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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: Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 May 2011, Wednesday

Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

A change-up strategy led to success for a fast-breaking charger in the 2011 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup.

The 16th PCSO Silver Cup displayed at Santa Ana Park.

Held last May 22, a rainy Sunday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, the 2,000 meter race set veteran Yes Pogi against five other classy contenders.

Yes Pogi is known as a stayer, coming from the rear of the field to claw his way to a win under his former rider Fernando Raquel Jr. However, the problem with such a technique is that he might run out of track before he can catch up to the frontrunner – and this has been the cause of his few defeats.

This time around, rider Manolito Daquis opted to let him grab the lead from Thoti’s Best before they hit the first bend, a surprise tactic that had fans – even Yes Pogi’s trainer, Felix Lauron – biting their nails in suspense. It proved to be the right move to avoid being sprayed with mud in the face, a factor that could have affected Yes Pogi’s running.

Manolito Daquis on Yes Pogi winning the 16th PCSO Silver Cup.

A top ten jockey said that he has noticed that Yes Pogi tends to jump out of the gate quickly, but past strategies forced him to hang back. “If he had been allowed to lead before,” said the rider, “we might have seen this versatility from Yes Pogi sooner.”

The speedy gray colt bred at horseowner-businessman Herminio Esguerro’s Herma Farms & Stud facility in Batangas is by Rum Tum Tiger (USA) x Belle Epoque(USA), perhaps proving the contention of some that American lineages are the best for speed on dirt tracks.

Yes Pogi won on a fast track by an amazing nine lengths with splits of 25-23’-24’-25-26’ for a total time of 2:04.4. This ties with the 2005 record set by Stowaway Lass at Wild Orchid.

Righthererightnow came in second, Darleb third, and Thoti’s Best fourth, followed by Shining Armour and Go Army last.

Present at the awarding ceremony, from PCSO, were general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Committee on Races chairman Atty. Jose Malang, vice-chairmen Carlos Castillo at Desoto Tupaz, and members Dr. Romeo Buencamino at Henry Z. Beech, also assistant general manager Benigno Aguas, treasury department manager Mercedes Hinayon, and others.

Daquis, GM Rojas, Lauron, and Ma. Theresa de Vera in behalf of owner Francis Lim.

Also there, from the host Philippine Racing Club, were president Solomon Cua and executive vice-president/COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr.

Receiving the award in behalf of Yes Pogi owner Francis Lim was Ma. Theresa de Vera, while Jec Santos subbed for Herma Farms.

Congratulations to the connections of Yes Pogi, a true champion!

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The trial race for the June 11 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race for 2YO (open) was held yesterday at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park over 1,300 meters.

Joining the trial were fillies Classy Kitkat owned by Ramon Bagatsing Jr., Herminio Esguerra’s Fair Wind, Jose Mari Franco’s Huatulco, Renato Virata’s Markees World, and Kerby Chua’s Pinay Beauty, and colts Conqueror’s Magic of Wilbert Tan and Jeci Lapus’s Stolen Time. Handicapping was set weight, fillies carrying 52 kgs. and colts 52 kgs.

Markees World, steered by replacement rider Rodeo Fernandez, won the trial by about seven lengths over Stolen Time. Fair Wind placed third and Conqueror’s Magic fourth, followed by Classy Kitcat, Huatulco, and Pinay Beauty last. The time was 1:24’.

Markees World with Rodeo Fernandez wins the PCSO Special Maiden trial.

Winning by seven? That makes Markees World the one to watch. By Australian and Philippine stakes winner Key Apo out of Ribbon Grain, the dark bay filly was bred at Paris Match Farm owned by racing industry elder statesman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat.

Also on June 11 are the second legs of the Philippine Racing Commission’s Triple Crown and Hopeful Stakes series.

With three major races running on one day, it’s going to be a huge event for speed aficionados. Mark it in your planners and drive down to the SLLP Turf Club for a day of racing and dining.  It’s along Governor’s Drive in Carmona, Cavite, less than an hour away from Makati. ***

Photos by Eric de los Reyes/PCSO.

