Finally, he earned the one trophy that had eluded him all these years – the PCSO Silver Cup.
Empire King, former Horse of the Year awardee and multi-titled champion, reigned in this year’s edition of this rich and prestigious race, totally dominating the field of six by coming from behind with plenty to spare.
Sent off as the favorite, with rival Real Spicy a close second choice, Empire King enjoyed a weight advantage over Real Spicy, carrying 56.5kg compared to the other’s 59kg burden.
Despite Real Spicy’s being a year younger (at 5) and having set the national record for the distance at this same track, Santa Ana Park, this proved to be no pluses for The Spice Horse as the King convincingly showed superior form and condition.
Empire King’s proud owner, David Lee, says we’ll be seeing Empire King at the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup at San Lazaro Leisure Park in December.
Photo: Jockey Jeffrey Ladiana knows it’s in the bag as he raises his whip in victory several meters before the wire in the PCSO Silver Cup, May 20, Santa Ana Park. Philippine Racing Club stewards fined him P1,000 for “grandstanding before crossing the finish line”.