CARMONA, Cavite – Sepfourteen took the first-leg of the 2017 Philippine Racing Commission-Triple Crown series by a big margin recently at the San Lazaro Leisure Park here.
Ridden by jockey John Alvin Guce, Sepfourteen found an opportunity to pull away in the last 400-meters.
The 30-year-old Guce prodded the three-year-old colt to move past two bets that were trying to outdo each other right from the get go – Smokin Saturday and Biglang Buhos.
Sepfourteen responded and overtook the two, sprinting to the finish line some 20 meters ahead of the pack when it was over.
He had a clocking of one minute and 49.2 seconds when Sepfourteen completed the 1,600-meter course.
Pangalusian Island and Golden Kingdom then took the cue in overtaking Smokin Saturday and Biglang Buhas to settle for second and third, respectively, in this event which gave away a total purse of P3 million.
Sepfourteen earned P1.8 million.
Philracom allotted a total of P6.5 million in the three races it contributed to the eight-race Manila Jockey Club extravaganza celebrating its 150th year.
With Selfie ruling Philracom’s 3YO Locally Bred Stakes Race and Brilliance topping the Hopeful Stakes Race earlier, Sepfourteen made it three in a row for Oliver Velasquez’s SC Stockfarm in the first leg of the most prestigious racing series for three-year-old horses.
“Now that Sepfourteen has won the first leg, let’s see how he fares in the next two,” said Philracom Chairman Andrew A. Sanchez. “It’s been a while since a horse swept the Triple Crown and with Sepfourteen’s commanding win in the first leg, it has a great chance.”
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