first_img“A decade since the last Southland Tournament at Whataburger Field, we’re thrilled to welcome the eight teams and their fans from across the region back to Corpus Christi for a great week of baseball and summer fun,” Hooks General Manager Wes Weigle said.  “The Southland Baseball Tournament is a big-time addition to our schedule, making for a loaded slate of action at Whataburger Field in 2020.” “We are very excited to bring the Southland Baseball Tournament back to Whataburger Field,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said.  “We look forward to experiencing the great hospitality and destinations in Corpus Christi and the entire Coastal Bend.  Whataburger Field is a premier baseball venue, and I know our tournament participants and fans will greatly enjoy their experience and the facility.” All games of the Southland Baseball Tournament will be available live on ESPN+, the network’s video streaming subscription service available in the United States.-SouthlandStrong- Completed in 2005, Whataburger Field is the preeminent baseball and entertainment venue in South Texas. The stadium, located at the Port of Corpus Christi, offers sweeping views of Harbor Bridge, the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium across the channel on Corpus Christi Bay. Nicknamed “The Ballpark by the Bay,” Whataburger Field features 19 private suites, the concourse-level Cheniere Champions Club and the recently-renovated CITGO Cotton Club, each available to host gameday and non-gameday events. The Southland Tournament has been a springboard for numerous players that have gone on to Major League careers, including current stars Hunter Dozier and Ryan O’Hearn of the Kansas City Royals, Wade Miley of the Houston Astros, Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hunter Pence of the Texas Rangers, and Caleb Smith and Kyle Keller of the Miami Marlins.  Also, Charlie Montoyo, a former two-time Southland Hitter of the Year, is the current manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.center_img The top eight finishers in the conference’s regular-season race earn a spot in the Southland Tournament, and the winner of the double-elimination event earns automatic qualification into the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.   As many as 15 games can be played at the tournament, with four games scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Saturday’s schedule depends on earlier tournament results, with one, two or three games in the championship round. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Southland Conference announced Thursday that the 2020 Southland Baseball Tournament will return to Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, May 20-23.  The home facility of the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Texas League affiliate of the American League Champion Houston Astros, will serve as host of the event for the first time since the 2009 and 2010 tournaments were also held at the waterfront ballpark.Complete Release (PDF) The 2020 event will be the 33rd Southland Tournament, played sporadically over the nearly six decades of the Conference’s existence, and every year since 1993.  Sam Houston State has won a league-best six Southland Baseball Tournaments, including the 2009 event in Corpus Christi.  Lamar, winners of three Southland Tournaments, won the 2010 event at Whataburger Field.  McNeese State is the defending event champion after winning its third tournament in 2019.last_img read more


first_img31% JockeyMts 3rd OMAHA BEACH DUE HOME AT SANTA ANITA SOON FASIG-TIPTON JUVENILE SALE HERE ON JUNE 5 15 8 8 (Current  from April 12 through Sunday, May 19) 5 12 2 Mark Glatt44 Edwin Maldonado42 14 14 19% $319,778 20% 46% $723,458 Flavien Prat56 50% 50% Kent Desormeaux34 9 $368,897 $702,086 29% 15% 12% 5 $721,953 3 11 Joseph Talamo71 0 15 $137,171 27% 4 $381,495 Tiago Pereira76 $134,186 7 55% 2 14 Geovanni Franco50 10 37% 6 15% 5 2nd 53% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10 20% $274,682 6 48% 56% Victor Espinoza33 7 J. Eric Kruljac20 Tim Yakteen13 46% 64% 24% 12 Money Won 8 4 $186,066 30% $553,587 $374,270 $310,390 Ruben Fuentes74 9 10 10 SADLER’S SOLDIERS SALUTE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDJohn Sadler has his charges standing at attention awaiting the command of “forwardmarch” for this weekend’s Memorial Day graded stakes bonanza at Santa Anita that features eight graded events worth $2.4 million in prize money.Leading the trainer’s brigade of bluebloods is Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box, poised to capture the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Monday, Memorial Day, one of three Grade I events worth $1.5 million on the attractive holiday card.In all, Sadler expects to have 20 horses entered over the three-day weekend.“He’s doing better than ever,” Sadler said of Gift Box, who will reunite with Joel Rosario. “This should be his best race.”The Gold Cup is for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter and will have another Sadler runner in longshot Higher Power.Sadler, third in the trainer standings with nine wins from 33 starts–27 percent–also has Catapult for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on grass, and Ollie’s Candy for the Grade I Gamely for fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf, both on Monday.“Higher Power is a new horse for us,” said Sadler of the Medaglia d’Oro colt previously trained by Michael Stidham. “We’ll have Irad Ortiz on him.