Horses: Classification, Requirements, and Specific Guidelines

PR 64.  CLASSIFICATION OF HORSES

  1. “Local horses” are horses bred and foaled in the Philippines.
  2. “Island-born horses” are horses bred abroad and foaled in the Philippines.
  3. “Imported horses” are horses bred and foaled abroad. They must not be more than four (4) years old from the date of purchase for them to be allowed to participate in local races. A horse owner is allowed to import horses from other countries only after he has bred or has had in his ownership at least three (3) locally bred horses.
    In all cases, horses must be registered with the Stud Book Division of the PHILRACOM and with an updated registration from the Regulation and Licensing Division. Moreover it should not be gelded prior to its first run. If, for any justifiable reason, the PHILRACOM finds and so holds that a race horse should be renamed, such naming or change shall be in accordance with the provision of the rules thereon of the Stud Book Authority of the Philippines.

PR 64-A.  ELIGIBILITY FOR DECLARATION:

  1. Island-born and locally bred horses must not be less than two (2) years old and must not be more than twelve (12) years old based on the actual date of foaling.
  2. Imported horses must not be less than two (2) years old and must not be more than seven (7) years old based on the actual date of foaling; however, they shall be allowed to run until the end of the year they turned seven (7), after which they shall be retired for breeding.
  3. Horses must be free from any contagious diseases or illnesses.
  4. Horses must not be blind on both eyes.
  5. Locally bred horses can return to active racing after breeding or foaling, provided the owner updates the registration fee.
  6. Imported horses that are runners and were bred or covered by stallions shall be ineligible to return to active racing even if their age is within the seven (7) year old limit.
  7. Imported horses that arrived in the Philippines in foal (pregnant) or with foal in foot shall be disqualified from racing. It shall be considered for breeding purposes only.
  8. An imported horse that is a registered stallion at the point of origin or elsewhere shall be ineligible to race.

 

PR 65.  VICIOUS HORSES
All horses under this category shall be declared during the regular schedule of declaration. The Club Handicapper shall permit the addition of entry/ies before the start of the Vicious Barrier Trial Race; however, a late entry fee of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1000) shall be imposed on the trainer of the concerned horse by the PHILRACOM.
Below are the conditions for a horse to be considered vicious.

  1. Refuses to be saddled;
  2. Refuses to be mounted or is hostile during the parade;
  3. Refuses to be loaded within three (3) minutes;
  4. Refuses to be loaded within five (5) minutes (automatic withdrawal from the race);
  5. Hostile inside the gate;
  6. Refuses to leave the gate within two (2) seconds;
  7. Vicious at the start (swerving in, swerving out, bucking, refusing to run);
  8. Uncontrollable during the course of the race (swerving in, swerving out, stopping).

PR 65-A.  PENALTIES FOR VICIOUS HORSES

  1. All horses under this heading shall be required to undergo two (2) practice jump-outs and should pass the official barrier trial race for vicious horses. First jump-out is not permitted within ten (10) days from the suspension.
  2. A starter clearance from the jump-outs shall be secured and submitted to the Club Handicapper prior to declaration.
  3. A winning entry that falls under this category shall be given the same suspension as in other vicious horses. (Addendum June 16, 2010)
  4. All suspension under this heading is non-appealable.

 

PR 65-B.  TWO (2) YEAR OLD VICIOUS HORSES
If a two (2) year old horse falls under this category due to any of the following reasons:

  1. Refuses to be saddled;
  2. Refuses to be mounted and is hostile during the parade;
  3. Refuses to be loaded within three (3) minutes;
  4. Hostile inside the starting gate;


The horse shall be given a penalty of:

  1. 1st offense  –  written warning
  2. 2nd offense  –  one barrier trial
  3. 3rd offense  –  suspended indefinitely but not less than fifteen days (15) with one barrier trail
  4. 4th and succeeding offenses  –  PHILRACOM discretion

Suspension under this heading is non-appealable.

PR 65-C.  SAVAGE HORSES
Those horses that resort to biting or any other vice that may pose danger to other runners, persons, or itself shall be penalized:
1.  First offense  –  indefinite suspension until corrective measures have been adopted. Passing the official barrier trial for vicious horses is required before it shall be allowed to run in a regular race.
2.  Second offense  –  banned from racing.