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KL: Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 24 May 2011, Tuesday

Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

Walang kapagurang nilampaso ng beteranong Yes Pogi ang kanyang mga karibal sa 16th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup noong Linggo sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club.

Gumamit ang kanyang hineteng si Manolito Daquis ng kakaibang istratehiya sa laban. Kilala bilang stayer ang puting kabayo, na noong araw ay hinahayaan ng kanyang dating hinete na si Fernando Raquel Jr. na magpa-remate mula sa hulihan.

Ang nakakatakot lang sa modus na iyon ay baka kapusin si Yes Pogi, at iyon na nga ang nangyari sa ilang pagkakataon na siya’y natalo.

Ayon sa isang batikang hinete sa Top Ten, dati nang may potential na maging versatile sa estilo si Yes Pogi. “Pag larga niyan sa aparato,” ani ng hinete, “mabilis niyang nakukuha ang unahan.”

Ito ang nakitang posibilidad ni Daquis sa kabayo. Dahil maulan nung itinakbo ang PCSO Silver Cup at ayaw ni Yes Pogi na natatalsikan siya ng putik, minabuti ni Daquis na paunahin si Yes Pogi. Nakuha agad nila ang bandera kay Thoti’s Best bago pa mag-first bend, at hindi na ito binitiwan hanggang meta.

Medyo kinabahan pa raw ang trainer ni Yes Pogi na si Felix Lauron sa umpisa ng karera dahil hindi nga raw dating inuuna ang kabayo.

Nanalo ng nine lengths si Yes Pogi, sa oras na 2:04.4 sa kuwartos na 25-23’-24’-25-26’.

Napantayan niya ang 2005 record para sa 2,000 meters nina Stowaway Lass at Wild Orchid. Nakatulong rin na matigas ang pista dahil umulan.

Sumegundo si Righthererightnow, tersero si Darleb, at kuwarto si Thoti’s Best. Sinundan sila ni Shining Armour at huling dumating si Go Army.

Kasama sa awarding ceremony mula sa PCSO sina general manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Committee on Races chairman Atty. Jose Malang, vice-chairmen Carlos Castillo at Desoto Tupaz, at members Dr. Romeo Buencamino at Henry Z. Beech; sina assistant general manager Benigno Aguas, treasury department manager Mercedes Hinayon, at marami pang iba.

Naroon mula sa Philippine Racing Club sina president Solomon Cua at executive vice-president at COO Atty. Ramon P. Ereñeta Jr.

Tinanggap ni Ma. Theresa de Vera ang tropeo para sa may-ari ni Yes Pogi na si Francis Lim, at si Jec Santos naman para sa Herma Farms & Stud, breeder ni Yes Pogi (Rum Tum Tiger x Belle Epoque).

Congratulations sa connections ni Yes Pogi, isang tunay na kampeon!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: Longshot Rules 1st Leg Triple Crown!

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 18 May 2011, Wednesday

Longshot Rules 1st leg Triple Crown!

Like I’ve said before, anything can happen in a horse race.

And when you’re talking elite thoroughbreds, it’s all the more likely that any event they figure in will be an even-steven race, with no quarter given to the favorite.

That’s what a longshot did in last Sunday’s 1st leg Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown series held at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Seven horses were declared, and one was scratched – Bosbarawana, who also had a chance of winning. Of the remaining six horses, classy colt Magna Carta emerged as the favorite in the sales.

But when the gates flew back, the aptly-named jockey Rodeo Fernandez was quick at the jumpout, grabbing the lead and never giving it up till the wire, reaching it six lengths ahead of Magna Carta. Coming a very close third in a photo-finish was The Rock, while Barkley took fourth.

Hari ng Yambo, an island-born bay colt, nearly shattered the 1:38 record for the mile distance set in 2007 by another island-born, Copper Dew, by posting 1:39 with impressive quarters of 24’-23-25-26’. I believe he could have broken the record, but since he had pulled way ahead of the pack in the stretch, his jockey may have eased up a bit to spare the horse the risk of injury, especially since he is almost sure to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown series.

