first_imgDREAM TREE OUT TO MAKE AMENDS AS SHE HEADS A SOLID FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES AT SIX FURLONGSSHOW IT N MOE IT, EMBOLDENED, AMUSE & OTHERS ALL RATE BIG CHANCESARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Dream Tree, who tasted defeat while heavily favored in the opening day Grade I La Brea Stakes, will be out to make amends as she heads an ultra-talented group of 10 older fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita.Trainer Gary Sherlock’s hard-knocking Show It N Moe It, fresh off a powerful state-bred stakes win going six furlongs on Feb. 24, will be making her 20th career start and her first graded stakes swing on Sunday.  Dream Tree’s stablemate, Emboldened, who was a close third in the Dec. 26 La Brea going seven furlongs, will hope to run back to that race with Joe Talamo back aboard.Richard Mandella’s Amuse, who stalked a fast pace and won like a filly with any kind of future in a 6 ½ furlong allowance on Dec. 30, looms very dangerous with Drayden Van Dyke up for the first time.DREAM TREEOwner:  Phoenix Thoroughbred IIITrainer:  Bob BaffertUnbeaten in five starts, three of them graded stakes, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly was off as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I La Brea, but she never seemed comfortable after breaking a bit slowly.  Empty at the top of the lane, she checked in eighth and last, beaten 25 ½ lengths.  Although she tasted defeat for the first time, Dream Tree has trained in sharp fashion for her comeback, evidenced by her last three works:  a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.20 on March 19 (best of 66 at the distance), another bullet five eighths in 59.20 on March 26 (best of 32 at the distance) and another five furlongs in 1:00.40 on April 1 (fourth of 36 at the distance).  With five wins from six starts, Dream Tree is easily the leading money earner in the field with $527,845.SHOW IT N MOE ITOwner:  Tom London, Terry Lovingier & Eugene ZondloTrainer:  Gary SherlockA remarkable California-bred success story, she’s by Lovingier’s Grace Upon Grace and is out of his veteran producer, Robotica, by Ide.  A big, rangy filly with unquestioned heart, 4-year-old Show It N Moe It comes off what Sherlock felt was her best-ever performance on Feb. 24, a three quarter length win in the state-bred Spring Fever Stakes going six furlongs.  A Cal-bred 6 ½ furlong allowance winner two starts back Jan. 10, Show It N Moe It seeks her third straight win and first in graded company in the Las Flores.  A big, rangy mare, she’s got a remarkable overall resume of 19-6-4-4, with earnings of $435,604.EMBOLDENEDOwner:  Godolphin, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertOff at 10-1 in the Grade I La Brea, she came up the rail late and finished third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths.  A Godolphin homebred 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, out of the Bernardini mare Al Andaleeb, she’s won two out of her four starts and will try to prove the La Brea finish was no fluke as she cuts back in distance a furlong.THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTAmuse–Drayden Van Dyke–120Spectator–Flavien Prat–120Lady Suebee–Joel Rosario–120True Royalty–Aaron Gryder–122Phantom Proton–Mario Gutierrez–120Danuska’s My Girl–Geovanni Franco–120Dream Tree–Mike Smith–122Emboldened–Joe Talamo–120Show It N Moe It–Rafael Bejarano–120Moon Kitty–Evin Roman–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgBy Art WilsonSouthern Calif. News Group [email protected]   Sham73 on TwitterEASTERN INVADER VINO ROSSO DEFEATS FAVORED GIFT BOX BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS PLETCHER & VELAZQUEZ TEAM FOR 1 ¼ MILE TRIUMPH IN 2:03 FLATARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2019)- It was a true team effort Monday for the connections of Vino Rosso, who outdueled the 3-5 favorite Gift Box to win the $500,000 Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Trainer Todd Pletcher possessed the wisdom to choose the Gold Cup over the Met Mile at Belmont Park on June 8.Owner Mike Repole knew his horse well enough to give winning jockey John Velazquez the instructions needed to win the 1 1/4-mile race.And Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner (2004-05) as the nation’s top jockey, carried out his owner’s advice to a tee while making the 3,000-mile journey west very worthwhile.“I talked to Mike Repole on the phone and he said to make sure to thank him because he’s the one who gave me instructions to win the race,” Velazquez said. “So thank you Mike and thank you Todd.”Velazquez said Pletcher told him Vino Rosso, a 4-year-old son of Curlin who won last spring’s Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and then finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, was ready to run a mile and a quarter after finishing fourth in the Grade I Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 6.“I knew the pace would be fast early and I just wanted to stay close,” Velazquez said. “He broke very well and we settled in there. When it was time to go, we knew we had to engage Joel (Rosario aboard Gift Box) to play the game because he was the horse to beat. And we got the job done.”Gift Box, second much of the way, put his head in front after the first mile, but then Vino Rosso, the 4-1 second choice in the wagering, moved up on the outside and took a half-length lead at the top of the stretch in the seven-horse field.The two dueled through much of the stretch before Vino Rosso prevailed by three-quarters of a length to score his first Grade I victory and push his earnings over the $1 million mark ($1,253,125) while running the mile and a quarter in 2:03.“The distance was really fitting and it was a good field to put him in. The competition was good,” Pletcher assistant of six years, Amy Mullen, said in the winner’s circle. “Stretching him out and getting him at the mile and a quarter was really the draw (to the Gold Cup).“We were looking at the Met Mile and then he (Pletcher) saw the nominations for this race and decided we should take a shot and try to get him the Grade I.”Mullen started out working for Pletcher in his office and then began galloping horses and traveling around the country to saddle his horses when he elects to stay home.“I galloped him (Vino Rosso) last year when he was in New York and this year,” she said. “Watching him develop and grow into the horse that he is is really cool.”Mullen said she was confident heading into the race.“Stepping into Grade I company, you never know, but he really showed how well he’s been doing and training,” she said.Vino Rosso was idle between the Travers last August and an overnight stakes race at Aqueduct on March 9, and Mullen said the down time was by design.“Give him some time to grow up and come back as a bigger, stronger horse,” she said.Gift Box saw his three-race winning streak come to an end as his bid to become only the 10th horse to win both the Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup in the same year was foiled. He won the Big ‘Cap by a nose over McKinzie in April.“I guess he was just second best today,” Rosario said. “I used him a little in the beginning to get my spot, but he settled and was very comfortable after that. Everything he did was just right. He just got a little tired in the end.“I still think he’s one of the best handicap horses in the country and he’ll improve off this. I had the trip I wanted. The other horse just ran a better race today.”Lone Sailor, the 5-1 third choice, closed from seventh to finish third, 5 1/4 lengths behind Gift Box. Mongolian Groom, Higher Power, Core Beliefs and Blitzkrieg completed the order of finish.“He was a little farther back than I wanted, but I was happy with what I was seeing up front. I knew at the three-eighths (pole) he wouldn’t be able to catch the leaders,” Tom Amoss, trainer of Lone Sailor, said.last_img read more

