India’s Dhoni to pull guard duty in troubled Kashmir as honorary colonel

first_imgBy Sanjeev MiglaniNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Indian cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni starts patrol duties in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir from today to discharge his responsibilities as an honorary colonel in the army, the military said.Dhoni is sitting out India’s tour of the West Indies that begins this week and there has been speculation he might retire after struggling in this month’s World Cup that saw India knocked out in the semi-finals.The wicketkeeper-batsman who enjoys cult status in cricket-mad India is part of the Territorial Army, a reservist force that draws on civilians who can do short stints to assist the military.He will do a 15-day stint with the Victor Force engaged in counter insurgency operations against militants fighting Indian rule in the country’s only Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.“He will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops,” the army said in a statement, adding that its headquarters had approved a schedule which incorporated Dhoni’s requests.Making use of sports figures such as Dhoni, whose brand value is worth millions of dollars, helps the security forces raise their profile, particularly among young people who are their key pool of recruits.More recently, he has played a role beyond hitting sixes and getting out batsmen though his glovework behind the stumps.In February, at Dhoni’s behest, Indian cricketers wore army camouflage-style caps during a match to show solidarity with paramilitary police killed in a militant attack in Kashmir by a Pakistan-based group.During India’s opening match with South Africa at the World Cup, Dhoni stirred controversy with gloves that sported the Territorial Army’s dagger insignia.The International Cricket Council (ICC) asked for the removal of the insignia, setting off a nationalistic furore in India.Dhoni, who turned 38 this month, captained the side to the World Twenty20 title in 2007 and their second 50-over World Cup title in 2011 at home. Widely considered the best ‘finisher’ in contemporary cricket, he is a veteran of 350 one-dayers.last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse, Connecticut picked as co-favorites in Big East preseason poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Commentscenter_img NEW YORK — As Jim Boeheim leaned nonchalantly back in his chair, a rainy Central Park visible out the window behind him, the Syracuse head coach offered a quick, almost haughty response when asked about his team’s place tied atop the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll.‘Yeah,’ said Boeheim at the Big East’s annual men’s basketball media day at the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday. ‘Normally that’s the way it works.’Truth be told, he’d already predicted it. The SU head coach said as much during the Orange’s media day in Syracuse on Oct. 14.On Wednesday, the Orange was voted to the top of the preseason poll — along with defending national champion Connecticut — to begin the 2011-12 season. Syracuse and Connecticut shared the top spot with 209 points each. The Huskies received seven first-place votes to SU’s five.‘Coming off of a successful year and you have a lot of guys back, your ranking’s going to be pretty good,’ Boeheim said last Friday at SU media day. ‘As it should be.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville (3) and Pittsburgh (1) were the other two schools to receive first-place votes, and they ranked third and fourth in the poll, respectively. Cincinnati rounded out the top five.The No. 1 ranking, though, expected by Boeheim, means more to the players than their legendary head coach. Boeheim has often expressed his opinions on how wrong the polls can be — see last year’s ‘most overrated team’ he’s ever had.But it gives the players something to strive for.‘They want to be the best team in the league, so that’s what they want,’ Boeheim said on Wednesday. ‘And that’s what they should aspire to.’The team will be led by seniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, both of whom received preseason recognition within the conference. Joseph and Jardine were Syracuse’s player representatives Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club.Joseph, who averaged 14.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2010-11, was named to the Preseason All-Big East First Team. He was joined by Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh (selected as the Preseason Player of the Year), Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut, Darius Johnson-Odom of Marquette, Tim Abromaitis of Notre Dame and Kevin Jones of West Virginia.‘As an individual, I just want to be the best player, the best teammate that I can be, the best leader that I can be for these younger guys,’ Joseph said at media day on Wednesday.Jardine was named to the Preseason All-Big East Second Team. He is coming off a junior season in which he started every game for the Orange, scoring 12.5 points per game and leading the team in assists.Despite SU’s veteran leadership, Gibbs wasn’t sold on Wednesday of how deserving the Orange is of the preseason No. 1 ranking.‘I guess they’re deserving of it,’ Gibbs said. ‘But at the same time, it’s preseason, so we’ll see if they deserve it or if any team is really deserving of their ranking once the season starts. We’ll see how everything unfolds after the season. Preseason is preseason.’And with the preseason comes lofty goals and expectations, as each team enters with a clean slate. So with the No. 1 ranking in hand, Joseph looked at the bigger picture. He feels this Syracuse team is capable of much more than winning the Big East. And as a result, the players are expecting more.Another early exit from the NCAA Tournament in March won’t suffice.Said Joseph: ‘The team goal is to win it all, from the Big East tournament to the NCAA championship.’—Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article. last_img read more

