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KL: Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  13 September 2011, Tuesday

Dehado sa 1st Bandera Cup

Isang ubod na dehadong kabayo – tersero sa pinakadehado sa lahat – ang kumupo ng unang Inquirer-Bandera Cup noong Linggo sa Santa Ana Park.

Ang di inaasahang Benissimo ni John Joseph Lagasca ang unang tumawid sa meta sa 1,300 metrong distansiyang karera na nilahukan ng siyam pang kabayo.

Unang lumabas sa aparato si Benissimo sa ilalim ni jockey Kelvin Abobo. Kilala ang kabayong ito bilang matulin sa gate at kadalasang nauuna; ngunit inisip ng marami na ang de-remateng Ice Storm, na siyang llamado, ang dadating oras na bumigay na si Benissimo.

Ngunit hindi nakayanan ni Ice Storm ang aire ni Benissimo, na kinukundisyon ni Boy Florentino. Sa home turn, umurong na siya at kinuha ni Windbeneathmywings ang unahan, ngunit rumemate ng buong tapang si Benissimo at nanalo pa ng ¾ kabayo, sa tiyempong 7-22’-23’-26’=1:19.6.

Kasama sa awarding ceremony sina Ms. Imelda Alcantara, vice-president for operations ng Inquirer Publications, Inc. at Mr. Rene R. Reinoso, senior vice-president for sales and marketing ng Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Naroon rin, mula sa Bandera, sina Mr. Lito Bautista, executive editor; Mr. Frederick Nasiad, sports editor ng Bandera; at ang inyong lingkod, bilang horseracing columnist ng Bandera.

Ang sponsor Philippine Racing Commission ay kinatawan ng bagong commissioner, jockey Lyndon B. Guce.

Marami ring taga-Bandera at Inquirer Group na sumama sa Naic, Cavite, upang mapanood ang unang charity race para sa beneficiaries na Inquirer Newsboy Foundation at Bandera Lapis at Papel campaign, na namamahagi ng school supplies sa ilang public schools.

Ayon kay Mr. Nasiad, pinag-lalaruan nila ngayon ang ideya na magkaroon ng Inquirer Racing Festival – isang araw kung saan may tig-isang karera para sa anim na publications sa ilalim ng Inquirer Group.

Nagpapasalamat ang Bandera at Inquirer sa Philracom sa ilalim ni Chairman Angel Castaño Jr., at sa Philippine Racing Club, lalo na kay assistant vice-president at racing manager Dan Valmonte na nagbuhos ang buong suporta ng Santa Ana Park sa pagdaos ng event na ito.

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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KL: 1st Bandera Cup

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  10 September 2011, Saturday

 1st Bandera Cup

Ilang tulog nalang, first Bandera Cup na!

Ikinagagalak ng Bandera at ng Philippine Racing Commission na itanghal ang pakererang ito na tiyak ikatutuwa ng bayang karerista.

Ito’y isang charity race, at ang beneficiaries ay ang Inquirer Newsboy Foundation at Bandera Lapis at Papel Campaign.

Ang una ay tumutulong sa mga newsboy na nagbebenta ng pahayagan, at ang pangalawa naman ay isang charity effort ng Bandera na namamahagi ng school supplies sa ilang mga pampubliko na paaralan.

Nakakatuwa na malaki ang nabuong field para sa unang takbo ng Bandera Cup. Siguradong bonggang-bongga ang karerang ito, na tatakbo bilang Race 4 sa Linggo, Set. 11, sa Santa Ana Park sa Naic, Cavite.

Ayon kay Philippine Racing Club assistant vice-president at racing manager Dan Valmonte, 1,300 meters ang distansiya ng naturang karera. Eto ang sampung kalahok at ang kanilang timbang at hinete:

Luna Rossa ni Moises Villaseñor – 54 kgs, jockey JB Guce;

Speedy McKie ni Kenneth Causon – 55, VR Dilema

Sail Street ni Wilbert Tan – 55, CV Garganta

Ice Storm ni Cong. Jeci Lapus – 54, JB Hernandez

Ma’am Mika ni Emmanuel Atienza – 54, JPA Guce

Inner Class ni Ricardo Aquino – 54, AM Tancioco

Windbeneathmywings ni Paolo Mendoza – 53, RL Lagrata

Benissimo ni John Joseph Lagasca – 54, KB Abobo

Yes Joey ni Francis Lim – 54, JB Cordero

Alleluia ni Eduardo Gonzalez – 54, EP Nahilat

Ayon kay jockey at race analyst Joey Macaraig, “Top choice ko dito si Luna Rossa. Una, magaling ang hinete, si JB Guce. Flexible siya sa kabayo, puedeng mauna, puedeng sumunod. Maganda ang post position sa uno; dahil 1,300 meters ang distansiya, pwedeng mauna.

