PRCI ‘ready to race’

The Philippine Racing Commission will be having a hearing today to determine whether they will lift the suspension they imposed on the Philippine Racing Club, Inc.’s Santa Ana Park last week.

Philracom suspended PRCI for an indefinite period after the club’s technical difficulties with their totalizator provider resulted in frequent race delays.

Philracom noted “habitual and consistent delays on the post time of the races,” in all its racedays in June, ranging from 81 minutes to 354 minutes, resulting in “a substantial decline in sales.”

The government agency noted that PRCI posted sales on June 18 of only P13.62 million, “a very low sales output for a Wednesday.”

PRCI’s main and backup servers both experienced intermittent failures over a three-week period in June.

In an emergency meeting held on June 25, the Commission passed Resolution No. 31-15 that orders “all scheduled races [at] PRCI be temporarily suspended until PRCI has shown proof that it has resolved its problems with its service provider.”

PRCI Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Allan V. Abesamis said yesterday that their Santa Ana Park racetrack is “ready to race” from July 2 onward, after the completion of final testing on July 1 of their two newly-installed servers and related equipment for their totalizator (betting) system.

“Philracom required us,” said Abesamis, “to show that we can operate without trouble. So we bought two new servers, and the old ones will be used for backup.

“We in fact welcomed Philracom’s criticisms, which we took in a constructive spirit to improve our racing operations.”

In a letter to Philracom dated June 30, PRCI requested Philracom to lift the suspension, giving assurances that the corrective measures implemented by their service provider will “ensure the operability and continuing reliability of the totalizator system moving forward.”     

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Last Monday, Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez invited representatives from Metro Manila Turf Club, Inc. to discuss with him preparations for the third leg of the Philracom Triple Crown series.

The final leg of the iconic championship series for elite 3YO Thoroughbred will be held on July 12 at Metroturf racecourse in Malvar, Batangas.

MMTCI’s racing manager Wilbert Adriano assured Sanchez that the club is fully prepared, from the race conduct itself to the hosting of the many guests expected to arrive on that day.

Sanchez also called for the support of the Tri-Organization of horseowners (MARHO, Philtobo, and Klub Don Juan de Manila), which committed to the endeavor by way of sponsoring the catering for the guests.

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Seven juveniles will face off in the the July 25 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Open Special Maiden race at Santa Ana Park.

The declared entries are Christopher Ching’s filly Archer Queen to be ridden by RH Silva; Rita Bustamante’s colt Rolling Mill (with RO Niu Jr.), lawyer Narciso O. Morales’s colt Spectrum (DL Camañero), Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur C. Abalos’s colt Total Defiance (AR Villegas), Danilo Estacio’s filly Ora Et Labora (LF de Jesus), Joseph C. Dyhengco’s colt Killer Hook (RG Fernandez), and Antonio F. Lagdameo Jr.’s filly Ayisha’s Pride (JPA Guce).

This being a set-weight handicap race, fillies will carry 52 kgs. and colts 54.

The trial race will take place on July 10, also at Santa Ana Park.

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