Man United has better days ahead

first_imgManchester United has floundered this season.While the English soccer giant has shown flashes of brilliance, the team has lacked the identity and intimidation factor it possessed in past years.Man United is currently sitting at fifth in the Premier League, 17 points back from leader Leicester City. While Leicester and Tottenham have grabbed headlines for mightily overachieving, United has faded into the background as a team simply trying to qualify for the Champions League next season.In many ways, the Red Devils’ mediocrity at the moment should surprise no one, as they are still rebuilding after a mass exodus of franchise-defining players. For countless seasons, Rio Ferdinand anchored the back line and Paul Scholes ran the show in central midfield. Ryan Giggs showcased remarkable stamina along with Scholes and was also complemented by a youthful talent by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo.Mediocrity is typically not the operative word for a team anywhere in the vicinity of the top of the table in such a competitive league, but this is one of the most prominent clubs in the world. At the moment, United lacks the flare and command it had not so long ago.But United’s return to the summit could be expedited by a dangerously effective tool at its disposal: youth.Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have a combined age of 56. Martial and Rashford are leading the next wave of great United attackers, while Fosu-Mensah has displayed stout defense as well as impressive tactical versatility since making his senior squad debut in late February.After moving to United from AS Monaco, Martial seemed like a project — a supremely talented kid who would need some time to develop as he learned from the likes of Wayne Rooney. Instead, Martial has emerged as a reliable option for Louis van Gaal. He has bagged 13 goals in all competitions this season and has even drawn comparisons to his compatriot Thierry Henry, a legend for both Arsenal and the French national team.Martial was not the only United infant to dazzle with a deft touch, searing pace and composure in front of goal.Rashford came out of the woodwork — otherwise known as the United Youth Academy — and scored two goals in his first game. In the next game, he scored two against Arsenal at Old Trafford. He had sent the faithful into a frenzy not only because he had helped his team to victory over the Gunners but also because United fans knew this coaching staff had unearthed an absolute gem.While Martial and Rashford have made a real impact and have scored some meaningful goals thus far — like Rashford’s rip against West Ham last week in the FA Cup — Fosu-Mensah has the ability to play virtually anywhere on the pitch.Against Tottenham in a Premier League clash earlier this month, Fosu-Mensah was forced to exit the match early due to injury. For 68 minutes, he had contained Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen by balancing discipline with strong tackling. However, two minutes after he exited the match, his flank went under siege. The area he had previously occupied looked eerily vulnerable.Just after Fosu-Mensah departed, Tottenham scored 3 goals in six minutes.Martial, Rashford and Fosu-Mensah have the ability to influence games. So while United as a whole continues to look like a shell of its former self, the young pieces are giving fans serious reason to be optimistic. United could win the FA Cup this season. It could also cap off the campaign with the good news of Champions League qualification for the 2016-17 campaign.But the future is too bright to ignore. The beast is young, fearless and rapidly maturing. A handful of kids have made Manchester United a must-watch team once again.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Harrington the master of Portugal

first_imgHe shot a flawless final round of 65 for 23-under-par, finishing ahead of defending champion Andy Sullivan.It’s Harrington’s first Tour win since lifting the third of his three major titles at the PGA Championship in 2008.last_img

Tipp Ladies footballers hoping to retain Munster intermediate title

first_imgPhoto © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballers In the early throw in on Saturday, Tipp’s ladies footballers travel to Mallow to face Clare in the Munster Intermediate Football Final.The Premier are going for their second title in as many years – while Clare made it to the All Ireland Final last year.Tipp manager Shane Ronayne says he hopes they’ll get over the line… Throw in is at 1.15pm at Mallow GAA Complex, and Tipp FM will have updates of the game across Saturday afternoon.last_img