“Catapult is doing great. He’s ready to go and hopefully he can win the photo this time,” alluding to the excruciating nose defeat inflicted by Ohio in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 30.Sadler added, “There’s another good horse coming for the Shoemaker in Delta Prince,” owned by Stronach Stables and bred by the owner’s Eclipse Award-winning Adena Springs.The Shoemaker is named for the late, great racing veteran, Bill Shoemaker, who was and remains the gold standard among jockeys, 16 years after his death on Oct. 12, 2003.The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race run in the U.S. this year, providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile.Ollie’s Candy, previously trained by Bill Morey, makes her first start for Sadler in the Gamely. “It’s her first start since last August in a really tough race with Rymska and Vasilika in there,” Sadler said of the four-year-old Candy Ride filly who won her first three starts before finishing second by a neck twice, in the Grade II San Clemente and the Grade I Del Mar Oaks.Sadler’s run doesn’t stop there.On Saturday, Horse Greedy returns to the races in the Grade III Daytona Stakes for three-year-olds and up at five furlongs on turf after a seven-month absence. “He was a good horse last year for us,” Sadler said of the six-year-old Horse Greeley gelding. “He ran some good races with some good numbers. He ran a good second going five-eighths on the grass.Also Saturday, Cistron attempts to prove his front-running, runaway 5 ¼-length romp in the Grade II Kona Gold April 20 was no aberration when he returns in the Grade II Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs. Prior to that, his 13 previous races were on the turf.“We think seven-eighths is a good distance for him,” Sadler said.On Sunday, he sends out Ginger Nut in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes for fillies and mares three and up at five furlongs on turf. “She beat three-year-olds at Keeneland (on April 12, rallying from 12th and last going 5 ½ furlongs on turf) but she’ll be in against older in the Monrovia, and it’s a bit early in the year for that, Sadler said, “but she’s got a really nice kick if there’s a good speed duel up front.”“All our horses have been running really well, so we’re looking forward to this weekend.”Monday is Dollar Day, with soda and beer on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2.PRIME ATTRACTION STAKES HIS CLAIM IN WHITTINGHAMPrime Attraction makes his 16th straight stakes start in Saturday’s Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, all but one a graded event and six of them Grade I’s.His lone win during a span that began in the Grade II Californian at Santa Anita more than two years ago, on April 22, 2017, came in the Grade III Native Diver on Nov. 25, 2017. “He’s been pretty good and pretty consistent,” said Jim Cassidy, who trains the six-year-old Unbridled’s Song horse for principal client Deron Pearson, who campaigns as DP Racing. “The horse is doing fine since he came back from Kentucky (where he finished an eventful 12th in the Grade I Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4).“We’d like to win this race for more reasons than one, since I knew Charlie. He was a good man, and I did win the race in 2016 (with 11-1 shot Si Sage).”FASIG-TIPTON JUVENILE PROSPECTS ON SITE FOR JUNE 5 SALEWith a sales catalogue that consists of 169 well-bred juveniles, Santa Anita’s first-ever Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in Training Sale, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, is taking shape as 50 horses are expected in the sale barns by this afternoon, according to Fasig-Tipton’s Michael Machowsky.“We’ve got 40 here this morning and we expect to have 50 by late this afternoon,” said Machowsky. “We’ve got a terrific setup in close proximity to the seven furlong chute and these horses are all going to the racetrack each morning.  We encourage people who are interested to stop by and inspect whoever they’d like.“Additionally, they can watch them train from the Grandstand, watch them cool out and get to know them.  All of our horses are going to the track with Fasig-Tipton saddle towels, which include their individual hip number, so they’re easy to keep track of out there.”With the sale’s Under Tack Preview set for Monday, June 3, Machowsky noted that x-rays of each horse will be readily available.“Every horse in the sale will have x-rays on file for review,” he said.  “And prospective buyers can submit requests for credit applications online at [email protected], or they can fill out hard copy credit applications that are included in all of our catalogues, which are available in the Racing Office and at our Santa Anita sales location.”The sale’s Under Tack Preview will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 3.  Complete video of each horse’s on-track performance will be available on-site and at the Fasig-Tipton website.The Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be conducted on Wednesday, June 5, beginning at 1 p.m. in Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring.Vehicular access to the Fasig-Tipton Sales barns is best served by entering Santa Anita’s Gate 5, on its northeastern perimeter. For additional information, please visit fasigtipton.com or call (626) 574-RACE.SANTA ANITA HOSTS JOCKEY BENEFIT JUNE 22On June 22, a once a year fundraising event known as Jockeys and Jeans will be held at Santa Anita for the first time.Started by retired riders for the benefit of their peers who have experienced catastrophic injuries, it will be the sixth annual event which to date has raised more than $1 million for fallen riders, with all proceeds benefitting the Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).The event schedule at Santa Anita: autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. near the Paddock starting gate; Silent Auction available to all on-track fans, 11 a.m. throughout the day near the Paddock Starting Gate; and a Chandelier Room Party starting at 12 noon.Cost to enter is $65.Cost for a guaranteed seat is $100, while a premium ticket guaranteeing seating, a morning barn tour and a signed Justify pennant goes for $200.  