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BREAKING NEWS: Tri-Org Declares “Racing Holiday”

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.

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KL: Philracom Derby at Industry Sales

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KARERA LANG!

by Jenny Ortuoste for Tumbok

for 20 December 2007, Thursday

Suggested heading: Philracom Derby at Industry Sales

Sa unang pagkakataon, itatanghal ng Philracom ang Grand Presidential Derby na may kabuuang matabang premyo na P6 million. Sa buong kalendaryo, ito na ang karera na may pinaka-malaking pabuya para sa mga magwawagi.

Katakam-takam ang P3.6 million na first prize, at nakakatulo-laway din ang premyong P1.350 M sa segundo at P750,000 sa tercero. Ang premyo sa cuarto na P300,000 ay first prize nga ng ibang stakes races! Malusog rin ang P180,000 na nakalaan sa breeder ng mananalo.

De-kalidad ang onseng sasabak sa sagupaang ito – Defiant at Golden Sutter (coupled entries), EJ’s Magic, Es Twenty Six, Henry d’ Eighth, Legendary, Macedonian, Pearl Buck, Pound for Pound, Storm Signal, at Treasured Ack.

Dahil ang distansiya ay 2,000 meters, maaring magkabulagaan sa rekta kasi maraming maaring mangyari pagka mahaba ang distansiya at pawang mga batang kabayo ang mga ito. Anybody’s race ito. Panoorin sa Linggo, Dec. 23, sa San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP).

Paano at bakit nagkaroon nitong malaking karera na super-higante ang premyo? Noong 2006, ang budget ng Philracom ay nasa less than P40 million. Noong pinag-usapan sa Kongreso ang budget para sa 2007, inimungkahi ng kasalukuyang Mandaluyong City mayor Benhur Abalos, na congressman noong panahon na iyon, na taasan ang budget ng Philracom sa higit P60 million.

Halos dumoble ang budget ng naturang ahensiya. Kaya lumaki rin ang budget para sa mga kapremyuhan ng mga Philracom-sponsored stakes races. Ayon sa isang teorya, ang mas mataas na premyo raw ay magsisilbing insentibo sa mga horseowners na mag-acquire ng mas kalidad na kabayo at itakbo ang mga ito para sa kasiyahan ng bettors, na tataya ng mas marami na ika-aangat ng gross sales na magre-resulta sa malaking taxes na kukubrahin ng gubyerno. (hingal)

Base sa reasoning na ito, nakamit ba ang minimithing resulta na mas mataas na sales? Hindi rin. Dahil katakut-takot ang bagsak ng benta sa Manila Jockey Club (MJC) noong October at November. Mula P389 million noong August, at P385 million noong September, biglang bagsak ng P321 million sa October at P307 million sa November.

Nakaranas rin ng pagbaba ng sales ang Philippine Racing Club (PRC), ngunit hindi kasing laki ng sa MJC.

Tumataas na raw ang sales ng MJC ngayon December, pero ito ay dapat lang dahil ito ang tradisyunal na pinakamalakas na buwan.

Overall, ang industry sales (MJC at PRC pinagsama) ay nasa P8.057 billion. Noong 2006, P8.78 billion ang total sales samantalang sobrang bagsak ang benta noon dahil tinanggal ang popular na Daily Double event noong kalagitnaan ng taon upang masugpo ang bookies.

Upang mahigitan ito, kailangang kumita ang both clubs ng mga P724 million or P361.5 million each para sa buwan na ito. Kahit na lagpasan nila ito, at kumita pa sila ng tig-P400 million, bahagyang mas mataas lang ang magiging total sales ng industriya para sa 2007.

Kailangan mag-isip na ang liderato ng industriya ng mga istratehiyang pang-sagip sa padausdos ng benta.

Karera lang talaga – walang personalan, pramis! ***

Photo: My choice for the Philracom Derby: Es Twenty Six! (photo taken at her stable in SLLP, 6 Dec 2007)

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KL: Indelible Ink, Hindi Nila Mabura!

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KARERA LANG!

By Jenny Ortuoste for Tumbok

Tuesday, 18 Dec. 2007

Suggested Heading: Indelible Ink, hindi nila mabura!

Tumala na naman ng panalo ang superfilly na si Indelible Ink, this time sa Philracom Juvenile Championship sa Santa Ana Park noong Dec. 16. Silang dalawa lang ng kanyang stablemate na si Anonymous ang babaeng kabayo sa karerang iyon.