Broward statue to be removed and stored

first_imgBroward’s statue to be removed and storedGarth A. RoseThe statute of the former Florida governor for whom Broward County derived its name is to be removed, because he was reputed to be racist. The decision was taken to remove the statue of former Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward which was erected at the county’s main courthouse in 1993, after a group of county attorneys determined that he was a racist.Remove Blacks from AmericaHighlights of the former governor’s racist attitude was made public via a blog, the JAAA blog, that, among other documents, exposed a speech in which in Broward called for that blacks be removed from America and be given their own country away from whites. “The white people have no time to make excuses for the shortcomings of the negro,” Broward wrote. “And the negro has less inclination to work for one and be directed by one he considers exacting.”A monument of divisiveness Resulting from these revelations the T.J. Reddick Black Bar Association, a group of African American lawyers, through its president Harold Pryor called for the statue to be removed, calling it “a monument of divisiveness.”Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, county administrator Bertha Henry and courthouse officials agreed to remove the statue.To be removed in 2 weeksMayor Sharief said the statue will be removed in about two weeks after work hours and placed in storage. There are no plans for the statue after that, but some officials have suggested the statue should be placed in a museum or a library.“This is just a piece of artwork and has nothing to do with the commission,” Sharief told the Herald Tuesday. “Complaints came in and subsequently the statue will be removed. There’s really no reason for it to be there.”As news of the former racist governor spreads, some people have begun arguing for the county’s name be changed.Change county’s name“How could such a racial diverse county as Broward County, be named after a former racist governor?” Laurel Moss asked CNW. “African American and Caribbean American blacks make p very large communities in the county, and the county is named after a racist. That’s crazy. There needs to be a petition to change the county’s name.”However, Mayor Sharief said she does not agree with changing the county’s name and such a move is not under discussion by the county commission. Any such move would be extremely difficult, but would ultimately be “up to the will of the people.”The mayor said she discussed the removal of the statue with several people including Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter. Following these discussions, the decision was made to remove the statue. The statue was a gift made to the county in 1983.Broward, served as Florida’s governor from 1905 to 1908, and he died in 1910 at age-53.last_img read more

Black Starlets set to tour Europe

first_imgThe Black Starlets of Ghana are expected to embark on an European tour as part of preparations for this year’s African U-17 Championship in Morocco in April.The Starlets are currently in camp at the Ghanaman Soccer of excellence in Prampram for the continental championship that will serve as a qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates later in the year.Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin and his team will leave the country on March 25 for the training tour in a yet to be confirmed destination.“The team will be travelling to somewhere in Europe but we are still working out with the plan,” said Fred Crentsil who is the Black Starlets management committee.“It will be a two-week training tour before they depart for Morocco for the tournament.”The Black Starlets are in Group B, alongside bitterest rivals, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Congo. Hosts Morocco, Botswana, Gabon and Tunisia make up Group A.last_img read more

