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McNeese Cracks Top-25, Hosts Louisiana Tech on Wednesday

first_imgA few hours later on Tuesday, the FPN (Fastpitch News) released their poll which has the Cowgirls ranked 23rd. Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week, redshirt freshman Caroline Settle leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record along with a 0.57 ERA in 12.1 innings. Settle is coming off an opening weekend that saw her pick up a win over Virginia and two wins over then ranked no. 20 Tulsa. Settle has given up six hits, four runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts. Sophomores Alexandria Saldivar and Brenique Wright will lead the Cowgirls at the plate against the Lady Techsters. Saldivar has a .750 batting average with three hits in four at bats while Wright has a .571 average with four hits in seven at bats, one home run, one triple and a team high four stolen bases. Junior Justyce McClain has seven hits in 10 at bats for a .500 average. McNeese (4-0) will return home Wednesday to host Louisiana Tech in a single game beginning at 5 p.m. The contest will be the last home game until March 13 when the Cowgirls host Houston. Louisiana Tech enters the game with a 1-4 record at the Puerta Vallarta College Challenge over the weekend with its lone win coming in a 3-2 victory over James Madison in the last game of the tournament. La. Tech will face Southeastern La. Tuesday night before heading to Cowgirl Diamond. “It’s always humbling to be recognized by your peers,” said head coach James Landreneau. “I’m excited for our players and the respect they’ve been shown. Our main focus is to play one game at a time and become the team we believe we’re capable of becoming.”center_img Following Wednesday’s game, McNeese will hit the road for their second of four regular season tournaments at the Southern Miss Black and Gold Tournament this weekend. LAKE CHARLES, La.—After opening the season with a 4-0 start with wins over Virginia and preseason 20th ranked Tulsa last weekend at the Cowgirl Classic, McNeese softball cracked the first USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll of the season, coming in at No. 24. This marks the first time in program history the Cowgirls are ranked in a major poll. The Cowgirls picked up 80 votes in the poll. The poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one vote representing each of the NCAA’s 32 Division I conferences. McNeese did rank as high as No. 6 on March 20, 2012 in the softball Mid-Major poll under former head coach Mike Smith who is the current head coach at Ole Miss. Karlee Jensen leads La. Tech with a .500 average with six hits. Bailey Allen has a 2.00 ERA without a record in seven innings pitched while Preslee Gallaway has the only victory with a 3.34 ERA in 14.2 innings.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