Nilampaso ng dalawang matutulin na chicks ang mga boys. Si Indelible Ink ay umoras ng 1:31 para sa 1500 meters, na bahagya lamang ang diperensiya sa record na 1:30.8 ni Wild Orchid noong 2005 pa.

Tercero naman ang dating ni Anonymous, sa likuran ng magaling na si Don Enrico, ang nanalo sa 12th MARHO Breeders’ Cup at 8th Philtobo Mitra Cup Colts championships.

Inaabangan ng bayang karerista ang 2008 campaign ni Indelible Ink, kung saan siya ang llamado malamang sa Triple Crown championship races, kung hindi magbago ang kanyang kundisyon. Sa galing na pinapakita niya ngayon, may potential siya na lalo pang mag-improve at mag-mature sa mga darating na buwan.

Congratulations to owner/breeder Hermie Esguerra, his racing team, and of course the breeding team sa kanyang Herma Stud and Farms, headed by veterinarian Dr. Mercy Porsuelo.

Speaking of Don Enrico, bilang kampeon ng 2007 MARHO at Philtobo juvenile championships ay makakatanggap dapat ang kanyang may-ari ng kabuuang additional prize money na P900,000.

Ito ay sa ilalim ng Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corp. sponsorship na nilagdaan nila Pioneer Insurance CEO David Coyukiat at dating Philracom chairman Jaime A. Dilag sa Manila Polo Club noong 2004, sa isang magarang party kung saan kumbidado ang mga movers and shakers ng racing at breeding industry.

Ang sponsorship ay bilang incentive noong panahong iyon sa mga breeders na magpapakasta ng kanilang broodmares sa kampeong si Wind Blown, na magsisimula noong 2005 ng kanyang stud career sa Herma Stud.

Ayon sa terms ng sponsorship, ang mananalo na anak ni Wind Blown sa 2007 MARHO juvenile race ay tatanggap ng karagdagang bonus prize na P600,000, at para sa Philtobo juvenile race naman, P300,000. Kaya total of P900,000 ang dapat na mapupunta sa winning connections ni Don Enrico, na anak ni Wind Blown kay Kayumanggi.

Kasama rin sa Pioneer sponsorship ang 2008 campaign ng mga anak ni Wind Blown sa Triple Crown races, kung saan may mga additional/bonus prizes rin per win sa mga prestihiyosong karerang ito.

Si Wind Blown ay ang “winningest” in local racing history with almost P20 million in earnings. Bred by Sandy Javier sa kanyang Royal Maverick Ranch, binili siya later on in his career ni Mr. Esguerra. Ang pag-retiro ni wind Blown mula sa racing noong 2004 ay naging special event sa Santa Ana Park kung saan umikot ng “victory lap” sa pista ang nagpapaalam na kampeon.

Racing at breeding lang – walang personalan! ***

Photo: Indelible Ink, with JT Zarate aboard, winning the Nov. 25 Philracom 2YO Invitational at SLLP.

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HD#5: Native Land in 35th PCSO Gold Cup!

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35th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup

Ruler of Racing: Native Land

Reigns in Historic Race with Four-Length Win

 

ONCE AGAIN, Native Land proved himself the horse of the moment when he ruled one of the racing calendar’s most prestigious events, the 2,000-meter 35th PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) Presidential Gold Cup held last December 9 at the San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP).

 

Fresh from his come-from-behind win in the 12th MARHO Breeders’ Cup Classic just three weeks previously, Native Land was sent off as the favorite in the seven-horse field which included sprinters Batong Silyar and Tellmenolies, as well as stayers Empire King, Mr. Victory, and coupled entries Real Spicy and Sound of Silence.

 

When the gates flew open, Tellmenolies led by two lengths over Batong Silyar while Native Land and Real Spicy settled in third and fourth. Past the grandstand the first time, Tellmenolies hung on in front, while Real Spicy moved up rather early to grab second position a length behind, as Batong Silyar dropped to third. Native Land was a length further behind in fourth.

 

At the backstretch, Tellmenolies gave up the lead to Real Spicy, even as Native Land started moving up under the guidance of jockey Jesse B. Guce. At the far turn, the two rivals raced neck-and-neck five lengths ahead of Batong Silyar and Mr. Victory, who had suddenly kicked into gear.

 

At the home turn, Native Land found his sweet spot on the track and stepped smartly past Real Spicy, stretching his lead to two as Mr. Victory came hot on his heels. But down the lane, Native Land simply proved the best horse that day as he shot to triumph nearly five lengths in front of the fading Mr. Victory, Real Spicy, and Empire King.

