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Week Three of Southland Play Tips-Off Wednesday

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first_img• Undefeated: New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana are the only undefeated teams left in Southland play. The Privateers defeated Lamar by 10 on Wednesday to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. UNO then won in overtime at McNeese, 82-75, on Saturday to move to 4-0 in the league season. The Lions earned a 72-70 win at Abilene Christian on Saturday in the team’s lone game of the week.• Home/Road Sweeps: Every home team won in last Wednesday’s league contests as Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian each claimed a win. It was a completely different outcome in Saturday’s games as the six road teams walked away with a victory: Central Arkansas, Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.• Overtime Hours: Two of Saturday’s games needed overtime to determine a winner. League leader New Orleans went to overtime for the first time since the 2017 Southland Conference championship as the Privateers squeezed past McNeese 82-75. Central Arkansas and Lamar went to two overtimes before the Bears knocked off the Cardinals 100-91.• Triple Double: Central Arkansas freshman guard DeAndre Jones record a 13-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple double on Saturday to become the first Bear to record a triple double since Scottie Pippen (1987). It was Jones first career start and just the second triple double recorded in the Southland Conference this season; Braxton Bonds of HBU did so on Dec. 15. He is one of 14 players in the nation to tally a triple double this season.• Birthday Boy Nets Big Present: Celebrating his 22nd birthday this past Saturday, Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard became the Southland career leader for three-point field goals made. He accomplished the feat during a double-overtime win at Lamar, passing McNeese’s Demond Mallet (1997-2001). Howard is currently ranked sixth nationally for scoring with 23.9 points per game.• Axe ‘Em: Stephen F. Austin leads the nation in turnovers forced, averaging 22.31 per game. The Lumberjacks also rank second in steals per game (11.8) and total steals (188) while also ranking third in turnover margin (6.3).Schedule:Wednesday, Jan. 10Abilene Christian at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Nicholls* – 7 p.m.UIW at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m. New Orleans (7-8, 4-0 SLC), the only team to start conference play with four-straight wins, puts its unbeaten record to the test at Stephen F. Austin (13-3, 2-1 SLC) tonight on ESPN3. The Lumberjacks had the best non-conference record heading into league action at 11-2 before dropping their conference opener at Southeastern Louisiana, 72-63. A Privateers win would make just the fourth time in program history that UNO begins league play 5-0 and the first time since 1992-93. The ‘Jacks are 9-0 at home this season and have the nation’s best home court record since the 2012-13 season, going 80-3 in that span. Nicholls (9-8, 3-1 SLC) begins a three-game home stretch Wednesday, hosting McNeese (5-9, 2-2 SLC). Roddy Peters dropped 24 points for the Colonels in their last outing at Houston Baptist on Saturday, giving the team their best start to Southland play since 2014. In conference games, the Cowboys have three players averaging 15.5 points or more with James Harvey leading the trio with 17.5 points per game. Houston Baptist (4-12, 0-3 SLC) will search for its first Southland win of the season when the Huskies host Abilene Christian (10-7, 2-2 SLC) tonight while UIW (5-8, 0-3 SLC) will try to accomplish the same feat at Central Arkansas (8-9, 2-2 SLC). HBU leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 16.69 per game. The Wildcats’ junior forward Jaren Lewis ranks first in the Southland for field goal percentage (62.0 percent), which puts him at 22nd in the country. The Bears head into their game with UIW following a double-overtime victory at Lamar. Sam Houston State (8-8, 2-1 SLC) contests Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-9, 1-2 SLC) on the road. The Bearkats, who are second in the league in scoring offense for conference games, have reached the 70-point mark in each of their three league games. The Islanders’ Joseph Kilgore looks to bring his squad back to .500 in league play; the senior guard leads the team in scoring (17.1 points per game), rebounding (4.9), assists (2.2) and steals (1.7). The only other undefeated Southland team in league play is Southeastern Louisiana (9-7, 3-0 SLC). The Lions compete at Lamar (10-7, 2-2 SLC) this evening; the Cardinals are just one just one of three Southland teams with 10 or more wins this season. Southeastern is the most accurate three-point team in league action, shooting .424 from behind the arc in its opening three games. Additional storylines: Saturday, Jan. 13Central Arkansas at Nicholls*- 3 p.m.Abilene Christian at Northwestern State* – 3 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.McNeese at Southeastern Louisiana* – 5 p.m.UIW at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State*- 6:15 p.m.* – Conference Game FRISCO, Texas – Week three of Southland Conference contests tips off Wednesday with 12 teams in action. All six games are scheduled for 7 p.m. CT starts.last_img read more