GPL Preview: WAFA, Kotoko set to dismiss doubts with football artistry

first_imgAt long last, the wait for Ghana Premier league soccer is over and there is no better way to start it than a game at Sogakope where arguably the most entertaining footballing side on the land face the most in-form team on the land.Kotoko and WAFA begin the first of 192 league matches in the 2016 league season in what is expected to be one of the closest and tightest leagues in years.The build-up to the fixture has been dominated by uncertainty concerning the start due to further legal wrangling but the artistry set to be displayed on the pitch by the two sides will quickly eradicate any doubts.The last fixture between both sides ended 1-0 in favor of the Sogakope side with a Majeed Ashimeru strike but the major talking point was the way and manner the academy boys outplayed, out passed and dominated the Porcupine Warriors winning them several admirers in the process.Fast-forward a few months, and today’s fixture is certainly expected to follow a different script. Kotoko have bought and bought well in the off season and anything short of a title triumph will be perceived as a failure.The Kumasi side have put together one of the best squads on the land and despite the hammer blow handed them with the loss of midfielder Jackson Owusu, they are still in the reckoning for the title. Kotoko’s preseason form has been nothing short of excellent blowing teams away with both their full string side and reserve sides. This has culminated in the Porcupine Warriors winning the Akwasi Dae Cup, SWAG Cup and G6 trophy.However, this will count for nothing when the league starts and WAFA are expected to provide them the reality test they much need.Duncan is all too aware of this, and has asked fans to measure their expectations of the side.“All the teams have an equal measure of quality player. When you take the Kotoko team for example, not many of them make the cut for the local Black Stars.The rest of them are elsewhere, by that benchmark we can’t call this team the finished article or the best team on the local scene.We should just work hard and forget hype. You don’t expect us to go easy and win games.” WAFA have arguably been weakened from last season as key performers Felix Annan and Zakaria Mumuni departed for Kotoko and Aduana Stars respectively. However, John Killa’s side are expected to produce the next set of youngsters who will continue to thrill and entertain just like the departed players.The academy side acquired the services of former goalie Philemon McCarthy and striker Ibrahim Tanko who will provide the needed experience and maturity in the side when the going gets tough.TEAM NEWS:John Killa has put a settled team during the off season and he is expected to continue with it. Ghana international Samuel Tetteh missed part of the preseason due to trials abroad so it is uncertain whether he will play a part from the start. Captain Martin Antwi has been in impressive form during the off season and is expected to carry the team forward alongside Gideon Waja, Majeed Ashimeru and Ibrahim Tanko.Predicted line-up: Abalora-Mohammed Alhassan, Ibrahim Abubakar, Stephen Boye, Richmond Lamptey- Kennedy Boateng, Gideon Waja, Majeed Ashimeru, Charles Boateng, Martin Antwi- Ibrahim Tanko. KOTOKOKotoko’s team news has been dominated by talks of Jackson Owusu’s horrifying injury but ex Heart of Lions midfielder Kwadwo Poku is expected to fill the void vacated by Jackson. The other injury concerns for the Porcupine Warriors are strikers Dauda Mohammed and Kwame Boateng. Aside that, David Duncan’s headache should be his starting keeper. Will he give Felix Annan an emotional return with his former side or will he stick with tried and tested Eric Ofori Antwi or will he go for experience in Ernest Sowah. The backline is expected to contain captain Amos Frimpong and Ahmed Adams while new signings Edwin Tuffour Frimpong, Evans Quao and  Richard Osei Agyemang will be knocking on the  door of the coach to make their competitive debut. Eric Donkor will maintain his place on the left side of midfield with new signing Bennett Ofori expected on the right. Obed Owusu is expected to start upfront and could be paired with Elvis Amoh up top.MATCH FACTSMATCH FACTS: Head to Head:Total matches played = 6WAFA wins = 2Drawn games = 2Asante Kotoko wins = 2 *WAFA are unbeaten in their last two league fixtures against Asante Kotoko.They have one win and one draw.*Asante Kotoko were team with most away wins in the Ghana Premier League last season. Five wins.*West African Football Academy have never lost at home to Asante Kotoko in the league before.(P3 W2 D1 L0) *Asante Kotoko lost only five league matches at away last term.(W10 D4 L1)Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM.  There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Hashtag is #joysports –Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM. The show will be hosted by Gary Al-Smith with update from our reporters across the nation. There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @Joy997FM. Hashtag is #joysports– See more at: read more

Missing March Madness: How No. 1 Georgetown escaped being ‘UMBC’d’ by 16-seed Princeton

