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.
Dir. Necesito inducts this year’s NPJA officers.
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. ***
The induction ceremony was celebrated with lunch at Dad’s-Kamayan-Saisaki in Glorietta Mall, Makati.