first_img$1,023,484 15% SLEWGOODTOBETRUE EYES UPSET IN THE OAKS 38% 23 $2,612,707 $493,848 33% 10 55% (Current Through Thursday, April 4) 22 29% 9% 42% 14% $1,143,281 Tyler Baze195 9 2nd 11 9 LISTING LEANS TOWARDS DIRT IN THE ECHO EDDIE 12 12 Flavien Prat180 7 44% 16 4 25 $2,807,469 Rafael Bejarano156 4 Aaron Gryder66 14 Assael Espinoza129 $1,480,912 $1,415,153 $482,030 18% $352,858 4 55% 3rd 14 16% 18% 22 Peter Miller109 15% Win% STEADY MS BAD BEHAVIOR TRIES VASILIKA AGAIN 17 28 21 Jerry Hollendorfer98 11 66% $1,425,038 $987,070 33% JockeyMts 9 9 18% $886,499 15 8 7 17% 11 43% 59% 16% $1,365,986 Ruben Fuentes95 Mark Glatt76 11% 21 24 15 16% 23 16 Richard E. Mandella42 25 $419,429 Vladimir Cerin57 $320,053 Agapito Delgadillo61 11% 17 28 $536,398 Mario Gutierrez106 Geovanni Franco202 11% FRENCH CONNECTION WITH SMITH PAYS OFF WELL 13% J. Keith Desormeaux57 46% $668,400 38% 9 CLOCKER FAVORS GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNER 9 5 $1,512,256 41% 29 $340,333 $900,813 19% 2 19 12 19 9 9 21 21% 18 13% 12 23 8 9 13center_img $746,928 20% $1,482,864 37 7 26 36 $267,372 SADLER HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK SATURDAY 1st 28 5 25% 53% Money Won 6 29 1st Philip D’Amato105 10 $611,418 12% Richard Baltas119 22 14 52 William E. Morey56 RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT POOL COULD TOP $3 MILLION $1,531,201 O’NEILL HAS 2 SQUARE EDDIES IN EVENING JEWEL 25 Tiago Pereira167 10 27% ITM% Kent Desormeaux103 39% 17 30 20 Win% 50% 3rd Joseph Talamo127 Steve Knapp55 62% 15% $1,531,897 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 11 17 10 20 15 15% 48% $1,198,193 13 14 41% 11% 13 Joel Rosario210 Heriberto Figueroa179 20 59% 10 46% 14 38% $1,291,730 $507,820 Drayden Van Dyke150 26% 15 18% 47% 22 8 19% Peter Eurton48 33 53% $631,062 3 61% 53% 14% 12 ITM% 42% 9 GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO CARRY SADLER HOPESJohn Sadler, still smarting from the worst “bad beat” of his exemplary careerwhen Ohio nailed Catapult by the narrowest of noses in last Saturday’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile, is focusing now on tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap and the Santa Anita Derby.He has second choice Gift Box and outsider Campaign going in the Big ‘Cap andNolo Contesto in the Santa Anita Derby.“Even though we’ve had disruptions in his training schedule, Gift Box is more thanready to go,” said Sadler, who won his first Big ‘Cap last year with Accelerate. “We also have Campaign, who I think is going to love the distance (a mile and a quarter), so we’re excited about that.“Nolo Contesto was second to Roadster (by 2 ½ lengths in an overnight race at one mile on March 1) and I thought he was uncomfortable with his trip. He was stuck down on the inside, so hopefully things will be more favorable this time.”The Santa Anita Derby, race eight: Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; More Ice, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Nolo Contesto, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Synthesis, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Instagrand, Flavien Prat; and Game Winner, Joel Rosario, 4-5.The Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino goes as  race 10: McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; Mongolian Groom, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Prime Attraction, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Prince of Arabia, Joe Talamo, 30-1;and Campaign, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1.Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza Saturday, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, SantaAnita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for racing’s biggest day to date this year is 12 noon.CLOCKER LIKES GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNERRespected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young fancies 6-5 Gift Box over 4-5 morning line choice McKinzie in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap, citing the distance of a mile and a quarter as reason for the edge.In the Santa Anita Derby, however, Young is sticking with favored Game Winner.“I’m always looking to beat the favorite, but I think in Game Winner and Gift Box you have really solid choices,” Young said. “Both have trained well. Obviously, Gift Box has had more works for his race than Game Winner, who ran more recently.”Young expressed distance reservations about McKinzie. “He’s a nice horse but I don’t know if he’s a mile and a quarter horse,” Young said, “and I feel very confident Gift Box is. On ability, they might be about even, but at the distance, I give a slight nod to Gift Box.”EURTON SEEKS UPSET OF BELLAFINA IN SANTA ANITA OAKSAfter two stylish wins at Santa Anita,Slewgoodtobetrue disappointed in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on March 23.The trouble line reads, “2-wide turns, faded,” but Peter Eurton says there’s more to the story, which is why the daughter of Jimmy Creed will take on 2-5 morning line favorite Bellafina in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Oaks.“She wasn’t wide,” the trainer said. “She broke well, was sitting right off the speed, and as soon as he (jockey Florent Geroux) turned her head loose, she started a bit of bobbing, like she wasn’t getting a hold of the sandy race track.“That’s the only excuse we would find. We couldn’t find anything wrong with her at all. She scoped clean and physically she’s been training well, so we thought we’d give it a shot. We just hope she gets to run her race. She always seemed to like this race track.”The Santa Anita Oaks, which goes as race three: Flor de La Mar, Joel Rosario, 5-1; $8,000 supplemental nominee Chasing Yesterday, Mike Smith, 3-1; Stirred, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Slewgoodtobetrue, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; and Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5.BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM AGAINST VASILIKAIt’s been close but no cigar for Ms Bad Behavior against monster mare Vasilika, finishing second and third, respectively, in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes and the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes.Trainer Richard Baltas hopes the third time’s the charm when he sends out Ms Bad Behavior against 3-5 morning line favorite Vasilika in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on grass.“It’s hard to say if we can beat her, but that’s what we’re hoping for,” Baltas said. Vasilika has won nine of 10 races with one second over Santa Anita’s turf course.“We’re trying,” Baltas continued. “Our filly is doing well and Mike (Smith) got to know her a little bit (in her last two races).“You never know.”Ms Bad Behavior, an Ontario-bred daughter of Blame, has a 3-7-3 record from 15 starts with earnings of $320,480.The field: Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 3-5; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Raven’s Lady, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Space Talk, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; and Smoovie, Martin Garcia, 30-1.O’NEILL SQUARE EDDIES DOING WELL FOR EVENING JEWELLeading trainer Doug O’Neill has eight horses entered in five races Saturday, includingLippy and Settle It in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for California-bred or sired three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Lippy was second last out in the California Cup Oaks at a mile on grass, while Settle It broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course.“They’re both daughters of Square Eddie and both coming off good efforts,” O’Neill said. “They’re training well and it’s a pretty wide open race, really.”O’Neill also has Bizwhacks in the Grade I Ashland and Parsimony in the Grade II Blue Grass Saturday at Keeneland. Mario Gutierrez rides both horses for owner J. Paul Reddam.The Evening Jewel: Settle It, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Silk From Heaven, Eswan Flores, 8-1; Violette Szabo, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Naughty Tiger, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Lippy, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Ruby Bradley, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Time for Kisses, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Dr Wyson, Flavien Prat, 4-1.LISTING RETURNS TO DIRT IN ECHO EDDIEBen Cecil is hoping for another winning performance from Listing despite moving the son of Square Eddie from turf to dirt in tomorrow’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The bay colt won the California Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 26.