New Racetrack Opens In Batangas

Metro Turf, the country's third and Asia's newest world-class racing facilities, hosts its first week-long races this February with promising big-time thrills and excitement.

Located at the boundary of Malvar and Tanauan, Batangas, the Metro Turf (Metro Manila Turf Club Inc.) is a 45-hectare first-class development that is complete with all the latest racing facilities.

The addition of the Metro Turf to the existing two racetracks will certainly boost the local horseracing industry and could attract more local and foreign enthusiasts in the near future.

The well-endowed racetrack, with the majestic Mt. Makiling serving as its backdrop, is 1,525-meter long and has four chutes that conform to the international standards.

Its construction 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. The local horsemen would surely be happy with it as it conforms to the international standards," said 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."

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