A whole day of racing extravaganza commemorating the “Araw Ng Mandaluyong” and two major Philracom Stakes races will serve as the highlights of the week-long horseracing celebration for the official opening of the Metro Turf, the country’s third and Asia’s newest racing facility, on Feb. 19 to 24 in Malvar, Batangas.
The racing festival in this world-class horse racetrack will be the final set of weekly racing before the Philippine Racing Commission implements the new “two-day-a-week” schedule for the three racetracks in the country.
Metro Turf hosts the exciting “Araw Ng Mandaluyong” Special Cup Races on Feb. 24, the same day that the Philippine Racing Commission is sponsoring two major stakes races—the Leo Prieto II Stakes and the Leo Prieto III Stakes.
The “Araw Ng Mandaluyong” Special Cup Races are the culminating events of the founding of the City of Mandaluyong under the stewardship of Mayor Benhur Abalos Jr., who is also a true-blue horseowner-breeder.
The Philracom also put up a total of P1 million for its two major sponsorship Stakes races, which are open to all local 3-year-old fillies and colts, respectively.
Night racing will start on Tuesday (Feb. 19) up to Friday (Feb. 22), while the weekend racing will be on Saturday (Feb. 23) and Sunday (Feb. 24).
Thousands of racing aficionados from Manila and even from the outlying towns of Batangas are expected to troop to the newly constructed racetrack, which is at the boundary of Malvar and Tanauan. It is just only an hour trip from Manila.
“I would like to invite all the major players of the industry and all the racing aficionados to visit our place and join us in celebrating the launch of our new racetrack, which is a big boost not only to the racing industry, but also the tourism industry here in Batangas and to the whole country as well,” MetroTurf chairman and president Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. said.
Dr. Quisumbing also said that he is also very thankful to the all-out support extended by Atty. Boy Reyno, chairman of the Manila Jockey Club.