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PCSO 41st Presidential

Presidential Gold Cup 1 141 December 2013, SOUVENIR MAGAZINE PCSO San Lazaro Leisure Park



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JONATHAN B. HERNANDEZ and Hagdang Bato, winners of the 2012 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.



The Ruby Anniversary PCSO Presidential Gold Cup: Hagdang Bato Champions of the Gold Cup Official Starters The Birthplace of Champions PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup Souvenir Magazine

Published by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Address: PICC Secretariat Bldg., CCP Complex, Pasay City Website: www.pcso.gov.ph

JENNY ORTUOSTE Editor-in-Chief JAS LALOG Creative Director Atty. WILL de UNGRIA JOseLitO OrtaLiZ Contributors ALEX ALCASID Editorial Assistant JOSEPH MUEGO ERIC DE LOS REYES JOSELITO VILELLA Photographers Racing Committee PR & Publicity Division Editorial Support
JOCKEYS of the October 26 PCSO Special Maiden Race at San Lazaro Leisure Park. Copyright 2013, PCSO. All materials published in the 2013 PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup Souvenir Magazine are copyrighted and no part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher.

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


THE PCSO Board of Directors wishes everyone an exciting and successful 41st PCSO Presidential Gold Cup race.

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

A heartfelt congratulations and greetings to the 41st Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Presidential Gold Cup organizers and participants! The 41st year of this event is an important milestone, not just for PCSO, but for the country and the individual as well. PCSO has a traditional relationship and natural affinity with horseracing. When sweepstakes was our sole product in the 1950s, our first three prizes were determined by the ranking of the horses that carried our tickets. Though this is no longer the practice, the old horse and jockey icon stayed and remained a sentimental and important institutional memory and legacy of the agency. Moreover, any genuine racegoer and fan knows that the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup is the longest continuously-running sporting event in the country and consequently, one of the most awaited. It is also a very prestigious event, featuring only the very best runners. Horseracing too is a sport that symbolizes mans competitive spirit and determination to achieve his goals, whether this is crossing the finish line or reaching ones own ambitions and dreams. As we remember moments of horseracing past and celebrate the Cup this current year, may this 41st celebration hallmark new beginnings and welcome good fortune for everyone.

For the 41st year, the PCSO mounts its flagship racing event the Presidential Gold Cup in honor of President Benigno S. Aquino III. It is a long-standing event in racing eagerly anticipated by participants and racing fans that PCSO believes is its legacy, and thus, its responsibility, to continue in the face of changing times. More than a spectacle to entertain and amuse, the Gold Cup fulfills significant social objectives. As part of PCSOs mandate, it helps support the horseracing and breeding industry that generates jobs, creates infrastructure, and contributes to government by way of taxes and economic growth. We welcome everyone to this years Gold Cup, and hope that it will shine as a beacon of history and tradition in these trying times, as a tribute to all that is good and worthy in the Filipino soul. To the participants, we extend our sincere wishes for a safe and successful journey. To the spectators, may you enjoy the excitement of this grand tradition. And to everyone, our greetings also for the holiday season and may you receive with grateful hearts the blessings of the new year, in order to share them with others in the spirit of charity.


JOse FerDinanD M. ROjas II Vice-Chairman and General Manager

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


BOarD Of DireCtOrs

The Hon. Margarita P. Juico

The Hon. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II

The Hon. Margarita P. Juico Chairman

The Hon. Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin III

The Hon. Mabel V. Mamba

The Hon. Betty B. Nantes

The Hon. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II Vice-Chairman and General Manager

The Hon. Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin III Director

The Hon. Mabel V. Mamba Director

The Hon. Betty B. Nantes Director

The Hon. Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino Director

Atty. Ramon E. Rodrigo Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer

The Hon. Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino

Atty. Ramon E. Rodrigo


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


Republika ng Pilipinas Tanggapan ng Pangulo Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Tanggapan ng Sweepstakes Pangkawanggawa ng Pilipinas Lungsod ng Pasay

BranCh OPeratiOns SeCtOr

ExeCUtive OffiCers

Remeliza Jovita M. Gabuyo Assistant General Manager The Hon. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II Vice-Chairman and General Manager

Josefina A. Sarsonas Manager, National Capital Region Dept.

Romeo S. Rigodon Manager, Northern & Central Luzon Dept.

Atty. Lauro A. Patiag Manager, Legal Department

Mercedes J. Hinayon Manager, Internal Audit Service

Betsy B. Paruginog Manager, Southern Tagalog & Bicol Region Dept.

Federico A. Damole Manager, Visayas Dept.

Mario S. Pelisco Manager, Mindanao Dept.

GaminG, PrODUCt DeveLOPment, & marKetinG seCtOr

Charity SeCtOr

Dr. Larry R. Cedro Assistant General Manager Conrado C. Zabella Assistant General Manager Arnel N. Casas Manager, Gaming Technology Department Roger C. Ramirez Manager, Product Standard & Development Department Atty. Roman C. Torres Manager, Security Printing & Production Department

Dr. Elisa B. Baroque Manager, Medical Services Dept.

Dr. Jose Bernardo H. Gochoco Jr. Manager, Charity Assistance Dept.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


ManaGement ServiCes SeCtOr

Republika ng Pilipinas Tanggapan ng Pangulo Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Tanggapan ng Sweepstakes Pangkawanggawa ng Pilipinas Lungsod ng Pasay

RACING COmmittee

Julieta F. Aseo Assistant General Manager

Romualdo V. Quiones Manager, Corporate Planning Department

Dorothy C. Robles Manager, Accounting & Budget Department

Ramon Ike C. Seeres Manager, Information Technology Services Dept.

ADministrative SeCtOr
Atty. Jose T. Malang Chairman Carlos M. Castillo Vice-Chairman Desoto O. Tupaz Vice-Chairman

Atty. Jose T. Malang Assistant General Manager

Atty. Anamarie V. Gonz alez Manager, Human Resources Dept.

Atty. Reena Yumina M. Yason Manager, Assets & Supply Management Dept. Conrado C. Zabella Member Dr. Romeo F. Buencamino Member Vicente Jesus C. Villanueva Member

Alegria R. Asuit Manager, Treasury Dept.

Engr. Maximino B. Balayo Jr. Project Manager, General Services Dept.

Rolando Batislaong, Palawan Branch Lady Elaine Gatdula, Quezon Branch Adonis Curato, Rizal Branch Visayas Roberto Pio Cinco, Bohol Branch Glen Jesus Rada, Cebu Branch Belena Alvarez, Negros Occidental Br. Cedric Recamara, Iloilo Branch Jeanette Oberio, Western Samar Branch Mindanao Misael Hamak, Agusan del Norte Branch Atty. Ravena Joy Rama-Patalinghug, Davao del Sur Branch Raul Regondola, Misamis Branch Atty. Elvie Tizon Uy, South Cotabato Branch Gloria Ybaez, Zamboanga del Sur Branch

BranCh OPeratiOns SeCtOr BranCh ManaGers Northern & Central Luzon Francis Manalad, Bulacan Branch Ernieli Dancel, Benguet Branch Heherson Pambid, Cagayan Branch Reynaldo Martin, Isabela Branch Reynaldo Carbonel, Nueva Ecija Br. Yamashita Japinan, Pangasinan Br.