Tickets include buffet lunch from 12 to 3 p.m.,racing program, wagering tip sheet, specialty silent and live auction items, ceremonial festivities, music and much more. Those unable to attend may make a donation to the PDJF of $25 via santaanaita.com.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Pretty Point works 4 furlongs. (Gallagher) 5-24-19Kazan works 5 furlongs. (Baltas) 5-24-19Juggles worked 5 furlongs. (O’Neill) 5-24-19Bella Luma works 4 furlongs. (Koriner) 5-24-19Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for May 24th, 2019.XBTV Friday: What to watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 24th, 2019.Polity worked 5 furlongs (Hofmans) 5-22-19Nevermissesabeat worked 4 furlongs (Gaines) 5-22-19Withholding Info worked 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-22-19Golden Goddess worked 3 furlongs (Sherlock) 5-22-19Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Cistron works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-17-19Ashleyluvssugar works 5 furlongs. (Eurton) 5-17-19FINISH LINES: Richard Mandella hopes karma is king when he sends out United in Saturday’s Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf. Mandella is stabled at Barn 4, the former stomping grounds of the late, great trainer Charlie Whittingham, for whom the race is named. United, a Giant’s Causeway gelding, closed furiously in his last two starts, both at a mile, and will be making his stakes debut Saturday. “It looks like that’s what he wants to do,” Mandella said of the longer distance. Mandella also reports pre-race Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach is “getting better” at WinStar Farm in Lexington after surgery for an entrapped epiglottis that forced him to miss the race, but, ‘We’re waiting on flight arrangements” before he returns to Santa Anita . . . The popular Spring Carnival at Santa Anita offers three days of exciting rides, games and entertainment this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 27. Fans can enjoy the Red, White & Brew Beer and Sour Festival tomorrow. Purchase your package online and receive your own souvenir acrylic pint glass. For details, please visit santaanita.com/events . . . Adorable Corgis will compete during the annual SoCal Corgi Nationals Sunday at Santa Anita. For more info, visit socalcorgibeachday.com. Martin Garcia36 4 2 10 $554,296 Andrew Lerner9 6 3rd 6 4 22% 66% Mario Gutierrez38 15% 17% $177,503 4 Bob Baffert17 16 10 $607,150 4 Aaron Gryder52 3 7 3 $339,138 16% John Sadler33center_img Richard Baltas38 4 8 8 $404,184 ITM% TrainerMts 12 45% 5 Rafael Bejarano73 9 8 Doug O’Neill54 7 40% 5 Vladimir Cerin27 2 67% 5 11 8 1st 46% 8 42% 1 5 28% 64% 1 71% 7 $540,375 19% Martin Pedroza27 ITM% Richard  Mandella18 Win% 13 2nd 7 12 32% Money Won $210,988 $419,265 Jerry Hollendorfer27 3 30% $705,459 PRIME ATTRACTION MAKES THE ‘GRADE’ AGAIN 41% 50% 1 5 5 3 2 63% $545,978 22% Heriberto Figueroa33 $514,649 0 56% 56% 56% $159,922 4 6 $158,675 18% 6 $198,337 Steve Knapp21 SADLER MOUNTS A HOLIDAY WEEKEND CHARGE 9 5 5 16% $422,430 J. Keith Desormeaux18 16% 56% 14% 12% $166,056 23% 1 13 3 8 39% 4 Philip D’Amato42 Win% 6 1st 4 0 56% 55% 16% 12% 24% 3 Drayden Van Dyke57 4 58%last_img read more


first_imgFAST ENOUGH RALLIES FROM OFF PACE TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY A NECK; CRAIG MARTIN HOMEBRED GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:45.23RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–A 4 ½ furlong first out maiden winner on May 31, Craig Martin’s homebred Fast Enough rallied late to collar longshot Sacred Rider close home, as he won Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby by a neck under Tiago Pereira, who collected his second stakes win of the day.  Trained by Rafael Becerra, Fast Enough, a 3-year-old gelding by Eddington, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.23.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.  Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series is for California-bred or sired horses.Seventh, about five lengths off the lead mid-way around the far turn, Fast Enough rallied five-deep turning for home and gradually gained the advantage with about 30 yards to run.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine Cal-bred or sired sophomores, Fast Enough paid $11.60, $8.60 and $5.80.Out of the Bertrando mare Brilliant Melody, Fast Enough is now two for two and with the winner’s check of $110,000, he has earnings of $149,000.Sacred Rider, who shipped south from Golden Gate Fields, was an attentive third early and when early pacesetter Bettor Trip Nick tried to slow the pace down heading up the backside, he stayed clear of any traffic trouble while about three lanes off the fence.Off at 36-1 under Abel Cedillo, Sacred Rider, who finished five lengths in front of Bettor Trip Nick, paid $28.20 and $11.00.Ridden by Catalino Martinez, Bettor Trip Nick, who was off at 7-2, paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.64, 47.83, 1:12.21 and 1:38.51.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Friday, March 6, 2020

