Races Run Despite Heavy Metro Rains


Typhoon “Egay” cut a swathe through the metro last Wednesday (August 15, 2007), leaving low-lying areas such as Makati and Manila up to waist-deep in muddy flood waters. The inclement weather and near-impassable roads prompted many racegoers to wonder if races at the San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP) would proceed as scheduled.

On some websites, rumors of a cancellation were rife. The jockeys’ van, some said, had not left the Makati office by 3 pm; without jockeys, races would not run. Others blamed the bad weather, gloomly predicting the shutdown of races operations.

But at SLLP in Carmona, Cavite, the weather was bright and clear. Though gray clouds loomed, they kept their distance. The eight races on the card ran as scheduled, with an exciting lineup providing a mix of llamados and dehados. The Winner-Take-All event, which grossed P3.37 million, gave a payout of over P14,000.

However, with some OTBs down and many racegoers unable to make it to the OTBs due to the storm, sales for the day were a modest P22.38 million.

In other developments on the same day, MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) announced that their 2nd Mega MARHO Sunday (MMS) would be hosted by the Manila Jockey Club (MJC) at SLLP on August 19. As during the 1st MMS held also at SLLP last July 22, twelve races on the card (not including the stakes race) will have a guaranteed gross prize of P140,000 to the winner plus a P10,000 bonus prize if the winner is a MARHO member in good standing. ***Photo: Kahit bumabaha, tuloy ang ligaya!


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