Rules Governing Protests and Other Disputes

The owner, trainer, jockey, and/or authorized representative can lodge a protest before the declaration of the official results. In case of jockeys, he shall inform the Clerk of Scales of the protest prior to his weigh-in. In all cases, a protest form shall be accomplished and signed. Once a protest has been lodged, the Board of Stewards must sound the siren, investigate immediately, and resolve the case presented. The decision of the Board of Stewards is final and executory.

  1. In the event that the protest made under the Rules is deemed by the Board of Stewards to be frivolous, the person who filed the protest shall be penalized.
  2. No person shall prevent or attempt to prevent a person qualified to object from making an objection under this rule.
  3. No person shall encourage or attempt to encourage a qualified person to lodge a protest.
  4. The penalty for the above cases is discretionary on the Board of Stewards.
  5. All protest shall be announced through the public address system and to live broadcast media.

Before making a decision, the Board of Stewards shall take the following into consideration:

  1. There must be an impediment by one entry on another runner.
  2. The impeded horse still has the “CHANCE OF SUCCESS.”
  3. The impeding horse must have placed in the money and must finish ahead of the impeded horse.
  4. If the impeding horse causes an opposing ride to be unseated, it shall be automatically disqualified and placed in the tail ender position.


  1. What was the distance between the impeding from the impeded horse at the finish line?
  2. What was the perceived amount of ground lost by the impeded horse as a result of the incident?
  3. Did the impeded horse contribute to the occurrence of the interference?
  4. Was another horse involved in the incident?
  5. Did the interference really occur or did the rider pull his rein in anticipation of the supposed interference?


  1. If a horse crosses another runner less than the safe distance of two (2) horse length, affecting the “chance of success” of the impeded horse.
  2. If a horse or rider interferes, jostles, or intimidates another runner or rider affecting the “chance of success” of the impeded horse.
  3. If a horse or its rider causes the unseating of another rider at any part of the race, in which case the entry shall be automatically disqualified and placed in the last position.
  4. Disqualification due to lack of weight of jockey during the weigh-in by five hundred (500) grams if in the money placing.

All decisions handed down by the Board of Stewards are appealable to the PHILRACOM except for those provisions in the Racing Rules that specifically state otherwise.

  1. Cases penalized by one (1) year and above (i.e. banned from the races) shall be subjected to automatic review by the PHILRACOM Board of Commissioners.
  2. Appeals can be made to the PHILRACOM within three (3) working days from the time suspension is imposed.
  3. A corresponding fee shall be charged to the appellant.

An ordinary appeal may be dismissed by the PHILRACOM for any of the following reasons:

  1. For non-appearance of the petitioner at any of the scheduled hearings on appeal;
  2. If the appeal is patently frivolous or dilatory in nature or purpose;
  3. If the appeal is withdrawn;
  4. For such other cases as the PHILRACOM may determine sufficient to warrant the dismissal.

Upon the dismissal of the appeal or the denial of the petition for review, the decision, order or ruling of the Board of Stewards in controversy shall be considered affirmed and rendered immediately executory.If the dismissal is based upon a finding that the appeal was patently frivolous or dilatory in nature, the PHILRACOM may, in its discretion, increase the penalty imposed upon the appellant by the Board of Stewards.

A motion for reconsideration may be filed on all decisions made by the PHILRACOM on the following cases:

  1. Penalties imposed on jockeys by the Board of Stewards that have been affirmed by the Commission after his appeal, provided that he has served half the length of his suspension.
  2. Penalties imposed on jockeys who fail to file an appeal within the three working day period.
  3. Suspensions imposed by the Commission on Racing Officials. A corresponding fee of One Thousand Five Hundred (Php 1500) shall be charged to the appellant.
  4. Monetary penalties imposed by the Commission on Racing Officials. A corresponding Fee of One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php 1500) or a 20% of the assessed fine shall be charged, whichever is lower.