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Campos, Steels Secure Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Campos earned her first weekly honor of the season after notching a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race for the Islanders over the weekend at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock, Texas.Steels also cemented a first-place long jump finish for the Lady Demons at the UA Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The junior has captured the last two weekly honors and is the first repeat award winner among field competitors this season.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Comfort, TexasThe sophomore added another strong performance in the long-distance events as the Islanders wrapped up their non-conference slate, notching another first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. Campos crossed the line at 10:09.17, securing the Islander’s best finish in the 3,000-meter event this season.Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Aleyah Donald, McNeese; 4×400-meter Relay Team, Stephen F. Austin; Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasSteels has taken first-place in every long jump event that she has competed in this season. Her mark of 20’ 9 ¼” on Friday improves her to seventh in the nation and first in the Southland Conference this season. She now stands second in the Northwestern State school record book, just 1 ¼ inches behind four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell.Honorable Mention: Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Danielle Lorenz, New Orleans; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER SWELLS TO $382,001 HEADING INTO NINE-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY

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first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER SWELLS TO $382,001 HEADING INTO NINE-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY; 52 CONSOLATION TICKETS TODAY EACH PAY $2,969.75$286,445 IN ‘NEW’ MONEY TODAY CONTRIBUTES TO TOTAL RAINBOW POOL OF $602,873ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2019)–Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot continues to build, as there is a Rainbow Six carryover of $382,001 heading into a nine-race card on Sunday.With $286,445 in “new” money wagered, today’s total Rainbow Six Jackpot reached $602,873, helping to create a consolation payoff of $2,969.75 on 52 tickets.Sunday’s Pick Six will originate with race four, which has an approximate post time of 2:50 p.m. PT.Sunday’s main event is the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes.  Carded as race eight, the Spring Fever is for California-bred or sired fillies and mares at six furlongs.  The Gary Sherlock-trained Show It N Moe It is the even money favorite, while Phil D’Amato’s S Y Sky is the narrow second choice at 6-5.First post time on Sunday is at 1 p.m. and admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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VETERAN GELDING EL HUERFANO PREVAILS BY A HEAD IN $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE

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first_imgVETERAN GELDING EL HUERFANO PREVAILS BY A HEAD IN $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; VAN DYKE & GLATT TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:37.83ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2019)–In an ultra-game performance, veteran 7-year-old gelding El Huerfano would not be denied on Friday at Santa Anita, as he withstood a stretch-long challenge from Dark Vader and prevailed by a head under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Mark Glatt, California-bred El Huerfano got a flat mile in 1:37.83.Breaking from the far outside in field of seven 3-year-olds and up, El Huerfano matched strides on the lead with longshot Restrainedvengence around the Club House turn, enjoyed a one length advantage at the half mile pole and despite being tackled from his outside by Dark Vader approaching the quarter pole, prevailed to the wire in a thriller.“He’s super-game,” said Van Dyke, who also rode the son of Tannersmyman to victory at the same level going a mile and one eighth on April 27. “He would not let that horse go by him.  Right before the wire, he dug in again…What a neat horse.”Off as the 2-1 favorite and the only horse entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500, El Huerfano (the orphan, in Spanish) paid $6.20, $3.00 and $2.40.Owned by Where We At, El Huerfano picked up his ninth win from 42 starts and with the winner’s share of $53,820, increased his earnings to $575,686.“He’s a tough son-of-a-gun,” said Glatt, who claimed El Huerfano  for $62,500 four starts back on Jan. 6. “He’s one of those old warriors that’s gotten in good form again.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Dark Vader loomed menacingly a quarter mile out, but couldn’t quite close the sale, finishing second by 1 ¾ lengths over Two Thirty Five.  The second choice at 5-2, Dark Vader paid $2.80 and $2.40.Two Thirty Five finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Divisor and paid $2.60 to show.There was one claim in for the winner, who went to trainer Vladimir Cerin for $62,500.Fractions on the race were 23.78, 47.32, 1:12.03 and 1:25.04.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA PARK ANNOUNCES 2020 GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD FINALISTS, WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY

