Spectrum wins PCSO race

AS expected, lawyer Narciso O. Morales’s colt Spectrum annihilated the opposition in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2YO Special Maiden race held July 25 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite.

Spectrum, also the winner of the trial race held July 10, was sent off as the heavy favorite in the sales. He jumped out cleanly and ran off the pace to frontrunner Killer Hook, gaining the lead in the backstretch.

The colt guided by Daniel L. Camañero pulled away halfway down the stretch to win by four lengths over second placer Killer Hook. They were followed by Total Defiance and Ora et Labora in third and fourth.

The total time for the 1,200-meter race was 1:14.6 (25-22’-27).

Spectrum (Golden Pharoah x Celestial Chase) is trained by Arturo Sordan Jr. and was bred by Atty. Morales.

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Longtime breeder and horseowner Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. is busy with rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in his municipality of Javier, Leyte, one of those badly hit by supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.

Still, he takes time to make sure developments on his Thoroughbred breeding farm, Royal Maverick Ranch in Lipa, Batangas, are progressing. “I have fifty broodmares,” he said, “and I add two to three every year.” His stallion barn houses sires with AP Indy and Woodman lineage.

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Philippine Racing Commission Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez and Commissioners lawyer Ramon S. Bagatsing Jr. and Lyndon B. Guce, in a consultative meeting with racing club handicappers and horseowners group representatives on July 6, discussed a proposed system of handicapping rules for 2YO and 3YO maiden groupings.

The proposal for the revised system, which can be obtained from Philracom, is still for comment by other industry sectors, in line with Philracom policy to engage stakeholders in handicapping deliberations to establish guidelines that are fair and acceptable to all.

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Philracom will coordinate with TESDA for the conduct of skills trainings for racehorse trainers and jockeys.

Jockeys currently undergo a two-year course under the jockeys association, likewise the trainers under their own group, but most learn the basics of their jobs through hands-on participation in the sport.

Sanchez said the TESDA-accredited trainings are necessary to enhance the skills of jockeys and trainers and to professionalize their occupations.

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Sanchez is also strictly enforcing Philippine racing rules and regulations (PR), specifically PR 3 (a checklist of equipment necessary to conduct races) with regard to totalizator and racetrack maintenance.

In compliance with instructions from Philracom, Manila Jockey Club, Philippine Racing Club, and Metro Manila Turf Club recently submitted their manuals of racetrack and totalizator maintenance.

The manuals will be used as references for Philracom to assess the systems and possibly establish industry standards.

Racetrack maintenance methods include watering, harrowing, ripping and grading, and sealing the track surface with an iron float to minimize the seepage of water and ensure good drainage.

A horseracing pari-mutuel totalizator system computes and shows the total number and amounts of bets and corresponding payouts.

The Commission also recently approved the change in post-time of races on weekends to 2:00 PM and on weekends to 6:15 PM. Inordinate delays in the start of the races on the part of the racing clubs are considered a violation of racing rules and carry corresponding penalties.

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