Spurs considering transfer for out-of-favour Ajax defender Mazraoui

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly eyeing a move for out-of-favour Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui.Spurs have made a stuttering start to their Premier League season, and the defence looks an area that needs some improvement.2 Noussair Mazraoui is now out of favour at Ajax and could move to the Premier LeagueCredit: GettyAnd according to AS Roma Live, Mazraoui is being eyed by the Italian outfit as well as the Londoners.Mazraoui, 21, was part of Ajax’s stunning Champions League run last season where they reached the semi-finals.But this season the right-back has lost his place to 18-year-old Sergino Dest and is being linked with a move away from the Dutch club.And with serious concerns over Serge Aurier, himself linked with a move away, Tottenham are sniffing around Mazraoui.GRIMALDO ALSO LINKEDAnother defender Spurs are believed to be chasing is Benfica star Alex Grimaldo.But they are likely to have some competition for the 24-year-old defender with fierce Prem rivals Arsenal and Italian side Napoli also in the hunt.Portuguese website A Bola is reporting that it will take a bid of around £34million to tempt Benfica into selling.Latest 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 summer2Barcelona are due 15 per cent of any transfer fee after they sold Grimaldo in 2015 – with the Catalan giants also linked with launching a bid themselves.The Spain Under-21 left-back remains under contract at Benfica until 2021.Grimaldo, who has notched four assists and one goal in the Primeira Liga this season, was once a target for Manchester City as an upgrade on Benjamin Mendy.last_img read more

