By: Jenny Ortuoste
The Philippine Racing Commission recently instituted the post-race drug testing of horses and set standards for the establishment of laboratory facilities.
Approved on Feb. 3, Resolution No. 16-16 provides technical specifications for Philracom’s laboratory set-up, as well as for sampling and post-race examination units that must be established within three months by the three racing clubs – Manila Jockey Club, Philippine Racing Club, and Metro Manila Turf Club.
That would make compliance to this rule due around May.
“The drug testing of horses will serve to protect the public interest,” said Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez.
He added that it is a requirement for membership in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, which Philracom has been pursuing for years.
Upon the implementation of drug testing as well as international quarantine protocols, the Asian Racing Federation, of which the Philippines is a member, will endorse the country’s bid for membership to IFHA.