first_imgBIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLS Richard Mandella3472721%47%$629,065 Bob Baffert6617141326%67%$1,370,752 TRUE VALOUR PURSUES GRADE I STATUS IN KILROE Geovanni Franco761210616%37%$643,600 Philip D’Amato769121112%42%$704,588 Mike Puype3664617%44%$324,620 John Sadler6310111216%52%$688,179 Edwin Maldonado70710710%34%$264,075 SHIRREFFS SEEKS SAN FELIPE, BIG ‘CAP DOUBLE SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joel Rosario12233301927%67%$1,851,954 (Current Through Sunday, March 1) Tiago Pereira10717141716%45%$874,502 Abel Cedillo21232362915%46%$1,964,548 Craig Anthony Lewis39631215%54%$378,441 Mario Gutierrez75911812%37%$592,361 Andrew Lerner2865221%46%$279,502 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Ruben Fuentes751110315%32%$506,801 BEJARANO TO SEEK A FRESH START NEXT MONTH Jeff Mullins4698620%50%$533,431 Agapito Delgadillo6065910%33%$353,521 Victor Espinoza4776815%45%$623,457 J.C. Diaz, Jr.68751110%34%$315,061 Doug O’Neill8711171013%44%$716,177 Flavien Prat14233312323%61%$1,834,044 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jorge Velez1481417299%41%$785,899 RACEGOER TO ATTEND HIS 72ND STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN CARLOS Drayden Van Dyke962018821%48%$1,181,821 HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET SATURDAY FOR SHIRREFFS                   Tomorrow, John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and win-happy Midcourt in the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.The San Felipe is the West’s most anticipated three-year-old race to date this year, offering $400,000 in purse money but more importantly, 85 qualifying points to the May 2 Kentucky Derby, 50 to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place horse and five to the fourth.Also featured on Santa Anita’s most attractive and appealing card of the 2020 Winter Meet are the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes.First post time for the 12-race program is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Honor A.P., an $850,000 son of the A.P. Indy stallion Honor Code, was second in his debut last August before returning two months later to score a dazzling 5 ¼ length triumph going a mile at Santa Anita in 1:37.80.“He’s been training very well,” Shirreffs said of the ridgling owned by the C R K Stable. “I think he’s ready to run and I’m optimistic.”Facing two undefeated Bob Baffert-trained runners and champion Storm the Court, Honor A.P. could benefit from a parsimonious pace.Baffert, who has won the San Felipe a record six times, will be represented by the two favorites, Authentic and Thousand Words, while Honor A.P. will likely vie with Storm the Court as third betting choice.“Both my horses are coming into the race really well,” Baffert said. “There are no excuses.”Shirreffs’ lone victory in the San Felipe came with A.P. Warrior in 2006. A.P. Warrior was a son of the great Seattle Slew stallion A.P. Indy, who died just two weeks ago on Feb. 21. Thus, should Honor A.P. capture the San Felipe, Shirreffs would have the distinction of winning it with a son and a grandson of A.P. Indy, whose many achievements were capped with a Horse of the Year crown in 1992.In a career of just over a quarter of a century, Shirreffs has never won the Santa Anita Handicap. He was second with Niko Bay to the Baffert-trained Misremembered in 2010.Midcourt, winner of five of seven races since Shirreffs began training the son of Midnight Lute a year ago, was third to Big ‘Cap favorite Gift Box in the San Antonio Stakes last Dec. 28. Midcourt will be out to turn the tables on Gift Box tomorrow, preventing his trainer, John Sadler, from becoming the first conditioner in 84 editions of the Santa Anita Handicap to win it three straight years.Midcourt had won four straight races before losing the San Antonio, in which he was off slowly. “The track kind of broke away from him,” Shirreffs explained. “He didn’t get away from the gate very well.”The least of Shirreffs’ worries for his runners should be his riders, Mike Smith on Honor A.P. and Victor Espinoza aboard Midcourt. While each is approaching Senior Citizen status at 54 and 47, respectively, both are in the Hall of Fame and achieved perhaps racing’s rarest feat, a Triple Crown sweep, Espinoza on American Pharoah in 2015 and Smith on Justify in 2018.“Not bad, huh?” Shirreffs laughed, when apprised of giving two Triple Crown winning riders a leg up on his horses in graded stakes the same day. “Both are very professional about the business of horses and are very good horsemen as well.“They really understand the horse. After a race, they’re always able to provide meaningful information and insight.”The San Felipe: Fort McHenry, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Honor A.P., Mike Smith, 4-1; Wrecking Crew, Tyler Gaffalione, 12-1; Authentic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-5; Thousand Words, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Storm the Court, Joel Rosario, 5-1; and Swagsational, Kassie Guglielmino, 50-1.The Santa Anita Handicap:  Multiplier, Tyler Gaffalione, 20-1; Two Thirty Five, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; Brown Storm, Hector Berrios, 20-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Combatant, Umberto Rispoli, 12-1; Hofburg, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Endorsed, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.BIG ‘CAP DAY OFFERS HUGE GUARANTEED POOLSIn addition to the Santa Anita Handicap and four other stakes tomorrow, fans can look forward to tremendous betting value, as massive guaranteed pools with be offered throughout the 12-race program, which boasts average field size of 9.5 horses per race.With a guaranteed single ticket payout of $1 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will initiate with race seven, China Doll Stakes.The 50 cent Late Pick 5, which has a guaranteed pool of $500,000, will begin with race eight, the San Felipe Stakes.With a guaranteed pool of $750,000, Santa Anita’s 50 cent Late Pick 4 will begin with race nine, a one mile turf allowance for fillies and mares.There will be a $100,000 guaranteed pool in the all new five dollar Golden Hour Double, which includes the last race from both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields. The Golden Hour Double features a low 15 percent takeout.All on-track Thoroughbreds and XB Rewards members will receive a free Santa Anita Gym Bag, courtesy of San Manuel Casino, while supplies last.BIG ‘CAP DAY BY THE NUMBERS:–First post time at 11:30 a.m., admission gates open at 10 a.m.