May 2020


first_imgHigher Power–Flavien Prat–125Draft Pick–Joe Talamo–121Seeking the Soul–Brian Hernandez, Jr.–123McKinzie–Mike Smith–125Mongolian Groom–Abel Cedillo–121Isotherm–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. TOP RATED MCKINZIE & HIGHER POWER HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES AS THEY GO 1 1/8 MILES IN PREPARATION FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC NOV. 2  RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–America’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, and rising star Higher Power are set to square off in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, which has attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one eighth. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.A recent winner of the Grade I Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3, McKinzie, who is trained by Bob Baffert, has never been better and looms a short priced favorite. Trained by John Sadler, Higher Power exits the best race of his career, a 5 ¼ length win in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 17.MCKINZIEOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertThe early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, this 4-year-old colt by Street Sense pressed the pace en route to an emphatic 1 ¾ length victory in the Grade I Whitney, a race in which he earned an Awesome Again best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 111.  A close second two starts back as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade I Met Mile at Belmont, he’s won two out of his last three starts and will be bidding for his fifth Grade I victory in what will be his 13th career start.HIGHER POWEROwner:  Hronis Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally based in the Midwest through his first nine starts, this 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro made his fourth start with Sadler in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 17 and responded with an eye-catching performance that has thrust him into the position of Classic hopeful. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Higher Power, in garnering his first stakes victory, earned a lofty 107 Beyer in the process.DRAFT PICKOwner:  C R K Stable LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonUnder the radar at 13-1, this 4-year-old Candy Ride colt was attentive to the pace while fifth early in the Pacific Classic and out-gamed Mongolian Groom late to run second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Higher Power in the Pacific Classic. With Joe Talamo riding him back, Draft Pick rates an upset chance on Saturday.THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more


first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED QUEEN BEE TO YOU ALL HEART IN WINNING GRADE III, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES BY A NOSE OVER DER LU; FUENTES & LERNER TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:44.36 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–When you’re hot you’re hot.  Not just according to the late Country Music star Jerry Reed, but with horses the same applies, as evidenced by Queen Bee to You’s thrilling nose victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Andrew Lerner and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, the California-bred Queen Bee to You got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.36 while registering her second consecutive Grade III win and her third consecutive stakes victory dating back to Nov. 17.Part of a four-horse scrum into the first turn, Queen Bee to You seemed rank at the rail as the field turned up the backside and with early leader Der Lu drifting out a bit leaving the five furlong pole, she engaged for the lead and prevailed in one of the most exciting finishes of the New Year.“I thought my horse was getting rank, but the pace was a little slow and that’s why she was pulling,” said Fuentes, who guided her to a 3 ½ length triumph in the Grade III Bayakoa Stakes at Del Mar on Dec. 8. “Once she made the lead, she relaxed real nice.  My plan was to angle outside and put the pressure on the other filly, but we ended up inside and she fought back.”Off at 2-1 in a field of six California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, Queen Bee to You paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.60.“She has been training so well, she’s coming into each race so happy and doing extremely well,” said Lerner, who registered his first Santa Anita graded stakes win today and took over Queen Bee to You’s training six starts back on June 29, 2019.  “The plan wasn’t to be that close, but in the paddock, she was so much on the muscle, I told Ruben, ‘She’s not gonna let you hold her back this time.’  So I got a little nervous that he wasn’t able to get outside, but what a brilliant ride by Ruben…“She’s just one of those gritty mares that wants to win.  She’s just all heart and you gotta love horses like that.  It’s unbelievable, just to saddle next to guys like Bob Baffert, Richard Mandella and Richie Baltas, guys I’ve looked up to growing up and going to the races.  It’s incredible to be in the same paddock with them, but to be standing here in the Winner’s Circle, it means a lot.”Owned by An Equal Amount of Blueberries, LLC and Adam Vali, Queen Bee to You, a 6-year-old mare by Old Topper out of the Touch Gold mare Silk Queen, got her third career stakes win, all with Lerner and improved her overall mark to 33-8-11-5.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $658,770.Der Lu, who slowed down the early pace in masterful fashion under Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-2 and paid $4.20 and $3.60 while finishing two lengths in front of longshot Zusha.Breaking from post position two, Zusha, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, stumbled badly leaving the gate, but was  quickly into contention about three quarters of a length off of the lead around the Club House turn. In a big effort, she finished a head in front of Kaydetre and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.00, 48.06, 1:12.35 and 1:37.75.last_img read more

