first_imgTrainerMts 41% MANDATORY PICK 6 JACKPOT RETURNS $53,312 25% $1,161,492 Peter Miller113 43% 25 27 1st 29 John Sadler90 40 ITM% $1,079,715 27 13% 39 36 25 52 $1,539,962 29 $1,523,404 (Current Through Saturday, April 6) 20 19% 63% 1st HRONIS, SADLER JOIN HOWARD & ‘SILENT’ TOM 32% 15 34 18 20% $1,733,956 Richard Baltas129 JockeyMts 59% 15 Win% 51% FOND MEMORIES RESURRECTED AT SANTA ANITASeabiscuit, Round Table, Damascus, Buckpasser, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Native Diver,Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Best Pal, Lava Man, Game On Dude, Zenyatta.This is Santa Anita.Woolf, Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker, Pincay, McCarron, Stevens, Delahoussaye.This is Santa Anita.Molter, McDaniel, Jones, Whittingham, McAnally, Frankel, Lukas, Baffert.This is Santa Anita.Hernandez, Johnson, Denman.This is Santa Anita.The San Gabriel Mountains, brought vividly into focus from a spectacular sunrise in a backdrop borne idyllically by nature after eons of gestation, a verdant landscape Monet, to art’s misfortune, missed by a century.This is Santa Anita.Memories of the greatness that was and is blossomed in all its historic glory Saturday as 30,713 fans on track and countless others transfixed to their TV monitors and shoulder to shoulder at betting parlors witnessed a storybook saga featuring marquee players Bellafina, Vasilika, Roadster and Game Winner, and Gift Box and McKinzie.This is Santa Anita.Bob Baffert, after his leading Triple Crown prospects ran first and second in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, which he has won a record nine times: “It’s hard to get to this moment. There’s not a better feeling than there is today.“The fans, despite what they’ve been reading, they showed up. They’re here to watch good racing, they brought their families, they’ll always remember the Santa Anita Derby. It was so comforting to see all these fans here and get behind us.“They know at the end of the day we love our horses. We wake up worrying about them, we go to sleep worrying about them. To me, that’s what made this a great day.”This is Santa Anita.TRAINERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE AFTER BIG VICTORIESBob Baffert, Simon Callaghan and Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward reported their respective stakes winners came out of Saturday’s races in good order, Roadster and Game Winner after running one-two in the Santa Anita Derby, Bellafina after capturing the Santa Anita Oaks and Vasilika after yet another smashing triumph, this in the Royal Heroine Stakes.“I got to run my big horses, they ran well and they both look good today, so that’s the main thing,” Baffert said Sunday morning. “The Big ‘Cap was a helluva race (in which his McKinzie was nosed out by Gift Box after a pulsating nose-and-nose duel to the wire).“All the fans showed up to watch those races. It was a good day.”While the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 4 had been mentioned immediately after her 2 ¾-length triumph in the Royal Heroine as a possibility for Vasilika’s next race, Ward said Sunday her next start likely will come in the Grade I Gamely Stakes May 27 at Santa Anita, where the dazzling daughter of Skipshot has won 10 of 11 races.The Grade I, $500,000 Gamely is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and Your’e In” Challenge Race to be decided at 1 1/8 miles on grass.As for Instagrand, third by 2 ¼ lengths in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Ward said the Pat Day Mile “is the race to look at” May 4 at Churchill Downs rather than the Kentucky Derby, adding, “but he might still go in the Derby. He ran good yesterday.”“All my horses came out of their races well,” said Callaghan, who also sent out victorious Hostess ($53) and Maxim Rate to finish a nose apart in Saturday’s Providencia Stakes. “The plan is to keep Bellafina here until maybe six days before the Kentucky Oaks (May 3).”MANDATORY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $53,312.60Although early prognostications forecast Saturday’s Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool would reach approximately $3 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent minimum wager, with a mandatory payout in place, generated a massive total pool of $5,352,827.With a carryover from Friday of $815,939 serving as a catalyst, $4,536,888 in “new” Rainbow Six money cascaded in, creating a pari-mutuel bonanza for the holders of 80 winning tickets, each worth $53,312.60.With a nine-race card in store today, the Rainbow Six will be comprised of races four through nine. Approximate post time for race four is 2:35 p.m. PT.BEER, CAMACHO SANTA ANITA’S 5K WINNERSOn a clear and cool morning, Christine Beer blazed the 3.1 mile course she has run so many times before in 35:55, followed by last-minute entrant Loren Lopez of Hospitality in Saturday’s annual 5K run for Santa Anita employees.Third among women was Wendy Thatcher, who decided to actually run, not walk the course, this year. Wendy and her running mate and colleague from Hospitality Billy Malone were proudly wearing their participant medals while working up in FrontRunner today.In the men’s division, lead pony rider Jesus Camacho jumped quickly from the starting gate and ran a very respectable 21:35, 109th overall out of nearly 5,000 participants. Following gamely for medals were Noe Meza of the Corp Yard and Rene Henriquez, who works on the starting gate.All in all, it was a great way to start Derby Day. Thanks to all participants for running and walking in this, the 25th edition of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K !