“He handled the dirt at Del Mar,” Cecil said, referring to a debut victory in the restricted I’m Smokin for state-breds last Aug. 18. “Then I ran him back east (in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Oct. 6) and he ripped his quarter open.“He was a bit flat when I ran him here in the Golden State Juvenile last Nov. 3, so I gave him a break and he’s come back and run well twice. Going back on dirt shouldn’t be a problem.”The Echo Eddie, race six: Prodigal Son, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Daddy Jones, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Moon House, Evin Roman, 20-1; Midnight Special, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Listing, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Foster Boi, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lieutenant Dan, Geovanni Franco, Tap the Wire, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Principe Carlo, Tiago Pereira, 10-1; and Oliver, Martin Garcia, 15-1.FRENCH, SMITH POST $36.40 UPSET IN THURSDAY FINALENeil French teamed with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in Thursday’s eighth race to post a $36.40 upset with Charmingslew in the one mile turf allowance test for California-bred fillies and mares.It was a circuitous route for the 66-year-old French, down to four horses but still one of the state’s most respected horsemen.Owned by her breeder Bob Frear, Charmingslew took the lead at the start, relinquished it briefly at the head of the stretch, but fought back gamely to win by a neck, earning $34,200.“Gary Stevens has always been my go-to guy, but since he’s retired, he suggested Mike Smith,” said French. “I’d been trying for maybe three months to get a mile turf race for her, but it never filled.“I was desperate to run her, so I entered yesterday’s race which was originally scheduled down the hill (at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf). By a stroke of luck, it was taken off the hill and run at a mile on the grass, so it all worked out.”It was the second win from 11 starts for the bay filly by Roi Charmant out of the Afleet Alex dam Afleet Slew. She broke her maiden on the lead going a mile on turf at Del Mar last Aug. 9. It was no surprise to French that she won in similar fashion yesterday.“She gets courageous on the lead,” he said.SATURDAY’S TOTAL RAINBOW SIX JACKPOT POOL COULD EXCEED $3 MILLIONWith anticipation building for a potential $3 million mandatory payout pool on Saturday, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Thursday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $779,629.With a healthy $150,125 in “new” money wagered Thursday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot reached $895,383, fueling a payout of $3,912.10 to 21 consolation tickets with six winners each.Approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.HENRIQUEZ CHOICE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUNLike the compact yet seasoned field for the Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita’s two-legged runners entered in the Employee Division will know how to navigate the 3.1 mile road course.Of the 15 employees entered, only two are new to the event–Albert Razo from the Plant Department and Joe Tootell, a Vet Tech who works on the backside.Everyone else can do this race in their sleep, which is not encouraged if they want to collect medals in this competitive division.Among women, last year’s champion of both genders, Millie Ball, is not running this year, opening up the field considerably. But two of the perennial “Big Three” are entered– Christine Beer of the Receiving Barn and Mary Forney of the TOC (the other third, Sandy Hoar of Hospitality, is no doubt getting into work early for a big afternoon at the racetrack)–and they have placed in the top three in prior years.Among men, I like last year’s champ, Rene Henriquez, who ran a respectable 23:35, to repeat. Lead pony rider Jesus Camacho is back to run this year. I know he has been training like Game Winner, so he will give Rene a run, if he gets an equally good jump from the gate. Noe Meza (third last year) and Alec Jimenez (fourth last year) from the Corp Yard will be looking to pick up the pieces.Champions no matter where they finish are Lucinda Mandella and Natalie Rietkirk who represent CARMA, which does fantastic work with our retired equine athletes. The top three in each division receive medals.You guys rock!!– Pete Siberell.The odds:Women’s DivisionChristine Beer                                              Receiving Barn                              8-5Jo Tootell                                                       Racing/Vet Tech                                      2-1Mary Forney                                                  TOC                                              3-1Voni Walker                                                   Parking                                                        5-1Lucinda Mandella                                       CARMA                                         7-1Natalie Rietkirk                                            CARMA                                         7-1Wendy Thatcher                                         Hospitality                                                 10-1Terri Hanks                                                     Accounting                                                20-1Men’s DivisionRene Henriquez                                          Starting Gate                                 4-5Jesus Camacho                                           Racing                                           3-2Noe Meza                                                        Corp Yard                                       4-1Alec Jimenez                                                 Corp Yard                                       5-1Albert Razo                                                     Plant                                               8-1Billy Malone                                                   Hospitality                                      10-1Rey Solis                                                         Accounting                                     20-1      BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALKFans and horsemen are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest perimeter, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter, via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Ave. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive, while Gate 5 is situated at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill)Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 5th, 2019Jerry Hollendorfer discusses  Vasilika in the Royal Heroine and  Instagrand in the Santa Anita Derby tomorrow.Phil D’Amato talks about Foster Boi in the Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.Bob Baffert Talks  Roadster Ahead of His Next Start in the Santa Anita Derby.Santa Anita Derby Memories:  Laffit Pincay Jr. talks about the 1973 Santa Anita Derby.McKinzie works  6 furlongs prep for Santa Anita Handicap. (Baffert) 4-01-19Dream Tree works 5 furlongs. (Baffert) 4-01-19FINISH LINES: Improbable, second by a neck in the first division of the Rebel March 16, worked six furlongs Friday morning in a bullet 1:14 under Joe Talamo for Bob Baffert, who will send the son of City Zip back to Oaklawn Park April 13 for the Arkansas Derby. Improbable worked in company with Hot Sean who was clocked in 1:16.60. “Very nice,” Baffert said of the drill. “I’m happy.” . . . Scoot Coles, 2019 National Handicapping Championship king, and Trey Stiles, 17-time NHC qualifier, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests in the XBTV studios, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively. 38% Bob Baffert70 9 Mike Smith71 Jeff Mullins49 49% 11 34 40% John Sadler82 Money Won 14 $223,827 TrainerMts Simon Callaghan31 17% 26 25 Doug O’Neill174 42% $328,459 11 36% 34 2nd 47% 47 9 8 13 34% Edwin Maldonado75 $961,985 18%last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