–Free Gym Bag, from San Manuel Casino, to Thoroughbreds & XB Reward members–Free Infield General Admission & Parking via 6 off of Colorado Place–$5 General Admission, $10 Club House–$1 million guaranteed payout to any 20 cent single ticket Rainbow Pick Six winner–$750,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 4–$500,000 guaranteed pool in 50 cent Late Pick 5–$100,000 guaranteed pool in $5 Golden Hour DoubleFor additional information regarding Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, March 7, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.VETERAN RACEGOER TO ATTEND 72ND CONSECUTIVE BIG ‘CAP     “It all started in 1949.”  That from veteran racegoer and recently retired Senior Editor of the Beverly Hills Courier, John Seitz, who will be attending his 72nd consecutive Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday and who proudly states, “I just celebrated my 42nd birthday, times two!”Reached by telephone at his home in Bel Air, Seitz, who grew up going to the races in Southern California with his parents, recounts with acute clarity what impressed him as a young boy attending his first Big ‘Cap, the world’s most prestigious race for older horses, in 1949.“It was raining and muddy and Vulcan’s Forge, a big longshot won it (ridden by Dave Gorman and trained by G.D. Cameron, he paid $42.60 to win).  The next year, 1950, Noor beat Citation (with Johnny Longden up for Burley Parke, Noor toted 110 pounds while Citation with Eddie Arcaro aboard, was assigned 132 pounds).  And then in 1951, Moonrush (Longden) beat a great filly, Next Move (Eric Guerin).  She was owned by the Vanderbilt family and it was such a big thing with her running in the Big ‘Cap.”While he readily acknowledges the Santa Anita Handicap doesn’t have the same significance it did for many decades, Seitz is eager to offer up ideas to help the “Granddaddy of them all.”“It’s still a heckuva race, but I’d like to see it moved back a bit on the calendar, to the mid-point of the Triple Crown,” he said. “That way, there’d be some separation from the Dubai World Cup and the timing would be better.” What is it about racing that most appeals to Seitz?“The people. The first time I went to the races was in the summer of 1945 and it was tremendous. I loved the atmosphere and everything about it and still do. I went to the races at Hollywood Park with my parents on June 20, 1947. My dad was in the movie business and he had a box next to George Raft, who introduced us to a friend of his, Ben Siegel.“Well, we found out a couple days later Ben had gone to his girlfriend’s house after the races that night and things didn’t go well.  Ben was ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, and he had a few enemies.”Ah, the memories, and although Seitz and millions of fans nationwide experienced the Big ‘Cap in its heyday, Seitz is every bit as enthusiastic about this year’s running as the previous 71.“I wouldn’t miss tomorrow for anything.”  TRUE VALOUR EYES TRUER TRIP IN KILROE MILESimon Callaghan is hoping for better luck when True Valour runs in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Irish-bred six-year-old full horse had issues in his last three races since winning the Grade II City of Hope Mile last Oct. 5. “He’s training very well,” the trainer said, “but he didn’t get the best of trips last time (steadying when third in the Thunder Road on Feb.8). He’s got to be ridden properly and things didn’t unfold right for him, but he’s coming into this race well.“The mare (Got Stormy) is tough but if everything goes right, he’ll be right there.”Callaghan also has two entered in the China Doll for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf, Bella Vita and Triana.“Bella Vita is stretching out (from 5 1/2 furlongs) but I think she can do it,” Callaghan said. “She has a good mind and I think she’ll relax. She’s a nice filly and this is the next step.“Triana has been running in Italy and this is her first start in the U.S. I think she’ll be coming off the pace and running late. Her stallion (Sir Prancealot) seems to move horses up a lot over here. She’s done everything right and I think she’s ready to run a good race.”The Kilroe: True Valour, Umberto Rispoli, 6-1; River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Got Stormy, Tyler Gaffalione, 5-2; Next Shares, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Sellwood, Mike Smith, 15-1; Ohio, Jose Valdivia Jr., 6-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Frontier Market, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Sash, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; and Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 10-1.ROADSTER, McKALE IN SAN CARLOS FOR BAFFERT   Roadster returns to one of his favorite distances and McKale is likely to make his presence felt on the pace for Bob Baffert, who sends out both horses in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.“He’s run well at that distance,” Baffert said of Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner who is coming off a disappointing seventh in the nine furlong San Pasqual Stakes Feb. 1 but who was second in the Grade I Malibu Stakes before that last Dec. 29.