Danny Mills’ combined Arsenal-Spurs XI has fans fuming as just two Gunners make cut

first_imgWhile another quipped: “Danny Mills the type of dude who asks for a left handed screwdriver.”A more direct fan roared: “Danny mills is a mug.”And many told the Gunners to use the choices as motivation, with one tweet reading: “Danny Mills has just revealed his Arsenal x Spurs combined XI on Sky Sports.THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring'”It contains just two Arsenal players – Dani Ceballos & Nicolas Pépé. I hope you’re seeing this, lads.”One optimistic supporter added: “Am I the only one that enjoys when these ‘pundits’ pick a team consisting nearly 11 scum?”It just makes the victory all the sweeter. These clowns don’t learn. Who rates Danny Mills’ opinion anyway haha”.Danny Mills is the biggest clown going #NLD #Arsenal— Louis (@_1louisv) August 27, 2019 Record signing Nicolas Pepe got the nod after starring against Liverpool – joining Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up top.While Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos also features in a midfield trio including Christian Eriksen and Harry Winks.Mills, 42, decided against using any players from the Gunners’ leaky back four with Kyle Walker-Peters, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose making up the defence.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Rangers vs Celtic and Arsenal vs Spurs scores this weekend and win £100And Hugo Lloris takes the No1 jersey ahead of Bernd Leno despite concerns over his form at the end of last season.Gooners tore into Mills on Twitter, with many accusing him of being bitter at being nutmegged by Thierry Henry while trying to shield the ball out of play.One posted: “Danny mills was an awful player, forever in the shadow of the majority of the league. He was a thug and his “punditry” and “analysis” is simply terrible. He’s clickbait personified.”DRAW DRAMACHELSEA, Liverpool and Man City are more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in the Champions League than any other team.And it’s bad news for Spurs (unless you fancy their chances against Barcelona).Read more about the upcoming draw here. DANNY MILLS is under fire from fuming Gunners fans after including just two Arsenal stars in a combined North London derby XI.The former England defender turned Sky Sports pundit stoked the flames ahead of the Sunday showdown with his incendiary selections.1What does Danny mills know? Not exactly a great player or a prolific career, I remember a certain nutmeg at Highbury 😂😂😂— christinatutty (@christina_tutty) August 27, 2019last_img read more

Digicel PNG dress Barramundis a K300, 000 sponsorship for the SACA Premier League

first_imgThe country’s top cricketers will bat against four teams from South Australia and one from Northern Territory.It will be the second time for the Digicel Barramundis to play in the SACA premier league in Australia.“Despite missing out on the ICC World T20 Qualifier in Europe a couple of months ago, the Digicel Barramundis have been working hard back in Port Moresby preparing for the SACA Premier League and the Intercontinental Cup/World Cricket League Championships,” said coach Dipak Patel.He added that the final squad as a mixture of youth and experience, with eight members of the group having played at SACA.Digicel’s chief executive officer, Maurice McCarthy said Digicel is honored to continue as the naming right sponsor and supporter of the PNG Barramundis.“We are delighted to be able to assist the team in the SACA Premier League. Since our arrival in PNG, Digicel has been a proud supporter of sports in the country.”“We understand that a sport is an important part of life and the fabric of the nation, so are pleased to be able to work in line with sporting bodies, such as Cricket PNG, to support and help develop sport and athletes in PNG.”The team announced is, Jack Vere, Assad Vala, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Vani Vagi Morea, Mahuru Dai, Charles Amini, Norman Vanua, Chad Soper, John Boge Reva, Alei Nao, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Nosaina Pokana.last_img read more

Pool allocation draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup set for next May

first_imgAlthough the exact venue and date for the draw has yet to be determined, it will be held prior to the opening of the June international series.This gives all teams a year to make their move up the World Rugby rankings, which will be used to place teams into bands for the draw.Twelve teams have already qualified by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, including Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.”The pool allocation draw is an important milestone in the run-in to any Rugby World Cup and it really helps to build excitement and momentum,” said outgoing World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset, who is standing down to focus on his role as co-chairman of the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”With the identity of 12 teams already known, it will be of huge interest to players and fans to know which sides will be in their pool for what will be a game-changing tournament in Japan.”While the draw is closer to the start of the tournament this time around compared to the previous RWC, it is necessary to conduct it well in advance for logistical reasons and to allow for an effective ticketing programme to be implemented.”Bill Beaumont, who was unanimously elected the successor to Lapasset here today, was on the Board when the decision was taken to award Japan the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Despite failing to qualify for the quarter-finals at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, Japan could take solace from winning three of their pool games, including a memorable 34-32 victory over South Africa.”[The 2019 Rugby World Cup] will showcase the game in an area where we need to look constantly at expanding the game and Japan will a fantastic opportunity for us and hopefully for the whole region as well to get involved in rugby and start playing the game,” said Beaumont, who will officially begin his term on July 1.”No doubt there are a lot more players – girls, boys, men and women – playing the game of rugby since the [2015] Rugby World Cup.”With eight places at the 2019 Rugby World Cup up for grabs, the qualification process is already underway as more than 80 teams battle it out.The regional stage has already commenced in Rugby Americas North, while this month will see the start of the process in Asia with Uzbekistan staging the Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 tournament featuring Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Guam as well as the hosts.”We are very looking forward to the pool allocation draw taking place as it will be another significant step towards Rugby World Cup 2019,” said Akira Shimazu, chief executive of Japan Rugby 2019.”With just over two years to go when the draw takes place, we will be using it as a way to build excitement ahead of what we believe will be an amazing tournament for the game.”It will also be another opportunity to build momentum in Japan and add to the increasing excitement that already exists.”last_img read more

