni Divina Dy (Jonathan Hernandez), Dancing Dolphin ni Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus (Red de Leon), at Carmelo ni Danilo Estacio (Michael Yap).

Filly (magdadala ng 52 kg): Louie Alexa ni Paolo Mendoza (Patty Dilema).

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            Sa SLLP rin gaganapin ang 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup, sa Agosto 19, Biernes, na siyang araw ng kapanganakan ng yumaong alkalde.

Ayon sa kanyang anak na horseowner rin, dating kongresista ng Maynila Atty Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., inaasikaso na ng pamilya ang mga pakarera sa araw na ito, kasama sina MJC racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo at corporate communications officer Nathan Mazo, at Philippine Racing Commission sports and games officer (handicapper) Rolando Lansangan.

Magkakaroon ng siyam na karera sa araw na iyon. Dalawa rito ang parang Gran Copa de Manila – tinaguriang Division I (para sa 3YO) at Division II (imported-local open). Ang pitong karera pa ay special trophy races.

Abangan ang dalawang karerang ito sa susunod na buwan!

            Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: PCSO Special Maiden Race

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: Markees World Makes Mark

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 22 June 2011, Wednesday

Markees World Makes Mark  

Scoring impressive wins on successive Saturdays (no mean feat especially since most elite racehorses are lightly raced), Markees World’s back-to-back successes show that this freakishly fast filly could be this year’s juvenile valedictorian.

After her success in the June 11 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at San Lazaro Leisure Park, Markees World won last Saturday’s Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes for Fillies at Santa Ana Park.

Owned by newcomer Renato Virata and trained by oldtimer Johnny Sordan, the Rodeo Fernandez-steered filly crushed five other competitors in the first leg of the series for elite 2YO. Clocking 59.8 seconds for the 1,000-meter sprint, she posted splits of 12.8-21.4-25.6 to win by several lengths.

Lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Blanca took second place, followed by Joseph Dyhengco’s Going West in third and basketball coach and former Pampanga governor Joseller Guiao’s Magalang in fourth, then Camelabang and Classy Kitcat last (Huatulco was scratched).

Markees World (Key Apo x Ribbon Grain) was bred by Aristeo G. Puyat on his Paris Match Farm in Batangas. She did fractions better than the boys in the Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes run the following day.

Joseph Dyhengco’s Jet Stream trounced three other foes and clocked 13’-22-25 for a total time of 1:00.4 in the Colts. Congressman Jeci Lapus’ Stolen Time came second, Esquivias’ Jaden Dugo third, and Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic last (Jaden Apoparato was scratched).

The second legs of the Juvenile Championship series are slated for July 23 (Fillies) and July 24 (Colts) at SLLP. The way things are going, the Fillies should be on Sunday, primetime, because they’re going faster than the boys and are more exciting to watch.

Before then, July 17 is when the next PCSO 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held, at Santa Ana Park. Will Markees World stamp her class again in this one?

Also to be held on that day is the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, sponsored by Philracom.  PSA officers are expected to attend the occasion, among them Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Teddyvic Melendres (president), MST’s Riera Mallari (corporate secretary), and People’s Journal’s Joe Antonio (treasurer). ***

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KL: 2nd Leg Triple Crown at Hopeful

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  14 June 2011, Tuesday

2nd leg Philracom Triple Crown at Hopeful

Pinatunayan ni Magna Carta ang kanyang kakayahan noong nakaraang Sabado (Hunyo 11) sa San Lazaro Leisure Park kung saan siya ang nanaig sa ikalawang yugto ng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown.

Segundo llamado lamang siya dahil segundo siyang dumating noong unang yugto ng naturang serye para sa mga de-kalidad na 3YO na local-born na mananakbo. Paborito sa benta si Hari ng Yambo, na pinanalo ng malayo ang unang yugto.

Ngunit sa pagkakataong ito, maayos ang pagkakadala kay Magna Carta; si Hari ng Yambo naman ay dumating na huli.

Umoras si Magna Carta ng 1:50.6 sa cuartos na 10’-22’-24’-25’-27’. Segundo si Lord of War, tersero si Tensile Strength, at kuwarto si Arvindugo.

