BREAKING NEWS: Tri-Org Declares “Racing Holiday”

In a tri-org meeting tonight, the officers of horseowners’ groups MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners), Philtobo(Philippine Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Organization), and KDJM (Klub Don Juan de Manila) declared a “racing holiday” this weekend, meaning that their members will not be declaring their horses to run at Santa Ana Park for Saturday and Sunday (Jan 5 and 6).

This was in reaction to and in protest of the new 2-yo and 3-yo handicapping scheme of Philracom that was designed and implemented without industry consultation. (See my KL column on this issue below).

Horseowner-members of the three organizations own roughly 70- 80% of the racehorse population, and it is anticipated that their refusal to run their horses will result in no racecards being formed for the weekend, paralyzing the racing industry.

The lack of consultation by Philracom and many other concerns prompted the members of the three organizations to unite and act. The “racing holiday” will go on indefinitely as horseowners seek remedies and reforms, most significantly among them a revamp of Philracom leadership.

There will be a press conference on the matter at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club on Saturday, January 5, at 12 noon. ALL RACING PRESS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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1 Comment on BREAKING NEWS: Tri-Org Declares “Racing Holiday”

  1. junA.
    4 January 2008 at 10:39 am (3548 days ago)

    [color=Navy][font=Comic Sans MS][b]I vehemently denounced the “racing holiday declaration” of the 3 horseowner groups! >:(
    Instead, they should insist to have a talk first with the PHILRACOM before doing any inflicting actions. ;)
    I believe lahat ng bagay ay naaayos sa magandang usapan… :)

    Pero para sa akin ‘di talaga dapat mag-alburuto ang horseowners kasi halos wala namang pinagkaiba ang new scheme kung ang basehan ay ang kagustuhan ng horseowner na manalo. Kasi sa old scheme mag-papababa ng grupo ang kabayo hangang makatyempo ng magaang laban ng sa ganoon ay may tsansa na manalo (ang pangit dito eh sadyang pinapatalo ang kabayo so unfair sa mga tumaya) :o . Sa new scheme bawal na ang kabayo sa pagbaba ng grupo. Malamang ang gagawin ng handlers under new scheme pagkaakyat ng kabayo sa mas mataas na grupo para may panalo eh maghihintay na makaakyat ang mas magagaling na kabayo at pag nakatyempo na ng magaang na laban saka pipiliting ipanalo (so pangit din kc pag malakas ang kalaban sadyang ipapatalo rin, at unfair ulit sa mga tumaya) :o .

    Magiging unfair lang sa horseowners ang new scheme kung may limit ang pinakamataas na grupo. Kasi kapag nasa pinakamataas na grupo na ang kabayo malamang bihirang-bihira ng magpanalo dahil nadoon na rin ang lahat ng magagaling na kabayong iniwasan. Maaari lang makapanalo pag natyempong ‘di sumali iyong mas magagaling.

    So dapat i-request ng horseowners sa PHILRACOM, kung bawal ng bumababa ng grupo dapat walang hangganan ang mataas na grupo. But I think itong naiisip ko eh kasama na sa ruling, mataas naman palagay ko ang “common sense” ng mga nasa PHILRACOM. ;D[/b][/font][/color]