 

After the race, an ecstatic Guce kissed his mount as they entered the saddling paddock. Quarters for the journey were 24’-23’-26-25’-27 for a total time of 2:06.6.

 

Native Land, a six-year-old, is considered late-maturing by many analysts as it is only within the last several months that he has turned in outstanding performances in major races. His owner, Antonio “Tony” V. Tan, was all smiles as he accepted a trophy and facsimile check for P1.5 million from PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia at the awarding ceremony. Guce, trainer Toots Henson, and Alex Mamon representing breeder C&H Enterprises also received trophies. ***

 

Photo: It’s Jesse B. Guce aboard Native Land in the 35th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup! (9 Dec 2007)

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HD#5: Training Native Land

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Relax, Just Do It: Training Native Land

An Interview with Anthony “Toots” A. Henson

Native Land’s impressive victories in December 9’s 35th PCSO Presidential Gold Cup and November 18’s MARHO Breeders’ Cup (MBC) Classic merit a closer look at his trainer, Anthony “Toots” A. Henson.

Toots is 32, and has been training racehorses for the past five years. His uncle and mentor is famed trainer Rey Henson, “who has been like a father to me,” Toots says.

With a fearsome reputation for being temperamental, Native Land did not do well in the early part of his career. He was deemed salbahe, difficult to control, so his handlers had him gelded.

When Toots first came on the scene in April 2006, he immediately noticed the wild streak in his alaga.Mainit sa ensayo si Native Land,” he avers. “Di basta-basta na-eensayo ito. Matigas ang bibig. Paglabas ng pista noon, pag binitawan, tatakbo nalang.” Native Land is also hard to load. “Kailangan dito blindfolded going to the gate,” adds Toots, “at sa loading.

For all his personality quirks, Native Land, according to Toots, “has the heart of a champion. Salbahe pag nakakakita ng pista, pero babait pag naikabit na ang saddle.” Based on his excited reaction every time he sees the track, we can say that Native Land is truly born to race.

A grandson of the famed racehorse and stallion Fair and Square, Native Land (Conquistarose-Fair Native) is now six years old and it is only within the last couple of months that he has racked up such astonishing accomplishments. “Parang late-maturing ito,” is Toots’s assessment of his horse. He feels that Native Land has finally understood what it means to run – and win. “Mas malamig na siya ngayon,” he says. “Natuto na siyang lumaban. Ang style niya noon de remate, then late last year nagpakita na siya ng speed. Nagkaroon na siya ng diskarte sa katawan.”

But what contributed to Native Land’s positive turn-around in performance? “Ilang taon na rin kaming ginugulpi ng kalaban, tulad nila Real Spicy. In races prior to the MARHO Classic, tinalo si Native Land sa datingan nila Real Spicy at ni Empire King, dalawang beses na. Kaya nag-experimento ako ng workout,” Toots declares. Inisip ko na mas gusto niya iyong relaxed siya. Kaya ibinaliktad ko ang usual na ensayo. Nagbibigay ako ng mahaba twice a week before the race na pinaghahandaan namin. Ni-relax ko siya na nagustuhan niya naman.”

His reaction to the two successive wins? “Tuwang-tuwa ako. Ang tagal naming sinubukan na talunin sila. Sa (35th PCSO) Gold Cup, inisip ko na babantayan lang naming ang magagaling. Tapos nanalo kami, four lengths pa. After the race, I couldn’t believe it was true, that we had won the most important race.”

How does he feel as a trainer? “Vindicated,” Toots says without hesitation, “na tama ang aking naging diskarte.” There is also relief that the pressure, for now, has eased. “Nakaraos din sa wakas.” He considers the Gold Cup victory as his “pivotal achievement”.

Finally, Toots Henson’s Christmas wish list: “My personal wish is that I win all the major races. For the industry, na sana mas lalo pang umunlad ang industriya para marami itong matulungan, mula sa sota, helper, hanggang sa lahat ng kabalikat dito sa karera.” ***

 

Photo: Toots Henson with his trophy right after the awarding ceremony for the 35th PCSO Gold Cup. (Photo by Roel Taripe. SLLP Turf Club, 9 Dec 2007)

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HD#5: Living a Legacy

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  HORSEMAN’S PROFILE

Living the Legacy

Butch Mamon carries on the thoroughbred tradition of C & H Enterprises

Mention the phrase “C &H Enterprises” to most racegoers and recall will be immediate. The old-timers will say “Fair and Square”; the younger ones, “Cover Girl” or “West Bound”. C & H is known as a breeder of champions, with a reputation for excellence and achievement in the sport.

