HORSERACING’S Manny Pacquiao?
The Manila Jockey Club Inc. (MJCI) and the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) would like to believe they are headed in that direction with the Philippines’ associate membership in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), whose mission is to promote good regulation and best practices on international matters pertaining to the sport.
MJCI Racing Manager Jose Magboo and Philracom Commissioners Bienvenido Niles Jr. and Lyndon Noel Guce are one in saying that the Philippines is capable of producing a world-class horse in the future, now that they are working hand in hand with the IFHA.
“Ang pangarap po namin ay ang magkaroon ng Manny Pacquiao sa horseracing, na ngayon ay posibleng maging realidad sa ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa IFHA,” said Magboo, a goal seconded by Niles Jr.,
“Our IFHA membership will make sure that horseracing in the Philippines is held at the highest level. It will ensure that Philippine racing will move towards globalization as our top horses can compete in future races abroad and vice versa. This can only mean that we can develop horses that are world-class,” Niles said.
The three racing officials graced the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at the Golden Phoenix Hotel to discuss the 150th founding anniversary of the MJCI and the eight racing events celebrating it on Sunday at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Magboo said that Sunday’s races are the most anticipated in recent memory, what with the total record prizes up for grabs—P14.5 million in all in just a single raceday.
MJCI’s Founder’s Cup, for one, is offering a staggering P6 million in total prizes, also a record payday for a single race.
“Ito ang pinakamalaking papremyo sa larangan ng karera sa ating bansa, first time po ito para sa ating selebrasyon ng ating ika-150 taong anibersaryo ng MJCI,” said Magboo in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Golden Phoenix Hotel, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and aired live over DZSR Sport Radio 918.
“Labing-talong horses po ang maglalaban-laban sa Founder’s Cup. May mga early favorites po, pero alam naman ng bayang karerista, na depende pa din po sa araw na ‘yun,” said Magboo, who mentioned Shakira, Dixie Gold, Spice Land, Manalig ka, Kanlaon as among the early favorites.
Niles and Guce also promoted the 1st leg the Triple Crown Series, the Hopeful Stakes Race and the Philracom 3YO Locally Bred Stakes Race, all of which are also part of Sunday’s racing extravaganza.
Other races slated are the Fundador Cup, the City of Dreams Stakes Races, Resorts World Stakes Races and the PCSO Stakes Cup.
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