THW: Typhoon Ondoy Cancels Races

 THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  30 September 2009, Wednesday

Typhoon Ondoy Cancels Races   

With the onslaught of Ondoy, races last weekend at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park were cancelled. Same with the Tuesday races at the Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park. While races are supposed to resume today at the latter, racing fans are still advised to stay tuned to the news, as races may yet be cancelled.

The rains did not hit the Cavite area as hard as Metro Manila, so both racetracks – SLLP in Carmona and NSAP in Naic – are in fine condition and were not flooded. Neither were the stables and other facilities. The tracks are good enough to run races on. The horses are fine.

However, it is not the same story in many off-track betting stations across the city. Hit hard were the ones in Marikina and Cainta. This is the reason for the cancellation of races by PRC yesterday – with few OTBs operating, sales will surely be down.

And it is only right that in this situation, the proper priorities be set. Let us give our countrymen a chance to catch their breath and recover from disaster. Put the matter into perspective – horseracing is, after all, a game, a form of entertainment. People have more important things to take care of right now. Things will resume their normal course in time, as they always have.

Last Saturday, at the height of the storm, a fellow sportswriter texted me asking when the Philippine Racing Commission’s Sapphire II stakes, supposed to have run the following day, was to be reset. I thought it an insensitive question. Obviously the race will be reset to the next SLLP weekend or some other date. But does that even matter, I thought, at a time like this? It seemed trivial to be discussing sports while many of our countrymen in the areas assaulted by tropical storm Ondoy were salvaging their homes, mourning lost loved ones, trying to make sense of the tragedy dealt by Mother Nature.  

For now, let us think of ways we can reach out to those who need our help. Bring relief goods to the Philippine Red Cross, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and other venues that have sprung up out of the Filipino’s spirit of bayanihan. Many people who have lost their homes or suffered major damage to them need food, clothing, medicines, water, and other basic goods. Others in areas where the floodwaters have not receded are still “unrescued”.

The tracks are there, they are not going to go away. The horses are well, they will run when they have to. First things first – this time, it’s people who need our help. Focus on what needs to be done. We can watch the horses race another day.   *** (Web:

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2 Comments on THW: Typhoon Ondoy Cancels Races

  1. concerned racing afficionado
    2 October 2009 at 4:30 am (3901 days ago)

    jenny, sana mabigyan ng pansin ang kakulangan ng coverage ng STA-ANA saddles and clubs…..bakit walang anunsiyo sa inquiry n nangyari last friday kay on your knees at getting better, marami din ang nagtapon ng ticket sa OTB station na pinagtayaan ko, binasa pa ni Teng mga dividend ng mga kabayo from GETTING BETTER….sana ayusin din ni Bong Rubio ang pagkocomment or pagpapanel nya, OO ngat tao lng nagkakamali, pero kung madalas at palagian, hindi po ba napagsasabihan ng mga director at concerned PRCI heads and production….isa pa, bakit pinapayagan nila ng babuyin ang pagtawag sa ongoing race, INSIDE and OUTSIDE, with the last 800 meters, bilangin man natin laging sinasabi yung with the last 900, with the last 800 with the last 150 with the last 75 meters more…, OO ngat tao lang pero sana AYUSIN…..very doubtful din ako na bka di mo ipost tong comments miss Jenny

  2. NiHAWmA
    11 October 2009 at 12:48 am (3892 days ago)

    LET’S NOT WAIT FOR DECEMBER to come because it is the time of the year for gift giving. Make it happen. Reach out.

    Helping hands are needed by our fellow countrymen. People who suffered the devastations.

    Have you ever thought of those people who had a LAVISH DINNER outside of our country? Those politicians who loved to travel and spend their thousands of dollars outside of our country. Those who indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth.


    Blankets, feminine napkins, slippers, used clothings, notebooks for the school children not just food items. The evacuees does not have PORTALETS.

    But the question is, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO SPEND THEIR CHRISTMAS? How are they going to start their brand new life?