–Pete Siberell.Results in the women’s division: Christine Beer, Receiving Barn, 35:55; Loren Lopez, Hospitality, 38:32; Wendy Thatcher, Hospitality, 38:48; Mary Forney, TOC, 43:59; Lucinda Mandella, CARMA, 52:18; Natalie Rietkirk, CARMA, 52:18; and Voni Walker, Parking Operations, 1:02.52.Among men: Jesus Camacho, Racing, 21:35; Noe Meza, Corp Yard, 22:11; Rene Henriquez, Starting Gate, 23:41; Tim Craigmyle, Starting Gate, 24:06; Albert Razo, Plant, 28:36; Alec Jimenez, Corp Yard, 28:58; Billy Malone, Hospitality, 38:11; and Rey Solis, Accounting, 49:09.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and  Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi  Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19Zoe Cadman catches up with  Mike Smith to talk about  Roadster’s win in the Santa Anita DerbySimon Callaghan recaps  Bellafina’s win in the Santa Anita OaksImprobable works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-5-19Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill) 4-5-19            FINISH LINES: With the winter portion of Santa Anita’s meet ending this afternoon, Joel Rosario leads Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race, 55-52, with each named on seven horses today. Doug O’Neill holds a 29-24 lead over Richard Baltas among trainers . . . Starting with condition book number seven, agent Tom Knust will represent jockey Agapito Delgadillo in addition to Martin Garcia . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12. There will be simulcast wagering Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Fun Fact from Steve Byk, host the popular “At the Races” on Sirius Satellite Radio: With Gift Box following Accelerate’s 2018 Santa Anita Handicap win yesterday, Hronis Racing, LLC and John Sadlerbecame the first owner/trainer combo to win successive Big ‘Caps since C.S. Howard and “Silent” Tom Smith did it with Kayak II and Seabiscuit in 1939 and 1940. $3,472,601 12 11 Mike Smith78 32 24 16 17 25 2nd $1,765,768 16% 14% 55 47% BEER, CAMACHO TAKE SANTA ANITA’S 5K RUNS 15 56%center_img 28 61% 29 25 43% 20 20 30 Drayden Van Dyke160 $2,195,260 Doug O’Neill184 Flavien Prat195 IT’S A GREAT DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE 15 16% 47% $3,357,598 27% 24 FUTURE AWAITS SATURDAY’S STAKE WINNERS 64% Joel Rosario219 55% 15% 19% Rafael Bejarano167 48% $1,845,838 Money Won 27% 18 23 21 12 14 $1,099,199 Tiago Pereira175 Geovanni Franco215 38% Philip D’Amato114 $1,638,086 $1,549,246 ITM% Jerry Hollendorfer104 13 Win% 26 15% 20 Money Won 18 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $2,336,730 16% 3rd 22 3rd 2nd Bob Baffert75last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CARRESSA, WINNER: “We didn’t know if she’d handle the turf, so I had two plans.  If she broke sharp, I’d go to the lead, but she kind of missed the break, so we sat behind.  I wanted to keep her covered up going into the first turn because she was pulling pretty hard.  When we turned up the backstretch, I moved her out and dropped my hands and she relaxed.  At that point I knew she was handling the turf and I really wasn’t worried about anyone else.” “We took a shot at the turf. There was really no other place for her to race in, instead of just training her we might as well run her and John (Shirreffs) did the right thing.“Now she can run in the dirt or the turf so they have many races to run, she’s been impressive and she is on her game. When a horse is getting good and starts winning it’s hard to get beat, they don’t come very often like Carressa that can run on both surfaces.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF CARRESSA, WINNER:  “I’m really thrilled with her, the way she’s progressed and the way she ran today. I thought the most important thing was when Victor was able to control her there going into the first turn.  After that, she settled and really ran well.”MICHAEL BELLO, MEGAHERTZ, OWNER, WINNER: “To be here it brings back a lot of great memories, (Megahertz) brought so much joy to our family and to watch her race it was just unbelievable, I mean there’s just no other feeling like this.“She was tough and mean in the morning and she didn’t really want to work out. Alex (Solis) had to sit on her and wait until she was ready to do her job. She had the biggest heart and the biggest kick I have ever seen.“I’m buying some yearlings right now and I’m with Bob Baffert so we will see what happens. I want to get back in the game.”NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo and Steve Mooney.last_img read more

