THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Philippine Racing Commission, and the Manila Jockey Club inked an agreement for the staging of the 43rd PCSO Presidential Gold Cup at MJC’s San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
The MoA was signed yesterday at the Manila Golf Club by PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez, and MJC Chairman Alfonso Reyno Jr. and President and COO Alfonso “King” G. Reyno III.
The race will be held Dec. 13, Sunday, and is expected to attract the top-ranked elite Throroughbreds with total prize money of P4 million, with P3 million coming from PCSO and an additional P1 million from Philracom.
Rojas reiterated PCSO’s support for horseracing, and said that the PCSO racing calendar for 2016 was already approved by the agency’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to another year of fun and excitement of racing with PCSO,” he said.
Sanchez said, “I assure the PCSO that Philracom will always support the Presidential Gold Cup, and every year we will be donating P1 million to the winner of this prestigious race.”
King Reyno added, “I am very happy and thankful to be hosting the 43rd running of the gold Cup. We all know…that this is the most anticipated race of the year, and for good reason. Just to compete in this race is indeed a big honor for any horseowner and any racing stable.”
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Philracom passed a resolution last Sep. 23 approving a course outline and training modules for racehorse trainers.
“The establishment of a training course,” said Philracom Chairman Sanchez, “is intended to professionalize the sector and set standards that will ensure that their skills and knowledge are commensurate with their job.”
Also in the works is a similar course for jockeys. Both courses are to be accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
At present, people learn the skills of jockeys, trainers, and grooms as well as those of other industry professions through observation and hands-on practice.
There is great demand abroad for well-trained jockeys and exercise riders. According to MJC Chairman Reyno, Saudi Arabia alone has a requirement for 1,000.
Many Filipino riders are already working abroad, mostly in the Middle East and Japan.
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The PCSO Racing Committee announced that the declared runners for the Oct. 18 PCSO Anniversary race at Santa Ana Park are Felipe Vergara’s Messi, Tony Tan’s Pugad Lawin, Ruben Dimacuha’s Low Profile, lawyer Narciso Morales’s Tap Dance, Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Hagdang Bato, and Jun Sevilla’s Penrith.
Meanwhile, the entries in the Oct. 31 PCSO Maiden race at SLLP are Morales’s Guantanamera, Albert Dichaves’s Mahayana Budur, Joseph Dyhengco’s Yes Kitty, Nathaniel Velasco’s Ellie’s Charm, Sevilla’s Purging Line, Cool Summer Farm’s Striking Colors, Stony Road Horse Farm’s Mt. Rainier, and Mayor Sandy Javier’s Yong Yong.
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