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BAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO CRUISES TO 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 LAZARO BARRERA STAKES

first_imgBAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO CRUISES TO 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 LAZARO BARRERA STAKES; RIDDEN BY TALAMO, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.96 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2019)–Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Mucho Macho Man got seven furlongs in 1:22.96.“He’s drawn the rail a lot and he’s still able to relax after he gets serious pressure,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Mucho Gusto in all of his races. “Today, he took two or three breathers around the turn and then he took off…After he broke his maiden (first time out at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20), I started working him a lot at Del Mar.  He never acted like a 2-year-old, he acted like an older horse.”Third going a mile and one eighth in the Grade III Sunland Derby March 24, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off as the 1-2 favorite in field of six sophomores and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto picked up his third graded stakes win and a check of $60,000, increasing his earnings to $370,800. With all of his wins coming in graded stakes, he now has an overall mark of 6-4-1-1.Last after the first quarter mile, the Phil Oviedo-trained Manhattan Up finished with a flourish, touching Vantastic by a head for second money. Off at 5-1 with Tiago Pereira, Manhattan Up paid $4.80 and $2.80.“I’m feeling really good,” said Oviedo, himself a native of Bisbee, Arizona. “It looked like speed was holding all day, so for him to finish up like he did was pretty impressive. I might run him around two turns before the meet is over.”Vantastic, who sat a close third early, tried to pounce on the winner turning for home, but couldn’t match strides with him an eighth of a mile out. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Vantastic, who finished 3 ½ lengths in front of second choice Sparky Ville, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.41, 45.58 and 1:10.40.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, May 17, 2020

