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THW: Humble Riches Can Be Proud

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!

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 Juvenile Stakes

Karera Lang! By Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera, for 17 September 2011, Saturday

Philracom Juvenile Stakes

Maganda ang karerang mapapanood this weekend ng bayang karerista sa pagtatanghal ng Philippine Racing Commission 4thleg Juvenile Fillies at Juvenile Colts stakes races sa San Lazaro Leisure Park ng Manila Jockey Club sa Carmona, Cavite.

Parehong distansiyang 1,500 meters ang karerang ito na para sa dalawang taong gulang na kabayo.

Sa Sabado ang Fillies Stakes. Dahil set weight ang handicapping, lahat ng walong kalahok ay  magdadala ng 52 kgs: Alpha Alleanza, Cat’s Diamond, Golden Boss, Humble Riches, It’s My Turn, Kogarah Lass, Mika Mika Mika, at Spring Collection.

Mahirap nang taobin si Humble Riches na maganda ang pinakita sa nakaraang stakes races. Siya ang nanalo ng second at third legs ng serye ng Philracom Juveniles, at nakabasag pa ng record noong third leg, kung saan ay umoras siya ng 1.11.6 sa 1,200 meters, at nanalo ng anim na kabayo pa ang layo sa sumegundong Alpha Alleanza.

Sa Linggo ang Colts Stakes, 54 kgs ang peso ng 12 kalahok (scratched si Hamaheat): Cinderella Kid, Golden Empire, Isa Pa Isa Pa, Lucky Quest, Patron, Pleasantly Perfect, Sky Serpent, Smarty Ryan, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, Who Else, at Yes Yes Yes.

Bigyan ng pansin dito si Pleasantly Perfect na nanalo ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race noong Agosto 21. Type rin sina Sky Serpent at Stolen Time, na nanalo at sumegundo noong 3rd leg ng Philracom Juvenile Colts Stakes.

Samantala, inihayag ng PCSO Draw and Races Department ang declared runners para sa PCSO Special Maiden Race ng Oktubre 16 sa SLLP (in order of post position):

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

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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THW: New Philracom Board

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  7 September 2011, Wednesday

New Philracom Board 

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently appointed a new chairman and commissioners for the government agency supervising the sport of horseracing, the Philippine Racing Commission.

Named as new chairman last August 10 was Angel Lopez Castaño Jr., while this administration’s slate of commissioners comprises lawyer Victor Tantoco, veterinarian Reynaldo Fernando, engineer Jesus Cantos, jockey Lyndon Guce, and Franco Loyola.

Chairman Castaño, while he has been away from the industry for quite some time, was a former chairman of the board of stewards of Manila Jockey Club, when it was still owned by the Prieto family and other shareholders and still based at the San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman, Manila.

He was on the panel that, in the ‘70s, decided to allow night racing, upon the advancement of track lighting technology and that created the disqualification rule and many other rules and regulations that guide the sport today.

As for the commissioners, Atty. Tantoco and Dr. Fernando are re-appointees from the previous term; Guce had served previously but resigned; while the other two are first-time commissioners. Engr. Cantos is a horseowner; Mr. Loyola is not from the racing industry.

A simple turnover ceremony was held last August 26 at the Philracom office in Makati. Immediate past chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II administered the oath of office to the new Philracom board.

In his farewell speech, outgoing chairman Rojas asked the Philracom personnel to give Chairman Castaño the same, if not greater, support that they extended him during his own three-year tour of duty.

We thank Atty. Rojas for his dedication and service, steering the racing industry through crisis times caused by the global recession. Under his watch, racing in the Philippines remained profitable and vibrant even as racetracks in the US closed down, among them the historic Bay Meadows racecourse in San Mateo, California, that shut down in 2008.

We wish Chairman Castaño and his commissioners the best of luck as they carry on the work of supervising the sport of Thoroughbred horseracing and its allied industry, breeding.

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Among those who extended their welcome wishes to the new Philracom board were the officers and members of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners. The oldest horseowners’ group in the country, founded the same time as the Philracom, in 1974, MARHO counts as one of its 15 founding members Angel N. Castaño Sr., the late father of the current Philracom chairman.

