REQUIREMENTS AND PROHIBITIONS DURING RACES

PR 49. RACING LICENSE

No persons, Racing Club or any other entity shall hold or conduct any horse racing wherein betting in any form is allowed unless a racing permit or license is secured from the PHILRACOM. A racing license shall specify, among other things, the person, the Racing Club or entity to which it is issued, the place where the races are to be held or conducted, and the day/s in which the races shall be held. Notwithstanding the issuance of such license, the same may be suspended or revoked by the PHILRACOM for just cause. 

PR 50. RACING DAYS

Subject to existing laws or decrees and in accordance with the calendar of races for a year previously approved by the PHILRACOM, a person, racing club, or other entities duly licensed by the PHILRACOM may hold races on days authorized by the PHILRACOM.

PR 50-A. SCHEDULE AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RACES

PER WEEK
The PHILRACOM has set the maximum number of races per week at 59 races, in accordance with the following schedule:

Tuesday* – 8 races
Wednesday* – 8 races
Thursday – 8 races
Friday – 9 races
Saturday – 13 races
Sunday – 13 races
* Tuesday and Wednesday are optional racing days subject to the approval of the PHILRACOM Board.

PR 51. INSCRIPTION OF HORSES

Horses intended to run in a scheduled racing week shall be inscribed meaning that their names shall be submitted in accordance with set procedures:

  1. Horses participating in a regular race shall be inscribed one (1) week before the day of the race or at such time the PHILRACOM may determine. For unsubscribed horses, it shall be accepted in the next declaration day, provided that a fine imposed by the Club is paid;
  2. The official or person designated to receive the inscription paper and fee shall issue a receipt therefore and shall deliver such papers to the Handicapper on the day following the closing of the inscription;
  3. The inscription paper shall contain the names of the registered owner of the inscribed horse, its trainer, and such details as may be required by the PHILRACOM or the Racing Club;
  4. After the inscription proceedings have been closed, no alteration or change in the inscription paper shall be allowed;
  5. The registered owner of a horse duly inscribed and/or declared to participate but which does not appear in the racing program, and for which reason cannot take part in the scheduled race, shall be compensated by the Racing Club concerned in the amount of Two Thousand Pesos (Php 2,000.00) if caused by negligence of Racing Officials of the Clubs.
  6. The inscription fee shall be refunded to the owner or trainer when 
    1. The horse has been declared to run and the race is cancelled; or
    2. When the inscribed horse does not appear in the racing program and therefore cannot participate in the scheduled race; or
    3. When the inscribed horse has been declared but was eliminated due to excess entries.

PR 52. DECLARATION OF HORSES IN REGULAR RACES
Horses are declared when they are confirmed to run in scheduled races. Such declaration shall follow these guidelines:

  1. Both Clubs are required to provide a drop box with padlock for the Declaration sheets.
  2. Horse owners, trainers, or their authorized representatives are required to fill up the Declaration sheet completely, indicating the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices of the race for the horse and the jockey 
  3. Unsigned declaration sheets shall not be accepted.
  4. In cases where a horse is left without a rider due to conflict (i.e., the same rider is named for two or more declared horses) and the declaration form does not state any other option, the said horse shall be removed from the drawing of post positions.
  5. Each Club should assign a person who shall receive a declaration form. If a declaration was done through a phone call or by text messaging, the person authorized to accept the “declaration” must first sign the declaration sheet before placing it inside the drop box.
  6. No more Declaration shall be accepted after the cut-off period.

• MONDAY – for Tuesday and Wednesday races

10 am (opening of the Declaration box)
-Declarations can be extended up to 11 am only if the need arises
2 pm (drawing of post positions)

• WEDNESDAY – for Thursday and Friday races

10 am (opening of the Declaration box)
-Declarations can be extended up to 11 am only if the need arises
2 pm (drawing of post positions)

• FRIDAY – for Saturday and Sunday races

10 am (opening of the Declaration box)
-Declarations can be extended up to 11 am only if the need arises
3 pm (drawing of post positions)

In case of a holiday, the Clubs shall announce schedules for the declaration and drawing of post positions.

G. The Declaration box shall be opened in the presence of a PHILRACOM Representative and the Club Handicapper.

H. Any request for the addition of entries to the official barrier and vicious horses shall be accepted at the PHILRACOM’s Office only up to 11:30 a.m. of the scheduled day of the race.
I. The horse’s vaccination record must be reported no later than 12:00 noon to be accepted in the day’s declaration. Beyond this deadline, the horse shall be considered in the next scheduled declaration day.

PR 52-A. LATE NOMINATION FOR PHILRACOM-SPONSORED STAKES RACE

This shall be allowed up to 72 hours after the deadline, provided that the horse owner pays the fine equivalent to 10% of the first prize.

