first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “It was not my decision (to be so wide) but I just have to be with the horse, I loved making the move on the turn the way he did, I was just hanging on to the bridle and he just loved that so we stayed with that. The trip was good. He was happy where he was. I thought he could get a little closer, but it looked like wasn’t having that today, so I left him where he was happy. I knew at some point he was going to get in his speed when it was there for me.”“It’s  unbelievable (to be back) and to get a win for Barry Abrams when I came here from  Northern California he was the first one who gave me a winner here so it’s very special for me to give him another winner here.TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, MO FORZA, WINNER: “I thought we’d be sitting a couple lengths off the pace in third or fourth, and there we were in the back of the pack and five wide, and I’m going ‘Oh Geez, I don’t know about this.’ But the pace was hot, and Joel knows what he’s doing, so everything worked out.“He’s like big kid that finally learns to use his feet and hands and it’s all over.  He always had the talent but he never really could put it all together I think we haven’t seen the best of him yet. He is just starting to learn and once he relaxes a little bit better and doesn’t want to lay in when he passes that last horse I think the sky is the limit, he’s just a tremendous horse. A great job by Joel for harnessing him because he is a lot of horse and great job to Barry who bred the horse to win the race for Barry it’s a thrill. I think the (Pegasus) is our first option, if everything is going well. With no Lasix the horse is never been a bleeder and so I don’t see any reason why the Pegasus wouldn’t be our next option.“I’m just thrilled for these connections, and to win this race means a lot on Opening Day. We start the year right and end the year right. Just a tremendous horse, and I’m honored to have been chosen to train him.”NOTES: The winning owners are Bardy Farm or OG Boss.last_img read more

Streaking Hard Not To Love Heads Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile As She Tries Two Turns For The First Time

first_imgSTREAKING HARD NOT TO LOVE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 BEHOLDER MILE AS SHE TRIES TWO TURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME  ARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2020)–Blinded in one eye since a school yard incident as a youngster, trainer John Shirreffs’ brilliant Hard Not to Love seeks her fourth consecutive win as she heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.With two graded stakes wins at the current Winter Meet, the most recent a 3 ½ length romp in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, the Ontario, Canadian-bred daughter of Hard Spun will be trying two turns for the first time in what will be the 80th running of the Beholder Mile, formerly known as the Vanity Handicap when run at Hollywood Park beginning in 1940.Hard Not to Love’s primary opposition would appear to be John Sadler’s Grade I winning Ollie’s Candy and Bob Baffert’s multiple graded stakes placed Mother Mother, who has been beaten by the top selection in two out of her last three starts.HARD NOT TO LOVEOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo & Steve MooneyTrainer:  John ShirreffsA winner of five out of her six career starts, she is unbeaten in her last three races, all with Mike Smith aboard.  Due to the fact she lost sight in her left eye in a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love, according to Shirreffs, is easily unnerved by stimuli that she does not see initially.  As a result, she’s had a tendency to whip her head in the direction of something she perceives to be there, creating considerable challenges both in morning training and afternoon post parades.  With her breakthrough effort coming in a 2 ¼ length score in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes here on Dec. 28 at odds of 11-1, Hard Not to Love was again all business in winning the Grade II Santa Monica on Feb. 15.  Out of the Vindication mare Loving Vindication, her stalk and pounce style sprinting should serve her well on the stretch-out Saturday.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner:  Paul & Karen EggertTrainer:  John SadlerIdle since a respectable fourth, beaten six lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 2, this 5-year-old homebred mare by Candy Ride won the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes going a mile and one sixteenth three starts back at Del Mar on July 28 and followed that up with a close third in the Grade II Zenyatta Stakes at the same distance here on Sept. 29.  Originally trained by William Morey, she was a Grade II stakes winner at age three and will be making her sixth start for Sadler on Saturday.  With a solid work tab in hand, she’ll be seeking her second Grade I win off a four-month freshening.MOTHER MOTHEROwner:  Gainesway Stable (Anthony Beck), Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer:  Bob BaffertAttentive to the pace, this 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile was no match for Hard Not to Love late in the Santa Monica, finishing second by 3 ½ lengths.  A sharp 1 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Kalookan Queen going 6 ½ furlongs two starts back on Jan. 12, Mother Mother was third, beaten 3 ¼ by Hard Not to Love three starts back in the Grade I La Brea Dec. 28.  A minor stakes winner going a one turn mile at Churchill Downs in her third start in October, 2018, her best two turn effort came on Dec. 8, 2018, when she was third, beaten a neck in the Grade I Starlet Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Los Alamitos.  With three solid recent races to her credit, Mother Mother would appear poised to spring an upset in what will be her 12th career start.THE GRADE I BEHOLDER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTHard Not to Love–Mike Smith–121Der Lu–Abel Cedillo–121Zusha–Umberto Rispoli–121Kaydetre–Brice Blanc–121Mother Mother–Drayden Van Dyke–121Ollie’s Candy–Flavien Prat–125Ce Ce–Victor Espinoza–121First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Garamuts squad named for World Cup Qualifier