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first_imgSANTA ANITA PARK ANNOUNCES 2020 GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD FINALISTS, WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY BAZE, CASTELLANO, EMIGH, GRAHAM & QUINONES TO FACE NATIONWIDE VOTE OF THEIR PEERS  ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2019)–Santa Anita Park has announced a distinguished group of five finalists for the 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February. One of the most prestigious honors in all of American racing, the Woolf Award, which is determined by a vote of jockeys nationwide, can only be won once.Jockeys Tyler Baze, Javier Castellano, Chris Emigh, James Graham and Luis M. Quinones, a highly respected group of veteran riders who represent various geographic regions, have been selected as Woolf finalists.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Woolf, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap aboard Azucar on Feb. 23, 1935 and who  gained further international fame when he piloted the immortal Seabiscuit to victory over Triple Crown Champion  War Admiral in a 1 3/16 mile match race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD., on Nov. 1, 1938, was regarded as one of the top big-money riders of his era.  Known affectionately as “The Iceman,” he was revered by his fellow riders, members of the media and fans across America as a fierce competitor and consummate professional.America’s Eclipse Champion Apprentice Jockey in the year 2000, Tyler Baze was born on Oct. 19, 1982 in Seattle, WA. The son of a former jockey, Earl, Baze hails from a legendary racing family that has also produced North America’s all-time leading rider, Russell Baze (2002 Woolf Award winner), who is Tyler’s second cousin and a retired member of racing’s Hall of Fame.  Tyler’s uncle, Gary Baze, was also a top rider, primarily in the Northwest.With a work ethic that is second to none, Baze, who is currently based in Southern California, has consistently endeared himself to horsemen and fans alike as a tireless competitor that comes to work ready to ride. With more than 2,600 career wins to his credit, Baze has overcome personal adversity and become a true credit to his profession.Arguably America’s most successful jockey over the past decade, Javier Castellano is a four-time Eclipse Award winner who was also the nation’s leading rider by money-won in each of his Eclipse Award-winning seasons, 2013, 14, 15 and 2016. Based on the east coast, Castellano was born Oct. 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Venezuela and began riding full-time in 1996. Currently ranked third in 2019 purse earnings with $24.1 million, Castellano, who was elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in 2017, now has more than 5,200 career wins.  With career purse earnings of $341 million, Castellano is America’s second leading all-time money-winning jockey, behind only fellow Hall of Famer Johnny Velazquez, who has banked $414 million.A 48-year-old native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Chris Emigh (pronounced Eh-mee) has been one of the most productive jockeys in the Chicago area for more than 20 years.  A seven-time leading rider at Hawthorne Race Course, he topped the jockey standings at Arlington Park in 2006.  Emigh broke his maiden at age 18 in 1989 at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana and now has more than 4,000 career victories.  Consistent, hard working and readily accessible to media, Emigh is one of the Windy City’s  most highly respected riders.A 40-year-old native of Dublin, Ireland, James Graham has an enthusiasm for racing that has helped propel him to major successes while riding primarily in Chicago, Kentucky and Louisiana. A two-time leading rider (2011 & 14) at Arlington Park, Graham was consistently among the leaders at the Chicago area track dating back to 2004. The meet’s leading rider this past summer at Ellis Park, Graham has currently committed to a year-round schedule centered on Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Ellis. With more than 2,500 career wins to his credit, Graham’s mounts have earned nearly $85 million.A major force at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown Ohio and at Thistledown near Cleveland, Luis M. Quinones is currently in a pitched battle with Irad Ortiz, Jr. for national leading rider honors in terms of races won. With more than 300 victories to his credit, Quinones will no doubt try to stay as busy as he possibly can through the end of the month. Born March 26, 1979 in Puerto Rico, Quinones is currently atop the standings at Mountaineer Park in New Cumberland, West Virginia, and was leading rider at this year’s Mahoning Valley Winter/Spring Meet.The 2019 Woolf Award was won by veteran jockey Scott Stevens and the 2020 winner will be announced in February.last_img read more

