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