Yes Pogi Gold Cup champ

THE triple-bill presentation of top horseracing last weekend produced contrasting results that really rocked the four corners of the local racing world.

Second choice Yes Pogi reasserted his claim for supremacy not only among the best three-year-olds in the country but also as the best of his generation.

The grey colt by Rum Tum Tiger out of Belle Epoque simply let his seven other opponents do the early fighting before flying home with a big run to win the whopping P2.5 million courtesy of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Racing Commission, which was both represented by Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II.

“Kayang-kaya at magaling talagang kabayo,” said the beaming veteran winning rider Manolito Daquis, after claiming his biggest prize for the year.

Daquis replaced Fernando Raquel, who partnered Yes Pogi in his successful Triple Crown Series. It won the first two legs before placing second to Carriedo in the third and final leg.

On Sunday the second favorite Yes Pogi was a picture of a true champion as he whizzed past the favorites en route to winning his biggest race this year.

It was Heaven Sent and Gold Cup champion of 2008 Ibarra which disputed the lead right up into the backstretch while the top favorite Go Army was in third, followed by Righthererightnow, Lively Dude, Native Land (Gold Cup champion in 2007) and Yes Pogi (which was lagging behind by some 15 lengths off the leaders) in that order. Shining Fame was left behind at the gate.

Ibarra got hold of the lead and tried to move ahead as he led by as much as six lengths going into the last bend for home, where the other contenders started to make their moves.

It was Go Army and Righthererightnow which tried to catch Ibarra in the mad dash for home, but Yes Pogi came thundering down from the outer rail in that canto.

A few flicks of the whip by jockey Daquis sent Yes Pogi flying home uncontested from there. The victory was worth the whopping P1.5 million top prize from the sponsoring PCSO and another P1 million from the Philracom.

Yes Pogi stopped the clock at 2:08.8 with quarters of 24’-23-26-26’-28.

Longshot Righthererightnow checked in a surprised second for P500,000, while Go Army finished third and Ibarra checked in fourth for P250,000 and P125,000, respectively.

The other finishers in the 2,000-meter race were Native Land, Lively Dude and Heaven Sent.

Earlier in the day, longshot Chief Josan (Wando-Questioned Answered) was the surprise winner of the 2010 Philracom Juvenile Championship with jockey Jordan Cordova onboard.

The colt collected the whopping top prize of P1.5 million for owner Tony de Ubago, who also collected another P75,000 for being the breeder of the champion horse.

Runner-up Whistler, another longshot, collected P562,500 while third-placer Arvin Dugo picked up P312,500. Fourth-placer Barkley salvaged P125,000.

Meanwhile, the veteran EJ’s Magic continued its magical run as he bagged the 2010 Philracom Grand Sprint Championship on Saturday.

The victory was worth the whopping top prize this time of P600,000 for proud owner Ceasar Daniel de Castro. Eternal Flame checked in second for P225,000, while third- and fourth-placers Versoix and Music King were given P125,000 and P50,000, respectively.

This Sunday Yes Pogi is wrapping up all his assignments as its participates in the P1-million 2010 Philracom Grand Derby.

He will be facing the tough and tested local three-year-olds in another 2,000-meter race and they are Joseph Dyhengco’s Darleb with Jeffril Zarate and Scotland Yard with Dominador Borbe Jr., Gastambide with John Paolo Guce, Bienvenido Niles’s Invincible with Louie Balboa, Deemark International’s Righthererightnow with Mark Alvarez, Marlon Cunanan’s Shining Armour with Pati Dilema, Wilbert Tan’s Thotis Best with Dan Camanero and C & H Enterprises’ Westerly Wind with Antonio Alcasid Jr.

Source: Business Mirror
By: Andy Sevilla

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