Ma. Lourdes Soliman, Pampanga Br. Lolito Guemo, Tarlac Branch Pierre Ferrer, Zambales Branch Southern Tagalog & Bicol Region Laila Galang, Albay Branch Leticia Renomeron, Batangas Branch Nelly Loyola, Camarines Sur Branch Paloma Malinao, Cavite Branch Flora Obina, Laguna Branch

Jennifer Rebecca L. Ortuoste Member

Orlando M. Malaca Member

Arnel N. Casas Member


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

raCinG COmmittee

Atty. Gay Nadine P. Alvor Member Atty. John Derek N. Porciuncula Member Atty. Reena Yumina M. Yason Member

The PCSO Racing Committee proudly presents the 41st PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, the mostanticipated race of the year. This prestigious competition, along with the other events on the PCSO racing calendar including the Silver Cup, Freedom Cup, Anniversary Race, and monthly Special Maiden Races, provides a venue that promotes excellence and the highest standards in a demanding and difficult sport. The Gold Cup this year attracted the industrys best runners, and boasts a formidable lineup that includes last years Gold Cup and this years PCSO Silver Cup and Freedom Cup winner Hagdang Bato. Yet the other entries are not to be discounted: Al hombre osado, la fortuna le da la mano, a way of saying Fortune favors the bold. The Philippine Racing Commission is a valued partner in this event, having for several years contributed an additional P1 million to the purse, a hefty incentive for the entries to shine their brightest. We are also grateful to the Manila Jockey Club, Inc. for hosting the Gold Cup at their San Lazaro Leisure Park with their fullest cooperation. Much of our thanks go to the racing fans whose enthusiasm contributes to the luster of this race. May this Gold Cup be a part of our fondest memories of the sport. Happy racing to all! JOse T. MaLanG Chairman, Racing Committee

Technical Working Group for Racing Dr. Gabriel J. de Leon Reynaldo Z. Empremiado Elenita D. Valencia Divina L. Miranda Luisito E. Raoza Reynaldo E. Padilla Loreto M. Lacson Jr. Kevin Timothy T. San Agustin


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


Philippine Racing Commission

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup is one of the most awaited events in horseracing. It is a source of pride and prestige to horse owners, jockeys, trainers, and other personnel involved in the preparation of the participating horses. The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup is rich in tradition and the history of horseracing in the country. Every year, the history of horse racing is enriched and the story is told about the best, fastest, strongest, and finest horse in the race. This event gathers people who love horses and horseracing to watch and enjoy the competition. This is why the Presidential Gold Cup is the high-end, the ultimate, and the most prestigious event in horse racing. Philracom is honored and privileged to be a co-sponsor with PCSO in supporting this annual event and being a part of this tradition. Philracom is committed to raise the standards of horse racing in this country and maintain its integrity. In behalf of the Philracom Board of Commissioners, staff, and employees, I wish all participants in this event good luck and a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!



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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


Manila Jockey Club is honoured to host once again the prestigious PCSO Presidential Gold Cup at the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park in Carmona, Cavite. This much anticipated racing event not only showcases the top athletes of the industry today; it brings together an entire horse racing community who unceasingly await the rise of its next champion. Now on its 41st staging, the Gold Cup is the longest, continuously-running racing event in the country. Apart from its impressive line-up, the historic title comes with a hefty and generous grand prize for the winner. Truly, the Bayang Karerista should expect no less than the best as these athletes take the spotlight. On behalf of the MJC Board of Directors, I would like to express my commendation and gratitude to the PCSO management headed by Chairman Margarita P. Juico, for remaining a loyal partner of the racing industry and all its stakeholders. Congratulations and good luck to all competitors!

ALFONSO REYNO JR. Chairman and CEO of Manila Jockey Club, Inc.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Cover Story

Cover Story


fter the dust settled, one thing was clear the dominant horse of the 2012 season was a Philippine horse, bred and born on Batangas soil.
All seven entries jumped cleanly out of the gate, but it was the favorite Hagdang Bato who took the lead from the start, with second pick and 2011 PCSO Gold Cup winner Magna Carta clinging to his flank. The others were lengths behind the two rivals.

Hagdang Bato (Quaker Ridge Fire Down Under) romped over 2,000 meters of dirt at Santa Ana Park on 9 December 2012 to win the historic 40th running of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup.

HAGDANG BATO, ridden by Jonathan Hernandez, goes for the lead after the jump-out while the Jesse Guce-steered Magna Carta runs off the pace.

The Ruby Anniversary PCSO Presidential Gold Cup:

By Jenny OrtUOste
HAGDANG BATO close to the wire in the historic 40th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.

HAGDANG BATO negotiates the home stretch with ease.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Cover Story

Cover Story
The two flew over the track fleet as thought, until the backstretch when brave 4YO Magna Carta, carrying the heaviest handicap weight of 58 kgs., started a mighty surge meant to carry himself past Hagdang Bato. But the 3YO, sensing a challenge, lengthened its strides at the far turn to put even more daylight between itself and Magna Carta to win wire-to-wire by three lengths, timing 2:09 (25.8-25.2-25.4-24-28.6). Tensile Strength came in second, followed by a spent Magna Carta in third, while Cinderella Kid took fourth. Chevrome, Steel Creation, and Pleasantly Perfect rounded out the cast. Hagdang Batos owner and breeder, Mandaluyong City Mayor lawyer Benhur Abalos, was elated at the win of his stables pride. He explained, My game plan was successful, with Hagdang Bato guided by jockey Jonathan Hernandez with his signature


FANs pAcK the grandstand at Santa Ana Park for the biggest day in racing.

MAYOR AbALOs receives his replica PCSO Presidential Gold Cup from GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II. With them are (L-R) Philracom Commissioner Atty. Franco Loyola, PRCI President Simeon Cua, Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., an aide, PCSO Racing Committee member Betsy B. Paruginog, and Philracom Commissioner Engr. Jesus B. Cantos.

HERNANDEZ and Hagdang Batos winning stance

MAYOR AbALOs and trainer Ruben S. Tupas hold the facsimile checks for their big win.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


Cover Story

Hagdang Batos owner Mayor Benhur C. Abalos, with his trainer Ruben S. Tupas on the left, greets Ray Henson, trainer of Magna Carta, also an entry in the 2012 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, at the saddling paddock before the race.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office PRESIDENTIAL GOLD CUP Roll of Champions
Year Winner Owner Trainer Jockey 1973 SUN GOD 1974 ILOCOS KING 1975 HENNAS GOLD 1976 FIORELLA 1977 LITTLE MORNING 1978 GYPSY GREY 1979 HONOR ROLL 1980 RED ANNIE 1981 FAIR AND SQUARE 1982 FAIR AND SQUARE 1983 SKYWALKER 1984 DINO BAMBINO 1985 HEADMASTER 1986 MUSIC MACHINE 1987 TIME MASTER 1988 THRILLER 1989 SUN DANCER 1990 SUN DANCER 1991 BALATKAYO 1992 GRAND PARTY 1993 FAIR START 1994 CROWN COLONY 1995 STRONG MATERIAL 1996 BULLDOZER 1997 BULLDOZER 1998 REAL TOP 1999 HOBBY 2000 WIND BLOWN 2001 WIND BLOWN 2002 FREE WIND 2003 RED STAR RISING 2004 EMPIRE KING 2005 SPEED ADVANTAGE 2006 REAL SPICY 2007 NATIVE LAND 2008 IBARRA 2009 DON ENRICO 2010 YES POGI 2011 MAGNA CARTA 2012 HAGDANG BATO Pedro Cojuangco Bernardo Lahoz Elias Ordiales Constante Rubio Ponciano Guerrero Cresencio Domingo Poblete Romulo Henson Andres Camba Gretchen Cojuangco Armando Trinidad Jesus Guce CJ Yulo & Sons, Inc. Antonio Alcasid Sr. Andres Camba Canlubang Sugar Estate Antonio Alcasid Sr. Eduardo Domingo Jr. Jose Cojuangco Jr. Jose Cojuangco Jr. Francisco Fernando Nicanor Jacinto III Nicanor Jacinto III Jesus Guce Herminia Mamon Antonio Alcasid Sr. Jesus Guce Herminia Mamon Antonio Alcasid Sr. Jesus Guce Enrique Cojuangco Ricardo Gregorio Elpidio Aguila Cadamma Enterprises Antonio Alcasid Sr. Eduardo Domingo Jr. Carmel Investments Antonio Alcasid Sr. Andres Camba Jenar Breeders Corp. Jose Torno Rizalito Agustin Cadamma Enterprises Antonio Alcasid Sr. Eduardo Domingo Jr. Andrew Sanchez Antonio Alcasid Sr. Gerardo Biazon Toshio Abe Ruben Tupas Eduardo Domingo Jr. Toshio Abe Ruben Tupas Eduardo Domingo Jr. RHU Corporation Romulo Henson Joe Noel Camu Andrew Sanchez Antonio Alcasid Sr. Guarino Infantado C&H Enterprises Antonio Alcasid Sr. Elpidio Aguila Romen Equity Corp. Antonio Alcasid Sr. Antonio Alcasid Jr. Rolando Rojas Severino Andrade Jesus Guce Ramoncito Arceo Ramon Domingo Joe Noel Camu Katkarian, Inc. Ramon Domingo Joe Noel Camu Emmanuel King & Jose Clor Jesus Guce Rolando Rojas Jose Vergel de Dios Juanito Macaraig Ramon Guce Leonardo Javier Jr. Leonardo Javier Jr. Dominador Borbe Jr. Herminio Esguerra Antonio Alcasid Sr. Patricio Dilema Hubert Leong Edwin Vitalli Joe Noel Camu Michael Trillana Ruben Clor Manolito Daquis David Lee Ernesto Roxas Jeffrey Ladiana Roberto Yutadco Jose Fernandez Fernando Raquel Jr. Herminio Esguerra Ruben Clor Jesse Guce Antonio Tan Jr. Anthony Henson Jesse Guce Benhur Abalos Ruben Tupas Kelvin Abobo Lorraine Uy Wi & Arturo Sordan Jr. Fernando Raquel Jr. Gerardo Espina Jr. Francis G. Lim Felix Lauron Manolito Daquis Michael Dragon Ray Henson Jesse Guce Javier Benhur Abalos Ruben Tupas Jonathan Hernandez

