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THW: 3rd Bagatsing Racefest at MJC Breaks Record

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 24 August 2011, Wednesday

3rd Bagatsing Racefest at MJC Breaks Record

Lovely lawmakers, a handsome actor, distinguished congressmen, foreign embassy officials, and racehorses – it could have been a scene from a prewar movie.

Instead, it was the happy reality last Friday, August 19, at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, during the 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.

The late mayor of Manila was a supporter of racing and breeding, as are his sons, Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon “Dondon” Bagatsing Jr. Both have been horseowners and breeders since their twenties and are members of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners.

The sons and other family members – among them Cong. Amado’s daughter Belinda and Atty. Dondon’s sons, Sampaloc councillor DJ and TV presenter Havy – conceived of a racing festival as a tribute to the late clan patriarch, whose idea of relaxation was to clap a cowboy hat on his head and hie off to his Batangas ranch for a few hours in the company of his thoroughbreds.

On the third racefest in his honor, a vibrant party ensued at the SLLP Turf Club Gold Box, hosted by the Bagatsing family and MJC chairman lawyer Alfonso R. Reyno Jr. Among the guests were former senator Nikki Coseteng; congresspersons Lucy Torres (Ormoc) and her husband, actor Richard Gomez (who is her chief-of-staff), Jeci Lapus (Tarlac), also a horseowner/breeder/trainer, and Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro); a couple of officials from the United States Embassy (they declined to be named) and their wives; the elder statesman of racing, Aristeo “Putch” Puyat; and many other horseowners, press people, and other guests.

There were nine races held that evening. Three were main races of the RDB Cup, reminiscent of the Gran Copa de Manila races revived by the late mayor at MJC, when the club was still based at the now-defunct San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman. Six were sponsored trophy races backed by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, SMART Communications, horseowner Mr. Eddie Gonzalez, PAGCOR, Resorts World, and Cong. Albee Benitez.

Thanks to the skilful handicapping led by Philippine Racing Commission’s sports and games officer Rolando “Bitoy” Lansangan and MJC handicapper Nitoy Gonda, longshots dominated the day.

In the Herma Farms-ICTSI-Bing Tecson sponsored RDB Cup III, Kenneth Causon’s Cramps won under the reins of Val Dilema while trained by Francis Clor. Rain Shower came in second and Doña Nenita third (coupled entries ni Don Antonio Floirendo Sr.), while RMR Equine’s Tritanic checked in fourth. Splits and time for the 1,500-meter race were 17’-24-25-27’ = 1:34.

In the Philracom-backed RDB Cup II, Marvin Louie Villasenor’s Gastambide ruled, steered by Rodeo Fernandez and trained by Dave de la Cruz. Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus’s Carriedo placed second, ER King’s Money Queen third, and Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb fourth. For 1,900 meters the time was 19-24-26-25’-27 = 2:01’.

The highlight Philracom-RDB Cup I was won by Felizardo Sevilla Jr.’s  hot property Tensile Strength guided by jockey Jeffril Zarate. Trained by Manuel Vicente, the filly beat four other colts including Michael Dragon Javier’s Magna Carta that settled for second, followed by Atty. Sixto Esquivias IV’s Arvindugo and Santa Clara Stockfarm’s Lord of War. Emmanuel Santos’s Hari ng Yambo, erstwhile top contender in the 3YO wars this season, straggled in last. The time for the 1,900-meter race was 19-23-25’-25’-27 = 2:00.

According to MJC racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo, sales for the day reached P29.5 million, breaching the previous MJC Friday record of almost P28 million. Atty. Bagatsing ascribed the event’s success to the support of the industry, sponsors, and especially racing fans. “The love of Mayor Bagatsing for horseracing was reciprocated by the fans – it’s a love-love relationship,” he said.

He also referred to older racing fans’ nostalgia for the Gran Copa races held every Araw ng Maynila, that were always the most well-attended at the Hippodrome from the ‘70s to the ‘90s.