first_imgOne of the prices of covering the NCAA Tournament, as I have every year since 1988, is that it’s impossible not to miss a lot.I’ve missed NCAA Tournament games I would have loved to watch, that I should have watched, for a lot of different reasons, most of which I will share with you over the course of the next few weeks. Because I missed those games — and because we’re all missing all games with 2020 March Madness canceled — it seemed like this would be an excellent time to go back into the NCAA’s vault and catch up on what I missed the first time.MORE: How the 1985 NCAA Tournament turned March into MadnessWe will start with the first round and carry you on through the NCAA championship game.First up: No. 16 Princeton vs. No. 1 Georgetown, East Region, 1989.Why I missed it: I went to dinner. Wasn’t that stupid?What I missed: Princeton vs. Georgetown was one of the most famous NCAA Tournament games, and rightly so.Date: March 17, 1989Site: Providence Civic CenterRules at the time: 45-second clock, no replay review, 3-point line set at 19 feet, 9 inches. All had an impact on the outcome.Coaches: John Thompson (Georgetown); Pete Carril (Princeton)Announcers: Mike Gorman, now voice of the Boston Celtics, and Ronnie Perry, Holy Cross legendAlthough my beat for The Pittsburgh Press at the time was covering the Duquesne Dukes in the Atlantic 10, the person who had been on the Pitt beat left during the season to accept a job at our competitor, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Different writers took turns covering the team for the rest of the season, and I got to go to the Midwest Region first-round site at Indianapolis, where Pitt lost an 8-9 game to Ball State.I wasn’t 100 percent foolish that weekend, because I did notice the Chicago Bulls were playing the Indiana Pacers that Saturday night and got credentialed for my first chance to see Michael Jordan in person. But on the Friday night between Thursday and Saturday games in the tournament, I went out to dinner with two or three other sportswriters at a restaurant that did not have TVs.After all, Princeton was going to get blown out by the Hoyas, right?Georgetown entered the game at 26-4, having won the Big East Tournament by an average of 20.7 points. Princeton was the Ivy League champion but lost three times in conference during the regular season and owned a 17-7 record. It was supposed to be a wipeout. Instead, it was a classic.Princeton entered the game intent on using every available shot-clock second, and then scoring on a layup at the last possible moment. That was the plan, and it could not have been executed more precisely, particular in the first half.Sophomore center Kit Mueller, who averaged 15.8 points for the Tigers, attempted to station himself in the high post regardless of whether the Hoyas lined up in man-to-man or zone. He was only 6-7, compared to Hoyas freshman star Alonzo Mourning at 6-11. From there, he was able to find cutting teammates or open shooters and wound up with eight assists.Vexed by Princeton’s zone defense, and perhaps feeling game pressure — “The pressure is really on Georgetown,” Perry said — the Hoyas committed five turnovers in the game’s first 11 minutes and were behind, 15-10, when Thompson called timeout with 7:51 left in the first half.Frontcourt reserve Matt Lapin scored nine points in the first half and was able to play alongside Mueller to give the Tigers a two-big look that made them slightly less vulnerable to Georgetown’s physical power. I say “slightly” because the Hoyas got 17 of the first 18 available rebounds in the second half and beat the Tigers 32-13 on the boards.When Princeton took a 29-21 lead into halftime — just before the break, frustrated Hoyas guard Charles Smith was called for an intentional foul for holding a Princeton player to prevent one more backdoor cut — ESPN studio host John Saunders came on and declared: “I guess ‘speechless’ is the best way to describe it.’”INSIDE THE MADNESS: 80 years of Final Four MemoriesOut of the break, Princeton guard Jerry Doyle got free on a cut down the lane and scored to put the Tigers ahead by 10, but soon after committed a silly foul that put him on the bench with four personals. Georgetown rapidly cut into the lead, with Mourning dominating the baseline and leading the Tigers to simply clear out if he caught the ball. They had no chance to stop him, and decided not to pile more fouls on their frontcourt. Georgetown got its first lead with 10:22 left, and that should have been it. But it wasn’t.Princeton began trading scores with the Hoyas — not at a rapid pace, mind you, just taking as much time as possible on offense and slowing the Georgetown attack as much as they could.With the Tigers up 45-43, Mueller fouled Mourning underneath the Hoyas’ goal. Mourning swung a short elbow in the exchange and caught Mueller in the lip. The officials called nothing and, with no replay review in place, Mourning simply went to the line and hit two free throws to tie it.Mueller then executed a sizzling cut down the lane and Lapin hit him with a sweet pass that led to a layup and a 47-45 lead. With 3:44 left, Georgetown’s Mark Tillmon traveled after grabbing an offensive rebound. Princeton had a chance at a multi-possession lead.With 2:57 left, Princeton broke through a desperate press and got the ball to Doyle on the right baseline. Mourning was the only defender; the Hoyas didn’t need any more. Doyle attempted to challenge him, and Mourning easily wiped the attempt away.Mourning then tied the game with two free throws, and after a Princeton possession produced no score, he was fouled again on a sequence when he tipped the ball four times with no Tigers player able to reach it. He made one free throw for a 50-49 lead.Carril called time with 15 seconds left and, after getting instructions, the Tigers returned to the court to a standing ovation. They ran a dribble handoff at the top of the key to star guard Bob Scrabis, with a re-screen by Mueller on Bobby Winston, who picked up Scrabis in the exchange. But using Mueller as the screener meant — oops — bringing Mourning into the play. He reached and got his fingers on the shot, knocking it to the floor. And when it went out of bounds off Georgetown with a second to play and time for the Tigers to try once more, Mourning blocked Mueller’s turnaround.The crowd booed mercilessly. “It’s an understatement to say that Princeton deserved to win that game,” Thompson told Perry afterward, on the court.Final score: Georgetown 50, Princeton 49.last_img read more


