SUPERSTAR CALIFORNIA CHROME HEADS GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; NORTH AMERICA’S ALL-TIME EARNINGS LEADER, TRAINED BY SHERMAN, TO FACE SIX RIVALS AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–With the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita looming on Nov. 5, superstar California Chrome, North America’s all-time earnings leader with $13,252,650, towers over six rivals in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at The Great Race Place.Fresh off a smashing five length score in the Grade I Pacific Classic at 1 ¼ miles Aug. 20, California Chrome has won five races in a row, most notably the $10 million Dubai World Cup three starts back on March 26. HOPPERTUNITY: Also conditioned by Baffert, the 5-year-old by Any Given Saturday is enjoying a solid year, as he’s banked more than $1.4 million from five starts, the most recent a well beaten fourth behind California Chrome in the Pacific Classic. A workmanlike Grade I performer, he’ll be facing “Chrome” for the fourth time this year, having run third in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 9, third in the Dubai World Cup March 26 and the aforementioned fourth place finish in the Pacific Classic. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has three wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita and is 21-5-6-4 overall with earnings of $2,962,675. CALIFORNIA CHROME: Trained by Art Sherman throughout his remarkable 23-race career, the 5-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit began his most recent win skein with a facile 1 ¼ length win in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 9, his fourth win from seven overall starts in Arcadia. A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, “Chrome,” who was voted Horse of the Year in 2014, is a racing rarity on many accounts, including the fact he is a full horse competing at racing’s highest levels at age five. Blessed with incredible natural speed and stamina, regular rider Victor Espinoza declared “California Chrome is the best horse I have ever ridden,” following his victory in the Pacific Classic–a very large statement indeed considering Espinoza guided American Pharoah to a Triple Crown triumph and Breeders’ Cup Classic honors in 2015. Owned by Taylor Made Farm and Perry Martin’s California Chrome, LLC, the striking chestnut is now 23-14-3-1 overall. California Chrome–Victor Espinoza–125Dortmund–Rafael Bejarano–121Hoppertunity–Flavien Prat–121Win the Space–Gary Stevens–121Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–121El Huerfano–Martin Pedroza–121Hard Aces–Santiago Gonzalez–121First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. THE AWESOME AGAIN IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 7 of (of 11)                                                                                               Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST DORTMUND: A winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby, he made California Chrome “run” two starts back when second, beaten a half length in the mile and one sixteenth San Diego Handicap July 23. However, Dortmund was never a threat to “Chrome” in their next encounter, when third, beaten 7 ¼ lengths in the Pacific Classic. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’ll be ridden for a second time by Rafael Bejarano and can be expected to menace anyone desirous of the early lead. A massive 4-year-old colt by Big Brown, Dortmund will be making his third start of 2016. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund is 12-8-1-2 with earnings of $1,872,480.last_img read more

GOODYEARFORROSES MUCH BEST UNDER NAKATANI AS SHE WINS GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:47.98 AS SHE TAKES HER THIRD STAKES OF MEET

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2017)–With a couple of confident looks back, veteran Corey Nakatani stepped on the gas heading into the far turn and went on to a convincing 1 ¾ length win aboard Goodyearforroses in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one eighth on grass in 1:47.98 as she took her third consecutive stakes race of the Winter Meet.A measured fourth, about two lengths off of pacesetter Kenriya three furlongs from home, Goodyearforroses made an eye catching move around the turn, swung three-wide turning for home and aside from a couple back-handed reminders, was hand-ridden to victory.A winner of both the Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 31 and the Astra II Stakes on Feb. 2,  Goodyearforroses was off at even money in a field of eight and paid $4.00, $3.00 and $2.20.Transferred to Baltas following a third place finish in the Grade III Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 5, Goodyearforroses is unbeaten with her new connections.“She’s been aggressive from the time we got her and it’s nice to have a jock like Corey, who I don’t have to give any instructions to,” said Baltas. “She’s done everything right and she’s acted like a good horse.  We’ve got some weight on her now and she’s all race horse.”When asked where she might run next, Baltas responded, “We might stay home and run in the Gamely (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 27).”Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, who brought a large throng of racing enthusiasts to the Winner’s Circle, Goodyearforroses now has seven wins from 15 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $365,995.“The sky’s the limit,” said Nakatani. “She’s doing unbelievable, as you can tell from the way she ran today.  She tells us when she wants to run and she’s just such a good mare.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Argentine-bred Pretty Girl, who was last after six furlongs, proved second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Sweet Charity. Off at 7-1, Pretty Girl paid $7.20 and $3.80.With Flavien Prat up, Sweet Charity was off at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.85, 48.90, 1:12.80 and 1:36.58.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated: Stephen Curry of the Southland Conference

