Track icons Real Spicy and Native Land face off once more against each other and five other antagonists in the 2008 Commissioner’s Cup on March 2 at Santa Ana Park.
Sponsored by the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom), the tough 1,800-meter race is in honor of former Commissioner Felizardo R. Sevilla Jr., a well-respected member of the industry who made significant contributions to the Philracom during his time in office.
Race honoree Engr. Jun Sevilla
Real Spicy and Native Land are expected to dominate the race on the strength of their impressive recent stakes victories. Native Land won the 2007 MARHO Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Presidential Gold Cup, beating Real Spicy and others in these encounters.
Real Spicy, coming off a dismal 2007 campaign, has bounced back to grab two of this season’s stakes races so far – the Philracom’s Amethyst I and Garnet II, where he turned the tables on Native Land who only managed to come in third.
Expected to give them stiff opposition are stakes winners Manhattan (who came in second to Real Spicy in the Garnet II), EJ’s Magic, Bumble Bee, El Terrible, and War Alert.
Philracom has allotted a total of P1.2 million in total prize money for this race, with P720,000 for first place, P270,000 for second, P150,000 for third, and P60,000 for fourth.
There is also a Breeder’s Prize of P50,000 for the breeder of the winning horse, as part of Philracom’s incentive program for the local thoroughbred breeding industry. ***