PR 53. ANNOUNCED RACES

In case of continuous racing days, only races announced in the corresponding “copia” shall be held or conducted by the Racing Club.

PR 54. COUPLED ENTRIES THAT ARE NOT COUPLED IN THE RACING PROGRAM

If, upon the review of the racing program, it is discovered that the two (2) entries that should have been coupled were given separate numbers, then the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. If no bets have been placed yet, then the two (2) entries shall be coupled and this shall be announced to the racing public;
  2. If bets have already been placed, then the two (2) horses shall be allowed to run as separate entities;
  3. A penalty of not less than Three Thousand Pesos (Php 3000) shall be imposed on the Racing Club Manager for the first offense and shall be doubled every time the same offense is committed by the same.

PR 55. RULES ON COUPLED ENTRIES

A. DURING DECLARATION
In cases wherein horses owned by the same person are declared in the same group, its trainer shall be required to indicate his priority list in the declaration sheet.
B. DURING DRAWING OF POST POSITION

  1. During the first declaration of the racing week, no coupled runners shall be allowed if there are more than 14 entries. Horses that were eliminated shall be given priority for the next declaration.
  2. In cases where there are more than 14 declared runners and the trainer fails to indicate his priority horse, elimination shall be done by drawing of lots.
  3. In cases wherein there are less than 14 runners and the trainer declares three (3) or more runners of the same owner without submitting his priority list, elimination shall be done by drawing of lots.

C. DURING RACE DAY

  1. In regular prized races, the coupled entry of the scratched horse shall be automatically withdrawn from the race. However, no penalty shall be imposed on it. 
  2. In stakes races, the coupled entry of the scratched horse shall still be allowed to run.

PR 56. RULES ON DISQUALIFICATION OF COUPLED ENTRIES

  1. A horse that finishes in the money placing shall be disqualified if its coupled entry impedes another runner, which, if not for the interference, would have finished ahead of it. It shall then be relegated to the position behind the impeded horse, while the impeding horse shall be disqualified from its position and relegated to the last place.
  2. A horse that finishes in the money handily and/or convincingly shall not be disqualified even if its coupled entry impedes another runner. In such case the element of “CHANCE OF SUCCESS” cannot be applied. The impeding horse shall be disqualified and relegated to the position behind the impeded horse. The ordinary rule of foul riding shall apply.
  3. A horse that finishes in the money placing shall not be disqualified despite the disqualification of its couple entry due to lack of weight.

PR 57. OFFICIAL PROGRAM
The names of the Club Racing Officials who are on duty during a racing day shall appear in the racing program. It shall also include the names of the PHILRACOM Board and its Officials. The number of races requested by the Clubs and approved by the Commission shall also be indicated.

The official program of a Racing Club shall state in every race: the class and division of the group of the horses participating, post time, betting pools, the distance, the names and barrier number of the horses, their age, color and sex, the registered horse owner, name of trainer, their racing color, names of jockeys and their classification.

Changes in the racing program shall be done before the start of the first race and announced through bulletin boards, public address system, and radio/ television coverage except in the following cases

• Late change of jockey due to medical condition or failure of assigned rider to meet handicap weight;
• Cancellation of betting pools due to lack of entries arising from late withdrawal of runners;
• Change in the handicap weight of apprentice jockey as stated in PR 35-B.

 

PR 57-A. COMMERCIAL RACING PROGRAMS

In order to protect the racing public from erroneous or misleading information, the PHILRACOM shall issue guidelines to regulate the publication of racing programs offered for sale to the public with the primary objective of attaining the accuracy in the listing of:

1. Number of races and their distances;
2. The number and names of horses participating in each race, its sex, age and color;
3. The names and classification of riders;
4. Betting pools;
5. The handicap weights;
6. The names of horse owners;
7. The names of trainers;
8. Their racing colors;
9. The results of previous races.