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Extra 50% To Be Added To Earnings Of Horses Making First Starts At Santa Anita Through Sunshine Bonus

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first_imgExtra 50% To Be Added To Earnings Of Horses Making First Starts At Santa Anita Through Sunshine BonusIn Partnership With The TOC, Recruitment Effort To Begin In April ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2020)–Santa Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced a new program to attract out-state-horses – the Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus –  paying an additional 50 percent to the owners of horses (relating to their respective purse earnings)  who finish first through fifth, and have not raced in California during the previous 12 months. In addition to the 50% bonus, all eligible horses also will earn a guaranteed $3,000 bonus for their first starts at the track.The Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus will begin in April and be in effective through the remainder of the current Winter/Spring Meeting, which concludes on Sunday, June 21. First time starters and stakes races will not be eligible for the Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus.“We’re pleased to be able to offer this very significant bonus program in partnership with the TOC,” said Steve Lym, Santa Anita Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary. “We’re not only reaching out to California-based owners and trainers who may have relocated out of state, but we’re encouraging folks who may have not run here, to come and experience Santa Anita.”Santa Anita’s Condition Book 5, which will cover the period from March 20 through April 5, will be available online at santaanita.com no later than March 10.  For additional information on the Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus, please contact the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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first_img$150,000 EVENING JEWEL ATTRACTS NINE ON SATURDAY HONOR A.P. SEEKS REVENGE ON AUTHENTIC IN SA DERBYFollowing an encouraging second in the San Felipe Stakes by Honor A.P. on March 7 behind undefeated Authentic, all systems were at the ready for a rematch in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.But when the Wuhan virus unmasked itself, it was back to square one for the son of Honor Code trained by John Shirreffs.The West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby had been scheduled for April 4 but is now set for June 6, when six additional stakes will be featured. The Run for the Roses had its traditional running date of the first Saturday in May scrubbed too and moved to Sept. 5.“We’re back to where we were before the San Felipe,” Shirreffs said, alluding to the five-month gap since Honor A.P.’s prior race, a maiden allowance test at a mile last Oct. 13, which he won on the lead by 5 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith. The Hall of Famer has been aboard Honor A.P. in each of his three races and will be on again in the Santa Anita Derby.“He looks really good and he’s been training very well,” said Shirreffs, who has the ridgling owned by C R K Stables scheduled to have his seventh recorded breeze tomorrow (May 14) since the San Felipe, which was decided at a mile and one sixteenth.With a more favorable pace scenario in the Santa Anita Derby, Shirreffs hopes for a better outcome against the speedy Authentic, one of three spectacular undefeated sophomores trained by Bob Baffert, the others being Arkansas Derby divisional winners Charlatan and Nadal. The three rank fourth, third and first, respectively, in the current National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) poll.“Authentic went to the lead (in the San Felipe) and dictated the pace pretty much all the way,” Shirreffs recalled, adding, “Since we weren’t racing here, I kind of backed off Honor A.P. a bit and didn’t work him too hard, but right now he’s training strong and I think he’s going to come into the Santa Anita Derby really well.”SATURDAY’S $150,000 EVENING JEWEL COMES UP TOUGHA solid group of 10 sophomore fillies, headed by Ben and Sally Warren’s classy homebred Warren’s Showtime, will go six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for eligible California-bred or sired runners.