first_imgLongshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica As Wong & Cedillo Team For Mile On Turf In 1:34.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts.  “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace.  She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.last_img read more

first_imgTOTTENHAM have stepped up their pursuit of Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi.The Kosovo international has been in great form this season, scoring ten times in 14 games for his Turkish club.2 Tottenham have stepped up their pursuit of Fenerbahce striker Vedat MuriqiCredit: Getty – ContributorMuriqi has eight goals in 23 national appearances, including one against England in Kosovo’s 5-3 defeat in September.According to media outlet Milliyet, as reported by Sport Witness, Spurs have made several previous checks on the 25-year-old this season.Manchester United and Bournemouth have also shown interest in the 6ft 4ins forward.But Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has moved to the head of the queue after having spies watch Muriqi in Fenerbahce’s Super Lig clash with Genclerbirligi last Friday.The frontman impressed once more, scoring twice in a 5-2 win.Fenerbahce value Muriqi at around £18million.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 CelticACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneA July signing from Super Lig rivals Caykur Rizespor, he is under contract until 2023.However, the Istanbul club may be tempted to take a quick profit on their star man after a disappointing campaign so far.The 19-time champions currently lie fifth in the table, outside even the Europa League places and five points off leaders Sivasspor.2Kosovo fans wave St George flags during God Save the Queen in show of support for Englandlast_img read more

first_imgThere was strong local support for the international women’s matches in Fiji at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Friday.In the high scoring first match, Samoa beat Papua New Guinea 56-45.The Manusina captain Sui Pauaraisa offered high praise for her team.”I’m so proud of the girls as it’s our first game together as a team and we’re all from different places,” she said.”We didn’t know our opposition except that they were quick, so we opted to use our strength which was our forwards.”In the second match the home side was always going to be the crowd favourite and they didn’t disappoint in play or in points differential.The reigning champions stamping their authority at the outset of the competition beating Tonga 53-8.Tonga’s captain Va’iga Moimoi was gracious in defeat.”I’m just proud of the girls and the effort they put into the match,” she said.”Just this morning it was the first time for some of the girls to put on a mouthguard. I’m just really proud of the girls and proud to represent my country.”On Tuesday in Round 2 Samoa face Tonga and Fiji play PNG.last_img read more

first_imgThe 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.last_img

first_imgOfficials have remained tight lipped about the exact ceremony itself, but have hinted it will be bigger than the opening ceremony. In a tentative program released tonight, the day will begin with the half marathon that will at 6am and end at about half past seven. Residents are advised to come in early. The main closing ceremony is set to wrap up by 10pm. The marathon will begin from the stadium through to the back gate of the PNG Education Institute, then the pineapple building right through to Telikom Rumana building towards the the GPO office. Organizers say the Eastern side of the venue will be closed to spectators by 3pm for barriers to be installed at the base of the boulevard. Shuttles from the Unagi field for spectators who are parking should start arriving by 7pm.center_img Spectator gates will be opened for Hockey, Beach volleyball and netball at 9am. From there they will run past the Constitutional park, to the main Waigani traffic lights after Stop and Shop North Waigani, then turn towards UPNG going through Carl Memorial school and the Ensisi junction then into the UPNG Campus to the Games village. On the marathon’s turnaround they will follow the same route back. By 4pm all netball, beach volleyball and hockey spectators will be vacated in preparation for the gates to be opened at 5pm for the closing ceremony. Athletes should arrive for the ceremony by half past 6.last_img read more

first_imgThe Gordons boys batted first and blasted their way to set a target of 59. This was thanks to opener Barnabas Maha who top scored with 15 runs. His knock included a four and a six.Ela Murray’s Joel Reid was outstanding, taking 3/14.In their run chase, Ela Murray’s opener Issac Bryson smashed 3 fours for his 16 runs to set the pace.But Bryson’s runout was the turning point as Gordons took easy wickets to leave Ela Murray hanging at 5/44.  Damien Mangila did the damage for his side with figures of 2/6.In the end, it was too much for Ela Murray who ran out of overs to bat, finishing with 6/50.last_img read more

first_imgRecently, two youngsters, Cliff Paul and David Lee were flown out of Manus to join the team in training for possible inclusion in the team.Both are from Rambutso Island, in the Rapatona LLG where the team got its name.An executive member of the club, Chikui Posman said PKA Rapatona FC wants to provide a direct pathway for local talents in the Rapatona LLG to enter NSL and Port Moresby League where the club is also registered.“It is also part of the club’s social responsibility to develop young people to be better and useful citizens.“We will put them in an environment where they can train and develop themselves in and out of sports,” Posman said.last_img read more

first_imgJohnathan Pascalis from the Kassman Taekwondo club in the blue vest took on Colland Kokin of UPNG Taekwondo Club in red vest in the 80kg division yesterday.Kokin burst through the opening in round 1, giving no chance to Pascalis as he moved forward with his powerful fly kicks belting Pascalis onto the mat as he led the scoreline 9 points to 6 in round 1.In round, 2 Pascalis retaliated as he pushed forward with more kicks thrashing through Kokin’s dancing moves, putting himself back into the game with 2 points behind.However, Kokin could not let his supporters down as he fended off Pascalis’ kicks and drives, resulting in him knocking his opponent off the mat to beat him 16-14.Six teams participated in the tournament with 88 athletes, including females, in different categories.last_img read more