“I wanted to run him in the Big ‘Cap but his last race was just lethargic. It’s a tough race and he never draws well (post three of six). He always draws inside. McKale is fast and this might be a little far for him, but he’s doing well. They both worked extremely well the other day so this should set them up for races down the road, like the one-turn Met Mile.”The San Carlos: Manhattan Up, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; St. Joe Bay, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Law Abidin Citizen, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; and McKale, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1.AGENTLESS RISPOLI LIKELY TO REMAIN AT SANTA ANITAUmberto Rispoli was still undecided Friday morning as to his new agent and where he would continue to ride in the future.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy was left agentless when it was announced last Saturday that his agent, Ron Anderson, will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, leaving Rispoli open.“I think I’m going to stay (here),” said Rispoli, who has his wife, Kimberley, and their son, Hayden, 2 ½, in California. “But I still have no plan, no agent. I’m going to Italy Sunday to pick up my visa, and when I return, I’ll go forward. I’ve had no inquiries from other agents.”BEJARANO MULLS MOVE TO KENTUCKY FOLLOWING SA DERBYRafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning.“He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going to Keeneland after that to ride there and later at Churchill Downs.”A 37-year-old native of Peru, through 33 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, Bejarano had four wins, 12 seconds and 12 thirds from 66 mounts.FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 this morning under Mike Smith for the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14 . . . Also working wasTriple Crown hopeful American Theorem,scheduled to make his three-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 14 for trainer George Papaprodromou. Regular rider Tiago Pereira was aboard. Venetian Harbor, prepping for the Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for leading trainer Richard Baltas . . .Streaking stakes winner Fashionably Fast, winner of last Sunday’s Tiznow Stakes, went back to the track today but trainer Dean Pederson had no word on his next race. “We’re in no hurry to do anything special,”Pederson said of the son of Lucky Pulpit, whose Tiznow victory was his sixth in a row . . . Thomas Goldsmith, 2020 National Handicapping Champion, and Trey Stiles, NHC qualifier for 18 consecutive years, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:20 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 6th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for March 6th, 2020WORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 03/06/20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 03/06/20Lazy Daisy (Outside) and A Thousand Dreams (O’Neill) 03/06/20Nonno’s Polaris (Outside) and Platinum Equity (Knapp) 03/06/20Gingham (Outside) and Much More Halo (Baffert) 03/05/20Eclair (Baffert) 03/05/20Eight Rings (Inside) and JZ My Man (Baffert) 03/05/20Hofburg (Mott) 03/04/20Queen Bee To You (Outside) and Lay The Floor (Lerner) 03/04/20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 03/04/20Improbable (Baffert) 03/04/20Thousand Words (Outside) and Dr. Dorr (Baffert) 03/02/20Charlatan (Outside) and Fay Dan (Baffert) 03/02/20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 03/02/20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Gift Box (Sadler) 03/01/20 Richard Baltas922016822%48%$1,355,082 Steve Knapp4499520%52%$359,462 Mike Smith4594520%40%$927,682 Umberto Rispoli12628201822%52%$1,300,976 Peter Miller60186530%48%$948,676 Assael Espinoza5366911%40%$204,572 RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS Michael McCarthy3593426%46%$342,045 Mark Glatt67771510%43%$352,381 Brian Koriner3783822%51%$327,922last_img read more

Jose Mourinho must get tune out of Spurs stars who downed tools for Pochettino

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO knows he has to get a tune out of the players who downed their instruments under Mauricio Pochettino.And the new Tottenham boss has already told Dele Alli he wants the England midfielder to be himself again.5 Jose Mourinho must find a way to motivate Tottenham’s underachieving starsCredit: Getty – ContributorDele’s injury-hit 2019 has seen his statistics and contribution slump, although goals against Watford and Everton recently have suggested he might be regaining confidence and form.But it was Mourinho’s training ground conversation with one of his prize assets — asking Dele if it was him or his brother — that signalled his hands-on approach.It was a trademark Mourinho gambit, not dissimilar to him telling Frank Lampard in the Chelsea training ground showers that he could prove he was the best midfielder in the world.Footage Spurs have put out on their social media accounts has been similarly telling.Mourinho appears to be making a point of showing affection and warmth towards Dele, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Eric Dier.Asked about Dele, the response was instant — and signalled he will restore him to the more attacking role that brought 46 goals in his first three seasons at the club.Mourinho said: “He is potentially a fantastic player. Now I have to create a tactical situation he is happy with, give him the right dynamics and prepare him physically well. He has had important injuries and he is not on the top of his form.