Established in the late 1960s, C & H was founded by Capt. Cesar Mamon and his wife Herminia. A valued and trusted employee of the horse-owning Yulo family for forty years, Capt. Mamon, by virtue of his association with the late Don Jose Yulo, caught the horse-loving bug and and happily indulged it. He rode horses, raced them, and bred them.

Capt. Mamon retired in the early ‘70s to a piece of virgin forest in the foothills of Makiling, in Pansol, where he set up a ranch. He raised both thoroughbreds and non-pedigreed horses.

 In 1979, five thoroughbreds were imported from Australia by Alfonso Lacson. Other owners got first dibs on the five; the one they liked least, a broodmare named Fair Sea, went to Capt. Mamon.  At that time Fair Sea was in foal to Fair and Square.

Fair and Square went on to become a champion whose name, to this day, is legend. Trained by Dr. Antonio C. Alcasid, he dominated the racing scene of his day, winning two PCSO Presidential Gold Cup races back-to-back in 1981 and 1982, and countless stakes races. (See related story in this issue)

Fair and Square went on to become a noted stallion. His most famous and accomplished offspring was undefeated racemare Sun Dancer (from an Ochie Santos-owned mare), who won two successive PCSO Gold Cup races, in 1989 and 1990. Fair and Square also sired Fair Start, 1993 PCSO Gold Cup winner, and stakes winners Fair Deal, Fair Lead, and Reckless Lover (bred by Jose “Bebo” Quiros and owned by Andrew Sanchez), among many others.

In 1985, Capt. Mamon passed away. By then, C & H was a respected and admired institution in racing. Among his sons – Mario, Pat, Butch, and Alex – the latter two were the most interested in horses, with Alex being perhaps slightly more so. But no one in the family really wanted to take on the responsibility of taking care of the horses, until, reluctantly, Butch stepped to the fore.

What is it that makes some men relinquish a legacy – and some men carry on no matter what? It is a tug of the heart, a pull of the soul, a fierce determination in the gut to keep a dream alive in the face of challenges. It is this undefinable something that Jose Ramon “Butch” Mamon possesses.

Butch, 49, is tall, quiet, and good-natured – but he is no pushover. Far from it. His strength and force of character is palpable as he tells the story of his involvement in racing.

He insists that he went into the sport only to support his father. “In the late ‘60s,” he says, “when I was in high school at UP (University of the Philippines) Rural, I would accompany him to Santa Ana Park. Our (viewing) box there was close to the track. That was the time of Ilocos King, Sea of Joy. I was just a kibitzer, and had no interest at all in racing, but I’d go out and mingle.”

Butch was in college by the time Fair and Square was making his mark.  ”My interest sparked,” he recalls, “because my dad’s horses were constantly winning. But I just wanted the horses to win so my dad would be happy, not because I wanted to get into it. None of us did.”

He remembers travelling with his father from Pansol to Santa Ana Park to watch the trangko (workout gallops) of his runners. “Those days, wala pa masyadong traffic, the trip was just 30 to 45 minutes on the highway.” Hard to believe now in this age of snarled transport everywhere.

Capt. Mamon graduated BS Agriculture from UP in 1934. He served in World War II as a reserve officer in the Army, thus the title. He suffered on the infamous Bataan Death March. But his military style didn’t rub off on Butch, who attended UP-Diliman, where he played basketball for the UP Maroons from 1979 to 1982, and completed a degree in Landscape Architecture after shifting from the same course as his father’s in UP-Los Banos.

 ”I could have sold out (the horses) after my father died,” Butch says, “but I carried on as a tribute to my father, and to carry on the memory.” At that time many people were asking about Fair and Square’s stud services. Butch had a difficult time getting the paperwork in order as the pedigrees of Fair and Square and many other horses of the period where ordered burned by an official of the National Stud Farm.

 It was under Butch’s wing that Fair and Square continued his career as a successful sire. He became so famous, that Butch says “there even was a Fair and Square Awards, something like the Eclipse Awards (for racing achievement).”

 When Fair and Square died, it was the end of an era. Butch, along with fellow horseowners Sonny Arevalo, Al Gamutero, and Atty. Alex Carandang, acquired another stallion, Ringerman, “on the rebound,” states Butch. “It’s hard to take care of a stallion. I thought he would be a success because suerte kami kay Fair and Square, but not really. Kaya bilib ako sa mga may-ari ng stallions.”

