THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office starts its racing program for the year with a 3YO Open Maiden race on Jan. 31 at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park, said lawyer Jose T. Malang, chairman of the PCSO Committee on Races.
PCSO’s 2015 racing calendar features 14 races: four 3YO and five 2YO open maiden races, the Freedom Cup, the Silver Cup, the National Grand Derby, the Anniversary Race, and the Presidential Gold Cup.
At least one race is scheduled each month, with two each in September and October.
PCSO’s first major race this year is the Freedom Cup on Feb. 8 at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park. Also to be held there are the National Grand Derby on Aug. 16 and the Anniversary Race on Oct. 18.
The Silver Cup is on June 21 at Metro Manila Turf Club, while for the third year in a row the Presidential Gold Cup will be held at SLLP.
PCSO supports horseracing in line with its charter, RA 1169.
The Philippine Racing Commission also released its calendar of stakes races for the year. It fires its first salvo with the 3YO Local Fillies stakes on Jan. 17 at Santa Ana Park.
For fans of the Triple Crown series, the first leg is on May 17 at SLLP, the second on June 14 at Santa Ana Park, and the third on July 12 at Metro Turf.
Exciting times are on hand for the sport this year, with more developments in the offing. Stay tuned.
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