There will be no Triple Crown winner this season, with the potential champion ambushed en route to a projected sweep of the spectacle decked out in Filipino horse racing.
Radio Bell stole Triple Crown sweep contender Basheirrou’s thunder as he became dominant during the third leg of Philracom’s Triple Crown at Santa Ana Park in Naic, Cavite on Sunday.
Businessman/sportsman Elmer de Leon’s Bell Racing team standard bearer enjoyed the glow of the final pick’s triumph from afar, expertly ridden by star jockey Jonathan Hernandez.
Stopping the clock at an imposing 2:07.6 (with quarters of 24-23′-25-26′-28′) over the 2000 meter distance, Radio Bell of Sakima and Radioactive Love bided its time before making a dramatic move to thwart the odds.
From the gate, story-seeking Gomezian and Basheirrou moved to tow the pitch, engaging in a one-on-one duel to dictate the pace early with paired riders Brother Son and Charm Campaign third respectively. and fourth.
Just a flash on the radar, Radio Bell was well within striking distance in fifth position.
It was at the half-mile post that Hernandez shook things up, passing the stable mates to take third place behind the front two who continued the blinding pace to the home stretch.
With 400 meters to go, the chestnut filly fired head-on and then took the lead, eventually crushing the competition for a five-length victory over Jungkook, Enigma Uno and Gomezian who finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Big favorite Basheirrou was swallowed up by the rushing peloton at the finish, becoming the latest casualty of the grueling Triple Crown third stage after Yes Pogi won the first two stages in 2010 but was pinched at the wire by Carriedo in the decisive third. leg.
Heneral Kalentong remains the last Triple Crown champion in 2020.
“After our impressive performance in the second leg, my team and I were convinced that Radio Bell would have a better performance in the second leg. And it’s true, paglampas ng medya-milya it was pretty clear na amin na yung panalo,” De Leon said.
“Salamat in favor of the Bell Racing Stable team for the victory. My trainer Donnie Sordan, our jockeys, the sotas, the riders and the others who make up the team. I am overjoyed to have won my first stage of triple crown, ”added the big boss of Bell Racing.
The victory was worth 2.1 million pesos to the winning connections as well as the Ramon Orlina trophy.
Jungkook’s group won 787,500 pesos while Enigma Uno and Gomezian took home 437,500 pesos and 175,000 pesos respectively.
Rancho Santa Rosa did not leave the day empty handed as their gray colt Cupid Song (Cupid-Beautiful Song) ridden by Kelvin Abobo took the limelight going from last to first in the Hopeful Stakes with a time of 2:13.2 in the 2000 meter trip worth 900,000 pesos.
Finalists went to Pharaoh’s Fairy, Eazacky, and Bocaue Rivertown receiving P337,500, P187,500, and P75,000 in that order.
Former jockey Renato “Egoy” Hipolito, the trainer of Cupid Song, said after the race: “Yung naging instructions ko ay itakbo nyo yung karera niyo. Kung papalarin tayo to manalo, thank you. Kung hindi naman, thanks din. Basta ginawa natin ang best natin.”
Bell Racing Stable became the big winner of the day when Sakima, out of Colony Crossing offspring Colony Bell, won the 3-year-old Locally Bred Stakes, adding another P600,000 to her winnings.
The 2:10 over 2000 meters (25-24′-25-28′) was too much for the rest of the field with Queen Louise snatching second (P200,000), Thermodynamics third (P100,000) and Victoriousprincess fourth (P50,000 ). “His last 600 meters nakita ko na malaki na tsansa namin and nung pagsungaw ng rekta alam ko na na amin na yung panalo,” Colony Bell jockey Mark Alvarez said.
“Congratulations to all the winners, especially the Bell Racing team for winning two of the three high stakes events. I also want to thank the bayang kareristas for their support in today’s exciting races,” said Reli de Leon, Philracom’s honcho.
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