PR 58. FORMS OF BETTING

  1. Win – First place only in a designated race.
  2. Place (PLC) – First or second or third placers in a designated race.
  3. Forecast (FC) – First and second place winner in a designated race.
  4. Daily Double (DD) – First placer only on two consecutive races. If, for any reason, a horse is withdrawn in the second race of the daily double after the first race has been run, the corresponding dividend shall be paid to the holder of tickets on the winning horse in the first race which is paired with the withdrawn horse.
  5. Extra Double (XD) – First placer only on designated non-consecutive races.
  6. Daily Double + 1 (DD1) – First placer only on three (3) consecutive races.
  7. Trifecta (TRI) – First, second, and third placers in the correct order of the winning combination.
  8. Quartet (QRT) – First, second, third, and fourth placers in the correct order of the winning combination.
  9. Supersix (SIX) – First, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth placers in the order of the winning combination.
  10. Pentafecta (PEN) – First, second, third, fourth, and fifth placers in the correct order of the winning combination.
  11. Pick 5 (PK5) – First placer only on five (5) designated consecutive races.
  12. Pick 6 (PK6) – First placer only on six (6) designated consecutive races with a minimum investment of Two Pesos (Php 2.00)
  13. Super Pick 6 (SP6) – First placer only on six (6) designated consecutive races with a minimum investment of Five Pesos (Php 5.00). In the event that no bettor has selected the six (6) first place winners, seventy percent (70%) of the net dividend pool shall be carried over to the immediately succeeding SP6 event that has not started or run, and the remaining thirty percent (30%) of the net dividend pool shall be distributed as a consolation dividend to the holder of tickets that has selected the most number of winners from the designated six legs/races of the SP6 event. This rule is different from Pick 6 event because the most number of winners referred to in the SP6 could be in any leg unlike in the Pick 6, which has to be in consecutive order from the first leg.
  14. Winner Take All (WTA) – First placer on seven (7) designated consecutive races. If no tickets sold reflect a complete seven (7) winners, then the tickets sold reflecting six (6) winners will be entitled to the corresponding dividends, and so on. If, for any reason, a horse reflected in the bet is withdrawn, the entry that is the first favorite in the daily double race concerned becomes the horse reflected in the said bet.

PR 58-A. SALES OF TICKETS

The sale of tickets shall begin at the time authorized through tellers or telephone bet operators and shall be closed not later than the opening of the starting gates of the race concerned. No person shall be allowed to buy tickets inside the ticket booths.

 

PR 58-B. HORSE WITH NO TICKETS SOLD ON IT

When a horse without any ticket sold on it wins any of the prizes (first, second, or third), the corresponding dividend shall be paid to the holders of tickets on the horse which finishes next to it and which qualifies. In the Daily Double, Forecast, Quartet, Winner Take All, and Extra Double, as well as other forms of exotic and/or sophisticated betting, the rules of the Racing Club shall apply.

PR 58-C. REFUND OF BETS

Whenever, during the sale of tickets for an event, a horse is withdrawn therefrom, all bets made on the said horse shall be refunded to the ticket holders concerned.

PR 58-D. DIVIDENDS AND REFUNDS

All dividends from winning tickets and refunds shall be paid to the holder thereof on the same day of the event/s concerned. Those unclaimed on the same day may be collected from the RacingClub concerned within the next twenty (20) working days. Thereafter, unclaimed dividends shall be considered forfeited in favor of a
charitable institution or for such purposes related to the development of horse racing and other related matters to be determined by the PHILRACOM Board.

PR 58-E. NUMBER OF HORSES IN A RACE

In all regular races, there shall be a minimum of four declared (4) runners. In cases wherein runners are withdrawn on the actual day of the race, leaving the number of horses below the minimum allowable number, the said race shall be cancelled. For Stakes Races, the minimum allowable number of declared entries is three (3) horses. In cases wherein the number of entries falls below this number on the actual day the race shall still be run.

PR 58-F. PERSONS PROHIBITED FROM BETTING

Under penalty of revocation of license or permit, the following persons are prohibited from betting directly or indirectly in any race held or conducted in the Philippines: Stewards, Judges, Clerk of Scales, Official Clockers, Starting Gate helpers, Starters, Jockeys, and other such persons as the PHILRACOM or the Racing Club
concerned may prohibit. 

 

PR 59. PERSONS PROHIBITED FROM THE RACETRACK

Under penalty of suspension of license or permit, the Racing Club, through its Racing Manager, shall not admit or allow to remain in its premises on racing days the following persons:
A. Minors below eighteen (18) years old unless accompanied by their parents or guardian;
B. Persons carrying deadly weapons or firearms of any description, unless they are peace officers;
C. Persons under the influence of drug/s;
D. Other persons as the PHILRACOM and Racing Club may
determine.

PR 59-A. ANIMALS PROHIBITED WITHIN RACETRACK PREMISES

The Racing Club must ensure that no stray animals are present in the racetrack and in the stables. Non-compliance with this rule shall subject the Club to a fine, the amount of which shall be determined by the PHILRACOM.

PR 60. PROHIBITION AGAINST MOBILE PHONE USE IN RESTRICTED AREAS

During race days, the use of cellular phones shall not be allowed at the following restricted areas: Stewards Stand, Jockeys’ Quarters, Paddocks, and Computer Room. In case of violation, corresponding penalties shall be imposed at the discretion of the Commission.Any jockey caught in possession of a cellular phone shall be suspended; his helper and the assigned Officer-In-Charge of the day shall likewise be suspended. Any jockey’s helper caught in possession of a cellular phone shall be suspended; his jockey and the assigned Officer-In-Charge of the day shall likewise be suspended. The penalty is not appealable. The cellular phone shall be confiscated and shall be returned only after the suspension has been served.