PR 66.  LAME AND INJURED HORSES
This is a non-appealable case.

  1. Any horse found lame after the race shall be given an indefinite suspension but not less than twenty one (21) calendar days.
  2. Any horse scratched at the starting gate due to lameness shall be given a suspension of not less than thirty (30) calendar days.
  3. Any horse scratched at the starting gate due to injury suffered while going to, being loaded, or inside the starting gate shall be given a suspension that shall be determined by the Club Veterinarian after assessing the condition of the horse.
  4. Any horse that suffers from a more serious injury or lameness before, during, or after the race shall be given a suspension that shall be determined by the Club veterinarian.E.  In all cases, horses shall be required to pass the official barrier trial race and a clearance shall be obtained from the Regulation and Licensing Division of the PHILRACOM.

PR 67.  BLEEDERS
These are horses that suffer from epistaxis or bleeding either from one (1) nostril (unilateral) or both nostrils (bilateral).

  1. First occurrence  –  indefinite suspension but not less than ten (10) days with veterinary clearance required and one (1) barrier trial.
  2. Second occurrence  –  thirty (30) calendar day suspension with veterinary clearance required and one (1) barrier trial.
  3. Third and succeeding occurrences  –  thirty (30) calendar day suspension with veterinary clearance required and two (2) barrier trials.  A clearance to run from the Regulation and Licensing Division of the PHILRACOM shall be obtained before running in a regular race.
  4. If a horse wins but suffers epistaxis, it shall be given an indefinite suspension but not less than ten (10) days with one (1) barrier trial. The said occurrence shall be considered and shall still be counted as one (1) occurrence for purposes of imposing penalty therefore. (Resolution8-10)
  5. If a horse suffers from epistaxis during the official barrier trial race, it shall be considered as one occurrence and it shall be penalized accordingly. (Resolution 8-10)
  6. The number of occurrences shall revert to zero only if the horse does not suffer from epistaxis for a period of one year.
  7. All suspension is non-appealable.

PR 68.  FINISHING 75 METERS BEHIND THE THIRD PLACER
Horses coming in more than 75 meters behind the third placer shall be automatically meted a one (1) month rest. This case is non-appealable. No barrier trial and clearance to run from the PHILRACOM is needed prior to the declaration of the horse to run in a regular race. For Stakes Races, there shall be no suspension under this rule.

PR 69.  DISAPPOINTING RUN OR OUT OF CONDITION
All horses that run below their normal standard and usual pattern of racing, or perform a disappointing run, shall carry a minimum suspension of fortyeight (48) or a maximum suspension of seventy two (72) racing day. Horses suspended under this rule shall retain their handicap weight and grouping. This rule shall not cover horses running under the “Maiden Race.” This is a non-appealable case.
The Board of Stewards shall take the following into consideration before making a decision:
A. Track and weather conditions at the time the race was run;
B. Performance of the horse in the same track and distance within the
past four (4) racing weeks compared to the present;
C. Time difference of four (4) seconds or more from the previous outings;
D. The difference in handicap weight between the two (2) runs;
E. The class or grouping compared to previous outings; and
F.  Classification, riding style, and testimony of the jockey.

PR 70.  DESTRUCTION OF HORSES
If the horse suffers a serious or irreparable injury in the race track, the Board of Stewards upon the recommendation of the Club Veterinarian shall order the horse to be destroyed to avoid further suffering in accordance with Republic Act 8485 or “The Animal Welfare Law.” The owner and/or trainer shall be summoned and notified of the order. This case is non-appealable.

PR 71. WITHDRAWAL OF HORSES FROM THE RACE
A. Any horse withdrawn from a regular race without a veterinary certificate shall be given a suspension of four (4) racing weeks and shall be required to undergo one (1) barrier trial prior to declaration.
B. Any horse withdrawn from a regular race with a veterinary certificate shall be suspended indefinitely but not less than ten (10) days and shall be required to undergo one (1) barrier trial prior to declaration.
C. Any horse withdrawn from Stakes races shall be given an indefinite suspension but not less than ten (10) days with one barrier trial with or without a veterinary certificate presented to the Board of Stewards.
D. Bets on withdrawn horses shall be subject to the existing rules on betting approved by the Games and Amusements Board.

