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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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THW: Mega Red Wins PSA Cup

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 7 July 2010, Wednesday

Mega Red Wins PSA Cup

He’s the 3YO son of the highest-earning Philippine champion racehorse of all time, and is as red as a roasted chestnut all over. Named Mega Red, this emerging star is one to watch in the days to come after winning last Sunday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

Trophies for winning owner, trainer, and jockey at the awarding area at SLLP

Held at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, the 1,500-meter condition race for local-bred 3YO of both genders was the revival of a venerable tradition, spearheaded by the present leadership of the PSA with the support of the Philippine Racing Commission.

Ridden by jockey Jesse Guce, Mega Red beat ten other runners and clocked quarters of 18-24′-25′-28′ for a total time of 1:36.6 to win by four lengths over Rene See’s Winner’s Lane. Tierra Sagrada de Maria’s Skyline Pigeon came in third and Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.’s Indy’s Gift fourth.

Mega Red, with Jesse Guce aboard, wins by four.

According to Philracom chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, the Commission “is pleased to bring back this race for the enjoyment of racing fans and to support the PSA which is a valued partner of the racing industry.”

As in previous occasions of the PSA Cup, the proceeds of the race will fund the organization’s various projects and activities, among them the annual PSA Awards Night, the only recognition program in Philippine sports.

On hand to present the trophies at the awarding ceremony were PSA president Teddyvic Melendres (sports editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer) and treasurer Joe Antonio (sports editor, People’s Journal). Winning trainer Dave de la Cruz accepted the owner’s trophy in behalf of Mega Red’s owner Herminio Esguerra, who was in Canada at the time but sent his best wishes to the PSA officers and members.

Joe Antonio, Teddyvic Melendres, and Philracom’s Dr Romy Buencamino watch the races from the SLLP Turf Club balcony.

With them were Chairman Rojas, Philracom racing consultant veterinarian Romeo Buencamino, MJC racing manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo, and guest Michael Milbier.

Melendres presents a trophy to Dave de la Cruz. With them are Dr Buencamino, Magboo, Milbier, Chairman Rojas, and Antonio.

Bred by Esguerra’s Herma Farms & Stud, Mega Red was sired by Philippine champion Wind Blown out of broodmare Excel Prime (by Al Bashaama).

Upon discussion with Melendres and Antonio, Chairman Rojas says plans may go forward for another Philracom-sponsored PSA Cup in late December, to be tentatively held on the same day as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup.

The PCSO Gold Cup is regarded as the most prestigious on the racing calendar. Holding both events on the same day would afford PSA members – editors, sportswriters, and photographers – the rare chance to witness two top-drawing races in one visit.

Melendres and Antonio thanked Chairman Rojas, the Commission, MJC, and the participants and racing fans for their support of the PSA Cup. In an interview aired over the live racing show on cable TV, Melendres added that he looks forward to increased press coverage of racing events from now on.

Antonio, Melendres, Milbier, Chairman Rojas, Magboo, and Dr Buencamino at the Gold Box of the SLLP Turf Club

It’s great that this yearly tradition has been resurrected. In former days, when sports editors and kareristas Rudy Navarro and Jimmy Cantor were among the PSA officers, racing news was given more space in the dailies. Nowadays only a handful of sportswriters who also happen to be staunch karera fans write about track happenings, among them Joe Antonio.

Let’s hope that with more exposure to the sport, the current crop of PSA officers and members will get wrapped up in the mega-action, mega-speed, and mega-power that only a field of thoroughbreds thundering around a track can deliver. Mega Red would approve.  ***

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