Month: May 2020


first_imgSANTA ANITA TO CLOSE MAIN TRACK AT 9 A.M. MONDAY & ALL MORNING TUESDAY IN ORDER TO FULLY EVALUATE SURFACE; INDUSTRY COMMITTEE FORMED TO EVALUATE SURFACE PERFORMANCE FOR TRAINING & RACING WITH 11 ½ INCHES OF RAIN IN FEBRUARY, CREWS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WEATHER WINDOW ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2019)–In conjunction with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), Santa Anita Park has announced its main track will be closed for training beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and all day Tuesday in order to fully evaluate sub-surface conditions such as moisture content and soil consistency.  If the results of these efforts indicate the track is in prime condition, regularly scheduled training will resume Wednesday morning and live racing will proceed on Thursday.In order to accommodate horsemen tomorrow, the main track will open for training beginning at 5 a.m., with two regular renovations scheduled at 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m.  Santa Anita’s training track will be open each morning as planned, at 4:45 a.m. and will stay open until 10:30 a.m.Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, in addition to performing all regularly scheduled maintenance on the dirt oval, will examine the entire track surface and if any issues are found, he will address those areas.Although Santa Anita has experienced 11 ½ inches of rain and near-record cold temperatures this month, dry weather and more moderate temperatures are forecast for the next several days, which will enable LaRocco’s crew to “peel back” the track’s cushion to a depth of approximately five inches, where a thorough examination of the base can be undertaken.Mick Peterson, PhD, who serves as Director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs, and who evaluates soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis, will be on-site in the coming days to review Santa Anita’s sub-surface and surface data.  Peterson will also be working with a newly formed committee consisting of Hall of Fame retired jockey Alex Solis, who is now a CHRB commissioner, one well-established Southern California trainer, one active jockey and one member of Santa Anita’s management team to fully evaluate all data and monitor feedback from horsemen, including trainers, jockeys and exercise riders.Santa Anita’s main track surface, which is tested and evaluated on a daily basis by both Santa Anita and the CHRB, is one mile in circumference, with quarter mile and seven furlong chutes located to the southwest and northeast of the “course proper.”Live racing will resume as planned, this coming Thursday, Feb. 28, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgSINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $429,880 INTO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR A NINE-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.  ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six went unsolved again on Friday, resulting in a sizeable Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $429,880.With $108,543 in “new” money wagered today, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $513,572. A total of 33 consolation tickets had all six winners, with each worth $1,785.30.With a nine-race card on tap for Saturday, the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at a mile and one half on turf, will headline proceedings as the fifth race of the day.Approximate post time for the fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:30 p.m. PT.First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.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


first_imgBELINDA STRONACH REACTS TO AFFIRMATION OF SUPPORT AS 2019 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS REMAIN AT SANTA ANITA PARK NOV. 1 & 2“Thank you to the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors for their support today in reaffirming their commitment to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita this November.  Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain steadfast in our commitment to put the health and safety of the horses and riders above all else and we are pleased that the Breeders’ Cup board recognized and shares in that goal. We also thank our state’s industry stakeholders, including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the California Horse Racing Board, along with the hard-working men and women who work directly with the horses, and those employees who take care of our customers, for embracing the reforms that have been put in place this winter at Santa Anita as we collectively work towards making California racing the safest and best in the world.”last_img read more

Taekwondo is for all ages

first_imgTaekwondo instructor Jamuga Stone believes that with this community initiative, it will encourage youths to participate in meaningful activities and change the mindset to be positive people. Stone says martial arts can be used as a powerful tool to cultivate strong character and instil discipline within the younger and the older people alike.Stones Taekwondo will commence training on January 13, with registration on this weekend at the Jungle Gym in Tokarara suburb. There are three categories of the program. Kids between the ages of 7-12 years can take up the Little Dragons program while the Young Warriors program is for the teenagers. There’s also an adults program called City Warriors.The training program is not only based on the martial arts but Stone has also embarked on his nationwide community initiatives “Stay Strong – Kick Drugs out of PNG” and “Stop Violence against Women”.Registration fees are K60 for adults and K50 for children and students.last_img read more