The penalties for such an offense are as follows:

1st offense – three (3) months suspension or a fine of Php 30,000
2nd offense – six (6) months suspension or a fine of Php 60,000
3rd offense – one (1) year suspension or a fine of Php 100,000

 

PR 61. PARADE AND LOADING OF HORSES

  1. A. Upon signal of the Board of Stewards, the horse shall be mounted simultaneously by their respective jockeys, leave the saddling paddock, and parade in numerical order before the Judges’ Stand on the way to the starting apparatus.
  2. B. At the discretion of the Board of Stewards, a horse may be paraded without its rider or with a twitch but shall be given a corresponding penalty (refer to Vicious Horses).
  3. C. A distinctive marker posted thirty (30) meters from the back of the starting apparatus shall serve as the boundary of the cordon area of the participating horses.
  4. D. After the starting gate has been placed across the track, the Board of Stewards shall order the loading of horses in their respective stalls without delay
    1. Races with entries not exceeding seven (7) should follow the numerical order (I to7).
    2. Races with more than seven (7) entries loading shall be in pairs, one each from the lower and upper halves.
  5. E. Only after all the horses have been loaded and upon the go signal of the starter’s assistant can the starter open the gate.

PR 62. PROHIBITIONS IN THE STARTING GATE

  1. No ear clamp shall be used in a horse in all official races except during loading.
  2. No grass shall be given to any horse while inside the starting gate in all official races.
  3. No person except its rider shall be permitted to strike a horse leaving the starting gate.
  4. Blindfold shall only be used during loading and must be immediately removed once the horse is inside the barrier.
  5. No electrical, mechanical, and/or similar gadgets shall be allowed at the premises.
  6. No request for “Last to enter” shall be considered.
  7. No unauthorized person shall be allowed in this area.
  8. No front loading of horses shall be allowed.
  9. Only one starting gate helper shall be allowed inside the stall.
  10. No lifting or pulling of tail, nor use of rope to thrust the horse forward while inside the stall, shall be allowed.

PR 63. MALFUNCTION OF THE STARTING GATE

If the starting gate apparatus fails to function, the race shall be suspended temporarily for a reasonable and permissible period for repairs as determined by the PHILRACOM and the Board of Stewards. However, if the necessary repairs will take considerable length of time in such a way that it will affect and disrupt the schedule of races for that day, the Board of Stewards, with the approval of the PHILRACOM, shall cancel the races for that day.

Whenever races are cancelled by the Board of Stewards, the PHILRACOM shall investigate the Racing Club concerned and, if found negligent, shall be assessed a fine based on the number of races that have been cancelled. The Racing Club shall refund all the expenses incurred by the horseowners affected by the cancellation of the race (trailer fee, inscription and declaration fees).

Failure of more than two (2) gates to open simultaneously with the other gate shall warrant a declaration of a false start. In such case, the Board of Stewards may order a re-start if possible (i.e., no entries reached the half mile marker) or cancellation or rescheduling of the race to a later date. The PHILRACOM shall determine the fine to be imposed on the Club for the gate malfunction.

PR 63-A. RULES ON NON-STARTERS

Non-starters are horses whose stall gate failed to open simultaneously, either later than or ahead of the other gates.
1. Any horse that breaks out of a gate which refused to open or opened late shall be considered a non-starter, except when it wins, in which case it shall be considered a regular starter.

• If the horse finishes 2nd, 3rdor 4th it shall be entitled to the corresponding prize money. However, in the official arrival of entries, its number shall be excluded and the next horse in the actual arrival shall be declared in its place.
• If it finishes lower than 4thplace, it shall be entitled to refund of the inscription, declaration, and other fees from the Racing Club. This rule shall apply to all regular races.
• In case of a gate malfunction during a Stakes race, the Board shall exercise its discretion in deciding on the refund of fees and the imposition of a heavier penalty on the Club.

 

2. Any horse that breaks ahead of the others shall be declared a non-starter regardless of the position in the finish line. It shall not be entitled to the prize money even if it wins or places in the money (2nd, 3rd and 4th). Nomination and declaration fees shall not be refunded to the owner as well as the riding fee of the jockey. The next horse in the official arrival of entries shall be considered for betting purposes.

3. Any horse that is riderless at the time a start was effected due to the malfunction of the gate and/or fault of the starter shall be declared a non-starter. All bets on the said horse shall be refunded and the dividend shall be paid.

4. The rules on handicapping shall prevail on both placers and non-placers as if they finished the race and shall receive the corresponding weight addition or reduction.
5. Bets on a non-starter shall be subject to the existing rules on betting approved by the Games and Amusements Board.
6. The above rules are not applicable to Sweepstakes Races sponsored by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes.
7. For coupled entries, the above rules shall also apply.