 As Butch got more involved with breeding and racing on his own, he had help from his wife, Dr. Jean Mamon. She started out studying veterinary medicine at UP Los Banos but later finished a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East. “My wife Jean is a big influence,” Butch declares. “Being a rider herself, she taught us a lot about breaking young horses. She also helped a lot with Cover Girl and West Bound, regarding the feeding program, diet of mares, and drip-feeding of foals. She brought TLC into the way we take care of horses.”

In the past years Butch has concentrated more on breeding rather than racing. “I now have around 15 mares,” he says, “many of them former racehorses like Fair Maiden, Fair Lead, Alynative.  I had lots of yearlings in our last crop, most of which I sold. On my farm, I also have a lot of boarders and syndicated runners like Sound Offer, California Lady, and Trieste, who are now broodmares.”

He reckons his most successful line springs from broodmare Gallant Native. “I got her from (trainer) Jojie Panlilio.  (Stakes winners) Fair Native, Alynative, Gallant Quest, Tigra, and Cover Girl are from her but from different sires.”

Butch muses, “You need patience in this business. I have a lot. Like our long-time trainer Dr. (Antonio) Alcasid says, ‘The horse will tell you when he’s ready.’ That’s what he taught me which is true naman. Nowadays, breeding is good. I went through hard times in racing when the prize for first place was just P15,000. When Fair and Square won the Gold Cup the prize was only P300,000 instead of the over P1 million it is today!”

On the racing side of his operations, he still keeps a 12-stall stable at Santa Ana Park, shared with (fellow horseowners) Jing Javier and Alvin Ferrer. After the campaigns of Cover Girl and West Bound (both multiple stakes and Triple Crown leg winners) ended some years back, the presence of C & H in racing has somewhat diminished. “Pero babalik din ako sa racing,” Butch vows. “Maririnig din nila uli ang pangalang C & H.”

Being in the industry for three decades gives Butch a deep wellspring of information and experience to draw on to assess the industry as it is today. “With the trending of the sales on a downswing, there is definitely a problem,” he states. “It’s not moving the way it should be, compared to before, despite the bigger prizes allotted by Philracom for stakes races.”

 Other industry concerns? “Handicapping is in disarray,” Butch says. “On the breeding aspect, there is big potential to ship horses out (to other countries); the only problem is that we don’t have quarantine protocols yet. But kulang din ang population dito for racing, so that’s something to think about.”

Butch also feels, along with many other horseowners, that there are too many racing days in the calendar. “They should reduce the number of racing days to program better races and so that horses can rest. No more double declarations within one raceweek. Horses are not mechanical. Bettors get sawa with too many races. Baka mas lumakas pa ang karera kung bawasan ang araw.”

His Christmas wish for the industry? “I wish for an honest-to-goodness racetrack run by racehorse owners. (It’s difficult with) private individuals or corporations owning tracks because they are not horsepeople.”

In spite of the challenges facing racing and breeding today, does Butch believe there is still hope for it to regain lost ground and reach its full potential? “Ah, oo naman. Kung hindi, wala ako dito.” But the most compelling reason for his continued presence is this: “May legacy kasi, eh. You have to continue.”

The torch was passed on to him, and he is keeping the flame burning, against all odds. It is men like Butch who keep the thoroughbred industry in the Philippines alive. May he be blessed with the strength and courage to carry on. ***

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HD#5: Copper Dew Sets Record!

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Copper Dew sets new mile record!

Promising three-year-old filly Copper Dew captured the Philracom Year-End Invitational last December 1 at Santa Ana Park, shattering the mile record despite carrying a back-breaking handicap weight of 56 kilos.

Fresh from a win with rider Jesse B. Guce in the Nov. 4 Santa Ana Park Championship Series (5th leg), Copper Dew, obviously in top condition, bested eight other runners by clocking 1:37.6, with quarters of 24’-23’-24’-25. This beats former record holder Wild Orchid’s 1:37.8, posted at last August 19’s 1st leg Philracom Imported-Local Challenge at San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Ably guided in this race by Rigan M. Mamucod, Copper Dew was sent off as the favorite in the sales. Her winning ways earned her the top prize of P600,000 for first place. American import Irene’s Fantasy bagged second place, while Regal Boom and No Fear settled for third and fourth respectively.

Copper Dew is owned by Jose Mari Franco and trained by Ruben Clor. ***

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KL: Philracom Rules, Dapat Ipaalam sa Lahat!