first_imgForgive the comparison, but Central Arkansas’ use of Jordan Howard is similar to Golden State’s deployment of Stephen Curry. He’s a fantastic screener for his size and is far more lethal slithering off ball than he is handling action from the top of the key. “It’s really funny, people ask me, ‘How many plays do you run for him?’” says UCA head coach Russ Pennell. “And I say, really not very many. What we do is, we put him in situations to let him use his own knowledge and IQ of the game.”Read the full story: http://sland.social/SportsIlllast_img read more

Lamar’s Vossgaetter Voted Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgThis is the first weekly award of the season for Lamar. Honorable Mention: Hortense Boscher, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Stephanie Barnett, Nicholls; Khee Yen Wee, Sam Houston State. Vossgaetter and teammate Jasmin Buchta clinched the doubles point for Lamar on Saturday with a 6-4 defeat over Nicholls’ Stephanie Barnett and Lingfeng Gu, playing at the top line. The freshman from Langenfield, Germany, then squeezed out a close back-and-forth match against the Colonels’ Mariia Kozachok on court three. Vossgaetter took the first set 7-6 (7-2) but dropped a tough second set 7-6 (7-5). She swung a 10-8 deciding set to take the match. Lamar (4-13, 2-6 SLC) scored a crucial 6-1 win over Nicholls (11-9, 2-7 SLC) on Sunday to keep its 2018 Southland Tournament hopes alive. The Cardinals are taking on McNeese in Lake Charles in a match that began at 1 p.m. CT today, making up a match that was originally scheduled for this past Saturday. The game was postponed due to weather. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Amelie Vossgaetter, Lamar – Fr. – Langenfield, Germany FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Amelie Vossgaetter is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Southland Conference Announces 2018 Track & Field All-Academic Teams