first_imgThe fourteen man squad has three new faces. Vagi Karoho and Sinaka Arua who were scouted from the Cricket PNG Talent ID Camp have joined the squad along with Vagi Boko.A man of few words, Garamuts coach, John Ovia said he is quietly confident ahead of the World Cup Qualifier that will run from October the 14th to 23rd.“Despite the disappointment of not automatically qualifying for the World Cup earlier in the year, I am very confident that this group of boys will qualify for the World Cup through this qualifying tournament.“It is going to be a tough task facing some very strong teams from around the world, but saying that, I am confident that if we play to our best that we will qualify for our eighth ICC Under 19 World Cup.“The boys have been training very hard over the past couple of months in preparation for this tournament,” said Ovia.Five countries will be taking part in the world cup qualifier- PNG, Nepal, Uganda, USA and Ireland.The winner will qualify for the 2016 U19 World Cup in Bangladesh.The Garamuts will fly to Singapore tomorrow.The squad: Lou Toua, Vagi Guba, Ovia Boge, Arua Gau, Sere Sam, Doura Iruna, Gavera, Sinaka Harry Arua, Vagi Boko Kora, Nou Mavara Ako Toua, Jack Dairi, Vagi Karoho, Lohia Guba, Harry Gavera, Vagi Miria John.last_img read more

Alcaraz follows the wake of Nadal: victory in his debut ATP with 16 years and before Ramos, a top-50