Junior netball champs to start tomorrow

first_imgSeventy teams from 13 associations have confirmed their participation for the championships that will run from July 4th-6th at the Rita Flynn Courts.Teams have flown in from all regions in the country, including Goroka and Jiwaka.The championships have four divisions – U13, U15, U17 and U21.President of PNG Netball, Julienne Leka Maliaki, said this is the first time the junior championships are being held separate from the senior championships.”We want to focus on each division for the juniors. It will be a full week of netball as we also have the selections for the U21 national team later during the week.”The junior championships will be very exciting as we’re expecting a strong challenge from Lae and the New Guinea Islands teams as well.”It should be very interesting,” said Maliaki.last_img read more

The first goal, also by Maxi

first_imgMaxi Gomez was also the author of the second goal of his team, so With these two goals, he accumulates nine goals in the League and one in Copa del Rey and consolidates himself as the top producer of Valencia in the current season.This was the second double in this campaign of the Valencia attacker, who in the match against Barcelona failed a penalty after eleven minutes of play with a zero draw on the scoreboard. The arbitration record of the Valencia-Barcelona match (2-0) has awarded the first goal of the match to the Valencian striker Maxi Gómez. The goal, which rose to the scoreboard in the 47th minute of play, came in a cross shot from the Uruguayan attacker, who hit the back of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba before entering the goal defended by Ter Stegen.last_img read more

Why doesn’t Simeone’s Atleti press the rival anymore? Physical issue or tactical issue?

first_imgWrong in the changes. Simeone was not fine in the substitutions. It gave entrance to Vitolo and removed Marcos Llorente at the break when he had been the best of the media in the first part. Saul did not give a good pass and Thomas It had neither tempo nor rhythm nor did it succeed in delivery. The two deserved more to be replaced, although perhaps the Cholo removed Llorente to prevent me from seeing a card that carried him derby suspension of Bernabéu next Saturday. He also removed Correa and put Herrera (the Mexican despaired the mattress fans because of how bad he threw the corner kicks) when the Argentine was the only offensive dagger. And he took Saponjic when there were a few minutes left, when he had to take twenty minutes before the need to put centers in the area looking for victory.No alternation in the game. The direct football you It has worked for Simeone in all his successful and successful stage, but he has not only played long pitch and look for the second play, also has given other alternatives, less this campaign what It has no plan B, in addition to not being so successful in taking the rejection and not reaching the rival area in the counterattacks with Very few troops. It has a template to perform alternation in the game and handle several systems and several tactical plans, but only have one and it seems not wanting to make other plans and equip their players with weapons to attack more and better. The draw against Leganés knew defeat in the Wanda Metropolitano. The cholista pizza choked at noon and Aguirre fit him better the cucumber pizza The Athletic he made a very bad first time before him Leganés He gave the ball to the team cucumber and made an intensive retreat looking to steal the ball and throw the ball to Morata. Looking for a tactical explanation why most first parts what Atlético de Simeone does this season they have been horrible it could be concluded that the Argentine coach only gives an indication to his players: Morata long ball and if he hooks it, we leave our own field. If this play does not occur, there is no plan B, there is no other tactical instruction of the coach as seen when analyzing in detail the first half of the Leganes, as well as all the first 45 minutes in which Atlético has given a Terrible image The first time, Cholo cooked his usual pizza and played with 1-4-4-2 system and in the second half it changed to 1-4-3-3, while Aguirre’s cucumber pizza was 1-5-4-1 perfectly executed in combinatorial football and withdrawal.No pressure. Atlético did not go out to pressure Leganés. Unlike, he fell back in his field and mastery of the ball and Oblak made more stops what Pichu Cuellar In the first half. Why doesn’t Simeone’s Atleti press the opponent in the first parts? That is the question that arises. Don’t press for a physical issue? Is it that the team can not stand more than a quarter of an hour pressing the opponent in the opposite field? Or is it a tactical issue? I mean, that Simeone orders to the team that intensive withdrawal to go to the counterattack and it does not matter if it is in the Metropolitan Wanda before a team with lower resources such as Leganés. The last minutes of the first part pressed three quarters of field and in the second half advanced lines and went out to have the ball and dominate the Leganés. Why didn’t you do it from the beginning?Thinking of defending. The attacks made by Atlético in the first part began in their own field with torn from Morata and Joao Felix that they did not succeed because of the distance they had to travel and to make each war on their own. Just performed well a fast attack in which Correa arrived on the right and arrived at the area on topr Marcos Llorente, Joao Félix and Morata, He finished off and for Cuellar. It seems that Atlético players when they attack are thinking about what to do when they lose the ball to defend, that they do not focus on attack moves and that they are not rehearsed, because many times they don’t know who to pass neither as Make the progression in the game.last_img read more