first_imgSHOEMAKER LURES MAJOR DUO FOR CASSE BALTAS HAS TWO SET FOR GRADE I GAMELY FIVE GRADED TURF STAKES MEMORIAL WEEKENDJOCKEY PRAT WINS SIX SUNDAY, MAY 17CASSE HOPES TO MAKE HIS MARK IN SHOEMAKERNewly-minted Hall of Fame member Mark Casse plans to have two starters in the Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf for three-year-olds and up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at Santa Anita.They are Preakness winner War of Will and Sunshine Millions Turf and Grade II Wise Dan winner March to the Arch, each with impeccable turf bloodlines. Out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Vision of Clarity, War of Will was sired by War Front, while March to the Arch was sired by Arch and was bred and is owned by Live Oak Plantation in Florida.War of Will has made his last 10 starts on dirt. Both horses are  scheduled to fly first class to California tomorrow.Tyler Gaffalione has been aboard War of Will in his last 10 races, but Flavien Prat will ride in the Shoemaker. Casse was undecided on a rider for March to the Arch at press time.“March to the Arch has been unlucky in his last couple starts,” Casse said by phone from Florida, alluding to a third while lacking room in the Grade III Appleton March 28, and altering course in the Grade III Tampa Bay when third by a head Feb. 8. Additionally, the gelding was bothered when fifth by just a length in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile last Oct. 5.“He could easily have won two of those,” Casse said. “He’s a pretty good horse in his own right. He’s going to run well.“War of Will’s been training exceptionally well. He’s a Grade I winner on dirt (in the Preakness), so we’ll see if we can make him a Grade I winner on the turf.”War of Will ran four times on the grass as a two-year-old, finishing fourth with a four-wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He was second in the Grade I Summer Stakes at Woodbine and fourth in the Grade III Bourbon at Keeneland before his Breeders’ Cup endeavor, which may have been a blessing in disguise.“Thank goodness he had a terrible trip,” Casse said, “because if he’d have won, he may have never tried the dirt, so sometimes you have to be happy with what doesn’t happen.”Casse, whose main characteristics are a gentlemanly demeanor and a Cheshire cat smile, was understandably thrilled at being voted into the Hall of Fame on May 6. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Ocala, Florida, the 59-year-old has achieved international success but is most renowned for his domination of racing in Canada, where he has won the Sovereign Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer a remarkable 11 times.In 2011 he won his fifth straight training title at Woodbine Racetrack with a record 119 victories, nearly double that of the runner-up.At age eight, Casse accompanied his father, Norman, to the spring meet of the original Woodbine. In 1973, they traveled to Churchill Downs and saw Secretariat win the Kentucky Derby.Today, like all members of the racing world, Casse is coping as best he can during these challenging times, preparing on the fly as venues begin to display the “Open for Business” sign.“We’re hanging in there,” he said, preferring to look at the glass as half full. “We have a big training center in Ocala where we’ve had the majority of our horses. We just sent several to Woodbine and we’re running in Kentucky, waiting on New York and very soon we’ll be in California.“We have so many things to be thankful for, we have to look at the good, not the bad.”     Probable for the Shoemaker Mile, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, with the nominated winner entitled to automatic entry into the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7: Will of War, Blitzkrieg, Raging Bull, Next Shares, Neptune’s Storm, True Valour, Without Parole, March to the Arch, Desert Stone and River Boyne.BALTAS KEEN ON GRADE I GAMELY DUORichard Baltas has a two-pronged attack planned for the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes, to be run at a mile and one eighth on turf on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.Currently battling for the training lead with Bob Baffert, Baltas will enter English-bred Bodhicitta and Irish-bred Lady Prancealot in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, three and up.“It’s kind of a step up for Bodhicitta, but (Flavien) Prat wants to ride her back and she’s doing well, so if we could just run third, we’d be real happy with the filly,” Baltas said.“Lady Prancealot is doing great. She’s already a Grade I winner (the American Oaks at a mile and a quarter last Dec. 28). She’s been a gem and a pleasure to have in the barn.”Baltas has engaged Hall of Famer Johnny Velazquez to ride Lady Prancealot, a stone closer who was fourth in the Grade II Buena Vista on Feb. 22, which at one mile, is a less-than-ideal distance for her.     Early Gamely probables include Beautiful Lover, Bodhicitta, Etoile, Keeper Ofthe Stars, Lady Prancealot and Mucho Unusual.Baltas not only is delighted to be back in action at Santa Anita, but was proud to point out Saturday’s massive inter-state wagering handle of $14,342,635 on the 10-race program, the track’s first since March 22.“They handled 14-plus million, more than Gulfstream and more than Churchill,” Baltas said. “It shows that the desire for people to gamble on California racing is very strong.“They love the product. When we put it out there, it’s as good as it gets.”JOCKEY PRAT WINS SIX RACES ON SUNDAYWith six wins to his credit through nine races, including a victory aboard Bellafina in the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, French-born jockey Flavien Prat was poised to join the legendary Laffit Pincay, Jr. on Sunday as the only other jockey to ever record seven wins in a single day at The Great Race Place as one dance remained on the 10-race card.Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Prat ended up a non-threatening sixth aboard 9-5 favorite Winning Element in the 10th, a one mile allowance for 3-year-olds and up.In notching six wins, Prat nonetheless joined some very select company, as the feat had only been accomplished 12 times dating back to Dec. 25, 1934.  The first jockey to ever win six in a day at Santa Anita was the immortal Bill Shoemaker, a 17-time leading rider here who won six races on Feb. 23, 1962.(Pincay’s seven-win day came on March 14, 1987).With three jockeys turning the six-win trick twice each, Pincay (Oct. 23, 1973 & March 4, 1981), Sandy Hawley (Feb. 20, 1976 & March 26, 1976) and Darrell McHargue (March 5, 1978 & Oct. 25, 1979), five riders, Steve Valdez (Oct. 15, 1973), Patrick Valenzuela (Oct. 21, 1978), Martin Pedroza (Oct. 31, 1992), Corey Nakatani (April 23, 2000) and Rafael Bejarano (April 8, 2006) each did it once each.“That’s quite an amazing group of riders,” said Prat, 27, when apprised of those who had preceded him in winning six in a day.  “It was one of those days when everything you do is right.  It’s so good to be back racing here and I rode good horses all weekend.“Even though we had the break (with no racing until this past Friday, dating back to March 27), I thought I was fit and ready to come back.  I’ve never worked out so hard at home.  I’ve got a stationary bike and I lifted weights, not heavy, but enough to maintain flexibility.”With 55 wins through 44 racing days, Prat is 13 winners in front of Abel Cedillo in the current jockey standings and he’s looking forward to continued success this coming Memorial Day Weekend.“I’m really excited to ride War of Will for Mark Casse in the Shoemaker Mile (Grade I, $300,000 on May 25).  He was one of the best 3-year-olds in America last year and he’s proven he likes the grass.  I think the distance is going to be very good for him.“We’ve got good business all weekend and I know United is doing very well for Richard Mandella.  He was training great for Dubai, but we weren’t able to run and I think he’s sitting on a big race here in the (Charles) Whittingham (Grade II, $200,000 at 1 ¼ miles on turf) on Saturday.”Prat’s six-win hit parade began in Sunday’s first race aboard the Peter Miller-trained Querelle ($10.00).  His next win came in the fourth, aboard Phil D’Amato’s Noor Khan ($7.60), the fifth aboard Leonard Powell’s Bud Knight ($4.80), the sixth aboard Collusion Illusion ($7.40), the eighth aboard Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina ($3.60) and the ninth with Carava’s Harper’s Gallop ($8.00).With six wins from his nine mounts, Prat’s win percentage for the day totals 66 percent.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita is dark Monday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m., and continues through Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, featuring two of racing’s most prestigious Grade I events, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) and the $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, plus the Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at 5 ½ …A total of five graded turf stakes will be run over the Memorial Day weekend, including the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona at 5 ½ furlongs on Saturday, and the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham at  1 ¼ miles on Saturday…Congratulations to trainer Mark Glatt and jockey Umberto Rispoli, as each had three winners on Saturday.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Cistron (Sadler) 5-16-20Improbable (Baffert) 5-16-20Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 5-16-20On Mars(Outside) & Too Hot For Curlin (D’Amato) 5-16-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-15-20McKinzie (Baffert) 5-15-20Scarto (Outside) and Bella D (Puype) 5-15-20Guitty (Powell) 5-15-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-15-20last_img read more

