THW: Jockeys Protest MJC Ban

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 15 September 2010, Wednesday

Jockeys Protest MJC Ban

The jockey community protested Manila Jockey Club’s recent banning of promising young jockey Kelvin Abobo from the premises of their San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

The ban is for a year and is not restricted to riding in races; Abobo may not even exercise horses on the track, watch races at the grandstand, nor enjoy MJC’s other non-racing facilities.

MJC imposed the ban on Abobo after the MJC Board of Stewards suspended him last week for 72 racing days for ‘lack of interest’ on Supreme Leader. Abobo appealed his suspension to the Philippine Racing Commission, which lifted the suspension. However, MJC still proceeded with the ban and made an announcement to that effect on their race coverage last Sunday, saying that the ban was for Abobo’s violations of racing rules and regulations.

“Philracom’s lifting of the suspension,” said New Philippine Jockeys’ Association president Antonio Alcasid Jr., “is in effect a declaration that Mr. Abobo’s ride did not violate any racing rules and regulations. Therefore MJC’s ban is without basis.”

The NPJA has no objections to MJC’s bans upon jockeys if deserved and the case in question has merit. What they are questioning is the arbitrary imposition of bans “that have no criteria and no basis,” said Alcasid.

The NPJA requested a dialogue with MJC last Tuesday with the Philracom as arbitrator, “before we make any other response to the matter,” said Alcasid.

MJC sent racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo to the dialogue. When Alcasid asked him what the basis was for Abobo’s ban, Magboo asked to be given until Friday, when another dialogue will be held.

The logical conclusion: MJC itself has no solid basis for the ban. Why wait three days to give the affected party the reason for such a harsh penalty?

At present, MJC will not retract the ban. The NPJA members have vowed to refuse to ride at SLLP until the matter is resolved.

A respected horseowner of decades-long standing opined: “It is MJC’s right to ban anyone they want from their track. But it is also the jockeys’ right to refuse to ride on their track.”

The Philracom has asked MJC to “resolve the matter” by Friday, taking into account the NPJA’s point-of-view” to “preserve industry harmony and smooth operations.”

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The drama between the riders’ guild and MJC overshadowed other events of the week at SLLP, such as the weekend wins of juvenile stars Naugh Naugh (Rum Tum Tiger – Velocity), ridden by Jonathan Hernandez, and Cheese Mosa (Shooting Star – Magic Find), steered by Jeffril Zarate, in the final legs of the Philracom Juvenile Colts and Juvenile Fillies stakes races respectively. Both races were run over 1,500 meters.

Hard luck for Barkley (Baseball Champion – Treeline), though, in the Colts. The Jesse Guce-piloted bay was sent off as the outstanding favourite, but ran into traffic along the way in the shape of foes Prince Isiah, and Cheese Quemas, which forced Barkley to race wide.

In other news, the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO) held a general assembly and election of its board of directors last Monday. Installed as the 36-year old group’s leaders were congressmen Amado Bagatsing and Jeci Lapus, lawyer Dondon Bagatsing, city councilors Maca Asistio and Jun Ferrer, mayor Sandy Javier, and businessmen Eric Tagle, Tony de Ubago, Tony Tan, Butch Mamon, Jing Javier, Manny Santos, Jose Mari Franco, Robert Ramirez, and Vicente Go Bon.

Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos stepped down as MARHO president after five years of service, to the warm applause and gratitude of his fellow members. During his term, he fought illegal bookies, led a horseowners’ boycott of the races to protest an unpopular former Philracom chairman, and sustained the annual staging of the MARHO championship races in the face of tough economic times, among other accomplishments.  ***

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5 Comments on THW: Jockeys Protest MJC Ban

  1. NiHAWmA
    15 September 2010 at 12:06 pm (2592 days ago)

    The Philippine Racing Commission SHOULD explain the reason why they lifted the suspension of both jockeys. They should prove that the decision of the Board of Stewards is WRONG.

    It should be a requirement that if public money is wagered, the general public SHOULD have the right to know.

    May I ask please, do we have INCOMPETENT racing officials in this horse racing industry? WE NEED EFFICIENT racing officials.

    I presumed Manila Jockey Club is exercising their Proprietary Rights which is found under Section 3 of Republic Act No. 8407

    Section 3-PROPRIETARY RIGHTS- notwithstanding the provisions of the herein Rules, the Club may, in the exercise of its Proprietary Rights, discipline, rule-off, ban or exclude from the premises of the Club, any person or persons; if in the opinion of the Club, such person or persons committees act or acts which are inimical to the interest of the Club, including but not limited to person or persons who are suspended, rule-off, banned or has been excluded from the premises of other racing Clubs.

    UNDESIRABLE is the word they use, which is very disturbing. There is an impact with respect to the INTEGRITY and CREDIBILITY of the horse racing industry. If Manila Jockey Club is aware of undesirables, the Philracom should know more about it. Let’s get rid of the undesirables (if there’s any) so that we can continue to love this sport.

  2. carlo
    15 September 2010 at 8:29 pm (2591 days ago)

    sana maging fair lang sa both parties pati sa bayang karerista, imbestigahang maigi ang nagkasala, jockey man o connection nito, then bago mg-decide kung “ban”, pero me pamilya din ang jockey, pano na lang kung mali ang decision ng SLLP? at kung ngkasala man dahil sa masusing imbestigasyon saka lang siguro dapat patawan ng “ban” ang jockey…..peace!

    P.S. post ko po itong article sa site ng PHF….thanks!
    more power to you ms. jenny!
    GOD bless!

