Carrying a crushing impost of 59.5kg as if it were feather-light, heavy favorite Real Spicy cruised to an easy win in the 13th Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) First Gentleman’s Silver Cup, held today at the San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The 2000-meter race saw sprinters Vivere and Bumble Bee take the lead when the gates opened, followed by Native Land, Ididitmyway, Real Spicy, Manhattan, and El Terrible. (Kai Jason was scratched.)
Passing the grandstand for the first time, Vivere led from Bumble Bee by three; Native Land ran in third one length behind. Real Spicy rolled along in fourth, followed by Manhattan, Ididitmyway, and El Terrible.
The action got hotter in the backstretch as stayers Real Spicy and second favorite Native Land moved up to grab first and second with half a length between them; Vivere dropped back to third.
The two frontrunners took the home turn almost as one, racing neck and neck down the stretch until Real Spicy moved away about fifty meters from the wire to win the top prize of P1.1 million by a length and a quarter away from Native Land. Manhattan took third, Real Spicy stablemate El Terrible fourth, followed by Bumble Bee, Vivere, and Ididitmyway last.
Total time for the race was 2:07.6, with splits of 24′-24′-26′-25-27.
PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia himself presented the trophies to winning connections jockey Jeffril T. Zarate (marking his first Silver Cup win), trainer Joselito V. Tornandizo, and owner/breeder Herminio S. Esguerra; the latter also posed with a facsimile check of the prize money with Chairman Valencia.
The winners: jockey Jeff Zarate, owner/breeder Hermie Esguerra, and trainer Lito Tornandizo with PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia
This is Real Spicy’s second win in the same event, and adds to the luster of his 2008 season.