Hooper to captain Wallabies

first_imgPhoto: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Michael Hooper is expected to be named Australia’s captain. The 25-year-old has captained the Wallabies on 15 occasions but his new appointment indicates he is the man Michael Cheika wants to lead Australia at the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Hooper took over the captaincy from Moore in the June Tests against Fiji and Scotland before standing aside for the Italy match in Brisbane. With Moore announcing last week he would be stepping down immediately as the team’s leader, Hooper now has the task of getting the Wallabies mentally ready to tackle the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup match on August 19. “It’s a huge honour to just wear the Wallabies jersey, let alone captain the side,” Hooper said in a statement. “I’m extremely grateful to Cheik [Michael Cheika] but also to Steve [Moore] for all that he’s done for me and the team.”It’s what you do in the jersey that’s most important and I get another crack at showing what it means to me against New Zealand in Sydney in a fortnight.” Cheika has always been a big fan of Hooper and it appears there was always a plan to transition the New South Welshman into the role roughly two years out from rugby’s showpiece event. “Michael always shows on the field how much he loves the gold jersey and that’s why he is totally respected among the rugby players in Australia,” Cheika said. “His role as the leader of this team will also be about making the standards of the Australian rugby team the highest they can possibly be.  “Michael loves Australia and his record as a player speaks for itself but he’s exactly the type of man we want see in rugby.” Hooper debuted for the Wallabies in 2012 against Scotland and has since notched up 68 Tests. last_img read more

Fainu court case delayed until May 13

first_imgPhoto Loop PNG The Manly Sea Eagles hooker was charged with three offences after allegedly stabbing a man during a brawl at a Mormon church function in late October last year.Fainu, 21, pleaded not guilty to a number of charges including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company and affray.Kaniva News reports the most serious charge – intent to cause grievous bodily harm – carries a maximum sentence of 25 yearsPolice allege his victim was found at the Wattle Grove party with a punctured lung after being stabbed in the back.At the original hearing police said Fainu was suspected of being “a member of a Pacific Islander criminal group.”The matter will now be heard at Campbelltown Local Court on May 13.The decision to delay the case was made as part of plan to reduce court workloads in the face of the coronavirus.In December his case was adjourned after failed to appear after he was having treatment for an infected shoulder.He was ordered to pay an Aus$10,000 surety and surrender his passport.Last year Fainu was one of an elite group of Australian and New Zealand-based Tongan players who chose to play for the kingdom in their international matches.last_img read more