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Evening Jewel is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.A daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, out of the Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime, who is trained by Craig Lewis, is a three-time stakes winner at one mile on turf, most recently taking the China Doll Stakes here on March 7.“It’s not my preference, but she’s been cooped-up so long and she’s just got to run,” said Lewis.  “She’s much better going two turns on grass, but that said, good horses do good things.”Been Studying Her, a KMN Racing homebred filly by Fast Anna, has been idle since well beaten as the 3-1 favorite by Warren’s Showtime in the one mile turf Cal Cup Oaks here Jan. 18 and will hope to rebound for trainer Art Sherman.A winner of two consecutive allowance sprints at Golden Gate Fields on March 5 & 27, Bulletproof One appears to be the speed of the field and will be seeking her sixth win (two of them in stakes) from 11 starts.  Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable and partners, she’s trained by Peter Miller.GLATT SENDS TALENTED FILLY AGAINST BOYS IN ECHO EDDIEBorrowing a page from the D. Wayne Lukas trainer’s playbook, Mark Glatt will take on the boys with his talented filly Big Sweep in Saturday’s $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at six furlongs.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Echo Eddie is for Golden State Series eligible California-bred or sired three-year olds and has attracted a field of nine.“We nominated to both races (including the Evening Jewel) and to be honest, we looked at the noms for both of them and we just thought that maybe our best chance this time is against the boys,” said Glatt.  “She’s obviously very talented and hopefully, we chose the right option.”Breaking from the rail in her debut going six furlongs here March 14, Big Sweep blasted off and enjoyed a 4 ½ length advantage turning for home en route to a 2 ¼ length win as the even money favorite.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Big Sweep earned an Echo Eddie best last out Beyer Speed figure of 83 and will retain the services of Flavien Prat on Saturday.  By Mr. Big our of the City Zip mare Misszippityslewda, Big Sweep sold for $40,000 at the Barretts Fall Yearling Sale in October, 2018.The Craig Lewis-trained Club Aspen, a one mile stakes winner versus Cal Breds three starts back, rates a big chance as he bids for his third win from 10 overall starts.  Owned by Larry Lewis, the 3-year-old gelding by Clubhouse Ride fetched $55,000 at the Fasig Tipton Santa Anita 2-year-olds in training sale last summer.ESPINOZA WORKING HARD FOR SANTA ANITA RETURNIt takes more than a global pandemic to keep Victor Espinoza from winning races, which he’s been doing since 1993, back when people mentioned “Corona,” they were talking about a Mexican beer.More than a quarter century later, the affable native of Mexico is still winning, and he doesn’t need to ride eight a day to keep fit.Scoring off a layoff is old hat for Espinoza, who celebrates his 48th birthday in 10 days, on May 23. When he piloted two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome to victory in the 2016 Dubai World Cup, saddle slipping all the way, it was Victor’s only mount that day.And less than a month ago, on April 18, in a masterful display of horsemanship, he guided Ce Ce to a dramatic head victory over Ollie’s Candy in the talent-laden Grade I Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park. It was his first and only mount in nearly a month, since he rode four races at Santa Anita March 22, winning the second on Tiz Wonderfully.Espinoza will be back in the saddle Friday when Santa Anita resumes fans-free live racing for the first time since March 22. He is named to ride four horses on the nine-race card that drew a hefty 97 entrees and has a 12:30 p.m. first post time.“Victor has a home in Sierra Madre and one in Del Mar,” said his agent during a historic seven-year run, Brian Beach. “He works out locally when he’s at Santa Anita, but since it’s been closed during the pandemic, he’s been working at his Del Mar home where he has a gym set up.“His routine keeps him very fit. He’s very diligent about it and that’s good, because in this current situation, mounts have been few and far between, and I don’t imagine we’ll be riding the card when we resume racing, probably three or four horses a day at the most.”Espinoza has favored working out in the serene setting at Del Mar, “where it is quieter, and there aren’t many people on the streets. I probably run four or five miles and don’t have to worry about bumping into anybody.