aerodynamic style down the middle of the track instead of by the rail, which at Santa Ana Park is considered heavy going. The Ruben Tupas-conditioned Hagdang Bato is one of the few horses that have the distinction of sweeping the Triple Crown and winning the PCSO Gold Cup in the same year. What made this PCSO Gold Cup even more memorable is that it was the Ruby Anniversary edition. How many sporting events reach such a milestone? And this coveted plum was plucked by the horse that was also the valedictorian of its juvenile batch. Present at the awarding ceremony were, from the PCSO: General Manager lJose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, PCSO Draw and Races manager Carlos M. Castillo, members of the PCSO Committee on Races, and other PCSO personnel.

From the Philippine Racing Commission came Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., Executive Director and Commissioner Jesus B. Cantos, and Commissioners Victor Tantoco, Franco Loyola, Reynaldo Fernando, and Eduardo Jose. With them, from Philippine Racing Club (owner/operator of the host track), were President & COO Simeon Cua and EVP-COO Allan Abesamis.
AN ELATED Mayor Benhur Abalos after the race with Philippine Racing Club, Inc. AVP & Racing Manager Dan Valmonte and President Simeon Cua.

Also held that day was the 13th Philtobo Grand Championship Day, which ensured a good turnout from racing fans. Hagdang Batos stellar performance earned Mayor Abalos a huge P1 million peso prize from Philracom on top of the P3 million provided by PCSO for the winner. Placers up to fourth also received hefty purses, with a purse of P200,000 for the winning breeder.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup




The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup was conceived in the early 1970s by the then-PCSO Board of Directors headed by chairman and general manager Nereo C. Andolong to boost the local horse racing industry and to elevate its standard to international levels.


eld annually in honor of the countrys Chief Executive, the Presidential Gold Cup was first held on 7 October 1973 at the Manila Jockey Clubs San Lazaro Hippodrome. Since then, it has achieved the lofty status of the sports most prestigious race and the longest continuously-running sporting event in the country.



1973: 1974:

Don Pedro Cojuangcos Sun God thundered home virtually unopposed to win the inaugural run of the event in 1973 and capped a brilliant and impressive racing career. Perennial crowd favorite Ilocos King grabbed the honors. Constante Rubios ageless galloper was renowned for his unmatched fighting heart.

1979: 1976:
Gretchen Cojuangcos brave and gutsy Fiorella pulled off the first photo finish victory in the Gold Cup by nipping Gypsy Grey.

The Yulo familys Gypsy Grey, winner in 1978, was entered anew for a record fourth time. The gutsy grey almost pulled off a repeat victory but fell short of the mark, finishing second to Peping Cojuangcos Honor Roll.



Underrated Hennas Gold surprisingly took home the crown.

Canlubang-raised and Yulo-bred Little Morning frustrated the hopes of stable mate Gypsy Grey, who again wound up in second place.


Horseman Nicky Jacintos celebrated chestnut filly Red Annie reigned supreme and completed a Horse of the Year performance with a runaway victory against a stellar Gold Cup field.


Back-to-back defeats did not deter seasoned grey galloper Gypsy Grey from trying again; this time she succeeded.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup




1986: 1987:
Music Machines Gold Cup win completed a fairy tale victory for the Galang brothers, who were competing for the first time in top rung competition. Time Masters victory this year cemented his status as superhorse. Andrew Sanchez celebrated galloper followed the trail of track greats Fair And Square and Skywalker to complete the Triple Crown - Gold Cup grand slam. Time Master eventually retired unbeaten in all his starts as one of the greatest racers of all time.

and 1982: The phenomenal rise of Cesar and Herminia Mamons Fair and Square was marked in 1981. Fair and Square was the first Triple Crown champion in the Philippines and undoubtedly the most outstanding racehorse of his generation. He won the event anew the following year and installed himself as the first local racer to achieve the elusive backto-back conquest of the prestigious PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.

Henry Cojuangcos home-bred Triple Crown champion Skywalker posted a convincing victory to become the years undisputed champion galloper.

1988: 1989

1984: 1985:

Thriller, Time Masters one-eyed stablemate from the same Sanchez stable scored an impressive comefrom-behind win against the best of the year. and 1990: Barely 3YO on the day of the race in 1989, the Toshio Abeowned champion filly Sun Dancer created quite a stir by duplicating Time Masters unblemished run through the Triple Crown and the Gold Cup. Sun Dancer created track lore in 1990 when she captured her second Gold Cup victory in a row to match her sire Fair And Square as the only other horse to score back-to-back cup conquests.

Andrew Sanchez gutsy galloper Dino Bambino bagged the coveted crown, which proved to be the highlight of his storied track career. Despite coming off a long spell, Carmel Investments veteran Headmaster won the years most coveted championship in signature off-thepace fashion.


Former Philracom Chairman Augusto Ochie Santoss unheralded Balatkayo got good breaks en route to capturing the crown.


1996 1994:
Rolando Rojas sent off his stables star, top favorite Crown Colony, to score a dramatic last-to-first performance in the Gold Cup, rebounding from a poor start twenty lengths off the leader to win by a slim margin over Joy Rojass Rising Sun. President Fidel Ramos himself was on hand to award the trophy to the owners of the winning entry, the first president to have ever graced the running of the race.

1992: 1993:

The temperamental Grand Party, another Andrew Sanchez-owned entry, was distracted by a band of noisy cheerers down the back stretch but recovered just in time to finally win the Gold Cup. Come-from-behind charger Fair Start, son of the great Fair And Square and running in the same Mamon colors, surprised with a big finishing kick to outdistance the rest of field en route to an upset win over the heavily favored May Five.

and 1997: Plucky 3YO Bulldozer, Chito Arceos pride and joy, proved himself a winner against a tough field in 1996. Bulldozer defied the odds in 1997 by scoring a repeat Gold Cup victory for Arceo and permanently sealing his slot in the roster of track greats.

Rolando Rojass track sensation Real Top won the Gold Cup in record time and swept all the major stakes races of the year including a grand slam of the Triple Crown. The surprise winner of the crown was Jose Vergel de Dios unheralded filly Hobby, who rallied from the back of the pack to pull off the huge victory.