Who’s next for Djokovic?

first_imgIt’s been a curious year for the Serb in a topsy-turvy campaign which has seen his 122-week reign at the top of the men’s game come to an end by Andy Murray, and despite winning seven titles, including the Australian and French Open’s, huge question marks hang over his state of mind heading into 2017.Tennis legend Becker openly admitted in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports that the last six months coaching Djokovic were “challenging”.Troubles on and off the court forced the 29-year-old to seek the help of spiritual guru Pepe Imaz and suddenly title-winning runs turned into talk of love and peace as well as shock exits.He won just one title and reached two finals in the second half of the season following a dominant stretch that saw him win four straight majors.The rumours are already circulating as to whether or not Djokovic will look to add another coach to his team for the new season.So what are the options Djokovic has to choose from? Could another so-called ‘Super Coach’ help bring him more success?Shoo-insLong-term mentor Marian Vajda and mental guru Pepe Imaz are expected to remain part of the team. Old mentor Vajda is likely to remain in a sole coaching position. The 51-year-old has been a member of the coaching line-up for over 10 years. Under his guidance, Djokovic had climbed to the top of the tennis world.Imaz is the newest member to Djokovic’s team and preaches a philosophy of love and peace as central to his coaching.”I don’t know where you heard that he’s a guru, first of all,” Djokovic said of Imaz. “He’s been in tennis for all his life. I’m just glad that he came this week, together with my brother, to be with me and work with me.”If Djokovic is able to find love, happiness and harmony working alongside the former player in 2017, then there just might be light at the end of the tunnel.Pistol PetePete Sampras is a true legend of the game, and although the 14-time Grand Slam champion has been linked with a move into coaching, he has been largely removed from the tour since his retirement in 2002.He collected 12 of those majors in an era of dominance from between 1993 and 2000 and seven of them arrived on the green grass of Wimbledon.In an interview with CNN last March, Sampras said his life is now very much family focused rather than having any thoughts of returning to the game as a coach. “It’s definitely much different from my life as a tennis player,” he said. “Everything was about me. What I was eating, what I was doing. I was travelling. Now it’s about my kids.”Johnny MacJohn McEnroe, who had a spell working with Milos Raonic earlier this year, is one of the co-favourites for a role.The seven-time major winner joined Raonic’s team in May before the 25-year-old reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, but his media commitments could make things difficult.One thing is for sure, should McEnroe join up the Djokovic revolution, then it would be a whole lot of fun with the outlandish American a firm favourite amongst fans and players alike.Andre AgassiJust a few years ago former world No 1 Agassi admitted he “can never say never” about becoming the latest ‘super coach’. The eight-time Grand Slam winner, however, is not yet prepared to make the commitment with a young family, his charitable work and equipment line at the peak of his priorities.But could a role alongside Djokovic be too good an offer to turn down? His wife Steffi Graf [a 22-time major winner] may have something to say about that.Pat RafterAustralian Rafter, who reached the summit of the ATP rankings in 1999, has recently backed Djokovic to recapture his form in the New Year.Rafter won the US Open in 1997 and 1998 and was twice a runner-up at Wimbledon. He is a known admirer of the Serb having described him as being in a “different league” to Andy Murray.But would the former great swap the sprawling Sunshine Coast for the long and gruelling season on the ATP circuit?Nenad ZimonjicHe might not be a name that rolls of the tongue, but Zimonjic is strongly rumoured to become Djokovic’s coach.The 40-year-old is still an active doubles player and teamed up with Djokovic in the men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics.It would be a surprise to many should Zimonjic join the party, but he is a fellow Serb and former Davis Cup captain who has known the serial major winner since he was a teenager. He has the experience and is known to be highly respected by Djokovic.last_img read more

