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THW: PCSO Announces Official Races

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 March 2011, Wednesday

PCSO Announces Official 2011 Races

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board recently approved this year’s schedule of horse races, creating much anticipation among race participants and racing fans who eagerly await the exciting events sponsored by the PCSO.

Board Resolution No. 0073 (s. 2011), dated March 3, provides for eight Maiden Races, the Silver Cup, and the Presidential Gold Cup.

The sport’s most prestigious race, the Presidential Gold Cup, is slated for December 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The winner last year was gray galloper Yes Pogi, who is still making waves on the track as a 4YO this season. Yes Pogi, owned by Francis Lim, garnered an additional honor last March 5 when the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association named him its “Horse of the Year”.

The Silver Cup, traditionally held in honor of the sitting President’s spouse, is set for May 22 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. There is no word yet who this year’s honoree will be, asPresident Noynoy Aquino is a bachelor, or whether there will be an honoree at all.

Last year’s Silver Cup was won by track icon Ibarra. The island-born champion’s owner, Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos, confirmed to me that “Ibarra is now a stud stallion. Some of the mares he has impregnated are Stowaway Lass and Dandansoy.” Both mares are champions; Dandansoy is one of Mayor Abalos’s favorites because she was the first racehorse he ever owned.

Of the eight PCSO maiden races, two are for 3YO (March 27 at SLLP and April 17 at SAP), four are for 2YO (June 12 and August 21 at SLLP, July 17 and September 11 at SAP), and two are open eligibility (October 16 at SLLP, November 20 at SAP). No distances were set as of presstime.

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A duet of important Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored stakes races are taking place this weekend at SLLP. The Commissioner’s Cup is set for Saturday and is open to 4YO and older Philippine-breds. The distance is an arduous 1,900 meters that will test the mettle of the competitors vying for purses totalling P1.2 million. This year’s race honoree is past Philracom commissioner Gerardo Espina Jr., now governor of Biliran, Leyte.

The entries are: Boni’s Gem, coupled entries Carriedo and Go Army, Mr. Diamond, Righthererightnow, Shining Fame, Thoti’s Best, Tiger Moon, Well Well Well, and Yes Pogi.

I love Go Army’s pluck, but over 1,900 meters, tried-and-tested stayer Yes Pogi has the best chance for victory in this race.

Sunday will see local 3YO running over 1,500 meters in the Chairman’s Cup, in honor of the late former Philracom chairman Nicanor Jacinto. Total prize money from first to fourth places is P2 million, with P1.2 million going to the winner.

The entries are: Arvindugo, Barkley, Bosbarawana, Boss Gee, coupled entries Cheese Mosa and Prince Isiah, Chief Joesan, Hi Money, King Theodore, Magna Carta, Platinum Lance, Pritil, The Rock, and Sulong Pinoy.

After his spectacular, ten-length-win in the February 27 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Freedom Cup also at SLLP, Magna Carta will likely emerge the favorite. Should his condition still be the same as then, I see no reason why he can’t win this one as well.

The Chairman’s Cup is among the races dubbed the “Road to theTriple Crown”, culminating in the much-awaited trilogy for elite 3YO this summer. The first leg of the Triple Crown will be held at SLLP on May 15(1,600 meters), as will the second leg, on June 11 (1,750 meters); the third leg is on July 17 at SAP, (2,000 meters).

The progressively longer distances of the Triple Crown races are a traditional formula to foster the emergence of a truly versatile runner flexible enough to win over both shorter and longer distances – the mark of a true track champion.

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Today is the birthday of George Stribling, a man who has contributed much to the state of Philippine racing as it is today, specifically with regard to the jockey community. A former racehorse trainer in his native USA, he was also the mentor of top jockeys Eddie and Sam Maple, who were active in the ‘70s to the ‘90s. Sam died in 2001; Eddie was elevated to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Now in his 90s, Stribling visited the Philippines in the early ‘80s and never left. He established the Philippine Jockey Academy to teach American racing methods and professionalize the occupation of riders who are now achievers in the sport here and abroad.

Among Stribling’s many students are PSA 2010 Jockey of the Year Jesse Guce and multi-awarded jockey Ramon Guce who has been based in California since the start of the last decade.