  3. NiHAWmA
    16 September 2010 at 10:16 am (2591 days ago)

    MAS IMPORTANTENG PROTEKTAHAN ANG MGA MANANAYA kaysa sa mga hinete. Kung sakaling itigil ang karera, de primerang magmamakaawa ang mga hinete. “Sir, magugutom po ang aming pamilya. Sa karera lang kami umaasa” Samantalang ang katwiran ng iba na may baluktot na pangangatwiran ay tutal may hueteng naman. Tatlong beses sa isang araw ang bola. Sino po ang lugi ngayon? Mga namuhunan kasama na ang ating pamahalaan.

    Often times when a decision has been change or reversed. Most of the racing fans has a negative perceptions. Either the decision was inaccurate o di kaya umiral na naman ang bulok na padrino system. Kung sakaling ginamit ang bulok na padrino system, ang tawag duon ay MAKAPAL ANG PAGMUMUKHA. WALANG KONSENSYA. That’s the most disappointing part of horse racing. When a jockey is being suspended, the tendency of the suspended jockey is to appeal PERO NAISIP KAYA NILA ANG MGA LUHAAN NA MANANAYA? And when their appeal was granted, the general public felt cheated and fooled. Kung baga sa karne ay double dead. Niloko na ng hinete, niloko pa ang desisyon. Tama po ba yan Pangulong Noy Noy Aquino.

    They are granting mercy and pardon. But they forgot already their obligation to the betting public. It’s good if their wagers are coming from balato (consideration). But what if it’s coming from their hardearned money just for the sake of unwinding.

    Magsialis na kayo diyan kung hindi ninyo kayang ipatupad ang mga alituntunin o ang inyong sinumpaan tungkulin, sayang lang ang pera na ipinapasweldo sa inyo. It is a waste of taxpayer’s money.
    Ang kailangan na makita ng mga mananaya ay yung nalalaban ng maayos ang kanilang perang pinagpaguran.

  4. NiHAWmA
    16 September 2010 at 3:10 pm (2591 days ago)

    Isipin ang KAPAKANAN NG MGA MANANAYA, kapakanan ng nakakarami.
    1. Makatarungan po ba ang mga dibidendo sa tuwing may DEAD HEAT?
    http://www.philracom.gov.ph/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=309
    2. IISA po lamang ang ANGGULO NG CAMERA sa tuwing mayron INQUIRY o DISQUALIFICATION? Dapat po ay LAGING dalawa.
    3. Ang LITRATO NG PHOTO FINISH? Ano po ang itsura. Dapat maliwanag at may mirror image pa.
    http://www.philracom.gov.ph/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=440
    4. If public money is being wagered, the general public should have the right to know. Mahalaga po ang impormasyon. RIGHT TO INFORMATION.
    http://www.philracom.gov.ph/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=308

  5. Duke Rodney
    20 September 2010 at 6:11 pm (2586 days ago)

    Ang Karera sa Pinas ay walang pinagkaiba sa takbo ng buhay sa bansa.
    CORRUPTION parin ang umiiral sa racing industry natin tulad sa maraming sector ng lipunan.

    Tignan nyo nalang ang nangyayari sa ngayon dahil sa pagka-SUSPINDE at pagka-BAN ng 2 primeyadong hiniteng sina DUNOY at ABOBO sa SLLP.

    Dalawang bagay ito, SUSPENSION & BAN.

    Magkaiba po ang Suspension at Ban at dapat maintindihan ng Bayang Karerista kung bakit bina-BAN ng SLLP ang 2 hineteng matapos silang SUSPINDIHIN!!!

    Alam kasi ng SLLP Management na aapila ang nga ito sa PHILRACOM BOARD at siempre dahil sa mga STAR JOCKEYS sila maraming silang PADRINOsusuporta at for sure mapapawalang bisa ang suspensyon…

    Matagal ng ganyan ang kalakara sa PHILRACOM. Padrino-system at siempre nga nagkaka-PERA ang mga bulok dyan sa tuwing pawawalang saysay ang suspensyon na pinataw ng Club Stewards.

    Tignan nyo nlang si JB Hernandez, BAN-FOR-LIFE na sa SLLP nakasakay pa after 1 year lang!!! WOW galing nyo talaga…Magkano ang binayad at sino ba PADRINO mo UNO? Kelangan pa bang imemorize nyan??? Hahaha

    Sa madaling salita, PERA ang ang puno’t dulo nito… CORRUPTION nanaman at walang pagkakaiba sa takbo ng buhay diti sa Pinas.

    Mga KAPWA MANANAYA, kawawa talaga tayo dahil lahat ng proteksyon sa indutria ng karera ay nasa mga Horse-owners at Jockeys lamang.

    Magsaya nalang kayo habang ARAW-ARAW kayong niloloko ng mga Horseowners at Hinete sa tuwing binabyahe nila ang inyong taya…

    SADYANG HINDI PAREHAS ANG SUGAL NA ITO…AT NAKATAPA-OHO YATA ANG MGA ALAGAD NG HUSTISYA NA DAPAT SANA AY SIYANG NAGBIBIGAY PROTEKSYON SA MGA MANANAYA…

    Bakit ba may pakialam ang PHILRACOM sa mga nasususpindeng Hinete? Hindi naman sila ang mayari ng SLLP…bakit sila may say sa operations ng karera…dapat bilang sangay ng gobyierno, sila ang nagbibgay ng mga alituntunin para ma-proteksyonan ang lahat ng sector–HORSEOWNERS, JOCKEYS, TRAINERS, OTB OPERATORS, at HIGIT SA LAHAT ANG BETTING PUBLIC NA SIYA TALAGANG BUMUBUHAY SA INDUSTRIA.