Hari ng Yambo, by Chapel Royal (USA) x Daulide (ARG), is owned by Manny Santos and trained by Mark Tupas. Their stable receives the first prize of P1.8 milllion.

I think we know who’s going into the second leg of the Triple Crown on June 11, also at SLLP, as the heavy favorite. And if there’s a horse that could make a sweep of all three legs, it’s this one.

Meanwhile, the winner of the 1st leg of the Philracom 1st leg Hopeful Stakes held at the same track last Saturday was another longshot, Constatic, who also beat the race favorite, Cheese Mosa, who also came in second.  Tensile Strength came in third, Whistler fourth.

Local-bred Constatic, by Ecstatic (USA) x Consa (PHI), was to have been ridden by its regular jockey, Antonio Alcasid Jr. But he was declared to ride another likely candidate, Smart Guru, which was scratched before the race, allowing replacement rider Louie Balboa to grab top honors here.

Like I’ve also said before, suwerte ang pulot-sakay.

Constatic, owned by Ronaldo Tan and trained by Joel Mijares, clocked 25’-24-25’-26’ for a  total of1:41.4, about the average time for the mile. They won P600,000 first place purse for the efforts of their team.

On Sunday, all eyes will be glued to the action at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park for the 16th running of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup. The arduous 2,000 meter race pits wily veterans Thoti’s Best, Shining Armour, Go Army, Yes Pogi, Darleb, and Righthererightnow against each other in a fight for P1.1 million in first-place prize money.

Yes Pogi shone last year as a 3YO in two legs of the Triple Crown, and won a slew of stakes races after that. Though not undefeated, he’s still my best pick for this race, one of the most prestigious and exciting on the racing calendar.

Good times for racing? You can bet on it.   ***

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KL: PCSO 2011 Silver Cup

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

PCSO 2011 Silver Cup

Malapit nang itanghal ang isa sa pinaka-prestihiyosong karera ng taon – ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup.

Ito ay ang ika-16 edisyon ng karera na ganapin sa Mayo 22 sa Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite, sa distansiyang 2,000 meters.

Ayon kay PCSO Draw and Races Dept. manager Carlos Castillo, ang mga deklaradong kalahok ay sina:

Post Position #1 -  Thoti’s Best ni Wilbert Tan, hinete Christopher B. Tamano, 55 kgs;

#2 – Go Army ni Herminio Esguerra, hinete Fernando M. Raquel Jr., 55.5 kgs.;

#3 – Shining Armour ni Mario Gerald Cunanan, hinete Patricio R. Dilema, 55 kgs.;

#4 – Yes Pogi ni Francis Lim, hinete Manolito F. Daquis, 55 kgs.;

#5 – Darleb ni Josephy Dyhengco, hinete Jeffril T. Zarate, 55 kgs.;

#6 – Righthererightnow ng Deemark Trading, hinete Jonathan B. Hernandez, 55 kgs.

Lahat ng kalahok ay lalaking kabayo na 4 taong gulang, maliban kay Go Army na sa edad na limang taon ay ang pinakamatanda sa karerang ito.

Tungkol naman sa Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown na kampeonato para sa mga 3YO local-born, ang first leg nito ay Mayo 15 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite.

Ayon kay Philracom handicapper Rolando Lansangan, siyam ang nominadong kalahok – Arvindugo, Barkley, Bosbarawana, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Super Charge, at The Rock.

Maari pang magbago ang lineup na ito sa araw ng deklarasyon. Ang mangyayari ay baka may umurong, ngunit siguradong wala nang puede pang humabol sa lineup dahil sarado na ang pagpapalista.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: PCSO Silver Cup, Triple Crown 1

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

PCSO Silver Cup, Triple Crown 1

You’re reading it here first – the lineup of one of the most prestigious races of the year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup!

Registration for the 2,000 meter race at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park on May 22 closed yesterday at 4pm, said sponsoring agency PCSO’s Desoto Tupaz of the Draw and Races Department.

Seven horses are entered, all older horses: Herminio Esguerra’s Go Army and Carriedo, Deemark Trading’s Righthererightnow, Josephy Dyhengco’s Darleb, Wilbert Tan’s Thoti’s Best, Marlon Cunanan’s Shining Armour, and Francis Lim’s Yes Pogi.