“For young people who don’t know what the Gran Copa was about,” Bagatsing said, “this [Bagatsing Cup] was a reliving of those colorful glory days of the sport of kings. From the intensity of the support shown the event these past three years, it’s obvious that people are yearning for the old Gran Copa.”   *** (Email:, Web:, Facebook: Gogirl Racing, Twitter: @gogirlracing)

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THW: Humble Riches Breaks Mark, Bagatsing Cup

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: Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 August 2011, Saturday

Horseowner, Banned sa MJC?

Pumutok ang balita sa karera kamakailan na pinatawan ng Manila Jockey Club ng “ban” sina horseowner Demi Ching at ang kanyang hineteng si Pipoy Silva pagkaraaan ng pagkatalo ng kabayo ni Mr. Ching na sakay ni Pipoy sa isang karera kung saan ito ang llamado.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na nakarinig ako na may na-“ban” na isang horseowner.

Ito rin ang unang beses na na-“ban” ang isang hinete na walang suspensiyon.

Karapatan ng racing club na i-“ban” mula sa kanilang lugar ang kahit sinong tao para sa kahit na anong dahilan. Kung ayaw nilang papasukin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang isang tao dahil sa tingin nilang di angkop ang kanyang kilos, kasuotan, o kahit mukha, nasa kanila iyon.

Ngunit ang insidenteng kinasangkutan nina Mr. Ching at Mr. Silva ay naganap sa konteksto ng karera. May sariling rules and regulations nga ang mga racing club, ngunit may rules and regulations din ang laro ng karera ng kabayo.

Bakit walang imbestigasyon o suspension sa kaso ni Pipoy, tanong ng ilang kapwa hinete niya? Nag-aalala  rin ang isang grupo ng horseowners sa nangyari sa kaso ni Mr. Ching.

Abangan natin kung may susunod na kabanata ang panibagong kuwentong karerang ito.

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            Samantala, excited na ang pamilya Bagatsing sa kanilang inaasikasong 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Racing Festival na gaganapin sa SLLP sa Agosto 19, ang birthday ng yumaong mayor at horseowner/breeder. Ang buong araw na iyon ay hitik ng trophy at stakes races, at ang balita ang nakakuha sila ng maraming sponsors.

Good news ito para sa mga sota ng mga mananalong kabayo, na tuwing RDB festival ay binibigyan ng cash award bilang pagbigay-pugay sa kanilang kontribusyon sa karera.

Karera lang – walang personalan!   ***

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THW: Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Cup

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

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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THW: Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

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

Filly Beats Colts’ Performance

Humble Riches, despite her name, earned the right to strut when she beat the boys’ time last weekend at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

The 2YO filly competed in the Philippine Racing Commission’s 2nd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes race last Saturday. She carried 53 kgs under jockey Val Dilema.

The 1,000-meter sprint also featured Buena Fortuna, partnered with jockey Fernando M. Raquel, carrying 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; It’s She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53 (I know, the name is ungrammatical, that’s not a typo); It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Humble Riches was sent off as the favorite from the start and hung off-the-pace, kicking into gear at the far turn. She posted a time of one minute flat. The record for the distance is held by Lord Boni, who clocked 58.6 seconds on 31 March 2007 at the same track.

Alpha Allianza came in second place, Going West third, and It’s She Perfect fourth. (I know, an odd name, but there’s nothing wrong with her legs nor her form, and those are what count on the track.)

In the four-horse 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Colts stakes held Sunday – same distance, same track – favorite Jet Stream under Jeffril Zarate hit the wire first, followed by Bechot, Stolen Time, and Sky Serpent in that order. The time for the race was 1:01.6, also for 1,000 meters.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office announces the ten nominated entries to the August 21 Special Maiden Race (2YO Open) participating in the trial on August 2 at SLLP:

Colts: Robert Joseph Moran’s Alta’s Choice, Danilo Estacio’s Carmelo, Jeci Lapus’s Dancing Dolphin, Fe Eliscupides’s Hamaheat, Ramoncito Arceo’s Kamikazi, Divina Dy’s Pleasantly Perfect, and Eduardo Gonzalez’s Who Else;

Fillies: Paolo Mendoza’s Louie Alexa, Lamberto Almeda Jr.’s Power of Destiny, and Mario Gerard Cunanan’s Santorini.

Both the trial and actual race will be held over 1,300 meters.

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Also on the August racing calendar are the following: at SLLP, Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup.