first_img9 GLATT HOPES TO HIT THE MARK TWICE SUNDAY 2nd 59% Jorge Velez63 37% 38% 3 2nd 3rd 11 15% 14 Joseph Talamo121 14 $1,051,592 50% 8 24% 43% 14 $1,260,612 1st $1,090,316 19% 43% 23 3rd 6 Victor Espinoza58 9 6 51% $639,621 57% 13% Geovanni Franco89 6 15% 8 $2,124,646 70% 5 $584,580 17 13 Rafael Bejarano135 47% 55% 7 5 10 28% 52% 23 12 11 $1,299,096 29 26 45% 18% 1st 6 6 16% 52% 14 Mark Glatt80 Money Won 15% Ruben Fuentes108 6 Money Won 20 9 Edwin Maldonado78 $166,653 17 52% 18% 4 9% 41% 13 16% 8 5 $1,279,141 12 6 15 50% 3 ITM% PRAT AND O’NEILL SITTING PRETTY IN STANDINGS $767,580 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.66 8 8 12 12 $998,975 50% 13 14% William Spawr23 50% 21% Tiago Pereira133 Win% Drayden Van Dyke106 43% 7 26% 16% 15 29 45% 22% Martin Garcia66 0 5 21% $580,402 Richard Baltas77 22% 47% 49% $920,351 55% 17 $225,807 18 Richard Mandella28 5 23% Mario Gutierrez77 21% 5 Brian Koriner32 64% 14 6 Leonard Powell25 $863,506 56% Steve Knapp33 14 Doug O’Neill109 43% $1,367,906 26 John Sadler66 11 9 17% D’AMATO IS LOADED FOR CLOSING DAY STAKES $338,794 44% 50% $247,558 11 10 10 2 16 14 8 18% Vladimir Cerin47 6 3 15 $773,529 19% 21 5 18 49% Steven Miyadi29 10 6 $610,304 19 14 9 Kent Desormeaux67 14 22 $775,570 11 8 14% $301,795 JockeyMts $776,587 4 Philip D’Amato84 16% D’AMATO HAS THREE EACH IN SAN JUAN AND MELAIRPhil D’Amato goes for the trifecta Sunday, sending out three horses each in two of the four stakes races on closing day, Acclimate, Red King and Ya Gotta Wanna in the San Juan Capistrano, and Dr Wysong, Ruby Bradley and Violette Szabo in the Melair.The first trio will attempt to successfully negotiate the daunting distance of about 1 ¾ miles on turf, while the latter threesome vies in the $200,000 Melair for three-year-old California-bred fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.Acclimate, Red King and Ya Gotta Wanna face class tests in the San Juan, although the distance could be right in their wheelhouse.“Acclimate always gallops out really well,” D’Amato said of the five-year-old gelded son of Acclamation, who makes his stakes debut in his 14th start. “His pedigree shows he should favor going long–the longer the better.”Red King, a five-year-old full horse by noted turf sire English Channel, was claimed from a winning effort for $35,000 on Feb. 8, won an overnight race at first asking on April 27, then was an encouraging fourth in the Grade III All American at Golden Gate Fields on May 27.“He seems like an honest horse, very steady,” D’Amato said. “He gallops out really well in all of his races and acts like he’ll appreciate a longer distance.”Ya Gotta Wanna was sixth in the Grade II Charles Whittingham on May 25 but beaten only a length and a half. The five-year-old gelded son of Proud Citizen has competed in five graded stakes in his last eight starts.“He’s the class of the three,” D’Amato said. “He’s run in graded stakes several times and I definitely think he’s going to like a route of ground.”One of the remarkable slices of history in Santa Anita’s storied past is this: the late, great trainer Charlie Whittingham won the San Juan Capistrano 14 times! Talk about records that will never be broken.The San Juan, race eight: Mongolian Groom, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Ground Attack, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Acclimate, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Original Intent, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1; Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 2-1; Red King, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; and Oscar Dominguez, Flavien Prat, 7-2.The Melair, race six: Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-5; Don’t Sell, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Violette Szabo, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Sedamar, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Tiz a Master, Heriberto Figueroa, 9-2; and Ruby Bradley, Aaron Gryder, 12-1.GLATT SET FOR AMERICAN STAKES AND SIREN LUREIf Mark Glatt had his druthers, he wouldn’t have Eddie Haskell in the one hole for Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes for three-year-olds and up at five furlongs on turf, but that said, the six-year-old Square Eddie gelding is coming off perhaps his most impressive victory yet, a 1 ¾-length triumph in the Grade III Daytona Stakes on May 25.It marked the seventh victory from 10 starts at five furlongs on grass for Eddie Haskell, owned by Philip Wood and Jim Hailey. Overall, the bay has an 8-2-5 record from 20 starts with earnings of $453,107.Glatt also has Sharp Samurai set for Sunday’s Grade III American Stakes, a one-mile grass test that attracted seven entrants. A five-year-old gelded son of First Samurai, Sharp Samurai is coming off a creditable fourth in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27, his first start in more than seven months.He won the Grade II City of Hope Mile by a nose before that last Oct. 6. The bay has a career record of eight wins and two seconds from 15 starts, with earnings of $765,270.The American, race five: supplemental nominee Tartini, Iggy Puglisi, 30-1; Sharp Samurai, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Snazzy Dresser, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; supplementalnominee Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Pereira, 5-1; Bombard, Flavien Prat, 4-1; supplementalnominee River Boyne, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; and Majestic Eagle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1.The Siren Lure, race three: Eddie Haskell, Kent Desormeaux, 3-5; Brandothebartender, Joe Talamo, 5-1; What’sontheagenda, Agapito Delgadillo, 7-2; Tina’s Exchange, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; and Oiseau de Guerre, Flavien Prat, 6-1.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Bellafina works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Callaghan)Flor De La Mar works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Baffert)Scrappy Deville works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Powell)Baby Ice (Outside) and Platinum Equity works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Knapp)XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 23rd, 2019.XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 22nd, 2019.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s accomplished Turfer Tiny Tina.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s graded stakes winner Air Strike.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s turf sprinter Master Ryan.Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker.Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. 6-19-19 (Sherriffs)Tequila Sunrise works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baltas)Rafal works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Grade 1 placed Ahimsa works 5 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Eurton)Multiple stakes winner American Anthem works 6 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Richard Mandella gives an update on Omaha Beach after returning to Santa Anita Park.FINISH LINES: With two racing days remaining, Flavien Prat and Doug O’Neill seem comfortably in front of their rivals in the competition for leading jockey and trainer at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s current meet that concludes Sunday. Prat leads runner-up Joe Talamo, 29-23, while O’Neill holds a 23-18 advantage over runners-up Richard Baltas and surging Mark Glatt . .. Victor Espinoza won three races from three mounts yesterday, giving him 16 from 58 rides at the meet, 28 percent. “It feels like old times,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member. “It was a good day. We’ll have to keep it going for a couple more days at Santa Anita and then look forward to Del Mar.” . . . Trivia question: What was the real first name of Minnie Minoso, for whom the four-year-old California-bred gelding in today’s fifth race is named? (Answer below). Also in that race is a three-year-old Grazen gelding Clem Labine, named for the old Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher . . . Southern California racing rarities: Bad Beat, who debuts for trainer Adam Kitchingmanin today’s first race, was bred in Minnesota, while 9-5 morning line favorite Bobs Blues Man was bred in Illinois . . . Agent Dudley Osborne now represents apprentice Jose Leon and journeyman Jose Verenzuela . . . Agent Matt Nakatani reports Mario Gutierrez will ride Stephen Foster winner Pavel for Doug O’Neill in the Grade II, $700,000 Suburban Handicap on July 6 . . . Trivia answer: Orestes. The horse was named by co-owner Rich Fontana. Orestes (Minnie) Minoso was a Cuban-born outfielder/third baseman who made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1949, later playing with the White Sox, Senators and Cardinals, compiling a lifetime batting average of .298, finishing his career in 1980. A seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner as an outfielder, he died in March of 2015 at 89. 20% Carla Gaines25 20 $635,973 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1 Bob Baffert37 23% $1,209,650 3 Keith Desormeaux30 $427,624 $431,375 6 56% (Current from April 12 through Friday, June 21) $282,244 7 John Shirreffs23 5 ITM% Aaron Gryder85 16% 45% $557,048 Andrew Lerner14 Win% $315,197 2 17 TrainerMts $658,194 Jerry Hollendorfer53 11 8 21% 20 17% 23 5 14 58% $266,115 7 4 48% Flavien Prat131 22% 5 $207,807last_img read more