Yes Pogi is the one to beat, being a stayer with a patented come-from-behind strategy that works best over longer distances. He comes off a recent win in the class-division, showing that his condition, while not at peak, can still improve over the coming weeks.

Go Army and Carriedo could still pull off good performances, but railbirds I’ve asked are eyeing Righthererightnow and Thoti’s Best to make their mark.

The PCSO Silver Cup is traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse, but given that President Benigno Aquino III is a bachelor, the trophy will instead be sculpted with the faces of himself and his four sisters, along with other symbolic elements representing PCSO.

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Sports fans are also looking forward to summer’s hottest race series, the Philippine Racing Commission-sponsored Triple Crown for local-born 3YO Thoroughbreds.

Nomination for the mile-long first leg, set for May 15 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, was still on-going as of presstime, said sports and games officer Rolando Lansangan of the Philracom.

And no, he told me, I couldn’t get advance word of the nominees because the names were being dropped into a sealed box which could not be opened before 5pm, which is the deadline for submission of this column.

I tried my best but time wasn’t on my side. I’ll let you know the lineup for the Triple Crown first leg next week.

Meanwhile, we can speculate on who’s likely to join. Magna Carta is on top of the list, and no surprise – the island-born speedster of mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. has been making waves lately despite losing to Arvindugo by a head in the April 17  Philracom Diamond III stakes at Santa Ana Park.

Prior to that, Magna Carta creamed a tough field in the February 27 PCSO Freedom Cup, winning by ten lengths. After that he held off a hard-charging Barkley to win by a head in the Philracom Chairman’s Cup last March.

Deemed to be burned out from successive races, Magna Carta could use a rest till Triple Crown day. It’s likely that a short spell will help the son of American stallion Woodman out of Pledge the Fifth recover in time for this test.

He’s also considered to better at San Lazaro rather than Santa Ana, and he’ll be having that advantage during the first leg.

Philracom’s Triple Crown races are open to 3YO local-born Thoroughbreds and usually feature runners from the elite groups. Hefty prizes are meant to encourage local breeders to produce top-class champions for the track, with an eye to exportation in the future, once local compliance with international quarantine rules has been met.

The races are held in conjunction with the Hopeful Stakes race, also for elite 3YO that for some reason are not entered in the Triple Crown itself.

All in all, this summer is going to be an exciting one for racing fans! *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Web: http://jennyo.net / Facebook: Gogirl Racing

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THW: Wanna Change Wins PCSO Maiden Race

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 20 April 2011, Wednesday

Wanna Change Wins PCSO Maiden Race

After a strong showing in the trial race, speedy colt Wanna Change did not disappoint its backers by charging hard down the stretch to victory in last Sunday’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Maiden Race.

Held at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, the 1,200-meter race pit Wanna Change, the favorite, against a tough field of 3YO. With jockey Jonathan on top, the tandem hung back just behind frontrunner Gold Field, the second pick, which was also second-placer to Wanna Change in the trial held a couple of weeks earlier.

Hernandez put Wanna Change into higher gear at the far turn, leaving Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field five lengths behind to eat his dust, as he stopped the clock at 1:17.5. Andre Angelo Santos’ Sunshine came in third.

The breeder’s prize went to Luis Chuidian, whose ranch produced Wanna Change from American stallion Heza Gone West out of Kiwi mare Regal Kingdom.

PCSO’s next race will be the Silver Cup, slated for May 22 also at Santa Ana Park. The race is traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse. Since President Benigno S. Aquino III is still a bachelor, the race honorees are the president’s sisters -Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dy, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda, and Kris Aquino.

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The Philippine Racing Commission held two stakes races at Santa Ana Park over the weekend. The Diamond II mile for 3YO fillies was run on Saturday, with the favorite, lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV’s Cheese Mosa winning by half-a-length over Prime Rate, Constatic, and Rhea’s Angel in that order. The time for the race was 1:42.4.

