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THW: New Philracom Board

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today,  7 September 2011, Wednesday

New Philracom Board 

President Benigno S. Aquino III recently appointed a new chairman and commissioners for the government agency supervising the sport of horseracing, the Philippine Racing Commission.

Named as new chairman last August 10 was Angel Lopez Castaño Jr., while this administration’s slate of commissioners comprises lawyer Victor Tantoco, veterinarian Reynaldo Fernando, engineer Jesus Cantos, jockey Lyndon Guce, and Franco Loyola.

Chairman Castaño, while he has been away from the industry for quite some time, was a former chairman of the board of stewards of Manila Jockey Club, when it was still owned by the Prieto family and other shareholders and still based at the San Lazaro Hippodrome in Tayuman, Manila.

He was on the panel that, in the ‘70s, decided to allow night racing, upon the advancement of track lighting technology and that created the disqualification rule and many other rules and regulations that guide the sport today.

As for the commissioners, Atty. Tantoco and Dr. Fernando are re-appointees from the previous term; Guce had served previously but resigned; while the other two are first-time commissioners. Engr. Cantos is a horseowner; Mr. Loyola is not from the racing industry.

A simple turnover ceremony was held last August 26 at the Philracom office in Makati. Immediate past chairman lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II administered the oath of office to the new Philracom board.

In his farewell speech, outgoing chairman Rojas asked the Philracom personnel to give Chairman Castaño the same, if not greater, support that they extended him during his own three-year tour of duty.

We thank Atty. Rojas for his dedication and service, steering the racing industry through crisis times caused by the global recession. Under his watch, racing in the Philippines remained profitable and vibrant even as racetracks in the US closed down, among them the historic Bay Meadows racecourse in San Mateo, California, that shut down in 2008.

We wish Chairman Castaño and his commissioners the best of luck as they carry on the work of supervising the sport of Thoroughbred horseracing and its allied industry, breeding.

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Among those who extended their welcome wishes to the new Philracom board were the officers and members of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners. The oldest horseowners’ group in the country, founded the same time as the Philracom, in 1974, MARHO counts as one of its 15 founding members Angel N. Castaño Sr., the late father of the current Philracom chairman.

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In other news, Constatic proved to be the fleetest mare on the track after winning the Philracom Lakambini Stakes last August 28 at Santa Ana Park.

The Christopher Garganta-guided racemare won the 1,800-meter race running wire-to-wire, setting splits of 13.8-24.2-23.6-23.6-26.4 for a total time of 1:51.6.

Prime Rate came in second, followed by Cheese Mosa in third and Coal Harbor fourth.

Constatic was sired by Ecstatic (USA) out of Consa (PHI) and is owned by Ronaldo Tan.

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Thanks to all who congratulated me for winning first prize in this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in the category Essay (English). The title of my piece is “The Turn for Home: Memories of Santa Ana Park”. It will be published this December by the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters in their literary journal, Likhaan.

Here’s an excerpt, about my days as the country’s first female apprentice rider:

“The day I stopped feeling gonzo was when Alamat’s colt shied at a piece of paper on the track and galloped at top speed. I had not learned to gallop yet and could not control my mount. Jockeys and grooms yelled for others to clear the track – “Kaskas! Runaway!” as I hung on to the reins, the wind whipping my shirt against my chest.

“The colt spied a gap in the rails that led to our stables. He swerved to go through it, threw me off-balance, and I spun in mid-air, landing flat on my back on the sand.

“I felt no fear. There was no pain. The sky was very blue and the clouds were very white. The sand was gritty under my fingers, and I thought, this is not Santa Ana sand, there are no beaches here, only the Pasig River. The sand was alien to the place, trucked there from some shoreline in northern Luzon. But it had been trodden by people and horses and that made it part of the town. There I was, lying in several inches of dirt, embedded in Santa Ana in a way few people ever experienced.”

The essay will also appear online on the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation website. ***

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KL: Philracom Chairman Castaño

KARERA LANG!  by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  30 August 2011, Tuesday

Philracom Chairman Castaño

Tulad ng aking inaaasahan, mainit na topic ngayon sa karera ang pag-appoint ng Malacañang kay dating racing steward na si Angel Lopez Castaño Jr.bilang bagong chairman ng Philippine Racing Commission.

Matagal nang nawala sa karera si Chairman Castaño; 20 taon na akong nasa karera ngunit di ko maalala kung inabutan ko pa siya.

Ang kanyang yumaong ama, si Angel N. Castaño, ay isa sa 15 founding members ng MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) noong 1974.