“Panegundo ko si Ice Storm. Compatible sila ng kanyang hinete, si JB Hernandez. Puede silang sumunod kay Luna Rossa. Dehado naman ang panersero ko – si Yes Joey, na magaling magpa-remate.”

Karera lang, walang personalan!  *** 

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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: Humble Riches, Binasag ang Record!

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?

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

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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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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THW: Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

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

Longshots Rule 3rd leg Triple Crown, PSA Cup

Racing is full of surprises, and last weekend saw a couple of upsets in the big races that drew more than the usual number of fans to the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

Last Sunday, two interesting races were held, both sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission – the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown and the Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

The Triple Crown is the championship series for elite local-born 3YO – only the very best may join. The entries in the PSA Cup, in contrast, were drawn from the class-divisions and the race was a grab-bag of feisty veterans aged four to nine.

In the Triple Crown, all eyes were on the favorite Magna Carta, who triumphed in the second leg and placed second in the first. The colt owned by Michael Dragon Javier faced off against twelve other foes over 2,000 meters.

But when the dust cleared, it was far second choice Tensile Strength first at the wire. Ridden by star jockey Jeffril Zarate, the Manuel Vicente-trained filly bested the rest of the field, including ten colts, to win by three.

The Rock placed second, Cheese Mosa third, and Barkley fourth. Magna Carta did not feature among the placers.

The splits for the race were 24.4-23.4-25.4-25.8-27.6 for a total time of 2:06.6. Tensile Strength’s win was worth P1.8 million for her owner, former Philracom commissioner Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla Jr.

In the Philracom-Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup, second-to-that-last-favorite Ferrarione shocked the overflow crowd at Santa Ana Park by outlasting the frontrunner Barefoot Contessa, yet another longshot.

The 9YO veteran horse owned and trained by Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus was the oldest entry among the ten-horse field. He came off a 209-day spell well-rested enough to come from behind and clobber his foes in the stretch.

Lapus Stable star jockey Red de Leon saw a gap by the rails and cleverly positioned Ferrarione inside, saving ground and overtaking eventual second-placer Barefoot Contessa before the wire.

Speedy McKie took third and heavy favourite Nine Dragon settled for fourth. Quarters for the 1,300-meter race were set at 7’-23-23-26’ for a total time of 1:19.8. S

Present at the awarding ceremony were PSA officers Teddyvic Melendres, sports editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer (president); Riera Mallari, sports editor of Manila Standard-Today (secretary); Joe Antonio, sports editor of People’s Journal (treasurer); and Aldrin Cardona, sports editor of Daily Tribune (Board member and past president).

With them representing the host club was racing manager and assistant vice-president Dan Valmonte, while I was there too as a member of PSA.

Last Saturday, the 2,000-meter Philracom Hopeful Stakes saw Prime Rate emerge victorious, followed by Thirdy Thirdy in second, Midnight Myth third, and Sir Ferdinand fourth.

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As I promised last week, here’s a little more on the planned Malvar-Tanauan, Batangas Metro Manila Turf Club racing facility of horseowner-businessman Norberto Quisumbing Jr., PhD. “Dr. NQ”, as he is fondly called, anticipates that in the next two years, the key facilities in the racing cluster shall be completed.

Around 250 workers will be employed in the first phase of construction in the third quarter of this year and increase to 500 in December 2011.  ***

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KL: Dehado sa Triple Crown, PSA Cup!

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

Dehado sa Triple Crown, PSA Cup!

Hindi talaga nawawalan ng sorpresa sa karera kahit kailan, at ito nga ang nangyari noong nakaraang weekend sa Santa Ana Park ng Philippine Racing Club sa Naic, Cavite.

