Philra­com forms track com­mit­tee

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

In an ef­fort to add to the mea­sures en­sur­ing the safety of jock­eys and horses dur­ing races, the Philip­pine Rac­ing Com­mis­sion (Philra­com) is putting up a Race Track Con­di­tion Com­mit­tee that will im­me­di­ately re­view the con­di­tion of the track af­ter an ac­ci­dent.

“The de­ci­sion came about in an emer­gency meet­ing at the Philra­com in the after­math of the Race 4 in­ci­dent in­volv­ing horse Madrid at San Lazaro Leisure Park last March 31.

“The Race Track Con­di­tion Com­mit­tee will im­me­di­ately re­spond af­ter a race ac­ci­dent and re­view the con­di­tions that led to such. They will take pho­tos of both the track and the in­juries sus­tained by the horse/s or jockey/s if there are any and will make a re­port and rec­om­men­da­tion to the Philra­com of what needs to be done,” said Philra­com chair­man An­drew Sanchez.

The com­mit­tee will be com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the race club (track), jockey, trainer, horse­owner and the Philra­com (ve­teri­nar­ian).

In at­ten­dance dur­ing the probe and re­view of the Madrid mishap were Sanchez, his com­mis­sion­ers Atty. Don Ba­gats­ing, Bien­venido Niles Jr., Jose San­til­lan, Vic­tor Tan­toco, Ly­don Guce and Wil­fredo Un­gria and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Buen­camino, Manila Jockey Club rac­ing man­ager Jose Ra­mon Mag­boo and his as­sis­tant J-Fel Cuevas and Madrid jockey MM Gon­za­les, plus jock­eys, train­ers and stew­ards con­cerned dur­ing the ac­ci­dent.

The four-horse spill hap­pened af­ter Madrid tripped on its own and frac­tured the prox­i­mal third of its can­non bone near the fin­ish. This caused a pile-up, bring­ing down Bay­watch and its jockey JPA Guce, Strategem and JA Guce, and Sunny Side and EP Nahi­lat.

The track vet­eri­nar­i­ans im­me­di­ately eu­th­a­nized the se­verely in­jured Madrid. No sig­nif­i­cant in­juries were found in other three race­horses. Among the four un­seated jock­eys, only MM Gon­za­les was de­clared fit to com­pete with the rest sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries and rushed to the near­est hos­pi­tal.

“There was no phys­i­cal prob­lem with the horse prior to the race as con­firmed by jockey Gon­za­les and its trainer, nor was there any hole in the track where the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. The horse tripped on its own when the jockey urged it to make a stronger run,” said Sanchez. “Still, a com­mit­tee that will im­me­di­ately re­spond to ac­ci­dents like this one is a must so that we are adding to the mea­sures that will keep jock­eys and horses alike safe dur­ing the races.”

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