first_img Name School Cl. GPA Major Camry Grigsby* Sam Houston State Sr. 3.08 Public Health Samantha Brashears Stephen F. Austin So. 3.91 Accounting Alanna Arvie McNeese So. 3.72 Biology Pre-Med McNeese led the way on the men’s side with six total selections, followed by Abilene Christian, UIW and Stephen F. Austin with four each. Lamar and Sam Houston State each garnered three selections while Central Arkansas had a pair. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana earned one honoree each. Six student-athletes across both all-academic teams posted 4.00 GPAs. McNeese senior Fisher Hamilton registered a perfect GPA with a major in business administration while fellow Cowboy Nemanja Kovilijac posted a 4.00 in chemical engineering. Jessica Coleman Northwestern State Sr. 3.31 Biology Kerry Gleason*3 Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.23 Kinesiology Halie Daniel Sam Houston State Jr. 3.95 Criminal Justice FRISCO, Texas – UIW junior Garett Cortez and Northwestern State senior De’Shalyn Jones are the 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Tuesday in conjunction with all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Ryan Cleary*2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.82 Accounting Jasmyn Steels Northwestern State So. 3.56 Psychology Gabrielle Estrada UIW Sr. 3.94 Communication Arts 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Track & Field All-Academic Team Alex Hanson* Central Arkansas So. 3.22 Marketing Clarissa Smith2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.89 Biology/Chemistry John Lemke* McNeese Gr. 3.33 M.B.A Southland Conference Track & Field All-Academic Teams are selected by a 50% rule. Of the total number of nominees, half are named all-academic selections. Honorees are nominated and voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors, and academic staff members from each university. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted on by the Southland awards committee, consisting of one administrator from each member school. Kai Schmidt* Abilene Christian Sr. 3.63 Tyler Adams*3 Sam Houston State Sr. 3.42 Engineering Technology Maverick Bowleg* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.20 Marketing Kaylee Bizzell* Stephen F. Austin So. 3.63 Nursing Allyson Girard* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.73 Health Science Nathan Jones McNeese Sr. 3.41 Health Education On the women’s side, Abilene Christian collected seven spots to lead all schools. UIW, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin earned five all-academic honorees each, followed by Northwestern State (4), McNeese (3) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3). Cormac Kelly* Lamar Sr. 3.00 Kristine Hanks* Sam Houston State Sr. 3.33 Criminal Justice Myah Antwi UIW Sr. 4.00 M. Health Administration Fadeke Adeola New Orleans Gr. 3.81 Ma. Biological Science Sophie Morrow Abilene Christian So. 3.87 Lentz Similien McNeese Jr. 3.45 Health & Human Performance Garrett Larson Sam Houston State Sr. 3.25 Construction Management Lonnie Smith Abilene Christian Jr. 3.08 Kinesiology Name School Cl. GPA Major Rodney Littlejohn UIW Jr. 3.39 Rehab Science Chad Horstmann Stephen F. Austin So 3.87 Sports Business Keith Fallon Lamar Sr. 3.83 Grace McKenzie* McNeese Jr. 3.74 HHP – Exercise Science De’Shalyn Jones*3 Northwestern State Sr. 3.20 Psychology Carnley Graham2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.92 Environmental Science Blaze Brownlow* Abilene Christian So. 3.81 Finance Jones, a three-time all-academic selection for the Lady Demons, earned her second consecutive Southland Conference Female Athlete of the Year Award and Runner of the Year honor following the 2018 conference outdoor meet, where she again swept the 100m and 200m dashes and was part of the winning 4x100m and 4x400m squads. She helped NSU reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 4x100m, the first time the program has qualified a women’s relay for the national meet. Jones capped her career with 11 Southland golds. She set three school records (100m, 200m, 4x400m) in 2018, raising her total to five that she holds (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m). Alexandria Hackett* Abilene Christian Gr. 3.97 Accountingcenter_img Hannah Noble* Central Arkansas Jr. 3.85 Marketing Sierra Bennett Abilene Christian Jr. 3.97 Tristyn Allen*2 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.50 Mass Communication Garett Cortez*2 UIW Jr. 3.86 M.B.A Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year: Garett Cortez, UIWWomen’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year: De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State Morgan Woods*2 McNeese Jr. 4.00 Elementary Education Farydah Inoussa New Orleans Sr. 3.07 Biological Science Natalia Redondo Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.66 Spanish Four women earned 4.00 marks – McNeese junior Morgan Woods (elementary education), Stephen F. Austin sophomore Taryn Surratt (music), Houston Baptist junior Ana Kriletic (psychology) and UIW senior Myah Antwi (M. health administration). Dakota Mayr Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.20 Business Administration Joshua Hernandez* Sam Houston State Jr. 3.47 Kinesiology Jamie Eckford* Sam Houston State Jr. 3.04 Public Health Sashane Hanson*2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.44 Biomedical Science Taryn Surratt Stephen F. Austin So. 4.00 Music Ryan Simmons2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.86 Accounting Daniel Shelton2 Houston Baptist Sr. 3.32 Kinesiology 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field All-Academic Team Ana Kriletic2 Houston Baptist Jr. 4.00 Psychology Hannah McWilliams3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.73 Marketing Jacqueline Rushford Northwestern State Sr. 3.97 Health & Exercise Science Charles Fentress* Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.40 Kinesiology Antonio Ruiz* Stephen F. Austin Jr. 3.20 Engineering Physics Hiram Morales McNeese Sr. 3.45 Health & Human Performance Fisher Hamilton McNeese Sr. 4.00 Business Administration Brian O’Bonna*2 Lamar Sr. 3.26 Caitlin Lennon Stephen F. Austin So. 3.42 Accounting Clinton Cole UIW Jr. 3.10 Rehab Science Irene Akwitti Abilene Christian So. 3.79 Nursing Ceaser Stephens Northwestern State Jr. 3.19 Fine & Graphic Arts Sarea Alexander* UIW Sr. 3.17 Athletic Training Cortez, a Schertz, Texas, native, has a 3.86 GPA in sports management in the Masters in Business Administration program with a minor in communication arts. He won the 1,500m at the Southland Outdoor Championships in 2018 with a new personal best time of 3:46.95. His championship victory was one of five wins for the junior, who earned two third-place finishes (3,000m and 5,000m) at the 2018 indoor championships. Cortez has made the Dean’s List at UIW every semester. Hannah Naquin Nicholls Sr. 3.58 Psychology Nemanja Kovilijac McNeese So. 4.00 Chemical Engineering Keri Banks Lamar Sr. 3.66 Zachary Jewell Central Arkansas So. 3.54 Environmental Science Colin Sepulveda UIW Jr. 3.37 Biology Victoria Jackson UIW So. 3.65 Biology Michaela Hackett* Abilene Christian Gr. 3.97 Accounting Danielle Martinez2 UIW Jr. 3.84 Marketing Rachel Durler Central Arkansas Sr. 3.87 Marketing * Automatic selection2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selectionlast_img read more

Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Seeds Finalized

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Following the last regular season games and resulting tie-breakers the seeds and bracket for the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Basketball Tournament have been finalized. MEN’S TOURNAMENT SCHEDULEFirst Round – Wednesday, March 11, 20205:00 PM – Game 1 – No. 5 Northwestern State vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 2 – No. 6 Lamar vs. No. 7 McNeese (ESPN+)Second Round – Thursday, March 14, 20205:00 PM – Game 3 – No. 4 Sam Houston State vs. Winner Game 1 (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 4 – No. 3 Nicholls vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN+)Semifinals – Friday, March 15, 20205:00 PM – Game 5 – No. 1 Stephen F. Austin vs. Winner Game 3 (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 6 – No. 2 Abilene Christian vs. Winner Game 4 (ESPN+)Championship – Saturday, March 16, 20208:30 PM – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (ESPN2)Saturday’s championship will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Each of the opening-round matchups will be available on ESPN+. Tickets for next week’s tournament can be purchased via Ticketmaster and all Ticketmaster outlets. Reserved tickets for each session are $25 each, while general admission tickets are $20. MEN’S SEEDS Tournament Central | Tickets The tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid for the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament. No. 1 – Stephen F. Austin (28-3, 19-1 SLC)No. 2 – Abilene Christian (20-11, 15-5 SLC)No. 3 – Nicholls (21-10, 15-5 SLC)No. 4 – Sam Houston State (18-13, 11-9 SLC)No. 5 – Northwestern State (14-15, 11-9 SLC)No. 6 – Lamar (16-15, 10-10 SLC)No. 7 – McNeese (15-16, 10-10 SLC)No. 8 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (14-17, 10-10 SLC)last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