Chelsea dent Spurs’ top four hopes thanks to goals from Giroud and Alonso

first_imgFRANK LAMPARD and Chelsea humbled Jose Mourinho again thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso.On the ground where Lampard and Mourinho enjoyed such happy times together, the former Chelsea boss was serenaded with chants of “You’re not special anymore” from the home fans.7 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half with a brilliant half volleyCredit: AFP or licensors7 Marcos Alonso put Chelsea 2-0 up just after half-time with a fine strike from 20 yardsCredit: Rex FeaturesAntonio Rudiger’s late own goal gave Spurs hope they did not deserve but the Blues held on to move four points clear of their London rivals in fourth place.Chelsea could have won by more after dominating the game against a Spurs side that should have finished with 10 men after Giovani Lo Celso’s hideous foul on Cesar Azpilicueta.Somehow VAR David Coote failed to decree that Lo Celso should have been sent off early in the second half but by then Chelsea were already two ahead.Mourinho dropped Dele Alli to the bench after his midweek tantrum but the visitors were even more disappointing than they had been against RB Leipzig.But Lampard’s decision to recall ex-Arsenal man Giroud for a game against the Gunners’ North London rivals paid off in spades.The Frenchman’s initial shot was saved by Hugo Lloris and Ross Barkley hit the post with his follow-up. But Giroud, who was a target for Spurs in the January transfer window, lashed the ball home at the near post.Tottenham were second best all over the pitch and fell further behind when Alonso rounded off a lovely move with a 20-yard shot just after the break.7 Blues striker Giroud celebrates after scoring his first Premier League goal of the seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Left wing-back Alonso has become used to scoring in London derbiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso somehow escaped a red card for this apparent stamp on Cesar AzpilicuetaCredit: BT SportLATEST CHELSEA NEWSLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeSoon afterwards Lampard and the Chelsea bench could not believe it when Lo Celso escaped even a booking for a stomach-churning foul on Azpilicueta.Substitute Tammy Abraham had the chance to make it three and Alonso hit the bar with a free kick before Lamela’s attempted pass struck Rudiger and wrongfooted Willy Caballero.You could feel the nerves around Stamford Bridge. When referee Michael Oliver called to an end four minutes of stoppage time, the roar was of relief as much as triumph.7 Antonio Rudiger netted an own goal late on, but Spurs couldn’t nick a drawCredit: Reuters7 Frank Lampard has now beaten his former manager in all three games he has faced against himCredit: AFP or licensorslast_img read more