The counterpart 3YO colts’ race happened on Sunday, with Ralph Javier’s Arvindugo clocking 1:41.4 for the mile and winning by a head over the heavy favorite Magna Carta. The Rock placed third and Dear John fourth.

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I can’t wait for the first leg of the Triple Crown on May 15 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The mile race sponsored by Philracom has a total purse of P3 million, allocated from first to fourth. Handicapping is set weight, with colts carrying 54 kgs and fillies 52 kgs.

Apparent from the outcomes of the recent 3YO races is the lack of a clear stand-out among the local-bred 3YO this racing season. This tells us that the Triple Crown campaignthis summer is up in the air for anyone to catch. That makes it more exciting and shows that the elite 3YO trilogy will be hard-fought and tough to conquer.

I will go so far as to predict a longshot surprise in at least one of the legs.

In short, I don’t think there will be a sweep of the Triple Crown this year and that the Philracom’s bonus prize of P500,000 for the slam will go unclaimed yet once more.

But that’s just me. And this is horseracing, where anything can happen.

And that is what makes it fun! If you haven’t watched a horse race yet, you’re missing out on a different kind of speed/skill/sport combination. Give it a try. Races happen Tuesdays to Sundays year-round, and are broadcast live over cable television.***  (Email: jennyo@live.com; Web: http://jennyo.net; Facebook: Gogirl Racing; Twitter: @gogirlracing)

 

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KL: Wanna Change, Panalo!

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 19 April 2011, Tuesday

Wanna Change, Panalo!

Makaraan ng kanyang magandang ipinakita sa trial, bumulusok muli si Wanna Change sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Maiden Race at nilampaso ang mga kalaban sa distansiyang 1,200 meters.

Idinaos ang karera para sa mga 3YO noong nakaraang Linggo sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Clubsa Naic, Cavite. Lulan ni jockey Jonathan B. Hernandez, nag-pacing lamang si Wanna Change sa likod ng bumabanderang segundo-llamadong Gold Field, na siya rin sumegundo kay Wanna Change sa trial.

Nagparemate si Hernandez malapit sa huling kurbada, at nanalong malayo, mga limang kabayo pa, sa oras na 1:17.5. Sumegundo si Gold Field at tersero si Sunshine.

Ang susunod na pakarera ng PCSO ay ang Silver Cup, sa May 22 sa Santa Ana Park. Kasalukuyang inuukit ng iskultor ang malaking tropeo. Isa sa elemento nito ang mga magkakadikit na mukha nina Presidente Benigno Aquino III at ng kanyang mga kapatid –Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dy, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda, at Kris Aquino.

Ang Silver Cup ay dating tinaguriang “First Spouse Cup”, ngunit dahil wala pa namang asawa ang ating Presidente, minabuting gawing in honor of the First Family – ang mga magkakapatid – ang karera.

Ang Philippine Racing Commission naman ay nagpakarera din noong weekend. Sa Diamond II stakes noong Sabado para sa 3YO fillies, nanalo ng kalahating kabayo ang llamadong si Cheese Mosa, sinundan nina Prime Rate, Constatic, at Rhea’s Angel. Ang oras ay 1:42.4 sa milya.

Noong Linggo naman, nanaig si Arvindugo sa Diamond III stakes para sa 3YO colts, sa oras na 1:41.4 sa milya rin. Isang ulo lamang ang lamang niya sa llamadong Magna Carta na sumegundo, sinundan nina The Rock at Dear John.   ***

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THW: PCSO Special Maiden Race

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 13 April 2011, Wednesday

PCSO Special Maiden Race

Can Wanna Change change the 3YO game?

Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus’ colt won the March 29 trial race of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Open Maiden race for 3YO.

The son of prolific sire Heza Gone West out of Regal Kingdom, Wanna Change posted 1:18 under Rey-ann Camanero. Rosenda Ann Ocampo’s Gold Field came in second, Honorato Neri’s Beau Erin third, Augusto Benedicto Santos’s Sparkler fourth, Andre Angelo Santos’s Sunshine fifth, and Herminio Esguerra’s Aduana came in last.

The actual race runs on April 17, Sunday, over 1,200 meters at Santa Ana Park.

