In January 2009, Philippine Racing Club will transfer its racing facility to the Saddle and Clubs Leisure Park in Trece Martirez City, Cavite, from Santa Ana Park in Makati City, built in 1937.
Horses and horsemen will pull up roots and move many miles south of Manila to build a new racing community in a location that is unfamiliar with the racing culture, its strangeness, its uniqueness, its beauty.
What will happen to the area it leaves, a place that has been home to racing for seventy-one years? Its homes shelter jockeys, trainers, horseowners. Its shops house tailors of racing silks and riding pants, cobblers of racing boots, veterinarians, feeds suppliers. Its offices pay out dividends to lucky bettors and oversee the myriad details of the racing business.