Mas matulin ang oras na ginawa ni Cheeze Mosa, ang nanalo ng second leg ng Philracom Hopeful Stakes noong Linggo din. Gumawa siya ng kuartos na 10-23’-25-25’-26’ para sa tiyempo na 1:50.2, bahagyang mas maganda pa ng naitala ng mga tumakbo sa Triple Crown mismo.

Ang distansiya ng dalawang stakes races na ito ay 1,750 meters. Ang record na tiyempo sa distansiyang iyan ay 1:48, na ginawa nina Real Spicy (2006) at Ibarra (2007).

Samantala, si Markees World ang naging kampeon ng 1,300 meters Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race sa araw din na iyon. Malayong nanalo ito sa sumegundong Stolen Time; tersero si Fair Wind.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Magna Carta Lays Down the Law

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  15 June 2011, Wednesday

Magna Carta Lays Down the Law

 

After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hooves of Hari ng Yambo in the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series last May 15, Magna Carta exacted revenge by winning the second leg last June 11.

The 1,750-meter race was one of a power-packed trio of stakes races held that day at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Because of his previous loss, Magna Carta was sent off as only the second choice in the sales. As expected, Hari ng Yambo was the favorite.

But jockey Jesse Guce did a magnificent handling job, salvaging a half-length win over Lord of War, with splits of 10’-22’-24’-25’-27’, total time 1:50.6.

Tensile Strength came in third, Arvindugo fourth. Hari ng Yambo finished last in the nine-horse field.

Magna Carta won the first place purse of P1.8 million for owner Michael Dragon Javier; Rey Henson is the trainer.

A 3YO colt by Woodman (USA) x Pledge the Fifth (USA), Magna Carta is an island-born thoroughbred from the Royal Maverick Ranch of renowned breeder Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr., who now divides his time between the ranch and other occupations and his public service as the mayor of Javier, Leyte.

The second race of the terrible trio of stakes events was the second leg of the 1,750 meter-Philracom Hopeful Stakes. Favorite Cheese Mosa won over 11 other runners (Coal Harbour was scratched).

Guided by Patricio Dilema, the local-bred 3YO filly owned by lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV and trained by Renato Yamco reached the wire four lengths ahead of second-pick Prime Rate, clocking 10-23’-25-25’-26’ for a total 1:50.2, a few fractions better than the Triple Crown time.

In comparison, the official Philracom record for the distance stands at 1:48, held jointly by Real Spicy (2006) and Ibarra (2007).

Cheese Mosa is by Philippine stallion Shooting Star out of American mare Magic Find.

In the third of the terrific trifecta of June 11 races, Renato Virata’s Markees World, steered by Rodeo Fernandez, emerged the champion of the 1,300 meter-Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race. The Johnny Sordan-trained 2YO filly is by Australian stakes winner Key Apo out of Ribbon Grain, bred here by racing industry elder stateman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat on his Paris Match Farm.

Congratulations to the winning connections of these new champions!

In the US version of the Triple Crown, which ended also last June 11 with the staging of the Belmont Stakes, three different horses won each leg – Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, Shackleford in the Preakness, and longshot Ruler on Ice in the Belmont.

With Magna Carta having denied Hari ng Yambo the Triple Crown sweep, who’s going to triumph in the 2,000 meter third leg on July 17 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite? Will it be either of them, or another horse entirely, mirroring the US Triple Crown? The third leg is a month away, giving us plenty of time to make our choices and place our bets.

July 17 is also when the next Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden Race will be held. Reminder to owners and trainers, declaration is on June 16, trial race is on June 28, P300,000 for the winner with prizes up to third place.

Meanwhile, we can look forward to this weekend at Santa Ana Park and the running of the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Championship series, both 1,000 meter sprint runs – the Fillies Stakes on June 18, Saturday, and the Colts on June 19, Sunday.   ***

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KL: Malaking Karera Ngayon

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  11 June 2011, Saturday

Malaking Karera Ngayon

Tatlong malalaking karera ang pasasabugin ngayong araw sa San Lazaro Leisure Park sa Carmona, Cavite – kanino kayo kakampi?