first_imgLike Nadal, Carlos sports activities Nike gear and performs with a Babolat racket; It has a two-handed setback reminiscent of the winner of 19 Grand Slams for its energy and Djokovic for precision; on the observe it’s dealt with with an aplomb and a seriousness typical of the Mallorcan; shout “come” and “come on” if you earn necessary factors; It has a capability that impresses to generate profitable blows, even with left-handed ones, and it’s dealt with with out concern of error and a outstanding resistance from the backside of the observe, the place it’s a wall in lengthy exchanges. I used to be capable of enhance a lot, particularly the serve, and a physicist who can change into imposing already seems in it. All these virtues, the sensible course of Juan Carlos Ferrero and an atmosphere that protects him and helps him mature, make him an thrilling prospect.Precocity figuresThis 12 months he has a report of 14-1 in the ITF class (he received the two M15 of Manacor and was a finalist in the one of Antalya) and final 12 months he starred in early feats by profitable Jannik Sinner and changing into the first tennis participant born in 2003 who he received in a Challenger, being 15 years and 10 months the fourth youngest to take action in the final 20 programs after Auger-Aliassime (14 and 11), Nadal (15 and 3) and Soloviev (15 and 9). Then he might in Murcia with Pedro Martínez, a top-200, emulating Tomic, Gasquet, Nadal and Ryan Harrison, who additionally did it before the age of 16. He’s the youngest top-500 there may be now. At the second, it goes from 406 to 313, a rise of 93 seats. Don’t forget your title. At evening, after three in the morning, native time, Alcaraz triumphed in three units (7-6 (2), 4-6 and 7-6 (2)), however in a increased class competitors, a 500, and before a good higher rival, Albert Ramos, 41st in the rating (he was 17th in 2017) and consummate clay specialist (he was a finalist in Monte Carlo). The boy was arrange and broke in the second, and then had three balls to interrupt with 5-4 and serve to win. He misplaced the partial and in the third spherical he didn’t hand over regardless of becoming an exit break. With 0-Three he traced on the foundation of race and braveness with a 5-Zero run. Little by little he cornered his skilled compatriot (32 years outdated), who gave all the pieces to attempt to overcome Alcaraz (saved three match balls), and in the final tiebreaker he couldn’t with him. Blushing, irritated, drenched in sweat after three and a half hours of battle, he congratulated his stout executioner. He performed the supporting function in a film that was horror for him, a nightmare. Carlos Alcaraz, the most promising future of Spanish tennis, is right here. The Murcia took benefit of the invitation of the event in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate draw on Monday and received in his first ATP Tour match with solely 16 years, an achievement nearly equivalent to the one which Rafa Nadal as soon as received, who beat the first of change in 2002, though he nonetheless had a month and a peak to say goodbye to 15. The Balearic received in Mallorca by a double 6-Four Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, at the moment quantity 81 in the world.last_img read more

LaLiga receives accreditation as Honorary Ambassador of the Spain Brand of the Royal House

first_imgJavier Tebas was representing LaLiga on Tuesday at the Royal Palace of El Pardo to receive an accreditation to the new Honorary Ambassadors of the Spain Brand (EHME). This is the eighth promotion of Honorary Ambassadors and the president received one of them with Ana Botín, Isabel Coixet, Carolina Marín, ONCE, Paradores, Francisco Mojica and José Luis Bonet.This recognition is given to the people, companies or institutions that have contributed more and better to the image of Spain abroad. LaLiga receives it in the category of International Relations. “Thanks to LaLiga and the agreements with different operators, hundreds of millions of people around the world can enjoy Spanish football. LaLiga contributes to offer the world the Undoubted strength that we have as a country, having in it teams that are among the best on the planet. But, in addition, this strengthening of the image of Spain is done through the power of football as a show throughout the world and with the intrinsic values ​​that it has as a sports discipline such as effort, improvement, teamwork and collaboration, ”he commented His Majesty King Don Felipe VI.last_img read more

Espanyol knocks on the door of the most vulnerable

first_imgThey started calling the partners of 1 (Guillermo Casal, father of the extenista Sergi Casal, who was called in person by Captain David López) until 100. But the Espanyol solidarity network in these times of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended to all subscribers over 75 years of age or who have a disability, near 3,000 according to the club census, who are served in person or from a distance, according to needs.“We had already distributed 8,000 masks by health centers, participated in campaigns encouraging people to stay at home and wherever they ask us, as in a message for the people of Igualada, but we wanted to go one step further, “explains AS director of the social area of ​​Espanyol, Alberto Ariza, who was clear that they should “lend a hand in material and service”. So they devised this double track. Whoever requires it, basic necessities are delivered to your doorstep. Or, if not, telephone support is provided.. Or both options. And for this, a club, Foundation, Federation of Penyes and volunteers have been activated. Felix Botija it is one of the latter. 2It is about helping people with reduced mobility or who cannot carry weight. We call, they make the shopping list and we take it home2, relates. From fruits, vegetables and meat to medicines they need but because they are a risk population, they prefer not to go to the pharmacy to pick them up.2The idea is to act by proximity, by couples formed by a vulnerable person and a partner who lives in the same population or very close, covering the entire Catalan territory and even more “, Ariza details. And Botija rivets: 2It is true that there is no physical contact, and that we try to coincide as little as possible, but this affinity will last. We feel the virtual hugs“In the facet of telephone support, the president of the supporters clubs of Espanyol, Araceli Pérez. “I spend the day glued to the mobile,” warns, 2porque you can not imagine what a person who lives alone appreciates those 15 or 20 minutes of conversation daily. “And what are they talking about, apart from the damn coronavirus?” Anything is about clearing the mind. Although in the end the same uncertainty always arises, about whether Espanyol will be saved“Perez reveals. With initiatives like this, Espanyol and all its people will be saved.last_img read more