Rolando Rojas had another strong bet in promising 2YO Strong Material. The precocious colt proved his mettle against the best of the land by becoming the youngest winner of the Gold Cup.



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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup



2003: 2005:
This year produced one of the most thrilling stretch duels in Gold Cup history, with unheralded Red Star Rising and Triple Crown winner West Bound battling it out neck-toneck going into the final straight. In one decisive push to the payoff line, Red Star Rising outdueled West Bound by a neck to gain instant celebrity and crown himself Gold Cup champion. Far fourth favorite, 3YO colt Speed Advantage, upstaged highlytouted division rival Real Spicy with an amazing turn of foot in the final 400 meters to win by three lengths. He went on to bag Horse of the Year honors.

and 2001: Precocious 3YO Wind Blown stamped his class by scoring a decisive victory in the 2000 Gold Cup and reset the track record for the classic 2,000-meter distance by more than three seconds at the San Lazaro Hippodrome. In 2001, prominent horseownerbreeder Leonardo Sandy Javiers prized colt Wind Blown was sold to businessman-sportsman Herminio Esguerra; the defending champ would go on to score a rousing repeat victory, becoming only the fourth locally-bred galloper to achieve a back-to-back Gold Cup conquest.


2006: 2007:


Real Spicy came off a record-breaking run 12-win streak to improve on his 2,050-meter track record by half a second in the years Gold Cup. Tony Tans 6YO Native Land came into the fray fresh from his comefrom-behind win in the previous months 12th MARHO Breeders Cup Classic. The late-maturing horse shot to triumph five lengths ahead of the fading Mr. Victory, Real Spicy, and Empire King.


Wind Blown attempted to score an unprecedented hat trick in the Gold Cup but went down in defeat to unheralded Free Wind who scored a decisive victory at the San Lazaro Hippodrome.

Sensational 3YO colt Empire King squared off against veteran West Bound in another down-the-wire duel. Digging deep into his reserves, Empire King once again denied West Bound his claim to racing fame.


Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abaloss Ibarra stepped slow out of the gate but recovered quickly to take the lead and eke out a practically wire-to-wire victory without any whipping from jockey Kelvin Abobo.

2009: 2010:

Ibarra tried to repeat his victory the previous year, taking the lead in the six-horse field. Running off the pace was Don Enrico, who revved up at the far turn to win in decisive fashion.
YEs pOGi


Once again Ibarra tried his luck, again running in the lead for most of the race. But Yes Pogi staged a dramatic rally in the final stages to win by four, his slow-to-fire style proving an advantage in the grueling competition.

Yes Pogi was gunning for a back-to-back win, but was thwarted by the outstanding skill shown by Magna Carta who ran in fifth for most of the race. Yes Pogi took the lead briefly at the backstretch, but at the far turn Magna Carta surged past the frontrunners to win by almost two lengths, giving his owner, Mayor Sandy Javier, his first Gold Cup victory.


The favorite Hagdang Bato took the lead from the start while second pick Magna Carta ran off the pace until the backstretch, when he attempted a mighty rally under his heavy handicap weight of 58 kilograms. Hagdang Bato met the challenge with determination to win wire-to-wire by three.

In the PCSOs 79th year, the present Board of Directors under Chairman Margarita P. Juico and Vice-Chairman General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II continues the staging of PCSO Presidential Gold Cup a tradition of sporting excellence and the birthplace of champions.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Official Starters
41st Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup 2,000 meters 1 December 2013 San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite
Santa Ana Park COVER GIRL C&H Enterprises Antonio C. Alcasid, Sr. Jonathan B. Hernandez San Lazaro Leisure Park REAL SPICY Herminio S. Esguerra Jose Antonio M. Panlilio, Jr. Louie D. Balboa Santa Ana Park EMPIRE KING David C. Lee Ernesto S. Roxas Jeffrey M. Ladiana San Lazaro Leisure Park REAL SPICY Herminio S. Esguerra Joselito V. Tornandizo Jeffril T. Zarate Santa Ana Park DON ENRICO Lorraine Uy Wi/Gerardo Espina Jr. Arturo C. Sordan Jr. Fernando M. Raquel Jr. San Lazaro Leisure Park IBARRA Benhur C. Abalos Ruben S. Tupas Jesse B. Guce Santa Ana Park YES POGI Francis G. Lim Felix C. Lauron Manolito F. Daquis San Lazaro Leisure Park MAGNA CARTA Michael Dragon T. Javier Ray R. Henson Jesse B. Guce Santa Ana Park HAGDANG BATO Benhur C. Abalos Ruben S. Tupas Jonathan B. Hernandez


1995 Winner Owner Trainer Jockey : : : :

Santa Ana Park PAY DCLAY Augusto Benedicto L. Santos Juanito A. Macaraig Joe Noel D. Camu Santa Ana Park AMERICAN SONG Rodolfo G. Mendoza Rodolfo G. Mendoza Dominador H. Borbe, Jr. San Lazaro Hippodrome WISE GUY Ma. Consuelo Puyat-Reyes Juan C. Sordan Patricio R. Dilema Santa Ana Park STREETS OF GOLD Mario R. Mercader Jose B. Fernandez Miguel S. Recosana Santa Ana Park STREETS OF GOLD Albert C. Alvina Raymundo R. Henson Patricio R. Dilema San Lazaro Hippodrome WIND BLOWN Herminio S. Esguerra Raymundo R. Henson Fernando M. Raquel, Jr. Santa Ana Park WIND BLOWN Herminio S. Esguerra Antonio C. Alcasid Fernando M. Raquel, Jr. Santa Ana Park GOLDEN BALLET Lamberto C. Almeda, Jr. Teodorico O. Basco Jonathan B. Hernandez San Lazaro Leisure Park RED STAR RISING Michael O. Trillana Ruben B. Clor Manolito F. Daquis

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2006 Winner Owner Trainer Jockey : : : :

3) Divine Eagle / 3YO bay colt, 54.5 kgs. Owner: Zenaida de Guzman Jockey: M. A. Alvarez Trainer: Conrado Vicente Pedigree: Tempestuous Win (USA) x Rosebud (PHL) 4) Hagdang Bato / 4YO bay colt, 58 kgs. Owner: Benhur C. Abalos Jockey: J. B. Hernandez Trainer: Ruben S. Tupas Pedigree: Quaker Ridge (USA) x Fire Down Under (USA)

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Sulong Pinoy / 5YO bay colt, 55.5 kgs. Owner: Wilbert Tan Jockey: C. V. Garganta Trainer: Arthur Sagun Pedigree: Quaker Ridge (USA) x Dans Heaven (USA) Basic Instinct / 3YO chestnut colt, 54.5 kgs. Owner: Manuel Alvarez Jockey: J. A. Guce Trainer: Manuel Vicente Pedigree: Deputy Bodman (USA) x Magical Mark (PHL)

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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7) My Champ / 3YO colt, 54.5 kgs Owner: Hide Away Farm Corp. Jockey: F. M. Raquel Jr. Trainer: Nelson Lorica Pedigree: Baseball Champion x Romantic Thriller

Official Starter

5) Pugad Lawin / 4YO bay colt, 55 kgs. Owner: Antonio V. Tan Jr. Jockey: P. R. Dilema Trainer: Ruben S. Tupas Pedigree: Refuse to Bend (IRE) x Unstoppable Lady (AUS) 6) Royal Jewels / 6YO bay colt, 56 kgs. Owner: Juancho Ferrarisa Jockey: D. H. Borbe Jr. Trainer: Edwin Vittali Pedigree: Royal Premiere (USA) x Cats Jewel (PHL)

9) Boss Jaden / 3YO chestnut colt, 54.5 kgs. Owner: Sixto S. Esquivias IV Jockey: J. B. Bacaycay Trainer: Renato R. Yamco Pedigree: Real Spicy (PHL) x Tereshkova (AUS)

10) Arriba Amor / 4YO filly, 54 kgs. Owner: Herminio S. Esguerra Jockey: L. D. Balboa Trainer: Herminio S. Esguerra Pedigree: Quaker Ridge (USA) x Arriba Queen

The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup: An Enduring Legacy

One of the articles in the first PCSO Presidential Gold Cup souvenir magazine has turned out to be prophetic in ways perhaps not anticipated even by some of its own founders. The line goes, In magnitude and prestige, the Presidential Gold Cup is certain to equal, if not in the long run excel, the classic races held elsewhere in the world. pride of place among their other racing memorabilia. Most of all, they want to see their names and that of their horse engraved in the annals of racing, never to be forgotten. Its a race for immortality. When you win the Gold Cup, you will live forever in memory, in stories, and in the enduring tradition that is still carried on by PCSO, and that is one of its sacred trusts.


