Nuclear Bomb (Oh Oh Seven out of Hayley Rebecca), owned by Gabriel Gaerlan and trained by Conrado "Dodek" Vicente, exploded in the last 250 meters to grab the first leg of the Philippine Triple Crown last Sunday at the San Lazaro Business and Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Expertly ridden by first time Triple Crown rider Pabs Cabalejo, Nuclear Bomb was settled nicely a little bit off the mid-pack, while known speedster Liquid Gold led the march. At around the half-mile pole, another speed horse, War Cannon, took the cudgels of setting the pace from the tiring Liquid Gold and went on to lead until Nuclear Bomb started to make his charge with 500 meters left in the race.
At the 200 meter mark, it was clear that the fast-approaching Nuclear Bomb was not to be denied the win.
"Naramdaman ko po na abot kamay ko na yung panalo noong pagka pantay ko po kay War Cannon nung magrekta tapos clear na po yung dadaanan ng kabayo ko nung mag diretso. At yun nga po nakaraos!," Pabs Cabalejo said.
Clocking 1:40.4(24'-24-24'-27') for the 1600-meter distance on a rain-drenched but firm and fast track which normally favors front-runners (thus the fast clips), Nuclear Bomb gave his connections the top prize of P2.1-million while War Cannon hung on to bring home P700-thousand for his effort.
Late-charging Kevlar came in third (P350-thousand) and Kaparkan Falls managed to salvage fourth (P175-thousand). Rounding out the money-earners were Stayinthemoment (P105-thousand) and Hook On D Run (P70-thousand) which came in fifth and sixth, respectively.
The prize of the day for the Triple Crown race was donated to the Alay Sa Atleta, an organization supporting the country's para-athletes.
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