THOUSAND WORDS HEADS GRADE III, $100,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES SATURDAY; HIGH VELOCITY & TIZAMAGICIAN ALSO RATE SOLID CHANCES IN IMPORTANT DERBY PREP AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgTHOUSAND WORDS HEADS GRADE III, $100,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES SATURDAY; HIGH VELOCITY & TIZAMAGICIAN ALSO RATE SOLID CHANCES IN IMPORTANT DERBY PREP AT 1 1/16 MILES  RACE PROVIDES WINNER WITH 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020)–A Grade II winner in his second start on Dec. 7, Bob Baffert’s Thousand Words heads a field of six Derby hopefuls going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.Also prominent are Baffert’s High Velocity, who finished third behind Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity and Richard Mandella’s recent maiden winner Tizamagician, who put it all together in a 2 ½ length score going a flat mile here on Jan. 1.The Lewis winner will receive 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, with four to second, two to third and one point to the fourth place finisher.THOUSAND WORDSOwner:  Albaugh Family Stables, LLC and Spendthrift Farm, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertA first-out 6 ½ furlong maiden winner as the 6-5 favorite here Oct. 26, this $1 million Keeneland September Yearling by Pioneerof the Nile pressed a fast pace over an off track in the Los Alamitos Futurity and emerged with a hard fought neck win in a game effort.  Idle since, he’ll again be ridden by Flavien Prat and it looks like “All systems go,” for his third engagement on Saturday.HIGH VELOCITYOwner:  Gary & Mary WestTrainer:  Bob BaffertA two length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Oct. 13, he then took the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 16 at Del Mar, going gate to wire and winning by 1 ¼ lengths.  Head and head to the top of the lane with Thousand Words in the Los Alamitos Futurity, this Quality Road colt tired late to be third, beaten 5 ¼ lengths.  He’ll get the first time services of leading man Joel Rosario on Saturday.TIZAMAGICIANOwner: MyRacehorse.com & Spendthrift Farm, LLCTrainer:  Richard MandellaSecond in four out of his first five starts, this colt by Tiznow, in his fourth consecutive one mile maiden assignment, made short work of seven rivals here on Jan. 1, as he pressed the early pace and went on to an impressive 2 ½ length win under regular rider Victor Espinoza.  With his seasoning, foundation and sharp recent win to his credit, Tizamagician has to be accorded a huge chance in the Lewis on Saturday.THE GRADE III ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 9  Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTEncoder–Mike Smith–124Thousand Words–Flavien Prat–124Tizamagician–Victor Espinoza–120Royal Act–Abel Cedillo–120High Velocity–Joel Rosario–120Zimba Warrior–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs third kit leaked with fans drooling over blue ‘throwback’ retro strip