The first part, at least, has come to pass. The PCSO Gold Cup is the most-awaited annual event of the year. Every horseowner, even the ones with perhaps a horse or two, dreams of a day when they can ascend the awarding area and receive a replica of the iconic Gold Cup. They imagine the weight of it in their arms, so heavy that they will need someone else to help them carry it. They see a ghost of it on their mantel or trophy wall, occupying /JLO

Spring Collection / 4YO bay filly, 54 kgs. Owner: Lolita B. Taala Jockey: J. B. Guce Trainer: Ruben S. Tupas Pedigree: Bertrando (USA) x Springstreetballet (USA)


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup



Feature The 41st PCSO Presidential Gold Cup

Can anyone stop Hagdang Bato?
By atty. wilfred De UnGria

ayor Benhur C. Abalos Jr.s Hagdang Bato (Quaker RidgeFire Down Under) has harvested in seemingly easy fashion all the past stakes races it has participated in that many have described this runner as unbeatable. This years edition of the prize-rich, much-coveted Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup appears to be as easy a fruit to pick. Hagdang Bato plucked the plum last year and intends to duplicate the accomplishment in style. His fans expect no less. Hagdang Bato is no stranger to the 2,000 meters and his partnership with ace rider Jonathan B. Hernandez has been so long, cohesive, and fruitful that the two probably even dream about each other, making the confidence level of runner, rider and even the owner anywhere in the vicinity of high to highest. One of the countrys top caliber conditioners, Ruben S. Tupas, is relentless in devising, scheduling, and giving exercises to prepare Hagdang Bato for this years ordeal. After all, the top handicap weight of 58 kilograms will always be a factor in the lung-busting distance and this years Gold Cup line-up is as tough as it can get. At the start of the race Royal Jewels (Royal Premiere-Cats Jewel), Pugad Lawin (Refuse to Bend-Unstoppable Lady), Divine Eagle (Tempestuous Wind-Rosebud), Arriba Amor (Quaker Ridge-Arriba Queen), and Hagdang Bato will probably be in the lead pack. Boss Jaden (Real Spicy-Tereshkova), Spring Collection (BertrandoSpringstreet Ballet), and My Champ (Baseball Champion-Romantic Thriller) might content themselves to sit back in the second pack, while Sulong Pinoy (Quaker Ridge-Dans Heaven) will probably watch from behind all of the other participants. After continuous hustling and jostling for position, Pugad Lawin and Arriba Amor will probably make their respective bids for solo lead come mid-second canto or be locked in a gruesome head to head battle for it, while Hagdang Bato will linger in third or fourth spot, with minimal urging from its rider. At this point, Spring Collection and Boss Jaden will already make their presence felt, advancing to fourth and fifth spot respectively, but still waiting for Hagdang Bato to make its move. Slam-bang action will probably commence come the early or mid third quarter, depending on the margin the leader has placed between it and its pursuers in the meantime. At this stage, My Champ and Sulong Pinoy, will be ridden like there is no tomorrow if their connections entertain hopes of catching up or even swinging the upset ax. After the smoke clears, there can be only one.


Will Hagdang Bato be able to notch a back-to-back win in the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, as his supporters insist he will? Or can the other entries score an upset to gain Gold Cup gold? All I did in the middle of November was post the official lineup of this years edition on my racing Facebook Page Gogirl Racing to get a slew of comments that ranged from thoughtful analysis to trash-talk on which horse was better or worse. Jeremiah Cruz: 10k to win on Hagdang Bato! Mitchell E. Palmero: Boss Jaden Jun Cruz: Panegunda my champ basic instinct Ramil Tangol Villanueva: HAGDANG BATO Kahit aparador dala nito forecast nalang pinaglalabanan nito, pag naka-ere si DIVINE EAGLE malamang Richard de Castro: Ang hirap ng forecast. Monty Mateo: baliktaran 4-10 [Ed. Hagdang Bato - Arriba Amor] /10-4. Kaya tinago ni esguerra si arriba amor dahil dito The comments got more heated as the supporters of various entries extolled their virtues speed, versatility, past performance until at some point the stream of opinions degenerated into a verbal brawl, unprintable here, but funny enough if read in context. Horseracing, after all, is supposed to be fun, and the Gold Cup even more so, being the most prestigious race on the calendar and the longest-running continuously-held event in Philippine sports. Racing is also about skill. The Gold Cup is when the most talented horses of the land, 3YO and older, come together to test their limits against the best of the best. But racing is also about the breaks the weather, the track condition, the labangan of feed the horse had that day and whether it gave him a stomach ache or not, the jockeys mood, and a myriad other uncontrollable factors. Whether or not there be an outstanding favorite or a prediction for a foregone conclusion, theres a saying in racing thats been proven true many times Apat ang paa nilang lahat, or, your bet is as good as mine.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


JUNE 30, 2013

1st Prize - 2,500,000.00 2 Prize nd

(1A) Hagdang Bato (1) (6) (4) Barkley Chief Joesan High Voltage

PCSO 2013 RACES OFFICIAL RESULTS Sponsored Stakes and Maiden Races From 26 January to 26 October 2013
Date / Race JAN. 26, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old PRCI 1200 Venue Dist. 1 Prize

(SILVER CUP) RACE Open Except Imported (Runners) Horse Name (2) El Libertador (3) Royal Maverick (5) Top Story (2) El Libertador Benhur C. Abalos Jr. AUG. 18, 2013 (5) Azimuth (2) Appointment (4) Skydrifter (5) Azimuth Jeci A. Lapus (1A) Hagdang Bato (2) (1) Magna Carta Barkley (NATL. GRAND DERBY RACE) Exclusive PCSO Runners JULY 20, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old

700,000.00 350,000.00 250,000.00



3rd Prize 4th Prize -

Prizes - 600,000.00 - 125,000.00 2nd Prize - 225,000.00 3 Prize


1st Prize 2nd Prize MMTCI 1200 3 Prize


600,000.00 - 125,000.00 50,000.00

(8) (6) (10)

Young Turk Up and Away Monas Art

- 225,000.00


Breeders - 50,000.00 1 Prize


(8) Young Turk Jeci A. Lapus (2) (3) (6) (4) (4) (3) (1) Boss Jaden Hi Money Sky Dragon Pleasantly Perfect Skyway Tap Dance Great Care

1st Prize - 1,200,000.00 2 Prize nd rd

- 600,000.00 - 125,000.00 50,000.00

400,000.00 250,000.00 150,000.00 600,000.00 225,000.00 125,000.00 50,000.00

FEB. 16, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old MJCI 1300

2 Prize - 225,000.00
nd rd



3 Prize 4th Prize 1st Prize -

3 Prize

Breeders FEB. 17, 2013 (FREEDOM CUP) RACE Open Except Imported (Runners) MJCI 1600

1st Prize - 1,200,000.00 2nd Prize 3rd Prize 4th Prize Breeders 1 Prize

SEPT. 7, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old PRCI 1200

2 Prize nd

400,000.00 250,000.00 150,000.00 200,000.00

3rd Prize Breeders 1st Prize 2nd Prize -

(4A) Makers Mark (1A) Hagdang Bato Benhur C. Abalos Jr. (5) (4) (6) Stand In Awe Gees For Victory Golden Sphinx OCT. 13, 2013 (ANNIVERSARY) RACE Exclusive PCSO Runners PRCI 1600