Dalawa ang alok ng Philippine Racing Commission, ang ikalawang yugto ng Triple Crown stakes at ng Hopeful stakes na mga serye.

Kalahok sa Triple Crown sina Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, at The Rock.

Si Hari ng Yambo ang nanalo ng first leg at malamang umulit muli, sa ganda ng kondisyon at pinakita nitong nakaraan. Sumegundo sa kanya noon si Magna Carta na sisikap na gumanti sa huling pagkatalo. SiConstatic ang kaisa-isang babaeng kabayo dito; siya ang nanalo ng first leg ng Hopeful at sisikapin niyang magpakitang-gilas dito.

Puno ang aparato para sa Hopeful, at ang mga kalahok ay sina Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind, Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, at Whistler.

Sina Smart Guru at  Cheeze Mosa ang dapat abangan dito, pati na rin si Whistler na dumating ng cuarto noong unang yugto.

Parehong 1,750 meters ang distansiya nitong matitinding karera na bukas sa lahat ng mga local-born na 3YO, ngunit ang karaniwang na isinasali rito ay ang mga de-kalidad na kabayo na may lakas at tulin, dahil napakahirap ng mga karerang ito. Kadalasan kasi, ang mga karera para sa 3YO ay 1,600 meters lamang.

Ang pangatlong malaking karera ngayong araw sa SLLP ay ang ikaapat na Special Maiden Race para sa taong ito ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Ang distansiya ay 1,300 meters at kabilang rito sina Classy Kitcat, Fair Wind, Huatulco, Pinay Beauty, Conqueror’s Magic, Stolen Time, at Markees World. Si Markees World ang nanalo ng trial noong May 24, at malamang siya rin ang aasahan pag dating sa tayaan.

Maligayang Araw ng Kasarinlan! Ipagdiwang natin ang kalayaan ng ating bansa, at pati na rin ang ating kalayaan na mangarera!  ***

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THW: Triple Crown, PCSO Races on June 11

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  8 June 2011, Wednesday

Triple Crown, PCSO Races on June 11

There are times during the year when nothing out of the ordinary is planned apart from regular races, and there are days when the whole day explodes in a frenzy of top-rated speed and action.

Saturday, June 11, is one of those days, and I strongly urge true horseracing fans to mark it on their calendars.

That’s when the 1,750-meter second legs of the Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes series for elite 3YO thoroughbreds will be run at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Running in the Triple Crown are Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, and The Rock.

Having crushed his opponents easily in the first leg, Hari ng Yambo is expected to dominate once again, but will have to contend against challenges from Magna Carta, who came in second to him the last time.

Constatic, the lone filly here, won the first leg of the Hopeful and on that strong showing was entered in the more difficult Triple Crown. She is still expected to do well against the boys. Tensile Strength placed third to her in that Hopeful and will seek to avenge the loss.

Fourteen runners are in the Hopeful: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind, Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler.

Watch out for Cheeze Mosa and Smart Guru to do some damage, and keep options open on Whistler, who came in fourth in the Hopeful’s first leg (Cheeze Mosa placed second).

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is running its fourth Special Maiden race of the year also on June 11, over 1,300 meters. The May 24 trial race was won by Markees World by seven lengths. Also in are Classy Kitcat, Fair Wind, Huatulco, Pinay Beauty, Conqueror’s Magic, and Stolen Time.

This exciting lineup of races happening the day before Araw ng Kasarinlan is all the more reason to celebrate the freedom to race – what can be better for Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts!

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 Alarming reports about an equine disease outbreak in the Western part of the United States are all over the Internet.

In a May 24 Los Angeles Times report by Gale Holland, seven horses have already died of the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) that first broke out in Ogden, Utah, last April.

Horse events from Tulsa to San Diego County have been cancelled on account of the outbreak, for fear of the disease spreading.

Horse herpes is highly contagious because it is airborne and spread by horse-to-horse contact. The disease hits the neurological system. It presents first as a cold, followed by fever, weakness of the hindquarters, and loss of motor coordination leading to paralysis and/or death. Some horses just drop dead within 24 hours of contracting the virus.