“I cannot expect him to play at West Ham — if he plays — and go there and be man of the match.5 Jose Mourinho wants to restore Dele Alli to his brilliant bestCredit: Getty – Contributor“But he needs to go through a process that will bring the real Dele back because the real Dele is the one who in the last few years has impressed us all.”The focus on Dier, who has become something of a forgotten man since he was diagnosed with appendicitis last December, was equally significant.Mourinho, as he did in his stints at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, wants to be the Pied Piper of the Tottenham group.He even claims to not be fussed about the title of “head coach” rather than “manager” — an issue that became a divide between Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy.Mourinho said: “There are no ‘managers’ in modern football. In reality, who is the manager of any football club?“It’s a title but what’s a title? We are part of a structure. We don’t work alone.“We need other people and it depends on the way the club is structured.“You have a president or a chief executive and you have you have assets to develop.5 Eric Dier’s form and confidence has suffered since being diagnosed with appendicitis in December last yearCredit: PA:Empics Sport“What I am is the head coach.“Nobody else will decide which team is going to play. Nobody will decide when I’m going to train or give them a day off. That’s my responsibility.“But if you think in modern football that you are all-powerful, you are in trouble.”As for what Mourinho can deliver at Spurs, there was a slight dig at the Pochettino legacy before his mission statement.He added: “The fans must be happy. The players must be happy and I must be also happy.“This is a process. I’m going to try to make some tactical ticks, if you can say that, not incredible changes.“I’m not going now to try to be Einstein but I’m going to try to make the players play the way I want them to play.“Offensive football, yes, but winning matches, not offensive football where you don’t win a match for ten or 11 months.5“Yes, attacking football. But you are not going to see Harry Kane playing left-back, that’s for sure.“I would not go so far as to say I am reinventing myself.“But I’ve thought about my career and my evolution.“I try to define new targets for my career.“I was very selective. I had to say no many, many times to a few clubs, good clubs with some very interesting projects.“But I always thought to myself I have to be strong enough to wait for something that really motivates me.5LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“One thing is the passion you have for football.“Another thing is to feel that you have the right challenge, the right situation in your hands ahead of you.“This was something that really motivates me.” Jose Mourinho meets Son and Tottenham players in first training session at the clublast_img read more

Time for Blues to learn their lesson

first_imgWhen New South Wales thundered to victory in record fashion at Suncorp Stadium in Game One talk of a Blues dynasty began emanating south of the border only for Maroons coach Kevin Walters to usher in his own next generation of Queenslanders and wrest away a series in which they had been dominated for the first 140 minutes.With Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater overseeing the introduction of eight rookies in 2017 Queensland’s blip is in danger of being only one game as the Blues struggle find the formula for sustained success.Led admirably by Boyd Cordner there is a core group of NSW players that Daley says will turn the tide but in order to do so must first come to terms with what it takes to be successful in the Origin arena.”We could have wrapped up the series in Game Two but it’s a learning process,” said Daley, who refused to discuss his future as NSW coach in the wake of the 22-6 loss in Game Three on Wednesday night.”It’s a hard lesson because in Origin you only get three cracks at it and it doesn’t matter what you do you’ve got to win two games.”We’ve shown glimpses of what we’re capable of but we’ve just got to do it more consistently. And when they do – when we do – we’ll have one hell of a footy side but at the moment we’re just not doing it consistently enough for a long period of time.”They’ll eventually get there. Obviously we thought it was going to be this year but this group of players that have come through, they’re the right people, and you’ve got some other guys that are on the verge as well.”NSW, while they should be disappointed, should be quite excited about what can happen.” ‌In a series that ultimately brought the same disappointment of 10 of the previous 11 years Jake Trbojevic was one of the few Blues highlights in his first Origin appearance.The Manly back-rower was one of his side’s best in each of the three matches and in what has to be a positive sign for Blues fans is already thinking about having another crack at Queensland in 11 months’ time.”It hurts a lot. We were in a position to win the series and we let it slip,” Trbojevic said of the 16-6 lead they gave up in Game Two.”It only makes you hungrier. It’s going to hurt for a bit and hopefully next year comes around quick.”It’s a long time between series obviously. After the second game at least it was only three weeks away to try and fix it up so it’s going to hurt for a while.”That second game we were probably the better team for most of the game and to come away with a loss was pretty frustrating. At this level you’ve got to play for the full 80 and they did that.”They were on top from the first minute. It’s really disappointing. It will hurt for a while. Just want to get back here next year.”The Blues threatened to drag themselves up off the canvas when Josh Dugan scored eight minutes into the second half but after a brief flurry a penalty conceded by Wade Graham