Philracom firms up drug test implementing rules

THE Philippine Racing Commission is set on re-implementing drug testing rules for horses that will further increase transparency, safeguard the health and welfare of horses, and maintain the sport’s integrity.

In a letter dated May 18 this year, the Commission furnished the three horseowners’ organizations—MARHO, Philtobo, and Klub Don Juan de Manila—with a copy of the proposed drug testing implementing rules and regulations for consultative purposes.

The rules set standards for laboratory equipment, blood and urine collection protocols, and sampling and positive-result-challenge procedures. Each racing club is mandated to have a drug-testing lab with the required facilities.

The procedures will test for the presence of certain substances. The regulated and monitored drugs are analgesics (pain relievers): acetaminophen, alfentanil, anileridine, calecoxib, fentanyl, flunixin, ketoprofen, mepivacaine, oxymorphine, pentazocine, phenylbutazone, procaine, salicylate, tramadol, and zomepirac.

Prohibited are downers (depressants and performance inhibitors): azaperone, benzodizapine group, detomidine, etorphine, flunittrazepam, promazine group, and propranolol.

The response of the horseowners’ groups is being awaited for further development and coordination of the drug testing program prior to implementation.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will be holding the 2016 Silver Cup on June 26 at Santa Ana Park, with the following entries: Tan Goal (with jockey JB Guce), Gentle Strength (JB Hernandez), Low Profile (MA Alvarez), Dixie Gold (RG Fernandez), Messi (JA Guce), Superv (JB Bacaycay), Kanlaon (VR Dilema).

The 2,000-meter race is one of the two main races on PCSO’s racing program, with the other being the Presidential Gold Cup held every December. The Silver Cup is held in honor of the sitting president’s first lady, or, as in the present case, the first family.

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As expected, trial race winner Pinay Pharoah won the PCSO 3YO special maiden race at San Lazaro Leisure Park last May 7.

Pinay Pharoah took the lead in the 1,400-meter race, with Son Also Rises running off the pace in second, Batang Annala and the rest of the pack eight lengths behind.

At the backstretch, Batang Annala and Catsbarawana began rallying, but Pinoy Pharaoh with jockey Fernando Raquel Jr. maintained her lead to win wire-to-wire by a length and a half.

Pinay Pharoah is owned by Herminio S. Esguerra and was also bred by him on his Herma Farm and Stud ranch in Batangas, thus he won both the first prize of P600,000 and the breeder’s purse of P50,000.

Catsbarawana 2nd. Batang Annala 3rd, Son Also Rises 4th, Polo Queen 5th and last. Time 1:29 (12.6-23.4-25-28).

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After Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness Stakes loser Nyquist spiked a fever after the Preakness last May 21, his connections decided not to take him to Belmont, making Preakness winner Exaggerator the Belmont Stakes favorite at 11-10, almost even odds.

Exaggerator is expected to encounter Suddenbreakingnews (who turned out to be a ridgling, not a gelding as was first thought), Cherry Wine (second placer in the Preakness), Stradivari (third in the Preakness), Lani (ninth in the KY Derby and fifth in the Preakness), and Creator (Tapit scion), among others, in the 1-1/2 mile Belmost Stakes on June 11.

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