The virus may also cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant mares, or result in foals being born dead. There is no vaccine against EHV-1, nor is there a cure, although anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs have been helpful.

EHV-1 does not affect humans.

According to Steve Lyle, public affairs director of the US Department of Food and Agriculture, this is one of the biggest equine disease outbreaks in recent years.

At the moment, says veterinarian Jojo Cambay, head of the Philracom equine laboratory, he has not heard of any EHV-1 cases in the Philippines.

We are sure that the members of the racing industry will remain alert to such threats. We have not forgotten the huge losses the industry incurred in 1997 during the equine influenza outbreak that resulted in the temporary suspension of the races, nor the equine infectious anemia outbreak of 2004 that affected over 200 horses.  ***

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THW: Racing’s Top Ten

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  1 June 2011, Wednesday

Racing’s Top Ten

Just like any other sport, horseracing ranks its athletes and participants based on statistics. I personally consider as official the data compiled by the Philippine Racing Commission, the government body under the Office of the President mandated to supervise and regulate the sport.

As of end-April 2011, here are the Top Ten in Philippine racing.

Horseowners: (1) Atty. Narciso Morales, (2) Aristeo G. Puyat, (3) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus, (4) Antonio G. De Ubago Jr., (5) Ruben B. Dimacuha, (6) Joseph C. Dyhengco, (7) Jade Bros. Freight, (8) Ralph Javier, (9) Herminio S. Esguerra, (10) Eduardo E. Gonzalez.

Trainers: (1) Ray R. Henson, (2) Ruben S. Tupas, (3) Carlos M. Vicente: (4) Johnny C. Sordan, (5) Rodolfo G. Mendoza, (6) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus, (7) Renato R. Yamco, (8) Nestor E. Manalang,  (9) Dave R. De la Cruz, (10) J. S. Henson.

Jockeys: (1) Patricio R. Dilema, (2) Jonathan B. Hernandez, (3) Jesse B. Guce, (4) Fernando M. Raquel Jr., (5) Mark A. Alvarez, (6) Rodeo G. Fernandez, (7) Valentino R. Dilema, (8) Kelvin B. Abobo, (9) John Alvin Guce, (10) John B. Cordero.

Horses: (1) Magna Carta, (2) Juggling Act, (3) Yes Pogi, (4) Getting Better, (5) Big Daddy’s Dream, (6) Bosbarawana, (7) Bahala Na, (8) Alamid, (9) Deceptions, (10) Dancing Gisele.

Computation of rankings is done by prize money earned. For more information, visit the Philracom website at philracom.gov.ph.

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Racing fans are looking forward to June 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro

Leisure Park, the venue for the second legs of the Philracom Triple Crown and Hopeful stakes series for elite 3YO local-born thoroughbreds. Both will be run over 1,750 meters.

Declared for the TC are: Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, and The Rock. Constatic, the lone filly, will carry 52 kgs., while the rest are colts and will be handicapped with 54 kgs.

Hari ng Yambo won the first leg quite easily, while Magna Carta is also expected to shine. Count on Arvindugo to try his best. Constatic won the first leg of the Hopeful Stakes and could do well here.

For the Hopeful, a full gate: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind (fillies, to carry 52 kgs.), Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler (colts, to carry 54 kgs.).

Smart Guru had been scratched the first time around; watch out for him this time, and for Cheeze Mosa.

Also on June 11 is the fourth Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race of the year, over 1,300 meters. Renato Virata’s Markees World won the trial last May 24 by seven lengths with a time of of 1:24’.

The other declared runners are Ramon Bagatsing Jr.’s Classy Kitcat, Herminio Esguerra’s Fair Wind, Jose Mari Franco’s Huatulco, Kerby Chua’s Pinay Beauty, Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic, and Jeci Lapus’s Stolen Time.

Meanwhile, as of presstime, horseowners and trainers are nominating their entries for the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Colts stakes races set for June 18 and June 19 respectively at Santa Ana Park. The race distance is 1,000 meters. Declaration is on June 3 with a fee of P5,000 per entry, while drawing of post position is on June 15 at the Philippine Racing Club handicapping department.   ***

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