“We consider signing a nine”

first_imgI need time to conveniently value everyone who can join the subsidiary. I do not know them in depth. I have spoken with your technician and I want to provide all the possible information. I would have liked more time to make a place composition.How important is it to the Cup?I’ve always liked it, as a player and as a coach. We will try to win it as well as win the Champions League and LaLiga.How do you tell Messi he doesn’t play a game?No one escapes who Leo Messi is. I will always try to convince everyone that it is best for them from my perspective, we will discuss and in the end they pay attention to me.Will Neto or Ter Stegen play?I do not make these differences by competitions. The two have options in all competitions.Is it more important to rest or continue with the dynamics?We will see it. We would love to continue with the same dynamic on Sunday. Play who plays, what interests me is to continue with the same scheme, but we already know that it is not the same as Messi does than another.Do you favor signing in winter or waiting for the summer market?I still haven’t thought about it. I can not answer. We have not specified anything with sports management. It’s almost better that you don’t ask me about this, because I won’t say anything and so we don’t waste time.Can Emerson contribute to Barça?I know him well and see his progression and the boy is improving. When the time comes, it will be valued.How did you see Arturo Vidal?He is an extraordinary kid like most of the team. We were surprised how receptive these players are. Everything we talked about, they tried to do in the field. Arturo put the greatest will in doing thingsHow do you feel more comfortable, with closed equipment or with those who are going to look for you?We are prepared for everything. They wanted to press up, but our good ball out took them back. How do the conditions of the game affect your plan, especially artificial turf, storm, rival …?The circumstances are what they are and we will have to adapt, let’s see the weather conditions, rain, wind and artificial grass. There will be things we want to do that we cannot. And there is the rival, who will not make things easy for us. It will be hard and conditions will match many things.Do you have a clear idea about whether to sign a ‘9’?We are considering it, speaking on the subject, things have to mature. It is not a topic that worries me too much. I worry more about Ibiza and Valencia. We will talk to the sports management.Will Leo Messi rest?First you have to see the training, I have an idea, but you have to see the rest of the players. We will make a competitive and balanced eleven.Does it contain the exit of any player in this market?While they are all one hundred percent. All are worth me and I have not thought about that.Is the Cup faced differently with this competition system?There is no place for mistakes. They are complicated cheating matches and it would be better to two matches, but the situation is what it is. We must also think about the future and possibly some who have to play a lot can rest. You can change the drawing in each match.Will Dembélé be important?It already is because it is extraordinary. Of course it will be. It will help us a lot, although it has not had continuity.Can you be calm with what is in the subsidiary? Quique Setién appeared at a press conference, in the previous Cup match against Ibiza, to discuss the news of Barcelona.last_img read more

Garín defeats Schwartzman

first_imgThe Chilean Christian Garín, world quantity 31 and third seeded, received this Sunday in Argentina the Cordoba Open by beating the native Diego Schwartzman, quantity 14 and favourite, for 2-6, 6-Four and 6-0.On his option to the ultimate, Garín left Hungarian on his means Attila Balazs (6-Three and 6-0), to the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (1-6, 6-Three and 6-4) and Slovak Andrej Martin (2-6, 6-2 and 6-2). Schwartzman eradicated in eighths the Spanish Jaume Munar (6-1 and 7-5), additionally the Spanish Albert Ramos (6-0, 7 (7) – (0) 6) within the quarterfinals and the Serbian Laslo Djere (6-1, 1-6 and 6-2) within the semifinals. One of many keys of the Chilean victory was that he took benefit of six of the ten break factors he had, not like the native, which was solely imposed on 4 of 13 alternatives. This was the third ATP title for the 23-year-old tennis participant, who received two hours and 4 minutes.The second version of the Cordoba Open was performed on clay within the stadium services Mario Albert KempesIn double, the champions have been the Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and the dutch Matwé Middelkoop, which surpassed the Argentineans Leonardo Mayer and Andrés Molteni by 6-Three and seven (7) – (4) 6.last_img read more

The Reims doctor commits suicide after contracting the coronavirus, according to Le Parisien

first_imgDevastating news which has known French football this Sunday. Bernard González, a Stade Reims doctor, has been found dead at home after committing suicide. The catastrophe has a direct relationship with the coronavirus, since it had been infected for several days, and was in quarantine with his wife.Arnaud Robinet, mayor of the city, The news has been confirmed to the newspaper Le Parisien. Although Reims has not yet issued a statement about it, it is expected to do so in the next few hours. It was precisely the mayor of the town of Marne who reported the suicide to the City Council in the early afternoon of this Sunday. “He was a committed and very human man. She was a faithful reflection of her family, charming and pleasant. I know he left a note explaining the reasons for his gesture. But I don’t know what he was saying, “Robinet told Le Parisien. From the French club, the shock has been shocking. No one was aware of the tragedy, until the city council announced it.last_img read more