Prime Ministers 13 set for September

first_imgOver the next few weeks, national selectors will be following the performance of players in the Digicel Cup to pick out players fit for the role.Players identified during the National Confederates championships in September will also be considered for selection.PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka announced today that SP Hunters players will not be considered for selection as the month of September is a busy period with the Intrust Super Cup finals. “This is a great opportunity for players who haven’t been exposed to a higher level of competition to put their hands up for selection.“From this selection, we can increase our pool of players for our elite programs,” he said.Selectors will be also picking teams for the various representative games that will also coincide with the PM13.The games include an U16 match against New South Wales and a women’s representative fixture between two teams selected from the National Confederates championships.Meantime, Hunters together with players who are playing overseas and available will be included for selection for the return leg of the Pacific Test at the end of the year.last_img read more

Being captain was a challenge – Zeming

first_imgThe 26 year old has represented the Hunters over two seasons and 41 games in the Intrust Super Cup, scoring 13 tries and kicked 134 conversions.He also played for PNG in the 2014 Prime Ministers 13, the test match against Tonga in 2014, the test match against Fiji in 2014 and the 2015 Pacific Games rugby league nines competition.Zeming said it was a huge responsibility but he was able to stay calm and control the team with the help of the coaching staff.“As we know former skipper Israel Eliab was a great leader and team player and following his footsteps is a big challenge.“I was also disappointed to get off the field early following a minor knee injury but it was a good game for the young boys who had the opportunity to show their talent. “We have a good number of young players who can fit into any position and I hope the coach has identified some in this first trial match,” Zeming said.The co-captains for the team will be announced during the launch of the 2016 season on February 13, in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Rubiales defends Victor: “Intimacy is inviolable and that a third party takes advantage of it …”

first_imgStatement from Victor’s wifeVíctor Sánchez del Amo’s wife also wanted to express about the extortion that her husband has denounced on the afternoon of this Tuesday, after the dissemination of a video of a sexual nature. The coach’s wife thanked the support received in the last hours and defends the integrity of Victor: “There are very few people who have Victor’s personality and say things very clearly and with education. “Further, attack those who want to benefit from the situation: “I, like his wife, cannot believe that after suffering an extortion for doing what he wants in his privacy without harming anyone, instead of accusing the guilty, you want to change the vision of what happened …“ Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has come out in defense of Víctor Sánchez del Amo with a message accompanied by a photo with the coach. Rubiales shows his solidarity with the coach for the extortion he is suffering and remember that spreading intimate messages is a crime.“A great professional like Victor has all my support. Intimacy is an inviolable right. Using illicit means to break it is immoral and also criminal. And that a third party takes advantage of it has no name. In addition, to spread it, is also a CRIME “, Rubiales has written in one of his social networks.last_img read more

Armor to Unai Simón

first_imgIn parallel, his name already resonates in the offices of the National Team. Luis Enrique has you in the portfolio before the replacement of Arrizabalaga. There is De Gea, but there is also no third goalkeeper as an alternative. Simon is claimed in the Athletic arc. He is the goalkeeper with the best stop ratio in all of LaLiga with 77.14%.For its part, Blacksmith he received the last lunge with his cup replacement in the first leg against Granada in San Mamés. In theory it was the competition that they had reserved, but Garitano decided that Simon will unfold between League and Cup. In this context, Herrerín wishes to play and in June he could leave Athletic if he reached an agreement that would satisfy both parties. A year ago the Levant tempted him. The negotiations have not started; have only approached via telephone and everyone understands that the basis for a contract update from Unai Simón. Meanwhile, the current titular goalkeeper of Gaizka Garitano, 23, is calm. He is a boy with a very well furnished head, he knows that su site is in Bilbao. He was barely given a month in Elche before Athletic reminded him of the progress of Arrizabalaga. It represents the great red and white hope, once the goal of Ondarroa to Chelsea (now does not count and could even leave) and Remiro to the Real society. EI Athletic and the Unai Simon agents will meet the next few days to begin negotiating the expansion of the goalkeeper contract U21 international, which expires in 2023, and whose termination clause of 50 million begins to fall short in the current football landscape. The starting idea is to put it in close of double. The notable matches completed by Murgia’s goalkeeper and the ghost of big clubs hanging around with possible promises to the Ibaigane club They have advised that this route be activated in March. The appointment is scheduled for next month, although the Priority now is the Cup.last_img read more