first_imgSADLER’S GIFT BOX ‘DOING BETTER THAN EVER’ AS HE HEADS MONDAY’S  GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA; PLETCHER’S VINO ROSSO ADDS DEPTH TO 81ST RUNNING OF MILE AND ONE QUARTER FIXTURE ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2019)–Hronis Racing’s rapidly improving Gift Box, fresh off victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, bids for his second consecutive Grade I victory as he heads Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, to be contested for the 81sttime at a mile and one quarter.Trained by John Sadler, Gift Box, who campaigned under trainer Chad Brown through his first 13 starts, will be making his third start for Sadler on Monday and if successful, he would provide Hronis Racing and Sadler with their second consecutive Gold Cup win, as last year’s renewal was taken by Accelerate.The Gold Cup, which has attracted a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, will also include Todd Pletcher’s Vino Rosso, Peter Eurton’s Core Beliefs and the Tom Amoss-trained Lone Sailor, all of whom exit good performances back east.GIFT BOXOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerPurchased privately following an 8 ¾ length allowance win at Aqueduct on March 24, 2018, this 6-year-old full horse by Twirling Candy made his first start for Sadler in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 26, winning by a half length at 6-1.  In his career-best performance, he prevailed by an ultra game nose over top older horse McKinzie in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on April 6, his second try at a mile and one quarter.  “He’s doing better than ever, this should be his best race,” Sadler told Santa Anita Publicity this morning–a chilling shot across the verbal bow to his competition.  Eastern-based Joel Rosario, who has ridden Gift Box to both of his Santa Anita wins, will be back in town for the Memorial Day assignment.  Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Special Me, Gift Box is 15-5-5-2 overall with earnings of $879,160.VINO ROSSOOwner:  Repole Stable and St. Elias StableTrainer:  Todd PletcherA winner of the Grade II Wood Memorial in April, 2018, this 4-year-old colt by Curlin was then well beaten in the Kentucky Derby, but bounced back with a solid fourth place finish behind Triple Crown Champ Justify in the 2018 Belmont Stakes.  Most recently fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths in the Grade I, seven furlong Carter Handicap at Aqueduct April 6, Vino Rosso will be making his third start of the year in the Gold Cup on Monday.  Winless in two starts at a mile and a quarter, including a fifth place finish in last year’s Grade I Travers Stakes, Vino Rosso is 11-4-0-2 with earnings of $953,125.CORE BELIEFSOwner:  Gary BroadTrainer:  Peter EurtonIdle since well beaten in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 22, this 4-year-old colt by Quality Road came back running in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds March 23, winning by three quarters of a length under Florent Geroux at odds of 9-1. Although based at Santa Anita, Core Beliefs’ last five starts have come out of state, including a nose win in the Grade III Ohio Derby four starts back on June 23, 2018. A sharp horse with tactical speed, Core Beliefs will be ridden back by Geroux in his first-ever try at a mile and one quarter.LONE SAILOROwner:  G M B Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Tom AmossThird, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Core Beliefs two starts back in the New Orleans Handicap, this 4-year-old Majestic Warrior colt came back to run a big second, beaten a neck, in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap at a mile and one eighth on April 13 with Flavien Prat up.  Although winless in three tries at the Gold Cup distance, Lone Sailor, who has an overall mark of 18-2-6-3, brings the biggest bankroll to the Gold Cup party, with $1,124,737 to his credit.THE GRADE I GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 8 of 10  Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTBlitzkrieg–Rafael Bejarano–121Mongolian Groom–Martin Garcia–121Higher Power–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–121Lone Sailor–Flavien Prat–121Gift Box–Joel Rosario–125Core Beliefs–Florent Geroux–121Vino Rosso–John Velazquez–121First post time for a 10-race card that will also include the Grade I Gamely Stakes and the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more