El Rayo signs forward Yacine Qasmi until 2022

first_imgYacine Qasmi is new Lightning player. The franjirrojo club and Elche have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Franco-Moroccan striker, 29, until 2022. The attacker will arrive in Madrid in the next few hours to pass medical examination.Yacine has played 27 matches with Elche this season and has scored seven goals. The striker arrived at the Ilicitano club last winter market (cost about € 300.00), from Melilla, and since then became one of the pillars of Pacheta’s team. Yacine trained in the lower categories of the PSG, with whom he debuted in the Europa League. He went to the subsidiary of the Stade Rennais and, later, got involved in our Second B in the ranks of Getafe B, Sporting B, Sestao River, Compostela, Alcoyano, Mérida and Melilla. International with the lower categories of Morocco, Yacine reached his best scorer record (ten goals) in the 2015-16 season with Alcoyano and in 2017-18 with Melilla. This campaign already has seven goals, a good premise for a team that generates as much as Lightning.The arrival of Yacine opens the exit doors to Piovaccari. Paco had already warned that the Italian would not leave Vallecas until the arrival of another nine materialized. So that the ‘Operation Exit’ is also accelerated in these last hours of market.last_img read more

Leganés trusts Juan Soriano before the challenge of assaulting the Levant

first_imgJuan Soriano, goalkeeper of Leganés, will repeat in the title against Levante, a rival that invites the redemption of the Sevilla player. Against the granota, in the first round, he crossed an ocean of sensations that went from anger to failure in the goal (goal) of Campaña, to the impotence of seeing how Aitor took the 2-2 in the last sigh of the game. This duel in Orriols arrives with the Leganes dump in showing his confidence despite the slip he committed against the Royal Society. Soriano, who is occupying the square of Cuéllar by sanction (The Pichu will meet his second and final punishment match tomorrow), He made a bad clearance with his feet, one of his specialties, in a play that ended with Isak’s 0-1. The matter left a runrun in the stands. Javier Aguirre, in public, went out to defend him with the normality that Vasco injects him into life. “Juan doesn’t need any work, because he is a very confident boy. To be a goalkeeper you have to have eggs. And he has them. We are all wrong. There is nothing special to do. On Saturday (for tomorrow’s game) he will do well. And if you’re wrong, nothing happens. (…) No one can convey that negativity to us, ”insisted the coach to shield Soriano and any other player against possible toxic criticism.In private, the week has passed with the staff executing the coach’s philosophy. First, motivating a footballer who is one of the most beloved of the squad and that, remember within the team, is barely 22 years old. Accelerating the pressure on his shoulders would be less productive.In Copa, they add in the dressing room, he has had good performances and whenever he has felt safe, he has taken a step forward to complete good performances. There is full confidence in him and that, against Levante, he will be ready to take on the challenge of defending the goal cucumber in a complicated game that Leganés assumes with the firmness of knowing that he could get them off the descent for the first time this season.last_img read more