first_imgKANTHAKA SEEKS KONA GOLD GOLD SATURDAYBAFFERT GOES WITH THE FLO WITH ROADSTERGIFT BOX TO BREEZE FOR GRADE  I GOLD CUPKANTHAKA DRAWS OUTSIDE FOR GRADE II KONA GOLDKanthaka, third in the March 30 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs after breaking from the rail, makes a relatively quick turnaround Saturday for the Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, drawing the outside, but Jerry Hollendorfer seemed more concerned about pace than post.“We’re happy with the post; we just have to see if the race sets up,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He can sit a little closer if he has to.”A four-year-old chestnut son of Jimmy Creed owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Kanthaka has been out of the money only once in seven starts at Santa Anita, that a troubled eighth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes last Dec. 26. He was installed the 2-1 second choice on Jon White’s morning line for the Grade II Kona Gold.In other Kona Gold news:Well-traveled All Out Blitz seems poised to make his presence felt in the race after winning a restricted stakes at Sunland Park on March 24.A son of Concord Point, All Out Blitz has raced at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Zia Park and Oaklawn Park, in addition to Sunland, winning four of 14 starts overall.“This horse is getting better,” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the four-year-old colt for owner/breeder Kaleem Shah. “He’s made good progression each time in his last few runs and I think he’s got a chance.”After racing 19 times in 24 career starts on turf, the last 12 in a row, Cistron returns in the Kona Gold on the main track where he has one win in five outings.“He won a stake at three on the dirt,” pointed out John Sadler, trainer of the five-year-old son of The Factor for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis, who supplemented the full horse to the Kona Gold for $4,000.“He’s been on the grass kind of ever since, but we thought we’d try him back on the dirt. He’s doing real well, he’s a good horse, so we’ll see how it goes.”The Kona Gold, race five with a 1 p.m. first post time: $4,000 supplemental nominee Dr. Dorr, Joe Talamo, 9-5; $4,000 supplemental nominee Cistron, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; All Out Blitz, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Zatter, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; and Kanthaka, Flavien Prat, 2-1.BAFFERT GOES WITH FLO (GEROUX) FOR KENTUCKY DERBYAnyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority.So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom he captured the Triple Crown aboard Justify last year, jaws weren’t exactly dropping to their chins.Baffert recognizes it’s business, not personal, and the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (also American Pharoah in 2015) wasted little time in going to plan b and engaging Florent Geroux to ride Roadster in the Run for the Roses, joining two other Baffert contenders, champion Game Winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable.“Every summer when I go to Kentucky, he helps me out and breezes a lot of horses for me,” Baffert said of the 32-year-old Frenchman. “We’ve won races together. When he comes out here, I put him on horses.“I have a good relationship with the guy . . . He knows Churchill really well. I wanted to go with somebody who’s very familiar with Churchill Downs, and after discussing it with the owners (Speedway Stable), we were all in agreement about Flo.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:McKinzie works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-19-19Bellafina likely Kentucky Oaks favorite works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-19-19Weekend Watch:  Weekend Action at Santa Anita Park Starting 4-19-19A Day in the Life: with Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 with trainer  Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 with trainer  Richard BaltasRijeka (Outside) &  Desert Stone work 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-17-19Marley’s Freedom (Outside) &  Nero work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-15-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) &  Show Me Da Lute work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-15-19 Zatter (Outside) &  Hot Sean work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-14-19Secret Spice works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-14-19Roadster galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (Baffert) 4-14-19FINISH LINES: Prepping for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box will work at 6:30 Saturday morning for John Sadler under assistant trainer Juan Leyva . . . Big ‘Cap runner-up McKinzie worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert Friday in a bullet 1:00 flat with Joe Talamo up for the Grade II Alysheba at Churchill Downs May 3 . . .With owner Kaleem Shah looking on, Santa Anita Oaks winner  Bellafina breezed four furlongs in 48 seconds for the Kentucky Oaks on May 3. “Really good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the drill under regular rider Flavien Prat. The filly will have one more breeze here before flying to Kentucky on April 29 . . . John Shirreffs has multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods set to work tomorrow for the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes the following Saturday, April 27 . . . Jerry Hollendorfer has Instagrand ticketed for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 4, while plans for California-bred Galilean are undecided . . . Santa Anita offers one of four Easter Sunday Brunch packages on santaanita.com, while kids at The Great Race Place Sunday can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon hunting 33,000 eggs in the Infield during the races . . . Dan Blacker will be but one of several trainers looking for fresh, young stock at next week’s spring Ocala Breeders’ Sales event in Florida . . . Workout analyst and publisher of Winner’s Card Toby Turrell will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday, 11:50 a.m., in the XBTV studios.last_img read more