Mixed fortunes for Dottin

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):West Indies Women’s star Deandra Dottin experienced mixed fortunes on her debut in the Women’s Big Bash on Boxing Day, as her Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars by six wickets.The 24-year-old snared two for 27 from four overs of medium pacer as Stars, opting to bat first at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground, stumbled to 102 for six off their 20 overs.Fast bowler Katherine Brunt had the best figures of two for 11.Katie Mack struck 32 from 30 balls while opening partner and captain Meg Lanning got 27 from 31 deliveries in a 56-run stand for the first wicket.In reply, Scorchers reached their target in the final over, with veteran opener Charlotte Edwards stroking an unbeaten 61 off 56 deliveries.Dottin suffered the indignity of a fourth-ball ‘duck’, falling leg before wicket to leg-spinner Kristen Beams in the tenth over with the score on 50 as Scorchers lost three quick wickets for 12 runs.However, Edwards combined with Brunt (11 not out) in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 45 to see the hosts to victory.last_img read more

Contrasting results for Simmons, Sammy

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Lendl Simmons turned around his indifferent form with a half-century to help power Brisbane Heat to victory, but Darren Sammy’s late cameo was not enough to get Hobart Hurricanes over the line in the Big Bash League here yesterday.At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Heat rattled up 162 for eight off their 20 overs and then restricted Sydney Sixers to 156 for eight to come away with a narrow six-run win.The right-handed Simmons was at the heart of Heat’s enterprise, carving out 54 from 30 deliveries, with nine fours and a six, to help pull his side around from 34 for two in the fifth over.With three noughts in his last four outings, Simmons put his head down to post 73 for the third wicket with Joe Burns, who top-scored with 60 off 50 balls with three fours and three sixes.Simmons was eventually out in the 13th over with the score on 107 for three, picking out Doug Bollinger at long off with off-spinner Johan Botha.In reply, Sixers failed to reach their target, despite a knock of 47 from opener Michael Lumb and 42 from wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.TENSE AFFAIRIn Hobart, Sammy very nearly snatched a dramatic win for Hurricanes before Perth Scorchers held their nerve in a tense affair at the Bellerive Oval.Chasing 174 to win, Hurricanes ended on 172 for six off their 20 overs, with Sammy belting 28 not out off a mere 12 deliveries.They were seemingly out of it at 132 for five in the 18th over until Sammy arrived to lash two fours and two sixes in a 36-run stand off 15 balls for the sixth wicket with Jonathan Wells, who made 20 from 10 balls.Requiring 16 from the final over bowled by pacer AndrÈ Tye, Sammy gathered four runs from the first two balls, before smashing the third ball over cover from six.Needing a six off the final delivery, Sammy struck Tye straight for four as Hurricanes missed out. Captain and opener Tim Paine top-scored with 57 off 47 balls.Scorchers had earlier reached 173 for five off their 20 overs, with English left-hander Michael Carberry getting 62 from 35 deliveries.last_img read more