 

PR 72.  GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF RACING PARAPHERNALIA

  1. SHOE PLATES
    1. Only aluminum plates shall be used by horses in all official and barrier trials.
    2. Aluminum plates shall be securely and properly fitted and must not protrude beyond the perimeter of the hoof.
    3. Altering the standard aluminum plate for racing shall not be allowed (adding toe grab, spikes, etc.).
    4. The use of standard synthetic commercially available hoof pads shall be allowed. The pads should have an even thickness of not more than 6mm. Improvised hoof pads such as cut-outs from plastic containers and iron sheets shall not be allowed.
    5. In cases of corrective shoeing, such as the use of wide webbed, rolled or rocker, heart bar, egg bars, etc., the trainer or owner shall write a request to the Regulation and Licensing Division of the PHILRACOM, supported by a Veterinary certificate stating why the horse needs such corrective shoeing. The PHILRACOM Field Veterinarian shall then inspect the horse and give his recommendation before granting permission to use corrective shoeing. No written request shall be entertained if filed on the day of the scheduled run.
    6. The Board of Stewards, upon the recommendation of the PHILRACOM and Club Veterinarian, has the right to withdraw from the race any horse whose racing plates may cause harm or endanger other entries as well as itself.
    7. Horses should be brought to the waiting and saddling paddock properly shod.
    8. Replacement of the horseshoe inside the waiting and saddling paddock shall not be authorized except in cases of emergency repair on the hoof of the race horse concerned while already quartered thereat.
    9. No glue-on shoes and studs shall be allowed.
    10. For failing to comply in the above cases, the horse shall be automatically scratched from the race and the trainer shall be penalized as follows:
      1. 1st offense  –  30 calendar day suspension or a fine of Php I,500.00
      2. 2nd offense  –  60 calendar day suspension or a fine of  Php 3,000.00
      3. 3rd offense  –  90 calendar day suspension or a fine of  Php 6,000.00
      4. 4th offense  –  PHILRACOM discretion
  2. THE USE OR CHANGE OF RACING PARAPHERNALIA
    1. All Novato horses can use whatever bit or tack the trainer deems effective for the entry to run properly.
    2. Once the horse registers its first win in a moneyed race (winning form) the paraphernalia that was used shall be recorded as its permanent tack.
    3. A change in the racing paraphernalia shall only be done after a letter of request is approved by the Commission, and only if one month has lapsed from the previous request concerning the same paraphernalia.
    4. A trainer can only request for a change twice for the same paraphernalia within a period of six (6) months from the first date of request.
    5. In case of savage horses, all gadgets and /or tack shall be requested before use. The horse shall undergo a barrier trial when using the gadget or equipment for the first time.
  3. USE OF CORNELL COLLAR™ OR THROAT SUPPORT DEVICE
    1. An accredited PHILRACOM Veterinarian must write a letter of request/endorsement testifying that the horse concerned will benefit from using the said collar.
    2. The horse shall undergo a barrier trial when using the collar for the first time.
    3. The gear shall be subject to inspection by the PHILRACOM Veterinarian before the barrier trial and must be the original “Vet-Aire Cornell Collar™ “brand of device. No improvised gear shall be allowed.

 PR 73.  RULES ON VACATION OF HORSES

  1. The trainer shall fill up and submit a vacation slip to the PHILRACOM. The vacation shall commence on the date of its last run.
  2. All horses that are inactive for three (3) months shall undergo a barrier trial before it can participate in a regular race.
  3. The result of the barrier trial shall remain in effect for three months.
  4. Only horses belonging to “CLASS DIVISION” with a filed vacation can avail of the Handicapping rule of going down after a three (3) month vacation.
  5. A horse can only avail of a maximum of four (4) groups going down in a continuous vacation exceeding one (1) year.
  6. Trainers shall be fined by One (1) Thousand Pesos (Php 1000) per horse for failing to submit a vacation slip for horses belonging to these groups:

•  Two (2) and three (3) year olds
•  Imported horses
•  Class Division 1