He was also my teacher when I entered the PJA as an apprentice in 1990; though he knew I was never any good as an athlete, he always treated me with much kindness and indulged my desire to learn the basics of horsemanship. He also reinforced among us students good work attitudes such as “Never be late”.

Happy birthday, Mr. Stribling! Looking forward to more years of your company!   ***

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THW: Yes Pogi Wins 38th PCSO Gold Cup

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

Yes Pogi Wins 38th PCSO Gold Cup

Imagine you are watching a horse race. Eight horses are in the gate. Some paw the ground; others shake their heads, and their riders in rainbow-colored silks tighten their grip on the reins. A bell rings and the stall gates fly open, releasing the horses like so many arrows. The lead is taken by a shiny bay horse, his mane flying in the breeze. But your eyes are fastened on a roan, who hangs in back. Way back.

The bay – Ibarra – runs in front for most of the way, followed by a swift-stepping colt, Righthererightnow. Others pace themselves just behind the frontrunners. Still the roan, Yes Pogi, is running in dead last, twenty lengths off the leader. This elicits a groan from spectators – he was sent off as favorite in the sales.

Ibarra maintains his position at the top of the stretch, looking like he can’t be beat. But wait – what is this streak of white on the outside? It comes from the back and flashes past Ibarra, pulling away to win by four. Yes! It is a pogi horse, made even more handsome crowned with the laurels of victory in the most prestigious race of the year – the 38th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, held last Sunday at Santa Ana Park.

It was a fantastic race, with Yes Pogi’s running gambit proving to be decisive over the 2,000-meter journey. Over shorter distances – say, 1,800 – Yes Pogi’s slow-to-fire style might leave him lacking in the last few hundred meters. But this particular length proved ideal for him, as the frontrunners ran out of steam and allowed him to stage his victorious rally.

Yes Pogi won two races of this summer’s Triple Crown and was denied a sweep only by another 3YO stalwart, Carriedo, who did not join this PCSO Gold Cup. Steered by Fernando Raquel Jr., Yes Pogi also failed to grab the 2,000-meter San Miguel Beer-MARHO Classic last November, losing to Gastambide. Yet he redeemed himself with this glittering golden win under the guidance of Manolito Daquis, clocking 24’-23-26’-28’ for a total time of 2:08.8.

Trained by Felix Lauron, Yes Pogi’s win brings the P2.5 million first prize home to owner Francis Guan Lim, with P1.5 million coming from PCSO and P1 million from the Philippine Racing Commission.

Deemark International’s Righthererightnow came in second to win P500,000; Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army third for P250,000; and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Ibarra fourth for P125,000.

There was a breeder’s purse of P50,000 which was claimed by Esguerra’s Batangas-based Herma Farms and Stud, represented at the awarding ceremony by head veterinarian Merci Porsuelo, the ranch foreman, studmaster, and other ranch hands. The colt’s lineage is Rum Tum Tiger out of Belle Epoque.

Last Sunday was a blockbuster day of racing at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. The Philippine Racing Club-owned and –operated track played host to several hundred people who gathered to watch three very special races. Apart from the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, also staged were the Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Juvenile championship and Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

Longshot Chief Joesan, owned by Antonio de Ubago and ridden by Jordan Cordova, won the Juvenile Championship, besting favorites Barkley, Bosbarawana, Lord of War, and Charming Santi and clocking 1:43.7 for the mile race.

Second place was taken by another longshot, Olive Ibaviosa’s Whistler, followed by Ralph Javier’s Arvin Dugo and Abalos’ Barkley.

In the PSA Cup, eleven 3YO runners battled for the P180,000 first prize, but it was fifth choice Headline Chaser who dealt the others defeat with his upset win. Owned by Marc Gino Yoro and steered by Fernando Raquel Jr., Headline Chaser posted a come-from-behind rally to win by two. The splits were 27-24’-24’-28’ or 1:44.5 over 1,600 meters.

Juan Molina Jr.’s Ma’am Mika placed second. Francisco Maristela’s May Bukas Pa took third and Emmanuel King Jr.’s Money Queen settled for fourth.

On hand at the awarding ceremony were PSA president Teddyvic Melendres, secretary Riera Mallari, treasurer Joe Antonio, and board member Aldrin Cardona. They thanked Philracom chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II for staging the PSA Cup once more, after a hiatus the past several years.  ***

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