Underwood snares Triple Crown leg

Underwood capped the day of longshots, beating Triple Crown leg winners Dewey Boulevard and
Radio Active in a thrilling stretch run rally to capture the third stage crown before a stunned Sunday
crowd at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.

Never straying too far from the quick­ starting Dewey Boulevard, the second leg winner, and surprise
first stage champion Radioactive, Underwood, the far third pick in a compact four­ horse field, put
on a late­ charge from the inner rail at the top of the stretch then galloped past a fading Dewey Boulevard
in the last 150 meters to fashion out a three­ length victory over the punishing 2,000­ meter distance.
Expertly handled by JB Guce, Underwood also gained ground by running in the inner rail majority
of the race as Dewey Boulevard and Radioactive opted to race three­ or four­ wide to buck the spots softened
up by the overnight rain.

But Underwood ran true to form with Guce urging his mount midway through the backstretch and
the three­year­old chestnut colt responded, closing in on the pacesetters at the far turn before storming
past Radioactive and eventually catching up Dewey Boulevard as they made the final turn.

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