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Contrary to some kibitzers’ perception that the racing and breeding industry is moribund, there are outsiders who have expressed interest in participating in the scene. One such potential new player is entrepreneur Romy Sia, of Healthy Options and Wine Story fame.

An intense visionary, who brings focused energy to everything he does, from business to hobbies, he sees much potential growth in the industry.

Sia used to bet on horses decades ago, using a Dividendazo racing program, but since then the thought of racing had not crossed his mind until recently, when he saw the movie “Secretariat”.

He has also observed how the racing industry works in the United Kingdom, where he resided for several years. Romy has many terrific ideas on how to market and promote the sport as a sport, downplaying the betting aspect.

I’ve put him in touch with horseowner and breeder Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos, who kindly accommodated my request for an opportunity to introduce them to each other.

Let’s hope that we will one day welcome Romy Sia into the industry as a participant or partner, in whatever role he chooses to take.

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Which bring me to a point I’ve made several times before. The betting aspect is both essential and incidental to the sport. One may enjoy racing for itself as a sport, reveling in the performance of horses, those most magnificent of animals. Seeing their powerful legs pumping, the muscles under their hide rippling from shoulder to flank, one is transported to a world where speed and power and strategy determine victory.

The vibrant colors of jockeys’ silks, the snorting and neighing of horses as they take to the track, the flick of a whip and a jockey’s smile as he parades on his mount in the paddock – racing is a feast for the eyes, a cacophony of sound, an experience like no other that takes down, lifts up, and transports and transforms, each and every time the starting gate opens.

Should the industry’s movers and shakers take more effective steps towards showing this aspect of racing to the mainstream public, I believe that we will see more interest in the sport from sectors that as of now have not even heard of racing.  ***

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KL: Wanna Change sa PCSO Trial

KARERA LANG! by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 2 April 2011, Saturday

Wanna Change sa PCSO Trial

Dinaanang parang bagyo ni Wanna Change ang kalaban nung Marso 29 trial ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.

Ang trial race ay ginanap sa Santa Ana Park, at doon din idadaos ang mismong laban sa Abril 17 sa distansiyang 1,200 meters.

Si Wanna Change ay kabayo ni Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus at ginabayan ni jockey Rey-ann Camañero. Umoras ito ng 1:18 sa 1,200 meters. Sumegundo si Gold Field ni Rosenda Ann Ocampo, tersero si Beau Erin ni Honorato Neri, at cuarto si Sparkler ni Augusto Benedicto “Ochie” Santos. Quinto si Sunshine ni Andre Angelo Santos at bugaw o panghuli sa lahat si Aduana ni Herminio Esguerra.

Kadalasan ang nagiging basehan ng mga mananaya sa araw ng karera ay ang resulta ng trial, ngunit tandaan na ang trial race ay “compliance” rule ng PCSO at kailangang lamang lagpasan ito ng mga entries.

Hindi pinupuwersa ang mga kalahok sa trial upang mapanatili ang kanilang kundisyon at upang bawasan ang chansa na masugatan o mamilay ang kabayo.

Ngunit base na rin sa ipinakita niya sa trial, malaki ang chansa ni Wanna Change na manalo sa araw ng laban.

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Inaabangan naman ng Bayang Karerista ang Philippine Racing Commission Diamond I Stakes race bukas, Abril 3, sa Santa Ana Park. Ito ay ang third leg ng Imported/Local Challenge series.

Maglalaban sa distansiyang 1,800 meters sina Botbo, Fierce Fighter, coupled entries Indy Hay at Juggling Act, Mooney Money, at Yes Pogi.

Heto ang choices ni veteran jockey Joey Macaraig: ”Matured sa laban si Juggling Act at distansiya niya ito, kaso ang peso niya ay 57 kilos, kaya panegundo ko siya; may ka-couple pa siyang Indy Hay.  Ang third choice ko ang Mooney Money dahil magaling siyang magpa-remate. Pero tailor-made ang karerang ito para kay Yes Pogi, na siyang pam-primero ko.”

Para sa akin, di na pinag-iisipan ang karerang ito – Yes Pogi na, all the way!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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