Ayon kay Chairman Castaño, inumpisahan niya ang kanyang career sa racing bilang racing judge ng Manila Jockey Club noong ito’y nasa San Lazaro Hippodrome sa Tayuman, Manila.

Siya’y naging pinuno ng judges, tapos steward, hanggang sa naabot niya ang pagiging chairman ng board of stewards ng MJC.

Noong kapanahunan raw ni Chairman Castaño noong dekada ‘70s na nagdesisyon na paghintulutan ang night racing, noong nagpalit ng teknolohiya at nakapagpakabit ng malakas at maliwanag na ilaw ang mga racing club sa pista.

Inayos rin nilang mga stewards ang photo patrol, ipinatupad ang disqualification rule for non-starters at iba pa, at gumawa ng marami pang hakbang para sa ikauunlad at ikaaayos ng race conduct.

Kaya matagal nang taga-karera si Chairman Castaño at nakapagbigay ng mahahalagang kontribusyon sa pamamalakad ng sport na ito sa loob ng kanyang naging mga tungkulin noong araw. Malawak ang kanyang experience sa racing, hindi siya baguhan rito, at ang maganda ay may historical perspective siya ng sport na ito.

May kaunting ‘catching up’ lang siyang kailangang gawin, ngunit para sa isang bihasa tulad niya, tiyak na hindi ito magiging hadlang sa kanyang matagumpay na pag-unawa ng sitwasyon ng karera ngayon.

Subalit, dahil matagal nga siyang wala sa karera, napapag-isip ang iba’t-ibang sektor – may-ari, hinete, sota, racing clubs, at iba pa – kung ano ang karakter at ugali ng bagong Philracom chairman at kung paano niya didiskartehan ang kanyang mga tungkulin.

Karera lang, walang personalan!  ***

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KL: Bagong Philracom Board

KARERA LANG!   by Jenny Ortuoste for Bandera,  27 August 2011, Saturday

 Suggested heading: Bagong Philracom Board

Ginanap kahapon sa tanggapan ng Philippine Racing Commission ang oathtaking ng bagong chairman at commissioners.

Si outgoing chairman Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II ang nag-administer ng panunumpa ng panunungkulan kina incoming chairman Angel Castaño Jr. at incoming commissioners Atty. Victor Tantoco, Dr. Reynaldo Fernando, Jesus Cantos, Lyndon Guce, at Franco Loyola.

Sina Atty. Tantoco at Dr. Fernando ay dati nang commissioners. Si Guce ay pinalitan si Eduardo Domingo Jr. bilang jockeys’ representative at si Jesus Cantos naman ang pumalit kay James Paman para sa horseowners. Si Loyola ay hindi taga-industriya.

Kulang pa ng isang commissioner sa lineup, at inaabangan kung mag-a-appoint pa ang Palasyo nito.

Ang susunod ay hango sa farewell speech ni Atty. Rojas:

“Tatlo’t-kalahating taon na mula nang ako’y manungkulan dito bilang pinuno ng Komisyon. Dati isang ordinaryong horseowner at breeder ng dalawampung taon, bigla akong naatasan na manilbihan sa pamilya ng karera…

“Noong nagdiwang tayo ng Philracom anniversary noong 2008 nang ako’y chairman na, hiniling ko ang inyong kooperasyon at inyong tulong upang sama-sama nating ipagpatuloy ang mga mabuting programa ng mga nakaraang Komisyon, at makagawa ng iba pang hakbang upang lalong umunlad ang karera.

“Sa kabila ng pandaigdigang krisis sa ekonomiya, naging matatag ang industriya ng karera dito sa Pilipinas. Kahit nagsarahan na ang ilang mga karerahan sa Amerika at maari sa iba pang lugar, napanatili natin na isang viable and vibrant industry ang thoroughbred racing at breeding.

“Sama-sama nating nagawa ito. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong tulong. Salamat sa inyong kumpiyansa at suporta sa akin at sa mga commissioners…

“Oras na upang ibigay ko ang renda ng Komisyon sa iba, at bumalik sa pagiging ordinaryong horseowner at breeder. Isa lang ang hiling ko – na ibigay ninyo ang parehong kooperasyon at suporta at higit pa kay incoming chairman Angel Castaño Jr. at sa kanyang mga commissioners…”

Tiyak na magiging mainit na topic ng diskusyon sa industriya ang bagong Board na ito. Inaabangan natin ang kanilang magiging programa at proyekto para sa racing community.

Chairman Rojas, we’ll miss you. Thank you for all that you have done to keep the industry together during the crisis years. Chairman Castaño and new commissioners, good luck!

Karera lang, walang personalan!  *** Email: jennyo@live.com / Facebook: Gogirl Racing / Twitter: @gogirlracing

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