According to former Manila congressman and the late mayor’s son lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., their family is still going over the racing festival arrangements and mechanics with MJC racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo.

The racefest was conceived by Atty. Bagatsing and his brother, Manila congressman Amado S. Bagatsing, as an homage to their father who was an avid horseowner and counted racing and thoroughbred breeding as relaxing activities that helped him cope with the stresses of his position as mayor during the challenging times of the ‘70s.

At the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park: Aug. 13, 3rd leg Philracom Juvenile Fillies Stakes; Aug. 14, 3rd leg Juvenile Colts Stakes (both 1,200 meters); Aug. 28, Philracom Lakambini Stakes. More on these exciting races next week! ***

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KL: 2nd leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  23 July 2011, Saturday

2nd Leg Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Inaabangan itong weekend sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ang ikalawang yugto ng serye ng Philippine Racing Commission para sa mga “juveniles” or dalawang-taong gulang na kabayo.

Ang 2nd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Fillies ay itatakbo ngayong araw sa distansiyang 1,000 meters. Kalahok dito ang mga sumusunod: Buena Fortuna, lulan si jockey Fernando M. Raquel, sa timbang na 53 kgs; Cheese Blanca, Patricio Dilema, 53.5; Humble Riches, Val Dilema, 53; Is She Perfect, Daniel Camañero, 53; It’s My Turn, Jesse Guce, 53; Lohrke’s Tower, John Alvin Guce, 52; Alpha Allianza, Karvin Malapira, 52; and Going West, Jeffril Zarate, 53.

Patok daw dito si  Humble Riches, base na rin sa magandang pinapakita nito, at puede ring kunin ung sakay ni Malapira.

Bukas naman ang sa Colts, na lahat ay magdadala ng 54 kgs, apat lamang sila: Bechot, Christopher Garganta; Sky Serpent, Esteban de Vera; Stolen Time, Jonathan Hernandez; at Jet Stream, Jeffril Zarate. Ang dalawang huling nabanggit ang napupusuan ko rito.

Abangan din sa SLLP ang mga sumusunod na karera: Aug 7, Philracom Peridot Stakes; Aug 19, 3rd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup. Ayon kay former Manila congressman, Atty Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr., inaasikaso na ng kanilang pamilya at ni SLLP racing manager Jose Ramon “Ding” Magboo ang mechanics ng pakarerang nagbibigay-pugay sa kanyang ama, ang yumaong mayor ng Maynila.

Tulad ng dating Gran Copa de Manila na karera, na si Mayor Bagatsing ang bumuhay sa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman noong araw, magkakaroon din ang Bagatsing Memorial Racing Day ng Division I at Division II na major stakes races. Mayroong pito pang special/trophy races. Tulad ng mga nakaraang RDB Cup festivals, may premyo ang mananalong sota, at iba pang mga pakulo. Abangan! ***

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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: Of Lakambinis and Broken Records

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 25 August 2010, Wednesday

Of Lakambinis and Broken Records

It’s a rule of thumb in handicapping (choosing winners in horseracing) to opt for a colt or male horse over a filly or mare. It’s just one of those things, like taking a sprinter over a stayer in short distance races, stayers over sprinters in mid- to long-distance battles, and bays over grays and roans in bright day races.

To remove the gender factor, there are “distaff” races open only to fillies and mares, such as the Philippine Racing Commission’s annual Lakambini Stakes for local-bred 3YO fillies. Horseowners with high quality fillies take the effort and time to prepare their horses for this big-money stakes race that is usually run over a long distance.

This year it was run over 1,800 meters at Santa Ana Park last Sunday, with a slate of talented thoroughbreds coming out of their stables to compete for first prize of P720,000 put up by the Philracom, which also allotted prizes for second to fourth and for the winning breeder.

First out of the gate was the heavy favorite, Eric Tagle’s Thief in the Nite, with Cito Esquivias’s Empire Glory running off the pace. Longshot Ma’am Mika ran in third, moving up in the backstretch to grab second position before the far turn.

