SEPFOURTEEN eyes to move closer of completing a sweep of the local Triple Crown series as the champion horse is fancied anew to win the second leg of the major racing event this Sunday at the Saddle & Clubs Leisure Park in Naic, Cavite.
The three-year-old colt leads six other entries set to see action in the featured 1,800-meter race that offers a cash prize of P1.8 million to the champion.
He clocked one minute, 49.2 seconds in winning the first leg run over 1,600 meters last May 21 at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Kid Molave was the last local horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 2014.
Sepfourteen will be joined by SC Stockfarm Inc. stablemate Brilliance in the event which has a total guaranteed prize of P3 million. Brilliance is the lone filly entry in the race.
“I think may pag-asa si Sepfourteen. Although it’s a quite competitive race, malaki ang chance na maulit niya ito,” said Philracom Commissioner Bienvenido Niles Jr. at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.
“Sepfourteen is the favorite, but we’re not discounting the possibility of an upset.”
Expected to give Sepfourteen – trained by Tomasito Santos – a fight are Golden Kingdom, Hiway One, Metamorphosis, and Pangalusian Island.
Pangalusian Island and Golden Kingdom finished second and third, respectively, behind Sepfourteen during the first leg.
Runner up in the race will take home P675,000, while third place receives P375,000.
Winning breeder meanwhile, gets a purse of P100,000.
Niles was joined in the weekly session presented by San Miguel Corp., Golden Phoenix Hotel, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., by Philracom chairman Andrew Sanchez, executive director Dr. Andrew Rovie Buencamino, PRCI Racing Manager Antonio Alcasid Jr., facilities manager Shirley Balaong, and executive secretary Joanna Goli.
Also to be run this Sunday is the Philracom Hopeful Stakes is considered to be an auxiliary race to the Triple Crown and features an equally talented cast of eight entries which will run over 1,800 meters.
In the running are Biglang Buhos, Bossa Nova, Breaking News, Great Wall, Lemonada, Metamorphosis, Mount Pulag, and Smokin Saturday.
“We are pleased to hold these races at Santa Ana Park knowing that PRCI’s administration does its utmost to provide an exciting experience for fans and a safe venue for participants,” said Sanchez.