Sa pinakaaabangan na pangatlong yugto ng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown noong Linggo, ang segundo llamado lamang na Tensile Strength ang nanaig. Sakay ni hinete Jeffril Zarate, nagparemate ito sa may back stretch at nanalo pa ng tatlong kabayo, sa distansiyang 2,000 meters.

Sumegundo si The Rock, tercero si Cheese Mosa, at cuarto si Barkley. Wala sa placers ang llamadong Magna Carta.

Ang cuartos ng karera ay 24.4-23.4-25.4-25.8-27.6, para sa kabuuang oras na 2:06.6.

Nagpanhik ng P1.8 million pesos si Tensile Strength sa kanyang may-ari, dating Philracom commissioner Felizardo “Jun” Sevilla Jr. Ang trainer naman ni Tensile Strength ay si Manuel Vicente.

Sa Philracom-Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup noong Linggo rin, nagulat ang bayang karerista nang nauna sa meta si Ferrarione ni owner-trainer Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus.

Ang siyam na taong beteranong kabayong ito ay pangalawa sa pinakadehado sa lahat.

Galing ito sa 209 araw na bakasyon, kaya di masyadong inaaasahan ng mananaya. Ngunit dinaan ito ng kanyang hineteng si Redentor de Leon sa balya noong nagparemate, at sa may meta natuka ang nagbabanderang Barefoot Contessa na napakadehado rin.

Ang oras ng 1,300 meter na karerang iyon ay 7’-23-23-26’, total time 1:19.8. Segundo si Barefoot Contessa, tercero si Speedy McKie, at cuarto ang llamadong Nine Dragon.

Naroon sa awarding ceremony ang ilang mga opisyal ng PSA, kabilang sina Teddyvic Melendres, sports editor ng Philippine Daily Inquirer (president), Riera Mallari, sports editor ng Manila Standard-Today (secretary), Joe Antonio, sports editor ng People’s Journal (treasurer), at Aldrin Cardona, sports editor ng Daily Tribune (Board member and past president).

Kasama nila ang racing manager at assistant vice-president ng PRC, si Dan Valmonte, at ang inyong lingkod bilang miyembro ng PSA.

Ang nanalo naman ng Hopeful Stakes noong nakaraang Sabado ay si Prime Rate, na sumegundo noong pangalawang yugto at nanalo pa ng dalawang kabayo sa huling yugtong ito.

Siya ay sinundan ni Thirdy Thirdy (segundo), Midnight Myth (tercero), at Sir Ferdinand (cuarto).  ***

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KL: Triple Crown Bukas!

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  16 July 2011, Saturday

Triple Crown Bukas!

Bukas na gaganapin ang huling yugto ng seryeng Philippine Racing Commission Triple Crown, pati na rin ang Philippine Sportswriters Association Cup.

Samantala, ngayong araw naman tatakbo ang Philracom Hopeful Stakes, seryeng idinadaos kasabay ng Triple Crown.

Ang mga karerang ito ay gaganapin sa Santa Ana Park, Naic, Cavite.

Sa huling kabanata ng 2,000-metrong Triple Crown, maraming mata ang nakatuon kay Magna Carta. Bagamat si Hari ng Yambo ang nanalo ng anim na kabayo ang layo sa sumegundong Magna Carta sa first leg, ito’y kabayong San Lazaro at may problema minsan sa aparato.

Nakaganti si Magna Carta sa second leg. Ngunit kalahating-kabayo lang ang panalo niya kay Lord of War; si Hari ng Yambo naman ay dumating ng bugaw noong karerang iyon.

Bigyang-pansin din natin dito ang coupled entries Arvindugo at Cheese Mosa. Si Cheese Mosa ang nanalo ng second leg ng Hopeful Stakes. Onseng kalaban ang tinalo niya ang apat na kabayo pa ang layo niya sa sumegundong Prime Rate.

Di lang iyon, mas maganda ang tiyempong naitala ni Cheese Mosa sa Hopeful kesa sa tiyempo ni Magna Carta sa second leg ng Triple Crown!

Si Arvindugo naman ay dumating ng cuarto noong second leg ng Triple Crown.

Sa Hopeful naman, tinitingnan ko si Prime Rate dahil siya nga ang sumegundo sa second leg ng seryeng ito.

Good luck sa inyong pananaya this weekend!

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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