WILBERT Tan’s Pangalusian Island grabbed top honors in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Freedom Cup held Sunday (Feb. 25) at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.
The race is an iconic offering of the PCSO’s racing program and commemorates the People Power event of 1986. The charity proceeds of the race were handed to the Philippine Orthopedic Center.
Pangalusian Island, conditioned by Arthur Sagun, was ridden by Mark Alvarez. Manda 2nd, Salt and Pepper 3rd, Golden Kingdom 4th. The latter tripped at the start and this likely affected his chances in the race. The total time for the race was 1:41.4 (26’-23’-24-27’).
In addition to the regular lineup of ratings-based handicapping system races, there were also four Philtobo Gintong Lahi 20th Anniversary races held that day over 1,300 meters.
Race 2 was won by Single Flower (time of 1.22.2). Love Affair 2nd, Jersy Savings 3rd, Wine Princess 4th, Sydney Boy 5th.
Race 4: Band of Halo 1st (1.22.8). Super Ecstatic 2nd, Isangkahigisangtuka 3rd, Jersy Jewel 4th, Jontu 5th.
Race 8: Sky Marshall 1st (1:20.2). Winter Fields 2nd, Big Nevada 3rd, Melody’s Diamond 4th, Alki 5th.
Race 10: Security Might 1st (1:25.2). Magical Bell 2nd, Doña Nicasia 3rd, Razor Sharp 4th.
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The Winter Olympics are over and fans of snow and ice sports will have to wait another two years for more record-breaking and awe-inspiring feats from the world’s best athletes.
Meanwhile, while we look forward to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, we savor the results of Pyeong Chang 2018 that saw history made in many special ways.
American snowboarder Chloe Kim, 17, brought pride to both the U.S. (where she resides) and South Korea (from where her parents immigrated), by earning gold in the women’s halfpipe event. She also brought to world attention the sacrifices her father made to support her career. Kim will also now be ever-famous for being so relaxed before her competition that she tweeted about being “hangry” right before it.
Czech athlete Ester Ledecka, 22, made history by becoming the first woman to earn gold in two different sports in the same Olympics—the Alpine skiing Super G and the snowboarding parallel giant slalom. This achievement is leading other athletes and coaches to reflect on whether specializing in one sport is actually a rule that’s carved in stone or whether it might be more beneficial to mix it up, with Ledecka having used snowboarding skills during her favorite-upsetting skiing run.
It was also good to see our own Michael Martinez compete. At first he had been told he had not secured a berth in this year’s Games, but was told a few weeks before that a slot opened up. He had, he said, “retired” from the sport and was looking for work when he got the call. He only had weeks to train and it’s a marvel that he performed as well as he did. His fighting spirit and determination made us all proud. Now a two-time Olympian, he deserves a shining star in our sports history annals.
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Dr. Ortuoste is a writer and communications consultant. Facebook: Gogirl Racing and @DrJennyO, Twitter: @gogirlracing and @jennyortuoste