(4) Skyway Joseph C. Dyhengco (5) (1) (9) (4) (4) (8) (3) Pugad Lawin Leonor Divine Eagle Stand In Awe Low Profile Kid Molave Dixie Gold

- 900,000.00 300,000.00 200,000.00 100,000.00 600,000.00 225,000.00 125,000.00 50,000.00

- 600,000.00 - 125,000.00 50,000.00 600,000.00 - 125,000.00 50,000.00

3 Prize rd

MAR. 9, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old PRCI 1200

2 Prize - 225,000.00
nd rd

3 Prize

4th Prize 1st Prize -

Breeders 1 Prize

(5) Stand In Awe Benhur C. Abalos Jr. (3) (7) (2) Rabble Rouser Daragang Magayon Grand Charmer

OCT. 26, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old MJCI 1400

2 Prize nd rd

3 Prize Breeders -

APR. 27, 2013 (Maiden Race) 3 Yr. Old MMTCI 1200

2nd Prize 3 Prize


- 225,000.00

(4) Low Profile S.C. Stockfarm, Inc.

Breeders -

(3) Rabble Rouser Benhur C. Abalos Jr.

Prepared by: DIVINA L. MIRANDA Comp. Operator IV TWG

Noted by: CARLOS M. CASTILLO Vice-Chairman Committee on Races


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Race Recap

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

Race Recap


The PCSO 2013 Maiden Races

Special Maiden Race 1,200 meters / 26 January Santa Ana Park Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos scored high in the first PCSO race of the year with the wire-to-wire win of his entry El Libertador. The Perfect Cut x Savanna Wind colt clocked 1:15.6 (2623-26) over 1,200 meters with Kelvin Abobo on board. The trainer was Jojo Angeles. Royal Maverick, Top Story, and Kidneys Magic were the placers, in that order. Special Maiden Race 1,300 meters / February 16 San Lazaro Leisure Park This race was a shocker, with longshot Azimuth (Winemaster x Fuzzy Wit) scoring an upset over the super-hyper-megaultra outstanding favorite Appointment. Eduardo E. Gonzalezs Appointment carried the bulk of the sales, mainly because it won

PCSO GENERAL MANAGER Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II hands the owners trophy to Gigi Dacanay, representing Azimuths horseowner Jeci A. Lapus, on February 16 at SLLP. With them are PCSO Racing Committee members Orlando Malaca and Betsy Paruginog.


the trial for the race some weeks prior to the actual run. Azimuth was second-to-the-last choice. Said Azimuths owner-trainer, former Tarlac congressman Jeci A. Lapus: My colt stumbled slightly when it jumped out of the

The Birthplace of Champions

By Jenny OrtUOste

gate during the trial and made a poor showing that time, but we were confident it would do well and we pinned our hopes on it. Paired with rider Patricio Dilema, Azimuth ran off the pace with second pick Skydrifter in


PCSO GM ROjAs with the members of the PCSO Racing Committee and the connections of Rabble Rouser, winner of PCSOs first special maiden race held at Metro Turf.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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Joseph Dyhengcos fleet filly Skyway took top honors in this competition. Mark Alvarez guided Skyway wire-to-wire for an easy threelength win over second placer Tap Dance. Great Care took third and Sweetchildofmine fourth. Skyway posted a time of 1:12.2 with splits of 2522-25 for the 1,200meter race. Special Maiden Race 1,400 meters / October 26 San Lazaro Leisure Park

Down the stretch, Kid Molave staged a powerful rally that brought him close to the frontrunner, but Low Profile shook off the challenger in a sudden burst of energy down the

stretch to win by a decisive 1-1/4 lengths. Low Profile, an island-born runner by Tribal Rule out of Lacquaria, clocked 1:27.4 (1224-24-27) for the 1,400 meter race.

Trial race winner Low Profile outlasted nine others to win this one in decisive fashion. this event, PCSOs first race held at Metro Turf. The colt owned by Mayor Abalos ran off the pace, clinging to the flanks of pacesetter Daragang Magayon, a filly owned by Herminio Esguerra. None of the other participants even showed up in the frame of the live television coverage, prompting railside wags to remark that it was a two-horse race. Rabble Rousers jockey, Jonathan Hernandez, begged his horse for more at the far turn and edged past the plucky filly guided by Jeffril Zarate to win by about a length. Malvars fast track helped Rabble Rouser post a time of 1:10 (23-21-26) for 1,200 meters, prompting lawyer-horseowner Ramon Bagatsing Jr., who spent the afternoon at the races, to exclaim: Nag beinte-uno siya? That was something! Daragang Magayon placed a close second, followed by Grand Charmer, Blue Angel, Green Lover, and Golden Boots last. Special Maiden Race 1,200 meters / July 20 Metro Manila Turf Club Young Turk proved that his winning the trial race was not a fluke when he duplicated his feat during the actual running. It seemed some racing fans were doubtful of his ability because he was sent off as only second pick after Monas Art, who placed second in the trial. Up and Away led for most of the race, with Young Turk running off the pace and Asikaso in third. Young Turk pulled away halfway down the stretch to win by one over Up and Away, who came in second. Monas Art was third. As expected, owner-trainerbreeder Jeci Lapus was elated over his colts win, and complimented the masterful handling of jockey Jonathan Hernandez that ensured their stables victory. Total time for the race was 1:10.8 (23-22-25). Special Maiden Race 1,200 meters / September 7 Santa Ana Park

the lead until claiming front spot in the stretch to pull away from the pack and win by five lengths. Appointment came in second, Skydrifter third, and Magical Boy fourth. Queen Quaker was scratched at the gate when it broke free during loading. The time for the race was 1:22.8 (6-24-25-27). Special Maiden Race 1,200 meters / March 9 Santa Ana Park Mayor Abaloss Stand in Awe, while sent off as second favorite in this race, trounced top favorite Gees for Victory who had to settle for second in a contest that saw Stand In Awe come from behind at the home turn. Golden Sphinx checked in third, Dream of All Fourth. Time for the race was 1:15.2 (25-2326) for 1,200 meters Special Maiden Race 1,200 meters / April 27 Metro Manila Turf Club Trial race winner Rabble Rouser proved his superiority in

Ruben Dimacuhas 2YO colt broke well out of the gate under jockey Mark Alvarez and grabbed the lead from the start, with Dixie Gold clinging closely offthe-pace.



PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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ith Hagdang Bato in the lineup, the outcome of the 18th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup on 30 June was inevitable, with the actual running of the race a formality.

They could have just handed the owner the trophy and let the other entries battle it out for the places. Or at least thats what it felt like. Last years Triple Crown champion and PCSO Presidential Gold Cup winner, Hagdang Bato was sent off as the superhypermegaoutstanding favorite and not only won but totally obliterated the rest of the field in the 2,000-meter race held at the Philippine Racing Club,

Inc.s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite. Owned by re-elected Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos, the 4YO bay colt steered by Jonathan Hernandez jumped clean out of the gate at the start and ran in the lead all the way under a tight rein. Hagdang Batos stablemate Barkley ran easily off the pace, followed some lengths behind for most of the race by Patron in third, who faded when the other

entries made their rallies at the far turn. Trained by Ruben S. Tupas, Hagdang Bato needed neither urging nor whipping to win, running under less than full steam yet still clocking 2:06.8 (26-25-25-24-25) on a good track, a time two seconds and a fraction better than the 2:09 he posted when he won the PCSO Gold Cup last year. Barkley came in second two lengths behind, followed by Chief Joesan, High

JOcKEY JONATHAN B. HERNANDEZ looks pensive at the parade for the 2013 Silver Cup.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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Hagdang Bato Rules PCSO Freedom Cup

By Jenny

PCSO GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II with jockey Jonathan B. Hernandez and horseowner Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur C. Abalos who is holding the PCSO Silver Cup. With them are PCSO Racing Committee Chairman Atty. Jose T. Malang.