Dele penalty rescues point after Wood pounces on Lloris gaffe

first_imgON THE ropes and lurching from Dier to dire…so how ironic a man called Alli found the punch that rescued Spurs.Only once since Boxing Day had Dele Alli found the net. And after the heartbreak of Wednesday’s FA Cup shoot-out loss, they are hardy the world’s bankers from the spot.4 Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs at Turf MoorCredit: PA:Press Association4 Chris Wood punished a Hugo Lloris error to give the hosts the leadCredit: ReutersBut one thing Dele has never been short of is self belief – so when the chance to save the day arose, he pounced to take the penalty which saved them from a fifth loss on the run.Who knows, it could be the goal which helps turn their season around as well. It certainly could do as much for his.Only once since Boxing Day had the one-time England wonder boy found the net, and frankly he has toiled at times.Yet when Ben Mee clipped Erik Lamela’s heel an inch or so inside the box, there was never a doubt as he buried his spot kick right in the corner.How Spurs could have done with him still being on the pitch when that fifth round tie with Norwich went to a shoot-out, rather than being hooked in extra time.Mind you, even that Cup defeat had almost played second fiddle to the subsequent shenanigans of Eric Dier’s venture into the crowd to front up that fan abusing his brother.Dier was back at the heart of the defence last night, as well. Needless to say the Burnley fans didn’t miss their chance to dish out some flak of their own in his sibling’s direction.Did it affect him? Who knows, but he was hardly the rock solid centre back Spurs were looking for in a first half when Burnley could well have been out of sight.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursMourinho had suggested after the Cup exit that he would ask the board whether they wanted him to prioritise this or Tuesday’s Euro retrieval mission in Leipzig.Well the way they went about the opening half an hour or so at Turf Moor, it was as though he’d been told “keep us in the Champions League Jose.”As metaphorical and mythical as that conversation with those in Tottenham’s Ivory Towers may have been, they certainly played like it here.Burnley were dominant, Spurs were despondent. Second to every ball, struggling to string a run of passes together when they had it, they just weren’t at the races.And they had already survived two huge scares by the time the Clarets did take the most justified of leads.Jay Rodriguez had grazed the top of the bar with a header from Ashley Westwood’s magnificent curling corner.Then Chris Wood had sent a rasping, rising first timer a foot over the top after Dier could only shuffle Dwight McNeill’s cross to the edge of the box with his thighs.Dier was at the heart of a three-man defence which spent most of the half as a five-man one, such was that story of the game.And he was at the heart of things again when Sean Dyche’s men did go in front on 13 minutes.Admittedly there was a suspicion of handball when McNeill’s first attempt to cross thumped back at him off Davinson Sanchez, even if it would have been a harsh call.4 Eric Dier was in the Tottenham team after his midweek kerfuffleCredit: PA:Press Association4 Jose Mourinho and Sean Dyche shared the spoils in the north-westCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhen the second delivery came in, Dier headed away – but only to Jay Rodriguez, who returned it with a thundering volley.There was certainly plenty of power in the strike, but Hugo Lloris should have done far better than spill it at the feet of Wood, who jabbed the return into the corner.Lloris then had to go full length to keep out a McNeill free kick, although his acrobatics were as much a for-the-cameras stop as a degree of difficulty one.Mind, he was nowhere to be seen when James Tarkowski nodded a Westwood free kick back across goal and Wood should have prodded in from in front, rather than a foot wide.Tottenham had rarely needed a touch of magic from their managerial Merlin.Trust Jose to deliver.A double half-time substitution, on came Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso, and suddenly they were a team showing spirit and fight…and an equaliser within three minutes.Lo Celso was the provider, with a slide rule ball into space down the right, which Lamela raced onto, and then went tumbling.It was a spot kick for certain, and up stepped Alli to bang in his 50th Premier League goal – even if he’d been waiting what seemed an aged after number 49.All of a sudden it was a different contest. Spurs were lively, they were dangerous and they even had the sniff of success.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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsAnd that’s not something they’ve smelled since the last-gasp victory at Aston Villa in mid-February.It still needed a smart point blank stop from Lloris to deny Matej Vydra – and make amends for his earlier blunder – or it could have all gone belly up.And with Spurs still having a casualty list to fill a hospital ward, whether it does prove a season-swinger is up for debate.But after the chaos and criticism of the last few days, it will certainly do for now.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youthlast_img read more

Gatland wants his captain rested

first_imgPhoto: Photosport Lions coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton Welsh rugby union side Cardiff Blues travel to Stade Francais this weekend for their European Champions Cup semi-final play-off and a victory will see them face either Northampton or Gloucester in the final on May 26th.Warburton, who is on the mend after sustaining a knee injury in April, will captain his second Lions squad and Gatland said that the Welshman must focus on his fitness.”It would be ideal for us if he didn’t play for the Blues,” Gatland told British media.”Sam thinks he is ok at the moment. The plan is that he will stay with us and do some hard conditioning work with contact as well.”Gatland is wary of teams in New Zealand that would like to upset the Lions and gain recognition.”The opposition teams will relish a Lions scalp and my challenge is to communicate that to the squad… they will see it as a chance to make a name for themselves, do something special, create a bit of history,” Gatland said.Gatland also said that he had prepared a list of reserve players that could fill on for withdrawals and injuries but refused to release it to the public.”In our minds we have players who we will notify for standby, but we also have to be flexible,” Gatland added.”We won’t publish it in case we change our minds. We don’t want to back ourselves into a corner.”The Lions begin their New Zealand tour against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3rd.last_img read more