At the top of the stretch, Thief in the Nite was still in front but fading, allowing Ma’am Mika to take the lead. Third choice Redemption, guided by top rider Jesse Guce, staged a powerful rally in the final eighty meters to win by a length over Jun Molina’s Ma’am Mika. EB King’s Bilyonarya took third, C&H Enterprises’ Westerly Wind fourth. Total time for the race was 1:53.6.

Owned by Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos, Redemption is trained by Ruben Tupas. Sired by Sailaway out of American mare Fire Down Under, Redemption is half-sister to Mayor Abalos’s champion Ibarra, which was sired by a Cherokee Run progeny, Yonaguska.

In another special race also last Sunday, the mile-long Samahang Plaridel Race, second favorite Hot Shout, owned by Tito de Jesus’s Rolling Green Farms and ridden by John Alvin Guce, clocked 1:41 to win over placers Tiger Moon, Lakota Creek, and Okay Approve.

In last Thursday’s 2nd Mayor Ramon Bagatsing Memorial Raceday, the two 1,700 meter highlight races proved exciting with the record for that distance being broken within both races.

It’s “Horses out!” for one of the Mayor Bagatsing Day special races.

In the Division I Bagatsing Cup, third pick Thoti’s Best, steered by Daniel Camanero,  scored an upset over heavy favorite Yes Pogi and close second choice Carriedo. The time for the race was a record 1:45. Two races later, in the Division II, the Jeff Zarate-piloted Batang Tundo set the track on fire with a blistering 1:43.

Thoti’s Best flashes past Carriedo in the RDB Cup – Div I.

Though low-key compared to last year’s week-long event debut, the Bagatsing Raceday was special, with recognition given to winning grooms via cash prizes of P1,500. Sponsors Euromed, Red Bull, and Pocari Sweat had giveways packs for winning owners, trainers, jockeys, and grooms.

JennyO interviews Cong. Amado Bagatsing on the live cable TV coverage.

Meanwhile, the nomination of yearlings to the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners racing program will be accepted until October 31. A general assembly and election of officers will be held in the first or second week of September.

All in all, these are interesting times for the sport, with annual events being sustained by their founders and sponsors despite tight economic times. ***

All photos by Joselito Vilella.

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THW: Longshot Overload

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 11 August 2010, Wednesday

Longshot Overload

Last Sunday at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, was a day of elderly longshots, with four veteran runners wreaking havoc with punter’s expectations in the exotic betting.

In the first set of the Winner-Take-All, the holders of the seven winning tickets took home over P312 thousand pesos each. In the second set, there were only two winners who struck it rich with P645,000 each, while pickings for the 17 winners in the third set quite adequate at P66,000 each.

The longest shot of all was 10yo veteran Empire Maker (Strike Too – Go Dilly). Steered by Class D jockey Carias Moreno, the tandem upset top choices Celestial, Rivaldo, Buena’s  Hope, and three others in their Class Division 1 race.

From a total pool of P3.37 million when the event begun at Race 1, the live wagers plummeted to only 804 after Empire Maker’s shocking win.

In the previous race, Tony de Ubago’s 10yo Reporter (Decawan – Natural Civet), was sixth choice in a field of eight CD1 horses, winning by one length over another longshot, Mike’s Zam Lady . 6YO Suavetiger (Rum Tum Tiger – Slim Berta), another sixth favorite, also won by a length to best eight other horses in CD6 while far fourth pick Reality Show (Amerigo – True To Life) clobbered ten foes in CD1.

It just goes to show that in racing, while age may be a factor, sometimes it doesn’t matter but skills and condition do.


It’s “all set and ready to race” for the 2nd Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Cup on 19 August at Santa Ana Park. A full card of eight races has been prepared in honor of the late Manila mayor, a horseowner and breeder whose sons Manila congressman Amado Bagatsing and former congressman lawyer Ramon Bagatsing Jr. have carried on his legacy in the sport.

The Bagatsing brothers have announced that in addition to major sponsor Philippine Racing Commission, SMART Communication, PAGCOR, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Herma Farms and Stud have put up prize moneyfor trophy races.

Philracom will sponsor the Philracom – Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup which has two divisions. The first has prize money of P700,000 allocated from first to fourth, while the second has P500,000 in total prizes.

In addition to purses for the winning owners, the winning grooms of each of the eight races will also receive P1,500 cash each.  ***

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