Voltage, Sulong Pinoy, and Patron last. Mayor Abalos received the

hefty PCSO Silver Cup trophy from PCSO General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II. With them were, from the

PCSO, Committee on Races chairman lawyer Jose T. Malang and members Carlos Castillo, Betsy Paruginog, lawyer Gay Alvor, Orlando Malaca, Desoto Tupas, and Jesus Villanueva. Representing the host club was PRCI Executive Vice-President and COO Allan V. Abesamis. Mayor Abalos is not only the owner but also the breeder of Hagdang Bato, who was sired by Quaker Ridge out of Fire Down Under and is thus a half-brother to the mayors other famous champion, Ibarra (sired by Yonaguska), himself a Gold Cup winner in 2008 and Silver Cup in 2010. With this performance, Hagdang Bato has lifted himself even higher above the rest of the herd. He has no match in racing at the moment. If only it were possible to race him abroad! He no longer has worthy opponents here. Are we looking at the winner of this years PCSO Gold Cup?

utstanding favorite Hagdang Bato (Quaker Ridge x Fire Down Under) extended his winning ways by scoring in the PCSO Freedom Cup held February 17 at the Manila Jockey Clubs San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Once again, the highachieving colt of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos faced off against the sports best import, Javier, Leyte Mayor Sandy Javiers Magna Carta. The last time they battled was also in a PCSO race the Presidential Gold Cup held December 9 last year at the Philippine Racing Clubs Santa Ana Park. Hagdang Bato won that 2,000meter race, but then he carried only 54.5 kgs. while Magna Carta bore 58 kgs. This time around, the scenario was similar - Magna Carta carried a heavier impost of 58.5 kgs. while Hagdang Bato was handed 55. Magna Carta ran in front for most of the mile Freedom Cup with Hagdang Bato

clinging to his flank, until the far turn when jockey Jonathan Hernandez urged Hagdang Bato. They shot past the erstwhile frontrunner and steadily burned up the remaining distance to win by four lengths, posting 1:41 (2523-25-27). Magna Carta came in second, followed by Hagdang Bato stablemate Barkley, Makers Mark, High Voltage, and Chevrome, in that order.

On hand to present the awards from PCSO were: Vice-Chairman and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, and from the Committee on Races, lawyer Jose T. Malang (chairman), Carlos Castillo and Desoto Tupas (vice-chairmen), and Betsy Paruginog and Orlando Malaca (members). They were accompanied by MJC racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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Its BOSS JadEn in thE PCSO DErbY

BOSS JADEN in the saddling paddock before the race, looking relaxed and ready.

By Jenny OrtUOste

MEmbERs of the PCSO Racing Committee at the saddling paddock inspect the horses before the races: Dr. Gary de Leon, Raffy Raoza, and Desoto Tupaz.

Boss Jadens trainer Renato R. Yamco receiving the PCSO National Grand Derby trophy from PCSO Assistant General Manager for Gaming Conrado C. Zabella as GM Atty. Rojas and Atty. Reena Yason look on.

econd favorite Boss Jaden (Real Spicy x Tereshkova) rallied from third position to win the 2013 PCSO National Grand Derby during the 5th Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing Memorial Cup racefest. The mile race for 3YO Sweepstakes runners at the Manila Jockey Clubs San Lazaro Leisure Park last August 18 saw top choice Hi Money grab the lead. He was followed by Sky
ATTY RAmON S. BAGATsiNG JR., Boy Padilla, (member of the PCSO Racing Committee Technical Working Group), and Egay Domingo (MJC handicapper) at the SLLP Gold Box.

Dragon just off his flank with Boss Jaden conserving energy in third and Pleasantly Perfect bringing up the rear. Hi Money and Sky Dragon continued to fight it out until down the stretch, when Boss Jadens jockey, Jeffrey Bacaycay, saw his opportunity to steal the lead and guided his horse by the rail. He stepped on the gas at the far turn and pulled away from the others to win by five lengths. Hi Money settled for second, Sky Dragon third, while Pleasantly Perfect was last all the way. Boss Jadens win earned for his owner, lawyer Sixto Esquivias IV, the first prize of P1.2 million. Time for the race on a wet track was 1:42 (25-24-26-27). At the awarding ceremony were, from
PCSO Racing Committee member Atty. Reena Yason hands the trophy to winning rider Jeffrey Bacaycay.

PCSO, General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II and Committee on Races members Carlos Castillo, Desoto Tupas, Orlando Malaca, and lawyer Reena Yason, while MJC was represented by Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo. Also present at SLLP that day were lawyer and former Manila congressman Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr.; his son, television presenter and producer Havy Bagatsing; and other members of the Bagatsing family and their guests celebrating the annual racing festival in honor of the clan patriarch, the late Manila Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing.

TV host Havy Bagatsing interviews GM Rojas after the awarding ceremony.


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PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup

By Jenny OrtUOste


Pugad Lawin Soars In PCSO Anniversary Race

By Jenny OrtUOste

WiTH PCSO GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (center) are members of the PCSO Racing Committee. (Front, L-R): Jenny Ortuoste, Atty. Jose T. Malang (chairman), Assistant General Manager-Gaming Conrado C. Zabella, Atty. Reena M. Yason. (Back, L-R): Divina L. Miranda, Kevin Timothy T. San Agustin, Desoto O. Tupaz, Orlando M. Malaca, Reynaldo Z. Empremiado, Atty. John Derek N. Porciuncula, Carlos M. Castillo, Arnel N. Casas, and Dr. Romeo F. Buencamino.

hird favorite Pugad Lawin flew over the dirt track of Santa Ana Park last October 13 to land first place in the PCSO 79th Anniversary Race. The 4YO bay colt, owned by Antonio V. Tan and trained by Ruben S. Tupas, was guided by Patricio Dilema, who steered the island-born runner on a straight course slightly in front of Sky Dragon, who ran off the pace. Divine Eagle bided his time in third.

Sky Dragon faded at the far turn, allowing a still-fresh Divine Eagle to grab second spot, but failed to reckon with Leonor who rallied from the back of the pack at the top of the stretch. Pugad Lawin proved to be in a class of his own by winning wireto wire win five lengths ahead of Leonor, even pulling away in the final stage of the race in honor of PCSOs 79th anniversary. Top choice Divine Eagle placed third and Stand In Awe fourth.

Pugad Lawin (Unstoppable x Refuse to Bend) posted quarters of 25-24-24-26 to finish the mile race at 1:40.2, an average time over a good track. Present at the awarding ceremony, were, from the PCSO Committee on Races, Carlos Castillo, Orlando Malaca, Desoto Tupas, Jesus Villanueva, and veterinarian Romeo Buencamino; from the PCSO Gaming Technology Department, Manager Arnel Casas and Division Chief Ariel de Ocampo; and from the host club, Assistant VicePresident and Racing Manager Daniel M. Valmonte.

The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup: A 41-Year Old Tradition

That the PCSO has maintained this, its flagship race, in the face of the many challenges that beset it, says volumes about how deeply this agency holds dear the tradition it founded and that is a major landmark on the racing calendar each year. The memorandum of agreement for this years staging was signed by PCSO ViceChairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Philippine Racing Commission Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., and Manila Jockey Club President Alfonso G. Reyno III. As in the past several years, Philracom will add P1 million to the hefty P3 million purse offered by PCSO to the winner of this legacy race. Witnesses to the signing ceremony were members of the PCSO Committee on Races led by its chairman, lawyer Jose T. Malang; MJC Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo and VPMarketing Eduardo de Arellano; Philracom Commissioner Jesus B. Cantos; and others. The race was held for the first time in 1973, during the administration of Nereo C. Andolong, who served as PCSO chairman and general manager. The intention was to serve the lofty purposes of national sports development and to elevate horseracing and horse breeding to a rightful position of respect in the country. Today, this is still the objective of PCSO when it runs the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, the PCSO Silver Cup, and its special maiden races.

here are few things in this world that last. Time and chance sweeps away even the strongest foundations; to sustain anything for decades is a testament to dedication and perseverance that not all everyone can attain. Thus the fact that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup is still being held, now for the forty-first time, is a major accomplishment. It is the longest-running continuously-held event in Philippine sports.