first_imgMass brawl between Man City and Spurs fans ‘sparked by VAR decision’ that ruled out Gabriel Jesus winner TOTTENHAM have released their retro-style third kit – and fans absolutely love it.The blue strip is a hark back to ’80s football with an old fashioned collar and baggy sleeves.3 This is Tottenham’s third kit – currently on sale in Nike stores in the USCredit: https://www.instagram.com/todosobrecamisetas/3 Micky Hazard playing against Real Madrid in the Uefa Cup back in 1985 – in a dashing blue stripThe kit is out in Nike stores in the US, believed to be priced at around £75 over the water.But Tottenham fans could be buying it in their droves if the reaction on social media is anything to go by.One fan wrote on Twitter: “Great colour. Nice that the away kit is dark blue and the third kit is light blue.”Good symmetry there.”Spurs fan ‘Phil G’ added: “Very nice might be the one to buy.”‘Steve’ posted: “Take my money” while Andy Downing simply wrote: “Wow!”HARK BACK TO 1985The shirt is similar to that worn by the likes of Micky Hazard, Glenn Hoddle and Co in the 1985-86 season.That was the campaign when Spurs reached the Uefa Cup quarter-finals, only to lose 1-0 at home to Real Madrid.And it came in heartbreaking circumstances.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3A Steve Perryman own goal saw the Spaniards win 1-0 in the first leg at White Hart Lane.It was the first time in 44 ties in European competition that they had failed to score at home.Spurs failed to break the deadlock in the second leg and were dumped out of Europe against a team who at the time were big underdogs.last_img read more