“I have pretty much all the workout equipment I need at my home. How much time I put in every day depends. I have a training program in place which includes weights and body-building exercises and if I’m feeling good, it could take me an hour; if I’m feeling tired, maybe two hours.”Like most of the hoi polloi, Espinoza has adjusted to the social restrictions set forth during the Wuhan virus.“The whole country is in the same situation, not just here,” he said. “All the changes we make are going to be for the best, because our safety and health are the top priorities. No one knows how long it will continue, so we have to implement all the precautions we can and go from there.”In the past, Espinoza has overcome considerably more than winning a race from right off the bench. He suffered career-threatening vertebra injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22, 2018, enduring pain, perseverance and puzzlement for seven months before he recovered and resumed riding on Feb. 18, 2019.That was then and this is now and Espinoza continues to soldier on, although his recent mounts can be counted on one hand.“He worked some horses at Santa Anita last weekend, and outside of Ce Ce in the Apple Blossom, that was the first time he left his little cocoon in a while,” Beach said. “He rode just one horse and it worked out well, but he showed winning the World Cup in 2016 he’s got a knack for that.”Beach presently has two stakes mounts pending for Espinoza on Santa Anita’s blockbuster card on June 6, featuring seven lucrative events highlighted by the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Derby. “Right now,” he said, “we have Cistron lined up for John Sadler in the Grade II Triple Bend and Midcourt for John Shirreffs in the Grade I Gold Cup.”If there are more, Espinoza will welcome them. The “R” word is not high on his chore chart even as 48 approaches.His awards and achievements are milestones every rider would envy, foremost among them being the regular rider of California Chrome, gaining Hall of Fame membership in 2017 and sweeping the Triple Crown on American Pharoah in 2015.Maturity and appreciation are complementing partners that come with impervious aging, and Espinoza is cognizant of that.Passion for his vocation remains keen, although today’s “new normal” provided an unanticipated but welcome opportunity to smell the roses.“When I was 21, I was more focused on improving my career,” Espinoza said. “But now I appreciate each victory even more, in addition to all that I’ve accomplished.“You can talk about retirement and make all the plans in the world, but life changes. Every day is different, every race we ride is different.“Honestly, everyone thinks about it, because sooner or later all good things come to an end, no matter who it is.“But for me right now, no. I just go day by day.”FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly that captured the Grade I La Brea Stakes and the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes both at seven furlongs, is likely to stretch out in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth on May 31. “We’re still hoping with her pedigree (Hard Spun–Vindication) that she can do two turns,” trainer John Shirreffs said. ‘We want to avoid sprinting as much as possible.” Hard Not to Love was second to Ce Ce in the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. Ce Ce, trained to the minute by Michael McCarthy for owner/breeder Bo Hirsch, LLC, would go on to post a mild upset in the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park April 18, with another Santa Anita-based runner, the five-year-old John Sadler-trained mare Ollie’s Candy, finishing a game head back in second . . . Steve Knapp, like all trainers looking forward to a return to racing, has three horses entered Friday with five more set for the weekend. Prior to a halt in the action, the 63-year-old native of Los Angeles ranked sixth in Santa Anita’s standings with 11 wins from 55 starters, 20 percent, “not bad for a 22-horse barn, most of it consisting of claimers and a few allowance horses,” he said. “But my owners and I are hoping to add some two-year-olds.”…First post time for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:30 pm. GLATT FILLY TACKLES BOYS IN $150,000 ECHO EDDIE TO THIS VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS AT SANTA ANITA SHIRREFFS READY FOR DERBY WITH HONOR A.P.last_img read more