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In other news, Constatic proved to be the fleetest mare on the track after winning the Philracom Lakambini Stakes last August 28 at Santa Ana Park.

The Christopher Garganta-guided racemare won the 1,800-meter race running wire-to-wire, setting splits of 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 for a total time of 1:51.6.

Prime Rate came in second, followed by Cheese Mosa in third and Coal Harbor fourth.

Constatic was sired by Ecstatic (USA) out of Consa (PHI) and is owned by Ronaldo Tan.

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Thanks to all who congratulated me for winning first prize in this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in the category Essay (English). The title of my piece is “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park”. It will be published this December by the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters in their literary journal, Likhaan.

Here’s an excerpt, about my days as the country’s first female apprentice rider:

“The day I stopped feeling gonzo was when Alamat’s colt shied at a piece of paper on the track and galloped at top speed. I had not learned to gallop yet and could not control my mount. Jockeys and grooms yelled for others to clear the track – “Kaskas! Runaway!” as I hung on to the reins, the wind whipping my shirt against my chest.

“The colt spied a gap in the rails that led to our stables. He swerved to go through it, threw me off-balance, and I spun in mid-air, landing flat on my back on the sand.

“I felt no fear. There was no pain. The sky was very blue and the clouds were very white. The sand was gritty under my fingers, and I thought, this is not Santa Ana sand, there are no beaches here, only the Pasig River. The sand was alien to the place, trucked there from some shoreline in northern Luzon. But it had been trodden by people and horses and that made it part of the town. There I was, lying in several inches of dirt, embedded in Santa Ana in a way few people ever experienced.”

The essay will also appear online on the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation website. ***

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KL: Saan Patungo ang Karerang Pilipino?

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  6 September 2011, Tuesday

 Saan Patungo ang Karerang Pilipino?

gayong may bagong Board ang Philippine Racing Commission, maraming taga-karera at karerista na nagtatanong: ano kaya ang direksiyon na itatalaga ng bagong pamunuan para sa karerang Pilipino?

Naalala ko noong isang araw ang huli kong punta sa mga foreign racetracks – ito’y noong 2009, sa Hong Kong (Sha Tin at Happy Valley Racecourses) at sa Amerika (Santa Anita Park sa California).

Ito ang nasulat ko noon tungkol sa karerahan sa Hong Kong:          

“Sobrang ganda ng karerahan sa Hong Kong. Ito ay isang truly world-class operation sa ilalim ng Hong Kong Jockey Club, na isang private company na isa sa pinakamalaking taxpayer sa bansa. Higit 11% ng income tax na nakakalap ng Hong Kong ay mula sa HKJC.

“Lahat ng kita ng HKJC ay pumupunta sa charity efforts, at marami pa itong sinusuportahan ng mga endeavors tulad ng Panda Habitat sa Ocean Park resort.

“Dalawa ang racetrack ng HKJC – ang Happy Valley, na unang itinayo sa gitna mismo ng siyudad ng Hong Kong, at ang Sha Tin facility sa New Territories. Ang schedule ng racing sa Hong Kong ay magaan lang – dalawang araw kada linggo, mula Setyembre hanggang Hunyo. Miyerkoles ang karera sa Happy Valley, at Linggo sa Sha Tin.”

Sa kanilang karerahan, mayroon mga facilities tulad ng equine laboratory, hospital, equine pool, at forge. Ang equine lab nila ay isa sa apat na kilalang equine lab sa mundo.

Ang equine hospital ay state-of-the-art din. May hydraulic table ang operating theater, at gamma ray machine upang silipin ang loob ng kabayo, bukod pa sa x-ray at ultrasound machines. May mga treadmills for testing ng cardiovascular health ng kabayo.

Sa forge naman ginagawa ng kanilang magbabakal ang mga horseshoes, bokado, at iba pang kagamitan.

Napakaganda rin ng Santa Anita Park. Mismo ang presidente nito noon, si Mr Ron Charles, ang nag-tour sa akin. Tumapak pa kami sa mismong pista upang maramdaman at makita ko ang Cushion-Track synthetic surface na gamit nila noon.

Kahit di natin mapantayan ang ganda ng kanilang karerahan, at least makakakuha tayo ng “best practices” na maaring i-apply sa ating lokal na sitwasyon na ikabubuti ng karerang Pilipino.