Jose picks ex-uni lecturer and Leeds keeper in new Spurs backroom team

first_imgAfter graduating, he got a job at Microsoft and volunteered for The Barbican in a series of different roles. He speaks English, Italian and French.As analyst he turns scouting data into game plans and images that players can understand easily.Is Rui Faria joining Mourinho’s backroom staff?Mourinho and Faria have been almost inseparable in coaching since Jose’s early coaching days at Barcelona.Back then, the three-time Premier League winner was serving under Louis van Gaal when his fellow countryman visited Camp Nou for a seminar.The pair clicked immediately, with Mourinho choosing Faria to be his assistant and fitness coach in his first managerial role at Uniao Leiria.Since then, the 44-year-old has been number two at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Man Utd.But since Mourinho’s sacking from the Red Devils, Faria has made his first foray into senior management with Al-Duhail in Qatar.And they are currently going strong, sitting top of the QNB Stars League table and unbeaten after ten games.Sacramento’s arrival has seemingly put an end to Mourinho asking Faria to join him again.Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino JOSE MOURINHO has radically shaken up his team of trusted backroom lieutenants after taking the Spurs job.The Portuguese ended his 11-month spell in the managerial wilderness by replacing the axed Mauricio Pochettino.4 Mourinho has shaken up his backroom staff after being made Spurs managerCredit: Getty – ContributorThat was surprising in itself.But Mourinho’s appointment of key figures in the changing room – and who he hasn’t brought in – has raised some eyebrows as well.Here, SunSport runs down who’s in and who’s out.Joao SacramentoNew assistant manager Sacramento has joined Mourinho’s Spurs staff from Lille.He held the same position under Christophe Galtier at the Ligue 1 side.Sacramento, who is from Mourinho’s native Portugal, was previously a technical assistant under Leonardo Jardim at Monaco.And his past is interesting.He went to the University of Glamorgan (now known as University of South Wales) where he completed a degree in sports coaching and a Masters in performance coaching – as well as working as an assistant lecturer in football coaching and performance.4 Sacramento has been drafted in from LilleCredit: Getty – ContributorWhile there he took on the assistant’s role for the uni’s football team too.He then became a performance analyst intern at the nation’s FA, working under the late Gary Speed and Chris Coleman, before getting his big break a year later at Monaco in April 2014.Carlos LalinLalin comes in as the fitness coach.SunSport told you how he had a heated bust-up with Mourinho ahead of a Europa League clash in March 2017.Mourinho and Lalin stood head to head locked in a furious shouting match at United’s Carrington training base.Things became so heated between them that scout Ricardo Formosinho, who compiles the dossier on opponents for United, stepped in to ensure it went no further.4 Lalin was with Mourinho at Man UtdCredit: Getty – ContributorLalin also worked alongside Mourinho at Chelsea and Real Madrid.he Venezuelan studied physical education and physiotherapy in Spain before taking up a role with Deportivo La Coruna.He spent 10 years with the La Liga club before moving to Real, where he was joined by Mourinho.Ricardo FormosinhoThe 63-year-old comes in as a Spurs scout.Although given their frugal spending in the past few windows he may have a relatively quiet job!Formosinho was born in Setubal, where Mourinho is from, and has had a managerial role of some capacity at a whopping 21 clubs.He first worked with Mourinho at Porto in 2003 and teamed up with him again when the Special One was at Real.4 The Special One has faith in FormosinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettyNuno SantosGoalkeeping coach Santos was on the books at Leeds between 1998 and 1999 but never made an appearance.The 46-year-old’s most recent role was in the same capacity but at Lille.Giovanni CerraCerra is joining the analysis team – three years after he was given the hairdryer treatment by Mourinho.He was born in Rome and moved to London to complete his studies in industrial design.last_img read more

Maguire: We’re closer than people think

first_imgThe Rabbitohs could drop as low as 14th on the Telstra Premiership ladder at the end of Round 14 after going down 24-18 to the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, fighting back from a 12-6 half-time deficit to level the scores early in the second term before Brisbane sealed the win late.It was a marked improvement on their last-up effort against the Eels after which Maguire delivered one of the all-time post-match sprays but without coming away with the two competition points puts them in dangerous ‘mathematical chance’ territory in terms of finals qualification.Unable to break Brisbane’s defence after a bright start, South Sydney made two crucial errors while attacking the Broncos’ line in the opening 15 minutes, allowing the home side to launch counter attacking raids that carried them most of the way down the field.Little interchanges of passing that came so naturally to Brisbane seemed so forced for a South Sydney team that has now lost six of its past seven games, Maguire lamenting the key moments that slipped through their fingers. “I actually think we’re a lot closer than what people think at times,” Maguire said.”That game was key areas and key moments in the game and that’s what this level of football is all about.”It’s just little key moments. Whether it’s kicking the ball dead or a dropped ball, there were a couple of penalties that let them off the hook but it did go both ways.”They were able to ride through the wave there a little bit better than what we did.”I had some words after our last game and I thought the boys responded really well.”I’ve got a lot of belief in this team and they put that out on the park, we’ve just got to continually back that up and keep working hard at the things that we talk about.”Captain Sam Burgess denied there was an issue of a lack of confidence within the team but did concede that at present they are not winning the moments in games that matter.As they attacked Brisbane early John Sutton’s short ball to Tyrell Fuimaono missed the mark as did Robbie Farah’s pass to Sam Burgess close to the line but the skipper remains confident wins will follow if the effort is repeated.”People are quick to jump on the back of the season but physically we’ve been in every game bar two or three,” Burgess said.”Certainly tonight we turned up ready to play. I thought the Broncos were good, took their chances at times and I think we probably gave them a couple of cheap tries and at the end of the day that cost us the game. We have to find a way to stop that.”We had strong belief tonight. We were never down and out in the game, we never lost that confidence. We were always within striking distance.”Certainly you notch a couple of wins up and if the ball might bounce your way, who knows. Certainly the boys are not down on confidence we just continue working hard on what we’re doing and if we keep performing the wins are going to come.”We’ve just got to find a way to take our chances. Whether it is confidence I’m not sure but there is a lot of belief in the team.”last_img read more

