ASIA’S newest world-class racing facility opens its doors to the public beginning in February when it holds its first major week-long races.
Metro Turf becomes the latest race track in the country following the completion of its facilities that sits on a 45-hectare first-class development project located at the boundary of Malvar and Tanauan, Batangas.
Counting the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park in Carmona, Cavite, and the Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite, Metro Turf is expected to boost the local horseracing industry and attract more local and foreign race enthusiasts.
With the majestic Mt. Makiling serving as backdrop, the modern racetrack is 1,525-meter long and has four chutes that conform to international standards.
Internationally-renowned Singaporean racetrack consultant and builder K.K. Kumar took charge of Metro Turf’s construction, which he personally supervised by staying most of the time in the country last year.
“This new racing facility can be compared to the best in the world today. It is also one of the best that I created, and I am very thankful to the owner for his all-out support throughout the entire construction of the racetrack,” said Kumar, who is expected to be here during the inaugural of the track to supervise its preparation for the start of full-time racing.
The new racetrack is the product of a far-reaching vision by Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. to further uplift the local horseracing industry.
A horse owner, breeder, and true-blue horse lover, Quisumbing believes the construction of Metro Turf will help the country emerge as one of the major racing centers in this side of the world in the near 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,” said Quisumbing as he mentioned the likes of Asian racing neighbors Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Just beside the well-manicured racetrack are the newly-constructed clubhouse and grandstand.
A private viewing stand solely for the use of invited guests and dignitaries stands right beside the official’s booth while the grandstand is open to the public.
It also has 24 cubicles for horse owners, 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 state-of-the-art betting machines serviced by United Tote, the leading gaming totalizator in the world today, together with wide-screen LED televisions for viewing pleasure of 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," according to Metro Turf racing manager Rudy Prado, a veteran chief of racing in the country.
"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.”
Prado added the Saddling Paddock is complete with other racing facilities such as the jockeys’ quarter, clinic, and the conference room.