Suárez’s ‘not impossible’ challenge: playing the match against Napoli

first_imgRegarding the Champions, taking into account that the UEFA The date for the second leg match against Napoli at the Camp Nou has not yet been decided and that the decision is likely to last for several more weeks, pending the remission of the pandemic in Europe, the unexpected option could be opened that Luis Suárez could arrive on time for the Champions League match.Obviously, everything will depend on the date set by the highest European body, but if he finally decides to delay the competition and start it in mid-April, a difficult option would be opened, but not impossible, so that Luis Suárez could, at least, enter in the announcement.An oxygen balloon for Quique Setién, especially considering the numerous casualties that will count for the match. If there are no more setbacks, at least four: one due to injury, Ousmane Dembélé, two more due to suspension, Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal, and one last for not being registered in the Champions League, Martin Braithwaite.Suárez’s presence, accompanied by Griezmann Y Messi in the attack, it would be an epiphany for the Blaugrana aspirations, in a season as convulsive as it was depressing in many aspects.Two players who will arrive recovered when the competition restarts will be Sergi Roberto and Arthur Melo. The first one already did a training session with the group this Thursday, so he will take advantage of the break due to the coronavirus crisis to finish recovering from his injury to the adductors, while the second, who came very just to the match against Naples , to the point that he was seriously considering infiltrating his ankle, he will now have two weeks to improve his injury and return in perfect condition. For Luis Suárez, the coronavirus crisis has opened a door that a few weeks ago was totally unthinkable: helping the team overcome the knockout round of the Champions League against Naples. The Uruguayan forward, who will recover from his home from today under the supervision of a recuperator and by express recommendation of the club, is advancing by leaps and bounds from his Meniscus injury of the right knee, which was operated in mid-January. In fact, right now he already has a continuous career in the field and has started to touch the ball. The initial forecast set by the doctors was four months, but the latest news points to an advance of two to three weeks on his return, so It could be available for the end of April. That means, that in The league, the player could be available for Atlético de Madrid in the Camp Nou, which will be played the weekend of April 25/26. If confirmed, Suarez would only miss three more matches before reappearing, waiting to know the dates of the postponed matches of Majorca Y Leganes: Seville, Athletic Y Celtic. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 14, 2020 9last_img read more

The week of the derbies that made Espanyol huge

first_imgThe first of Cornellà-El Prat The biggest bullyingA day later, the April 15 but from 1951, the parakeet set the biggest win in one way or another in the history of derbies. Was 6-0 in which Arcas again aimed to score, this time in a double game, just like Rafael Grau, while Francisco Javier Marcet and José Egea completed the scandal score. This past Friday, April 17th, a exact decade from the first Espanyol-Barcelona that was held in the current parrot house, Cornellà-El Prat or the RCDE Stadium, as it is now officially called. The result was goalless draw, but without a doubt the most notable thing of that day was the atmosphere of authentic fervor that was lived in the stands, recovering the essence of the derbies of yesteryear.Another win and another ‘Tamudazo’From yesteryear, vintage and memorable was for Espanyol the derby of April 18, 1954, this time not in Sarrià but at Les Corts, the Barcelona field, which the oxygen team of Alejandro Scopelli left without the league title in the absence of a day from the end, with a forceful 4-1. Tomás Hernández ‘Moreno’ overtook the azulgrana, but the blue and whites They went back in a big way with so many from Faura, Antonio Cruellas, Marcet and Pepe Mauri. This closed the week of derbies.center_img Yet no football in the present, the one that concludes it’s been a week of derbies. From the past. A few days when they have been fulfilled meetings ephemeris maximum rivalry in which Espanyol reaped some of his most remarkable milestones against Barcelona, either because of what his triumph meant or because of the history of the occasion.The ‘Tamudazo’ of 1957The week of derbies began on April 14th, so that in 1957 a 2-0 in Sarrià on the penultimate round of LaLiga he left Barcelona, ​​which reached two points from the leader, the real Madrid, without none mathematical option to achieve the title. Agustí Faura and Julián Arcas were the architects of a ‘Tamudazo’ of the 1950s.last_img read more

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