swung the momentum back the way of the Maroons and it never came back.Still struggling to come to terms with the result, Graham said the only option for the NSW team is to use the pain of another series defeat and come back better next year.”That’s how you learn, you get beat. You get burnt,” said Graham.”The margin of error is so small and you’ve just got to learn. Every time you learn, you’re always constantly evolving, always trying to be better because as soon as you go backwards there will be someone else coming in and being better.”We’ve got to stick solid as a group and as a state. The margin of error is only so small so it’s not as if it’s a massive area we need to improve but we need to look at all three games and where we weren’t quite at our best and where that margin of error was.”The group [were together] through all three games and not just that group but the guys that were in camp like Jack de Belin, Jordan McLean, Tommy Trbojevic, Dale Finucane. There’s a core group there of 21-22 players that are good enough to get the job done.”last_img read more

Aussie netballer to visit PNG

first_imgWatson, from the Melbourne Vixens,  will be here from the 7th-11th of this month and will be travelling with representatives from WaterAid and Netball Victoria.Watson will meet with the PNG Pepes team plus the patron of Netball PNG and wife of PNG Prime Minister, Lynda Babao and firstly visit a WaterAid project at a school in Port Moresby.Here Watson will play netball with the girls and discuss issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.She will later visit communities in the East Sepik Province and maternal health facilities in Western Highlands.Watson, who is studying to be a teacher on top of her netball commitments, said she is excited about her trip to PNG.“I’m excited to be visiting PNG with WaterAid because the health and wellbeing of young women around the world is something I am extremely passionate about.“Sport is a vehicle that encourages self-esteem and leadership, while water, sanitation and hygiene are vital to improving health, reducing poverty and ensuring girls stay in school,” said Watson.WaterAid PNG country director Eileen Tugum said that WaterAid is using sport as a way to engage with communities in PNG about the benefits of water, sanitation and hygiene and to enable communities to demand better access to these services from their governmentslast_img read more

Aussie netballer excited and ready to help PNG women

first_imgWatson, who is the brand ambassador of WaterAid Australia will be in the country until the December 11.She will be travelling with representatives from the Oaktree Foundation, WaterAid and Netball Victoria to visit a school in Port Moresby as well as communities and clinics in East Sepik and Mt. Hagen.“I am very passionate about the health and wellbeing of young women around the world and sports is one way to build awareness and educate women about accessing clean safe water, sanitation and hygiene, completing school and gender equality,” said Watson.CEO of WaterAid Australia, Paul Nichols said he was also very excited about the partnership with Netball Victoria, which he said will help drive the message home to people all over PNG about sanitation and hygiene.He added it is partnerships like this that help support the PNG Government’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy.last_img read more

Preparations stepping up for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe meeting was to discuss how the LOC will work with the venues team during the hosting of the World Cup.CEO of the PNGSF, Peter Tsiamalili said there are only six months before the tournament and the constant dialogue with the LOC will ensure that his team brings the venues up to FIFA standard requirements.“This is a partnership and we need to work together to deliver the tournament, so it’s really a collective effort,” said Tsiamalili.CEO of the LOC, Seamus Marten said this is going to be the biggest sporting event that will ever be broadcasted from PNG.“There’ll be over 124 million television viewers from 100 countries watching the tournament from Papua New Guinea and this is our opportunity to showcase PNG.“There are people who doubt we can deliver the tournament but I can tell you that if there’s anywhere that can deliver a tournament at such limited time, it’s PNG,” said Marten.The World Cup will be played at four different venues. Sixteen training sites have been identified and are being prepared for the 16 participating nations who will be competing.It is estimated that 560 players and officials will be in the country for the event.Five hotels in the city will be accommodating the players, including technical officials, during the tournament.Meanwhile, the LOC will be using the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup in June in Port Moresby as a test event in preparation for the World Cup.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held from November 13 to December 3.last_img read more

New Caledonians even match with PNG, 1-1

first_imgThe second half of the game grew more physical with Papua New Guineans trying to defend their one-point lead while the New Caledonians were forcing their way through, trying to find the net.With more physical encounter, PNG goal scorer Tommy Semmy was sent off with a red card from two professional fouls.However, with only seven minutes on the clock, the New Caledonians moved in through the PNG Kapuls’ defence with a cross that striker Jean Philippe Saiko smashed through the goal mouth to even the scores.New Caledonians however, couldn’t finish off a direct penalty kick in the 90th minute, leaving the scores leveled at 1-1 at fulltime.last_img read more