IRISH-BRED TRUE VALOUR RALLIES TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) BY A HEAD AS VAN DYKE & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR WIN IN 1:32.82

first_imgIRISH-BRED TRUE VALOUR RALLIES TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) BY A HEAD AS VAN DYKE & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR WIN IN 1:32.82 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2019)–Idle since Feb. 9, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Irish-bred True Valour unleased a furious stretch rally to prevail by a head in a thrilling five-horse photo in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita.  Ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, the 5-year-old full horse by Kodiac got a mile on turf in 1:32.82.Midpack while fifth in the run up the backside, Van Dyke saved ground at the rail around the far turn, split horses two deep turning for home and outran Restrainedvengence, Prince Earl and Kingly for the money.A winner of the Grade III Thunder Road at one mile on turf Feb. 9, True Valour was off at 16-1 in a field of 11 three year olds and up and paid $35.80, $16.20 and $7.00.Owned by Qatar Racing, Ltd., True Valour, who was making his third start of the year, picked up $120,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $355,112 while improving his overall mark to 19-5-2-6.Restrainedvengence, fresh off a facile win in the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Sept. 2, pressed pacesetter Kingly throughout and outlasted favored Prince Earl by a nose for second money.Trained by Val Brinkerhoff and ridden by Martin Garcia, Restrainedvengence was off at 43-1 and paid $38.00 and $18.00.California-bred Prince Earl, third the entire trip, just missed while finishing a head in front of Kingly. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Geovanni Franco, Prince Earl was off at 5-2 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.58, 45.50, 1:09.04 and 1:20.82.last_img read more

BLUE NORTHER STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES ABEL CEDILLO, LAURA’S LIGHT, WINNER:  “Pete told me to play the break.  It looked like there was other speed in there and if they went, he said to let them go and if they didn’t, to go ahead and put her on the lead.  So, my plan was to break and go!”OWNER QUOTESGARY BARBER, LAURA’S LIGHT, WINNER: “I think this course is playing pretty quick but I think we slowed it down in race (2) and we were able to get an easy lead. Abel did a terrific job of just putting her on the lead and she was very relaxed. At the quarter pole when someone came to her she let out a notch and she was gone.“2019 was (Abel’s) breakout year. A couple of Grade I’s or more-a terrific rider.“Look at this setting, you have the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, it is The Great Race Place. The turf course is fantastic and the dirt course looks tremendous as well, we love it.” NOTES: The winning owner is Gary Barber who resides in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Mick McCarthy is hopeful Jose Mourinho will give Troy Parrott opportunities

first_imgMICK McCARTHY hopes that Jose Mourinho is true to his word and gives youth a chance.Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking by Tottenham and replacement with Mourinho looks ominous for Troy Parrott, just as he seemed on the cusp of a breakthrough.1 Mick McCarthy is hopeful Parrott will get opportunities under MourinhoMourinho has a poor record when it comes to promoting home-grown players but McCarthy said: “He’s come in talking about the academy, so if that’s the case he’ll be quite pleased because he will get games.”But I bet Mourinho doesn’t know him.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubParrott, 17, made his Ireland senior debut against New Zealand last week and was an unused sub against Denmark before scoring for the Under-21s against Sweden 24 hours later.Pochettino handed him a Spurs debut in a League Cup tie against Colchester in September and later had him on the bench for a Premier League match with Everton.McCarthy expressed hope he could force his way into the first-team reckoning between now and the Euro 2020 play-offs.last_img read more