JC, Wolmer’s top nerve-wracking penalty shoot-outs

first_imgThe stage is set for two titanic ISSA-Flow Walker Cup semi-finals, featuring many-time Manning and Walker Cup winners, Jamaica College (JC), versus Wolmer’s Boys’, alongside reigning Walker Cup champions St George’s College against former champions St Jago High, at the Constant Spring field next Wednesday.Inspired by a ‘fearless’ and never-say-die captain, Allando Brown, reigning Manning, Super Cup, and Olivier Shield champions, JC, outlasted a fighting Charlie Smith High (5-3) on penalties following a 1-1 regulation and extra-time finish yesterday.The 2013 Walker Cup winners, Wolmer’s Boys’, remained undefeated courtesy of a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Hydel High.Despite Charlie Smith taking the lead through Ashawn Ricketts, who sliced into goal from an acute angle to send his team ahead inside 26 minutes, JC could have had the game wrapped up had it not been for defenders throwing their bodies behind the ball to stop a goal.Brown, who was solid throughout the game at centre half, pulled his team back with a long range free kick, which flew through the hands of goalkeeper Okeino Mendez to level the scores at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.Brown came back to dispatch a clinical penalty to ensure his team finished a perfect five from five.”I feel great coming back from 1-0 down. I have to give credit to Junior Flemmings. Having played with him from under-14 and seeing how he executes as a leader, I was happy to come out here and follow Junior and get the job done,” Brown told The Sunday Gleaner.Flemmings was vital for the JC team with over 20 goals last year, which lifted them to three of four titles.It was Charlie’s first loss of the season as they pushed the champions all the way. Coach Miguel Coley said he was “very happy with the win”.”We have to continue working on the killer instinct in front of goal. We knew we would not get the amount of goals this season as last year, but we have to get past that and give these youngsters motivation and encourage them,” he outlined.the team did extremely wellMeanwhile, Charlie Smith’s Jerome Waite said: “This young team did extremely well. It was only a pity an error was made by the goalkeeper to carry them back in the game. It’s a game we should have won 1-0,” Waite assessed.”The dreaded penalties is something that can go either way,” he added.Meanwhile, Hydel vs Wolmer’s was another cracking contest which went into extra time due to both teams’ inability to hit the target from numerous chances created.Wolmer’s, the 2013 winners, just could not get by the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Hydel – who are hungry for silverware at the level – in full or extra time.Coach Vassell Reynolds said it was a good victory.”The Hydel team came tougher than we thought, but I thought my team held up well and I am happy with the performance overall,” he pointed out.Maxwell said: “I don’t think the player’s gave their best. We have to look at all our errors and continue in all other competitions.”last_img read more


first_imgWATFORD (4-4-2)GOMES,NYOM, BRITOS,CATHCART, ANYA,ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO,IGHALO, DEENEYMANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)AG¸ERO,STERLING, SILVA, DE BRUYNE,FERNANDINHO, TOURE,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, SAGNA,HARTOn Tuesday, Manchester City went to Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and were held to a 0-0 draw, their third goalless stalemate of the season.The draw leaves City in third place, just three points off the top. At this stage last season they were in the same place with the same points (36) – and finished second.Watford’s five-match unbeaten run – four wins and a draw – was ended by Tottenham on Monday but they remain in a lofty eighth place with an impressive 29 points, more than won through their last Barclays Premier League campaign.Indeed, at this stage of their only two other Premier League campaigns, in 1999-2000 and 2006-07 campaigns Watford had just 11 points and on both occasions they were relegated.Watford will hope that Odion Ighalo can maintain the form of 2015, when he scored 30 goals, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football. This season the Nigerian has 14 goals and has scored in each of Watford’s last six games.And with team-mate Troy Deeney, the Watford front-men have 20 of the club’s 24 goals, representing more than 83% of the team’s Premier League goals with Ighalo netting more than half (58%) of their strikes.City are still without captain Vincent Kompany, who has been sorely missed in their defence this season. With Kompany in their starting line-up, City have won seven and drawn two of nine, a 78% success rate. Without him from the start, City have lost five and drawn one while winning four, a 40% success rate.last_img read more