AWAiTiNG the winners of this race at the awarding area are PCSO Racing Committee members Ariel de Ocampo, Arnel Casas, Orlando Malaca, Carlos Castillo, and Dr. Romeo Buencamino; Santa Ana Park Racing Manager Dan Valmonte; and Desoto Tupaz and Jesus Villanueva (also from PCSOs Racing Committee).

(L-R): MJC VP-Marketing Eduardo de Arellano, MJC Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo, PCSO Racing Committee Chairman Atty. Jose T. Malang, PCSO Assistant General Manager for Gaming Conrado C. Zabella, MJC President Atty. Alfonso G. Reyno III, PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., Philracom Commissioner Engr. Jesus B. Cantos, and Philracom consultant and PCSO Racing Committee member Dr. Romeo F. Buencamino.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, under its founding charter, Republic Act No. 1169, is mandated to raise and provide funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character. But beneath the dry and austere bones of the law beats a warm, vibrant heart, the heart of PCSOs Board of Directors and employees, who have made it their mission to care and share, and give to those who have less in life more of hope and help when they need it, where they need it.

PCSO shares Yolanda relief efforts

By jenny OrtUOste

Our agency is working closely with the Office of the President on relief concerns and we are expediting all forms of assistance as part of PCSOs quick response policy during times of national disasters.

ower generators and portable water treatment plants are among the relief equipment that the PCSO has released to areas stricken by supertyphoon Yolanda/Haiyan within two weeks after the calamity on November 7.
According to PCSO Chairman Margarita P. Juico, Our agency is working closely with the Office of the President on relief concerns and we are expediting all forms of assistance as part of PCSOs quick response policy during times of national disasters. The PCSO Board of Directors under Chairman Juico has approved a P50 million grant to the Department of Health for their logistical and other expenses in connection with their relief efforts. The Board has also released three water treatment plants for Samar, Eastern Leyte, and Bohol, the latter for postOctober 15 earthquake relief; 100,000 Family Emergency Medicine (FEM) kits comprising mefenamic acid, paracetamol, and loperamide; 3,450 survival kits of sleeping mat/mosquito nets/blanket; and 600 sacks of rice for Eastern Samar and Leyte.

DM-CHARiTY Assistance Dept. Dr. Jose Bernardo H. Gochoco, Chairman Margarita P. Juico, GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, and AGM-Charity Sector Dr. Larry L. Cedro hold samples of Family Emergency Medicine (FEM) kits. Behind them are part of a shipment of 100,000 FEM kits bound for Leyte and Eastern Samar, areas hit hardest by supertyphoon Yolanda/ Haiyan.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said that P600,000 was also released to purchase generator sets for Culion and Coron, Palawan. We will also shoulder, added Rojas, the medical bills of victims of typhoon Yolanda who are being treated in government hospitals and health care facilities. Related to this, said Rojas, was the coordination made by PCSO with eight hospitals for the treatment of victims who came to Manila via Villamor Air Base. These facilities are Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Ospital ng

Makati, Makati Medical Center, Philippine Childrens Medical Center, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, and UPH Dalta Medical Center. The PCSO has also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to supply food for the evacuees in Manila and housed in the Tent City in Pasay City. In addition to goods and services, PCSO has also fasttracked the release of lotto shares for host LGUs. In addition, the PCSO Board of Directors led by Chairman Juico will be donating one

months worth of their board and committee meeting per diems to Yolanda relief programs. PCSO directors do not receive salaries, only a fixed amount for every board and committee meeting they attend. The other directors are Betty B. Nantes and lawyers Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino, Mabel V. Mamba, and Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin III. PCSO employees, for their part, started a donation drive, with many gladly giving cash, food (rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, and more), clothes, and other items to the relief effort.


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PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

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CHAiRmAN Juico hands out medicines during a relief mission for Typhoon Pablo victims.

CHAiRmAN Juico (center) at the opening of PCSOs La Union branch. GM Rojas with the children of Tahan-Tahanan at East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), PCSOs home for pediatric cancer patients. With him is program director Dr. Marvie Abesamis of EAMC (L).

GM Rojas distributes relief medicines.

Director Betty Nantes ( R) comforts a woman holding a baby at a relief mission.

CHAiRmAN Juico (center) repacking medicines for distribution to calamity victims.

DiREcTOR Atty. Francisco Joaquin at the PCSO Milk Feeding Program.

CHAiRmAN Juico (center) with Director Atty. Mabel Mamba (center L) turn over an ambulance donated to a municipality in Camarines Norte.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

PCSO: Its Mission is Caring and Sharing

PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup


HE LiGHT of joy radiates from the faces of people who receive medicines and basic medical care from the hardworking members of PCSOs medical services team at medical missions conducted nationwide.

THE spirit of bayanihan shines in this image of a patient being transported in a chair.


PCSO 41st Presidential Gold Cup

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PCSO GM Rojas hands a check for P8.5 million to Dr. Helen Yambao (3rd from L), Chief of Hospital III of the Cotabato Regional Medical Center, for the purchase of 3D ultrasound and elastograph machines that can be used to distinguish between benign and malignant tumors. With them are PCSO AGM-Gaming Conrado Zabella (L) and DM-Charity Assistance Dept. Dr. Jose Bernardo Gochoco Jr. (R). (Photo by JOsEpH MuEGO)

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THE bALLs for every Lotto draw are weighed before the actual draw in careful and meticulous pre-draw proceedings witnessed by members of the public and televised for transparency.

PCSO celebrated its 79th founding anniversary last October at its head office in Pasay City. GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (7th from R), with Corporate Secretary Ramon E. Rodrigo (6th from R), conferred awards upon employees who have rendered 10 to 40 years of government service. (Photo by JOsEpH MuEGO)

PCSO slates schedule for Yuletide Season

By joselito OrtaLiZ
For afternoon draws, the selling period will start from 10:35 AM to 11:45 AM with the actual draw at 12:00 NN. For evening draws, the selling period for EZ2 Lotto Draw, Suertres Lotto Draw, and BingoMilyonaryo will start from 12:05 PM, with actual draw scheduled for 2:30 PM. The 6-Digit, Lotto 6/42, and Superlotto 6/49 will be drawn at exactly 2:30 PM. The gaming public is also reminded that Keno (Lotto Express) will start selling at 7:00 AM and will stop at 2:30 PM. There will be no selling and no draws during Christmas Day (25 December 2013) and New Years Day (1 January 2014). For the period of December 26-30, regular draws will be implemented, and PCSO will resume its usual schedule on 2 January 2014.

he PCSO announces its schedule of selling and actual draws for the Yuletide season. The draws for Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Years Eve (December 31) will consist of EZ2 Lotto Draw (Luzon and Visayaz-Mindanao); Suertres Lotto Draw (Luzon and Visayas-Mindanao); and BingoMilyonaryo, with the selling period from 7:00 AM to 10:15 AM. The actual draw will start at 10:30 AM.

PCSO Chairman Margarita P. Juico (2nd from L), GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (L), and Director Atty. Ma. Aleta Tolentino ( R) turn over the symbolic key of a brand new ambulance to Mayor Rodel Abichuela (3rd from L) of Baras, Catanduanes, and Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (4th from L) of the Lone District of Catanduanes at the PCSO main office in Pasay City. Also in photo is Dr. Ariel Acompanado, Baras Municipal Health Officer. (Photo by JOsEpH MuEGO)


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