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THW: Humble Riches Can Be Proud

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

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

Humble Riches Can Be Proud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KL: Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

by Jenny on September 23, 2011

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  for 20 September 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Mas Matulin Kesa Lalaki!

Pinatunayan noong Sabado ng babaeng kabayong si Humble Riches na siya ang number one contender para sa korona ng outstanding juvenile itong taon.

Malayong nanalo ito, sakay ni jockey Val Dilema, sa 4th leg Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes series sa San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Umoras ng 1:34.2 si Humble Riches sa cuartos na 17.8-24-24.8-27.6. Sumegundo si Mika Mika Mika, tersero si Spring Collection, at cuarto si Alpha Alleanza.

Samantala, sa katumbas sa Colts stakes, mahigit sa isang segundo ang bagal ng mga lalaking kabayo – napakalaking bagay sa mundo ng karera.

Tyempong 1:35.6 lamang ang naitala sa Colts stakes noong Linggo, na ipinanalo ni Golden  Empire ng banderang tapos na tatlong kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Patron. Sinundan ito sa tersero ni Stolen Time, at si Yes Yes Yes ang pumang-apat.

Parehong 1,500 meters ang distansiya ng dalawang juvenile stakes races na ito.

Sa karerang ibayong dagat naman, naghahanda na ang mga kalahok para sa Breeders’ Cup sa Nob. 5 sa Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA.

Pinag-uusapan ngayon kung magkikita sa $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic ang mga naghahari ngayon sa pista nila – sina Uncle Mo at Stay Thirsty.

Si Uncle Mo ay ang 2-year-old champion noong 2010. Tatakbo siya sa nalalapit na $200,000 Kelso Stakes (G2) na milya ang distansiya.

Si Stay Thirsty ang nanalo ng Jim Dandy at Travers stakes races, at lalahok sa $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup sa Belmont (New York) sa Okt. 1.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: Philracom Chairman Castaño

by Jenny on September 13, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  30 August 2011, Tuesday

Philracom Chairman Castaño

Tulad ng aking inaaasahan, mainit na topic ngayon sa karera ang pag-appoint ng Malacañang kay dating racing steward na si Angel Lopez Castaño Jr.bilang bagong chairman ng Philippine Racing Commission.

Matagal nang nawala sa karera si Chairman Castaño; 20 taon na akong nasa karera ngunit di ko maalala kung inabutan ko pa siya.

Ang kanyang yumaong ama, si Angel N. Castaño, ay isa sa 15 founding members ng MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) noong 1974.

Ayon kay Chairman Castaño, inumpisahan niya ang kanyang career sa racing bilang racing judge ng Manila Jockey Club noong ito’y nasa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman, Manila.

Siya’y naging pinuno ng judges, tapos steward, hanggang sa naabot niya ang pagiging chairman ng board of stewards ng MJC.

Noong kapanahunan raw ni Chairman Castaño noong dekada ‘70s na nagdesisyon na paghintulutan ang night racing, noong nagpalit ng teknolohiya at nakapagpakabit ng malakas at maliwanag na ilaw ang mga racing club sa pista.

Inayos rin nilang mga stewards ang photo patrol, ipinatupad ang disqualification rule for non-starters at iba pa, at gumawa ng marami pang hakbang para sa ikauunlad at ikaaayos ng race conduct.

Kaya matagal nang taga-karera si Chairman Castaño at nakapagbigay ng mahahalagang kontribusyon sa pamamalakad ng sport na ito sa loob ng kanyang naging mga tungkulin noong araw. Malawak ang kanyang experience sa racing, hindi siya baguhan rito, at ang maganda ay may historical perspective siya ng sport na ito.

May kaunting ‘catching up’ lang siyang kailangang gawin, ngunit para sa isang bihasa tulad niya, tiyak na hindi ito magiging hadlang sa kanyang matagumpay na pag-unawa ng sitwasyon ng karera ngayon.

Subalit, dahil matagal nga siyang wala sa karera, napapag-isip ang iba’t-ibang sektor – may-ari, hinete, sota, racing clubs, at iba pa – kung ano ang karakter at ugali ng bagong Philracom chairman at kung paano niya didiskartehan ang kanyang mga tungkulin.

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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THW: Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 17, 2011

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  17 August 2011, Wednesday

Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

A sharp filly looking to be the valedictorian of this season’s juvenile class made good grades last weekend when she broke the record for the 1,200 meters.

Humble Riches won the third leg of the Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes last Saturday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park coming from off-the-pace. She was sent off as the outstanding favorite based on her speedy win in the second leg.

Under the guidance of jockey Val Dilema, Humble Riches posted splits of 24.2-22-25.2 for a total time of 1:11.6. This breaks the record of 1:11.8 set just last August 9 by Cheese Mosa also at Santa Ana Park in a condition race. The previous record was Miss Elliot’s 1:12 set in 2010.

Humble Riches came in six lengths ahead of second placer Alpha Alleanza, followed by Pure Grace and Going West in third and fourth.

Again, as in the second leg, Humble Riches did better than the boys. Sky Serpent, winner of the counterpart Juvenile Colts Stakes last Sunday, notched splits of 24.2-23.6-26.4 under jockey Esteban de Vera for a total 1:14.2 also over 1,200 meters din.

Sky Serpent, owned by Dos Ranchos Jofero, was fifth out of the gate yet still won by half-a-length over Stolen Time, who came in second. Petronas was third, Bechot fourth.

