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.