LeBron James beats Kobe Bryant and becomes the third player with the most NBA points

first_imgImage: UsaToday Tobias Harris scored 29 points for the Philadelphia Sixers, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-91, for whom LeBron James got a historic mark.With a tribute to Kobe Bryant written in his Nikes, James surpassed the great Los Angeles retired by third place in the NBA career scorer list, scoring 29 points in the loss.James scribbled “Mamba 4 Life” while chasing Bryant, the five-time champion, in Philadelphia. Abdul-Jabbar is the top scorer in history followed by Karl Malone 01/26/2020 – 9:03 James scored the historic basket with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter. James entered 18 points before moving on to Bryant, and the score gave him 33,644 points. James ranks third with 33,655. Bryant finished his career with 33,643, all with the Lakers.James greeted the Philadelphia crowd that gave him an enthusiastic ovation when the public announcement announcer announced the brand.The Sixers also published a graphic of the top 10 NBA career scorers with images of James in Lakers and Miami Heat shirts.James, 35, entered averaging at least 25 points (25.2 per game) for sixteenth consecutive season and has played 44 games this season.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the leading scorer of the NBA race with 38,387 points and Karl Malone is second with 36,928.James is on his way to beating Abdul-Jabbar in about three seasons. The four best scorers in NBA history played for the Lakers, who signed James as a free agent in 2018.James moved to Bryant in Philadelphia, where the Lakers’ retired star was born. James, who played in eight consecutive NBA Finals, has 6,911 postseason points with Cleveland and Miami that don’t count in the official total.James’s magic number and Anthony Davis’ 31 points were not enough to help the Lakers.James played 35 minutes, scored 9 of 18 field shots, 1 of 6 triples, 10 of 13 from the personnel line, achieved seven rebounds and delivered eight assists.For the Sixers, Ben Simmons contributed double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Dominican player Al Horford made 16.Horford played 35 minutes and scored 6 of 9 field shots, including 2 of 5 triples, 2 of 2 from the personnel line, achieved six rebounds and delivered one assist.last_img read more

The heat (43º) causes Muguruza to train under cover

first_imgOn the closed courts of the Nationwide Tennis Heart, Garbiñe ready the ultimate on Saturday (09:30, Eurosport / DAZN) in opposition to the American Sofia Kenin, under the course of her coach, Conchita Martínez, and the corporate and a focus of her physio, the German Cathrin Junker, and her bodily coach, the Argentine Santiago de Martino. · “We now have taken it simple. Tomorrow we play late, so we now have come late to train, however one thing gentle to transfer the physique and be in the very best situations,” Martinez instructed Spanish media.It was not an auspicious day right this moment to take a stroll by way of the streets of Melbourne or make vacationer visits due to the robust heat and humidity (it rained for a couple of minutes at 3:30 p.m. native time). So Muguruza will attempt to distract himself within the lodge “watching a film or a sequence,” as Conchita stated in his press convention after coaching. The Australian Open launched its excessive heat coverage this Friday when the thermometers reached a most of 43 levels and the heat stress scale (calculated with temperature, photo voltaic radiation and wind amongst different indices) exceeded 5 factors. Subsequently, the matches scheduled for the central courtroom, the Rod Laver Area, had been performed indoors and the trainings of the gamers which can be nonetheless in competitors had been held under cover. It was the case of Garbiñe Muguruza, which was exercised for an hour.last_img read more

Iraola hopes to have a rest ‘similar’ to that of the Royal Society for the return in Anduva

first_imgNo time for rest, Mirandés staff is already preparing the next league commitment against Albacete to be played on sunday in Anduva. The reds will face a demanding month full of matches that will culminate with the return of the semifinals of the Cup. Andoni Iraola He has criticized that the Royal Society has more days off To face this momentous duel on March 4. Donostiarras will be measured on Friday 28 at Valladolid, while Mirandés will do the same on Sunday 1 against Girona at home. “I’m very worried about the League, I’m worried about Sunday morning Albacete and we walk with just legs. And next week we have three games because we play against Zaragoza the postponed. Nor do I understand that Real has two more days than we rest for the return match. I understand that there is a lot of time and it can be fixed, “says the coach from Gipuzkoa.last_img read more