Watch for the 4th legs of the series on September 17 and 18 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

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A group of horseowners expressed concern over the ban imposed by the Manila Jockey Club recently on fellow horseowner Demi Ching and Pipoy Silva, the jockey who rode his horse Ho Ho Ho at San Lazaro Leisure Park a couple of weeks ago. The horse was the top choice in the race and lost.

This is the first time I have ever heard of a horseowner being banned for this reason from any racing club’s premises.

This is the first time I have heard of a jockey being banned without having received a suspension or other penalty after the race, leading to questions on the part of various racing sectors on the propriety of the ban.

It is the right of any racing club to ban from their premises anyone for any reason – whether this be the cut of his clothes, his behavior, or the look of his face. The racetrack is their property after all.

However, the incident that concerns Ching and Silva occurred in the context of a race. While a racing club may have its own racing rules and regulations, there are also rules and regulations that govern the sport of horseracing.

Why was there no investigation or suspension into Silva’s case? Why was a ban imposed right away after the horse’s loss, like a knee-jerk reaction?

I’m just asking.

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Meanwhile, fans are looking forward to the 3rd incarnation of the Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival to be held on the late mayor’s birthdate of August 19 at San Lazaro Leisure Park. The first two episodes were held at Santa Ana Park. The debut event in 2009 was held over an entire week and was a top-grosser in terms of betting handle.

The racefest, conceived by the late mayor’s sons Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” S. Bagatsing Jr., gives added prize money to horseowners and cash incentives to the winning grooms.

The event also revives, as two halves of the Bagatsing Cup, the Division I and Division II races of the Gran Copa de Manila, which were held at MJC’s now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Sta. Cruz during the Araw ng Maynila festivities. The event also will feature 7 trophy/special races.

The racefest blends both traditional and novelty as it, over the years, evolves into an annual tradition in its own right, thanks to the Bagatsing family’s dedication and perseverance.

According to Atty. Dondon, “This is our tribute to our father the late mayor, who was an enthusiastic member of the racing and breeding industry. We are able to continue holding this event thanks to our sponsors – Philracom, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, PAGCOR, Smart Communications, Resorts World, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, Herma Farms & Stud, Mr. Bing Tecson, San Juan Coliseum, All Tech, Mayor Sandy Javier, Mr. Ron Charles, Euromed, Pocari Sweat, and Hi-Grade Feeds.”

Watch the action on the live racing coverage on cable TV on Friday evening if you can’t make it to SLLP in Carmona, Cavite.  ***

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KL: Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  16 August 2011, Tuesday

Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

Pinatunayan muli ng mga babaeng kabayo itong taon na mas matulin sila kaysa sa counterpart na mga lalaking kabayo sa 3rd Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Stakes na idinaos nitong nakaraang weekend sa Santa Ana Park.

Si Humble Riches, na nanalo rin ng second leg ng seryeng ito, ang inihirang na outstanding favourite ng mga karerista dahil sa tulin ng kanyang panalo noong nakaraan.

Sa karera noong Agosto 13, Sabado, itinakbo siya ng off the pace ni jockey Val Dilema.  Nanalo siya ng anim na kabayo ang layo, sa cuartos na 24.2-22-25.2 para sa total time na 1:11.6 sa distansiyang 1,200 meters.

Sa oras na ito ay binasag ni Humble Riches ang dating record na 1:11.8 na naitala ni Cheese Mosa noong Agosto 9 lamang sa isang condition race.

Segundo si Alpha Alleanza, tersero si Pure Grace, at cuarto si Going West.

Samantala, sa katumbas na Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes, panlima sa alis si Sky Serpent, lulan si jockey Esteban de Vera. Ang kabayong ito, na pagmamay-ari ng Dos Ranchos Jofero, ay nag-pacing na lamang rin at nagparemate sa home stretch, at nanalo pa ng kalahating kabayo.

Ang cuartos as 24.2-23.6-26.4 sa kabuuang 1:14.2 sa 1,200 meters din. Segundo si Stolen Time, tersero si Petronas, at cuarto si Bechot.

Abangan ang 4th leg ng seryeng ito sa Setyembre 17 at 18 sa San Lazaro Leisure Park. ***

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THW: Gentle Irony, Best Import?

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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: Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, 9 August 2011, Tuesday

Gentle Irony sa Philracom Peridot     

Llamado ang nanaig sa Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes na ginanap noong nakaraang Linggo sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club.

Sakay si star jockey Jesse Guce, nagparemate si Gentle Irony upang manalo sa 1,900 meter na karera na tinaguriang 4th leg ng Imported/Local Challenge series.

Sumegundo ang kanyang coupled entry na si Juggling Act, lulan si jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. Ang dalawang kabayong ito na pagmamay-ari ni Atty. Narciso Morales ay inangkat mula sa Australia.

Tercero naman si Multiply, at cuarto puwesto si Batang Tundo.

Ang cuartos na naitala ay 6’-23’-26’-24’26, total time 1:58.8.

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            Exciting din ang sumunod na karera noong araw din na iyon – isang ordinary condition race para sa 3YO, mixed group. Llamado si Magna Carta, sakay si Jesse Guce, ngunit ang nanalo ay ang segundo-llamadong Tensile Strength na ginabayan ni Jeffril Zarate.

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            Sa susunod na Sabado sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club, deklarado nang lumaban sina Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, at Pure Grace sa Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Sa Linggo naman sa katumbas na Colts stakes sina Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, at Yes I’m The One.

Ang distansiya ng mga karerang ito ay 1,200 meters – set weight handicapping na 52 kgs sa fillies at 54 kgs sa colts.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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KL: Who Else sa PCSO Maiden Trial

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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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THW: Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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

Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KL: Agosto 21 PCSO Special Maiden Race

by Jenny on August 16, 2011

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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