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KARERA LANG!
By Jenny Ortuoste for
Tumbok
Thursday, 13 December 2007

Philracom rules, dapat ipaalam sa lahat!

Ang mahalaga sa isang karerista ay ang magkapagpanood ng exciting na karera, na balansiyado ang lineup ng mga kalahok para may mga dehadong lumusot na magbibigay ng matatabang dibidendo. Hiling rin niya na maging malinis at patas ang mga laban.

Upang maipatupad ito, mayroong mga racing rules and regulations na sinusunod upang maging maayos ang pagdaraos ng karera.

Mayroong “club rules”, na patakaran ng bawat racing club. Minsan pareho ito, minsan magkaiba. Nasa management na ng club iyan.

Mayroon ding rules na pangkalahatan; ito ang “Philippine Rules and Regulations on Horse Racing” o “PR”. Ang Philracom ang gumagawa ng mga ito. “Blue book” ang tawag sa librong naglalaman ng kabuuan ng PR.

Sa pagpapatakbo ng karera, lumilitaw ang iba’t-ibang sitwasyon na nangangailangang madesisyunan. Kaya kalimitan, ang patungo nito ay pagbabago o pag-aamienda sa PR.
Nirerebisa ngayon ang PR at ang gumagawa nito ay ang Philracom at stewards ng dalawang racing clubs.

Mga punto: una – bakit hindi isinali sa revision committee ang ibang stakeholders ng industriya tulad ng horseowners, jockeys, at trainers? Hindi ba sila ay diretsong naapektuhan ng PR?

Pangalawa – tuwing gagawa ng bagong rule o pag-aamienda ang Philracom, dapat ito ay pinapabatid sa lahat. Ngunit may kakulangan sa pagkalat ng impormasyon ang Philracom.

Halimbawa, ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng weight allowance kapag Philracom stakes races. Maraming horseowner, trainer, at jockey raw ang hindi nakakaalam ng patakarang ito!

Kaya nagkagulo noong karerang Nob.25 sa San Lazaro. Maraming hinete ang hindi pinasakay dahil mabigat sila. Isa na roon si DH Borbe Jr., declared rider ng kalahok sa ECJ Cup na si Drama Belle. Naghanap pa si trainer Tito Alvarez ng kapalit. Mabuti nalang na magaan si Armando Lumagui – siya ang nakasakay at nakakopo ng first prize.

Mas pangit ang naging karanasan ni Philtobo president Nonoy Niles noong araw ding iyon. Mabigat raw ang kanyang hineteng si Val Dilema kaya hindi ito pinasakay sa kabayo ni Mr. Niles na si Champion of Show, na lalaban sa Philracom 2-Year-Old Invitational na may pesong 52 kg. Nai-scratch si Champion of Show dahil hindi makahanap ang pamilyang Niles ng substitute rider.

Ngunit ilang karera lamang pagkatapos noon, pinasakay ng Philracom si Val Dilema sa kabayong Defiant na 52 kg rin ang dala. Ang sabi, nakapagbawas na ng timbang si Val dahil nag-steam (sauna) siya. At pumayag na rin ang Philracom sa extra 500 grams na allowance sa mga hinete dahil kung hindi, halos walang makakasakay dahil puro mabibigat sila.

Ang punto ay, hindi raw alam ng mga Niles (at marami pang ibang owners and trainers) ang rule na ito kaya hindi nila napaghandaan ang sitwasyon na ganoon.

Malinaw na matindi ang kawalan ng komunikasyon rito – sa hindi pagsali ng mas maraming taga-industriya sa revision committee, at sa hindi epektibong pagkalat ng mga patakaran at anunsiyo ng Philracom. Ito’y dalawang ehemplo lamang ng overall breakdown of communication sa pagitan ng Philracom at ibang industry sectors, kaya napakaraming reklamo at hinaing na hindi naririnig at nahahanapan ng solusyon.

Tanong lang – ganoon ba kahirap para sa mga taga-industriya na magkasundo? Na magkausap ng ayos? Kaya ba walang konsultasyon sa mga importanteng kaganapan? Respeto sa isa’t-isa at pagkakaunawaan ang kailangan.

Merry Christmas lang -walang personalan! ***

Photo: Val Dilema receives his trophy for his win on Paramount in the 8th Philtobo Mitra Cup Classic. Viva Hot Babe Jaycee Parker, trainer Joel Mijares, and Philtobo director Marlon Cunanan look on.

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