England extend Eddie Jones as coach until 2021

first_imgAfter guiding England to 22 wins in his 23 tests in charge, the Australian was rewarded for transforming the fortunes of the national team by getting a new deal through 2021.As part of the deal, the English Rugby Football Union has planned a succession process that will likely see a new coach appointed by the end of the 2019-20 season, to work alongside Jones until the summer of 2021. The new coach would then lead England into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.The RFU said this “robust succession planning process” was in place in an effort to avoid “the historically disruptive pattern of resetting the coaching team and performance system every four years.””Eddie will be a big part of this process,” RFU chief executive Steve Brown said, “and wants to ensure a smooth handover to his successor.”It suggests England may look to emulate the coaching strategy employed by New Zealand and promote from within, potentially through Jones’ assistant coaches, Steve Borthwick or Paul Gustard.Until then, Jones is set to become the longest-serving England coach since Clive Woodward, who led the country in its RWC success in 2003. Under Jones, England has risen to No 2 in the world rankings and is a legitimate challenger to the top-ranked All Blacks.”I have been completely focused on developing a team capable of being the No 1 rugby team in the world and winning the World Cup in 2019,” Jones said. “I never take my role as England head coach for granted and did not presume I would be asked to stay on, but, once the conversations started very recently, it was not a difficult decision to make.”Jones’ new contract has a performance-based break clause based on England’s showing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.The Australian took charge weeks after the 2015 RWC.”He has a 95 per cent win rate at the helm,” Brown said, “and has been a galvanising force for the RFU, bringing focus, clarity and extraordinary commitment to the role.”last_img read more

FINA clinic to start tomorrow

first_imgThe clinic will run for five days and will end this Saturday. About 40 participants will take part.PNG Swimming Inc (PNGSI), president Elizabeth Wells said the clinic aims to deliver basic swimming squad sessions that develop the swimming technique of novice swimmers.She said the clinic will be run by John Bladon who is currently the Head of Aquatics at the Knox Grammar School, Sydney Australia.Bladon is a silver licence coach with a degree in sport science from the University of NSW. “As an experienced presenter having presented courses and conferences for austswim and ASCTA (Australian Swimming Coaching & Teachers Association) over the last 15 years, PNGSI welcomes John to Port Moresby to pass on to participants his valuable wealth of knowledge in the teacher of swimming stream,” said Wells.last_img read more

NSL round 10 this weekend

first_imgIn the Southern Conference at Bisini Soccer Grounds in NCD, the leading team, Hekari United FC will take on Huawei PS united in the opening clash of Round 10 at 10:30am.This will be followed by, the midday challenge at 12:30pm between FC Port Moresby and Erema Gulf before Gigira Laitepo United put up a fight against Rapatona FC in the main game at 3:00pm to hold off the third spot in the Southern conference.For the Northern Conference games, Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae will host two games this tomorrow.The first game is at12pm between Besta United and Admiralty FC. At 3pm, Welgris Morobe will go up against the underdogs Goroka Goshia.The monster match see the rematch of the 2015 grand final when Madang FC play host to the Lae City Dwellers at Laiwaden Oval in Madang at 3:00pm on Saturday.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane confirms that Eden Hazard is ruled out for the Spanish Super Cup

first_imgPhotograph: EFE The damage on November 26 stays extra critical than anticipatedHe is not going to journey to Saudi Arabia and Zidane hopes to get him again The Belgian Eden Hazard is not going to play the Spanish Supercup with Actual Madrid, as confirmed by his coach Zinedine Zidane, who revealed that he’ll keep in Madrid hurrying the restoration time of his damage, with the purpose of returning at the finish of January.center_img “It is discarded a hundred percent, it is not going to come,” Zidane stated at a press convention discarding that Hazard might arrive in time to journey to Saudi Arabia and have minutes in the competitors.The target set by Zidane is that Hazard rejoins the group dynamics after the dispute of the first title of the season, features bodily tone earlier than reappearing and that it is at the finish of January when his return can happen if every thing follows the marked path.“At the second it continues with its regular restoration course of and I hope that proper after the Super Cup we are going to see Eden little by little with us,” he defined.Hazard was injured in the Champions League towards PSG on November 26 and though he prevented the working room, his restoration has adopted a gradual path. He suffers a perimaleolar microfissure in his proper leg and his discharge will go to 2 months period.last_img read more