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Son claims he was lucky to escape South Korea’s ‘war-like’ derby without injury

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first_imgPaulo Bento’s side  had been forced to travel Pyongyang via China and had to leave their phones in Beijing.Only 30 staff members from the South’s football association (KFA) were allowed limited communications to report the game, by sending faxes to government offices in Seoul.Notoriously private North Korean state media have so far made no mention of the World Cup qualifier.2 The first competitive clash between the two countries was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0Credit: AFP SON HEUNG-MIN claims he was lucky to return injury free from international duty after a ‘war-like’ derby against North Korea.South Korea’s star forward only arrived back at Spurs yesterday, so is unlikely to start at home to Watford tomorrow after just one day’s training.2 Son Heung-min claims he was lucky to escape South Korea’s ‘war-like’ derby without injuryCredit: AP:Associated PressThe first competitive clash between the two countries — who are technically still at war — was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0.Son, 27, played 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday but no foreign media were allowed in and the game was not broadcast live.He said: “The match was very aggressive — it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured.”South Korea’s FA vice-president Young-il Choi added: “It was like war.”They used everything from elbows to hands to knees to fend off our players. It was difficult.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe clash was the first time the rivals have faced off in the North’s capital, Pyongyang, since 1990 but supporters were limited to online commentary that consisted of only substitutions and bookings.South Korean supporters have since been promised a DVD containing footage of the match before the delegation heads home, according to the country’s unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs.Tottenham boss Pochettino risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree despite woeful form 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himlast_img read more

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Tonga, PNG qualify for World 7s Series

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first_imgThe Kingdom defeated the Cook Islands 29-12 on Saturday to finish as the top placed non core team, qualifying them for the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the World Series, while both teams will compete in the Hong Kong World Series Qualifier.onga last featured on the World Series in the 2013/14 season when they competed in the Gold Coast and Wellington events, finishing winless in ten games.The Kingom did qualify for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco earlier this year but were beaten by Kenya in the preliminary round.Hosts Fiji defended the Oceania men’s title, beating New Zealand 17-12 in the final, while Samoa pipped Australia 14-12 in the playoff for third place.Fiji coach Gareth Baber said it was ideal preparation a welcome chance to get back into the format of an international competition ,with the new World Series campaign kicking off in Dubai at the end of the month.”We’ve had an opportunity to play here in some local competitions but obviously getting back into the run of the two days in an international competition and progressing through that, how you deal with it mentally but in terms of your physical preparation recovery is hugely important in all that,” he said.”Getting yourself to play in semi-finals and finals against tough teams and seeing your way through that is all part of the science that is sevens rugby and fortunately we came out on top in this one and we had some good battles in there as well.”In the Oceania women’s draw, Australia regained the regional title from New Zealand with a 14-10 triumph.Papua New Guinea were outclassed 33-5 by Fiji in the playoff for third place but the Palais still finished as the top non core team under new coach Paul Tietjens and will compete at the Sydney and Hong Kong World Series events for the second year running.last_img read more

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ANZ and Diamonds top of ladder

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first_imgAfter three days of play, ANZ Avalanches (Men’s) and Pure Water Diamonds (Women’s) remain the only undefeated teams in each division with four days of play remaining.ANZ have won three from three while the Diamonds have made it two from two.Assad Vala from the BSP Hearts is leading in the runs scoring department with 145 runs from three matches. With the ball, ANZ’s Wedega Simon from Milne Bay is leading the wicket-takers table with seven wickets from matches. The men’s ladder: ANZ (14), BSP (10), Digicel Dragons (5), Paradise Food Pistons (1).Women’s: Diamonds (8), Remington Rhinos (4), Swire Shipping Sharks (0).The Gabba Champions Shield continues this weekend with Paradise Foods Pistons taking on Digicel Dragons at Amini Park, while the BSP Heart and ANZ Avalanches battle it out at Colts Ground 1.Both these matches will be two-day matches, played across Saturday and Sunday. In the Women’s Division, all three teams will be battling it out at Colts Ground 2 in T20 competition.last_img read more

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