KL: Bagong handicapping rules – na naman…

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KARERA LANG!

by Jenny Ortuoste for Tumbok, 3 January 2008, Thursday 

Bagong handicapping rules – na naman… 

Bagong taon na naman, at siyempre, may bago na namang handicapping rules ang Philracom. This time it’s for the two-year-olds (2yo, or juveniles) and three-year-olds (3yo). 

Ang layunin raw ng bagong 3yo scheme ay: “(1) to protect the betting public due to less human intervention and remove the advantages to deliberately lose a race; (2) to protect the horse racing industry by prolonging the racing career of horses and ensure the early recovery of investment;(3) to sustain the balanced races introduced in the handicapping system for two year old horses”. 

Ang layunin naman ng 2yo scheme ay pareho ng (1) at (2) na nabanggit na and, in addition, “to promote balanced races and mandatory movement of horses to appropriate group or divisions according to its racing ability or skills”. 

Ang ilang guidelines for both schemes ay: “barrier trials (BT) will now replace Novato races; horses coming from BT and Sweepstakes trial will go to the Maiden/Sweepstakes races (1 run only); Winner, Placer, and Non-Placer of the Maiden/Sweepstakes races will be classified in the Winners Group, Placers Group, and Non-Placers Group”. Tapos may mga patakaran sa tatlong groupings na iyon, at magkaiba ang ilang kundisyones sa bawat scheme. 

Doon sa 3yo scheme, nakasaad na “1st win plus 1 kg”, “2nd and 3rd placers plus 0.5 kg”, “2nd win elevated to next higher group”. Ang handicap weights for fillies, between 52 to 55 kg; sa colts, 54 to 57 kg only. Tapos naka-bold lettering pa ito at all caps: HANDICAPPING: NO GOING DOWN. However, it seems na meron pa ring “going down” sa grupo ng mga older horses. 

Sa kagustuhan na umayos ang ating racing in line with global standards, unti-unti na yatang ini-implement ng Philracom ang “no going down” rules upang masanay ang mga taga-karera sa walang babaan at walang perderan upang makababa. Sa ibang bansa, walang babaan; kaya totally wala or very minimal ang perderan kasi walang dahilan upang gawin nila ito. (At dahil mas estrikto ang penalties at enforcement, but that’s another story.) 

Ngunit likas na sa Pilipino na kapag nasanay sa nakaugalian, ay nahihirapang sumunod sa bago, lalo kung ang bagong patakaran ay salungat sa nakagawian. 

In other words – antay-antay lang, siguradong mayroong aangal diyan. Dahil kahit kelan walang handicapping scheme na nagustuhan ng lahat. Laging may kokontra.  

Bakit kaya? Ang mga maaring dahilan ay: Kasi okay na sila sa dati. O di kaya, baka kasi naman hindi karamihan kundi iilan lang ang kinonsulta noong ginawa yung bagong handicapping schemes.  Ang 2yo scheme na inimplement last year, anong nangyari? Napansin natin sa loob ng 2007, na kakaunti ang kalahok sa mga 2yo races under that scheme. Ganito rin ba ang mangyayari sa ilalim ng bagong patakaran? 

Karera lang talaga…walang personalan!  ***

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1 Comment on KL: Bagong handicapping rules – na naman…

  1. ATTY. MARIO A. COSTO
    6 January 2008 at 9:03 pm (4563 days ago)

    In my opinion, I think, the racehorse owners’ groups Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners (MARHO), Philippine Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Organization (Philtobo), and Klub Don Juan de Manila (KDJM) committed a grave mistake in declaring a “racing holiday”starting saturday, sunday and probaly tuesday and wednewsday as well. They cheated the general betting public into believing that the PHILRACOM erred in the implementation of the “NO GOING DOWN RULES” because once a racehorse wins at least 2 races there is no longer a chance for the said horse to go down to group to where it came from. That’s bullshit. How many non-winning race horses in the lower and upper groups. There are too many of them. Once all the non-winning race horses in the same group are fitted to each other but still it did not win, that’s the time to go down to a lower group. How do you go about this? Plain and Simple. Get back to the bargaining table and air your comments and make your recommendations. In this way, you are putting the law into your hands. People power against the PHILRACOM and/or the composition of the Boards of Stewards does not help the Racing Industry improve and flourish. It would only invite graft and corruption to thrive with the emergence of powerful syndicates within the ranks of these three (3) powerful Horse racing groups at the expense of the betting public. Its plain common sense, improve the rules to avoid shortchanging the confidence of the betting public, and at the same time, favorable to the Horseowners as well. After all, it is the betting public which should be given protection by the government against these three (3) Horseowners. The price everybody pay for living in a democratic country, Philippines.