Jockeys’ Officers Sworn In

The New Philippine Jockeys’ Association held last January 12 the induction of this year’s set of officers at the Philippine Racing Commission office.

Sworn in as Batch 2009 president was veteran rider Antonio “Oyet” B. Alcasid Jr. An Electronics and Communications Engineering graduate of Don Bosco Technical College, he also attended the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and was the valedictorian of their high school class.

Valentino R. Dilema is vice-president. Other officers are Lyndon Noel B. Guce, secretary; Dominador H. Borbe Jr., treasurer; Manolito F. Daquis, auditor; and John Ralph M. Saulog, public relations officer. The other directors are Edwin M. de la Cruz, Gilbert L. Francisco, Jeffrey M. Ladiana, Angelito H. Laguinto, and Domingo G. Vacal. The latter served at NPJA president last year.

Leading the jockeys in reciting their oath of office were Philracom chairman Atty. Jose Ferdinand “Joy” M. Rojas II and executive director Jorge G. Necesito.  

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Dir. Necesito inducts this year’s NPJA officers.

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L-R: Ladiana, Borbe, Dilema, Saulog, Philracom commissioner Eduardo C. Domingo Jr., Francisco, Laguinto, Alcasid, Daquis, De la Cruz, Guce, Philracom chairman Rojas, and Dir. Necesito.

Among the things discussed by the new NPJA officers while at Philracom was the condition of the new tracks at Philippine Racing Club’s New Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

PRC moved its operations there from its old track in Makati last January 6.

The jockeys agreed that the track was still malalim (heavy, or not compacted), yet praised the quality of the construction. The two tracks at NSAP are composed of several layers of sand, gravel, and other similar material covered with sheets of geotextile sheeting, above which is placed a layer of sea sand mixed with shredded coconut moss, and topped with an inch of fine sand.

The coconut fiber absorbs shock and contributes to the springiness of the track surface, reducing the jarring impact that takes a toll on horses’ physical condition.

The track construction was supervised by American consultant Danny Flowers, who said that he is just waiting for one good downpour to level the layers.

Still, the jockeys said that they are happy so far with the tracks’ quality. “No potholes,” said one. “No rocks,” said the other.

As for the NPJA’s activities for this year, the new batch of officers say that they will be holding planning sessions in the weeks to come to decide on these matters.   ***

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The induction ceremony was celebrated with lunch at Dad’s-Kamayan-Saisaki in Glorietta Mall, Makati.

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2 Comments on Jockeys’ Officers Sworn In

  1. NiHAWmA
    8 April 2009 at 2:06 am (3635 days ago)

    If you want to earn, TRUST, RESPECT & CONFIDENCE.

    You must remain loyal..

    NOT ONLY to your duty
    NOT ONLY to the oath of office
    BUT MOST ESPECIALLY TO THE BETTING PUBLIC.

    It has been observed that there have been times when a jockey is being suspended (deliberately losing the race), the tendency of the suspended jockey is to appeal the steward’s decision by using influential individuals. The very disappointing part of horse racing.

    And when their appeal is granted, the betting public felt cheated and fooled.

    Can you just imagine, the jockey fooled the betting public. The board of stewards ALSO FOOLED BECAUSE THEY GRANTED THE APPEAL OF THE SUSPENDED JOCKEY.

    You grant mercy and pardon to the undesirable jockeys. But you forgot already that YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION to the betting public. It’s good if their wagers came from balato (consideration). But what if it came from hardearned just for the sake of unwinding or diversion?

    Where is your conscience?

    For your information, your salaries are coming from the wager of the betting public AND NOT from the pocket of the racing club.

    One year suspension becoming ONE or TWO MONTH SUSPENSION.

    Where is now the integrity and credibility of horse racing?

    The Philippine Racing Commission should be very extra careful in granting pardon to suspended jockeys or else they are also fooling the betting public. Public service is a public trust.

    ARE YOU STILL GOING TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE FOOLED BY THE JOCKEY AND BY THE STEWARDS?

    Is it only in the Philippines?

  2. thelma_paterno
    5 May 2009 at 9:15 pm (3607 days ago)

    i am the wife of jockey lou paterno asking for the new address of npja