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METRO TURF, the country’s third and Asia’s newest world-class racing facilities, hosts its first week-long races next month with the promise of big thrill and excitement for everyone.
Located at the boundary of Malvar and Tanauan, Batangas, the Metro Turf (Metro Manila Turf Club Inc.) is a 45-hectare first-class racetrack complete with all the latest racing facilities.
Its construction staff was headed by the internationally-renowned Singaporean racetrack consultant and builder K. K. Kumar, who stayed most of the time in the country last year to personally supervise the whole operation.
“This new racing facility can be compared to the best in the world today. This is also one of the best that I created so far and I am very thankful to the owner for his all-out support throughout the entire construction of the racetrack,” said Kumar.
“The local horsemen would surely be happy with it as it conforms to the international standards,” added Kumar, who will be back in the country next month to supervise the preparation for the start of full-time racing there.
The new racetrack is the product of a far-reaching vision of Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. to further uplift the local horseracing industry.
A horseowner-breeder and a true-blue horse-lover, Dr. Quisumbing sees the emergence of the country as one major racing center in this part of the world in the future.
“Our rich history in horseracing and our great racing facilities today are the main reasons why we are nearing the level of some great racing countries here in Asia. It’s about time that we should aspire in catching up with our Asian racing neighbors such as Japan, Hongkong, and Singapore,” he said.
Dr. Quisumbing added that his single biggest mission in constructing this newest racetrack is “to adopt the best racing policies, practices and systems in order to earn the goodwill, confidence and trust of the local and foreign racing community and the public.”
Beside the well-manicured racetrack are the newly-constructed Clubhouse and the Grandstand.
A private viewing stand solely for the use of invited guests and dignitaries is right beside the Official’s Booth while the Grandstand is open to the public. It also has 24 cubicles for horseowners, trainers and guests and also for the private use of paying visitors who want to enjoy the fresh, clean air from the mountains and a clear view of the racetrack below.
The grandstand is equipped with a number of latest-technology betting machines that are being serviced by the United Tote, the leading gaming totalizator in the world today, together with wide-screen LED televisions for the viewing pleasure of the racing fans.
“One major feature of the racetrack is the slanted banking in every corner with no sharp curve at all so we can protect the horses. We have more than 200 horses now in training every morning here while many more are arriving to acclimatize in preparation for the start of racing here next month,” according to Metro Turf racing manager Rudy Prado, a respected chief of racing in the country for many years now.
The Metro Turf can be accessed through the main entrance at the Pres. J. P. Laurel Highway in Malvar. From Manila, one can go straight after exiting the South Luzon Expressway and enter the 5-km new highway leading to the STAR Tollway. From there, one can exit through the Bulihan Toll and turn left to Montecer Street before turning left once again to Pres. J. P. Laurel Highway.
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