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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KL: Philracom Chairman Castaño

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: 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: Racing’s Top Ten

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  1 June 2011, Wednesday

Racing’s Top Ten

Just like any other sport, horseracing ranks its athletes and participants based on statistics. I personally consider as official the data compiled by the Philippine Racing Commission, the government body under the Office of the President mandated to supervise and regulate the sport.

As of end-April 2011, here are the Top Ten in Philippine racing.

Horseowners: (1) Atty. Narciso Morales, (2) Aristeo G. Puyat, (3) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus, (4) Antonio G. De Ubago Jr., (5) Ruben B. Dimacuha, (6) Joseph C. Dyhengco, (7) Jade Bros. Freight, (8) Ralph Javier, (9) Herminio S. Esguerra, (10) Eduardo E. Gonzalez.

Trainers: (1) Ray R. Henson, (2) Ruben S. Tupas, (3) Carlos M. Vicente: (4) Johnny C. Sordan, (5) Rodolfo G. Mendoza, (6) Cong. Jeci A. Lapus, (7) Renato R. Yamco, (8) Nestor E. Manalang,  (9) Dave R. De la Cruz, (10) J. S. Henson.

Jockeys: (1) Patricio R. Dilema, (2) Jonathan B. Hernandez, (3) Jesse B. Guce, (4) Fernando M. Raquel Jr., (5) Mark A. Alvarez, (6) Rodeo G. Fernandez, (7) Valentino R. Dilema, (8) Kelvin B. Abobo, (9) John Alvin Guce, (10) John B. Cordero.

Horses: (1) Magna Carta, (2) Juggling Act, (3) Yes Pogi, (4) Getting Better, (5) Big Daddy’s Dream, (6) Bosbarawana, (7) Bahala Na, (8) Alamid, (9) Deceptions, (10) Dancing Gisele.

Computation of rankings is done by prize money earned. For more information, visit the Philracom website at

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Racing fans are looking forward to June 11 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro

Leisure Park, the venue for the second legs of the Philracom Triple Crown and Hopeful stakes series for elite 3YO local-born thoroughbreds. Both will be run over 1,750 meters.

Declared for the TC are: Arvindugo, Barkley, Constatic, Hari ng Yambo, Lord of War, Magna Carta, Maker’s Mark, Tensile Strength, and The Rock. Constatic, the lone filly, will carry 52 kgs., while the rest are colts and will be handicapped with 54 kgs.

Hari ng Yambo won the first leg quite easily, while Magna Carta is also expected to shine. Count on Arvindugo to try his best. Constatic won the first leg of the Hopeful Stakes and could do well here.

For the Hopeful, a full gate: Armoury, Cheeze Mosa, Coal Harbour, Dimasalang, Ooh La La’s Gold, Prime Rate, Wondrous Wind (fillies, to carry 52 kgs.), Olajuwon, Dear John, Smart Guru, Thirdy Thirdy, Tucker’s Diamond, and Whistler (colts, to carry 54 kgs.).

Smart Guru had been scratched the first time around; watch out for him this time, and for Cheeze Mosa.

Also on June 11 is the fourth Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden race of the year, over 1,300 meters. Renato Virata’s Markees World won the trial last May 24 by seven lengths with a time of of 1:24’.

The other declared runners are Ramon Bagatsing Jr.’s Classy Kitcat, Herminio Esguerra’s Fair Wind, Jose Mari Franco’s Huatulco, Kerby Chua’s Pinay Beauty, Wilbert Tan’s Conqueror’s Magic, and Jeci Lapus’s Stolen Time.

Meanwhile, as of presstime, horseowners and trainers are nominating their entries for the first legs of the Philracom Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Colts stakes races set for June 18 and June 19 respectively at Santa Ana Park. The race distance is 1,000 meters. Declaration is on June 3 with a fee of P5,000 per entry, while drawing of post position is on June 15 at the Philippine Racing Club handicapping department.   ***

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THW: Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

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

Yes Pogi Uses Surprise Tactic in PCSO Silver Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Eric de los Reyes/PCSO.

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KL: Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

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

Yes Pogi sa PCSO Silver Cup!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karera lang – walang personalan! ***

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