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Vavavoom conquers PSA race

JOCKEY AR Villegas of horse Vavavoom leads the pack en route to a victorious performance in the 2023 PSA Invitational Philracom race over the weekend at the Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PSA

Vavavoom, with Andrew “Dodong” Villegas on top, was a cut above the rest in winning the PSA Cup race last Sunday at the Metro Turf in Malvar, Batangas.

The four-year-old bay filly’s magnificence was in full display in the dominant victory in the 1.4-kilometer race.

Vavavoom stormed out of the gates and sustained a torrid pace en route to winning by five lengths with a clocking of one minute and 25.4 seconds and quarter times of 14-22-22-26.

The Dan Camanero-saddled Lucky Lea, CP Henson-ridden Biglang Buhos and JA Guce-mounted Denueis Son settled for crumbs, winding up second to fourth places, respectively.

For the old hands and race fixtures, the lopsided win was impressive as Vavavoom was trained by a maestro in grizzled veteran Ruben Tupas and multi-titled horse owner and breeder in Sandy Javier, a known sportsman who has dabbled in basketball in the past.

“I was no longer surprised because I already won all prestigious races,” said Tupas, a recipient of multiple Trainer of the Year awards.

The proceeds of the race will go to the charity programs of the PSA headed by The Philippine STAR Sports Editor Nelson Beltran.

“This annual benefit race is for the PSA and we’re here to partner with the sportswriting community and support their advocacies,” Philracom president Reli de Leon said.

De Leon was accompanied in the awarding ceremony by his acting executive director Ronaldo Corpuz and MMCTI’s race manager Rondy Prado.

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