Windies legend Curtly Ambrose disappointed with Joseph ‘He needed to rough batsmen up’

first_imgWEST Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has admitted to some level of disappointment with the performance of young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the recently concluded series loss to England.The 23-year-old was tipped for a breakthrough performance ahead of the England series, but that promised failed to materialise.  Joseph had several bright spells of bowling when the teams met in the Caribbean last year, but in the rematch on English soil, these were few and far between.Joseph claimed figures of 2 for 98 in the first Test, before getting 1 for 84 in the second Test.  He was replaced in the final Test by off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall.Ambrose, himself once one of the world’s premier fast bowlers, believes the young West Indian may have been guilty of being too passive.“I was a little bit disappointed with the performance of Alzarri Joseph.  The pitches they played on, obviously, they were not the quickest, but as a fast bowler, you can’t be telling yourself that boy, it’s a slow pitch so I am just going to amble in and put it on a spot, no.  Whether a pitch is fast or slow, you as a fast bowler have to put out your best, and Alzarri, to me, he was bowling within himself and not looking to bowl fast,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer.“Alzarri Joseph is not a put-on-a-spot, hold-up-one-end type of bowler.  Jason Holder, the captain, can do that. He can’t really bowl fast, but he can come at one end and put it on a spot and swing it around, seam it around and get a couple of wickets, but Alzarri is a guy who has to run in and bowl fast, look to rough up batsmen.  He will look to get wickets obviously, but rough batsmen up and let them know that ‘I am here’.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

3 storylines to look out for before No. 6 Syracuse’s matchup with No. 17 Johns Hopkins

first_imgNo. 6 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated then-No. 4 Virginia 12-11 on Sunday at Klockner Stadium. The Orange dominated through three quarters, allowing five goals to Virginia’s fourth-ranked offense in the first 45 minutes. After Virginia ripped a 6-1 run through the bulk of the fourth quarter to tie the game, freshman midfielder Tucker Dordevic provided the game-winner for SU.On Saturday, the Orange welcomes No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2-2) to the Carrier Dome for faceoff at 1 p.m. The Blue Jays enter the game following a 16-9 win over Princeton. Through four games played, JHU and SU are nearly identical in scoring. Both teams average 10 goals allowed per game and 11.5 and 11.75 goals for, respectively.Here are three storylines to watch for headed into Saturday’s matchup.Learning to fly In years past, Johns Hopkins entered seasons with five or six returners from the offense the season prior, senior midfielder Joel Tinney said. In 2018, that wasn’t the case. Tinney, along with senior attack Shack Stanwick and junior attack Kyle Marr, are the top three scorers returning from last season, with the rest of the Hopkins regular offensive starters leaving for graduation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Jays inexperience was highlighted by a five-goal output at Loyola Maryland in its second game. JHU rebounded with a stronger showing against No. 9 UNC, scoring 11 goals in the loss, and a win last week over Princeton.“It was going to be a challenge at the beginning of the year, making sure that guys kind of worked together and we had good chemistry,” Tinney said. “I think coming out of the gates we’ve had good chemistry and now we just have to piece a couple of the other things we are working on.”Head coach Dave Pietramala said his team was running nine or 10 midfielders early in the season, an uncommon occurrence once the season moves on. The constant line changes help Pietramala and his staff figure out “what goes where” as far as positioning players but limits rhythm among teammates, he said.As the rotation has thinned, the Blue Jays offensive production has increased behind breakout performances from sophomore attack Cole Williams. With Marr and Stanwick already well established as elite attacks, Williams has burst out in the first four games with a team-high eight goals.“You have a big strong physical dodger,” Pietramala said. “And then you’ve got to figure out what he can do for you. Maybe more important, he has to figure out where he fits within in the offense and when is it good for him to go and when is it good for him to move the ball along.”Keeping the pace Syracuse scored first against both Army and Albany before falling stagnant. Against Albany, Syracuse went more than 35 minutes without scoring, and eventually finished the game with three goals, its lowest mark under 20-year head coach John Desko. After scoring first against Army, the Orange offense stalled for nearly 25 minutes between goals. The scoring eventually heated up behind six-third quarter goals and an eventual triple-overtime victory.Against UVA, SU scored first and continued through the rest of the game. Syracuse paced the game, encapsulated by a 4-0 run which began near the end of the second quarter and lasted until the beginning of the fourth, a span of more than 20 minutes.For the first time since its first game of the year against Binghamton, Syracuse won the faceoff battle. It used the added possessions to take its time and not rush like it had in weeks past, Desko said. Syracuse unleashed 43 shots, 27 of which reached cage in large part due to its possession time.Syracuse limited Virginia faceoff specialist Justin Schwenk, who entered the game winning 67 percent of his faceoffs, to eight conversions on 21 attempts. Virginia, known for a fast paced offense run by head coach Lars Tiffany, an Onondaga Nation native, ranked fourth in the country entering the game. UVA scored six of its 11 goals on possessions immediately following faceoff victories.When SU settled in, won its faceoffs, and controlled the ball, it was the better team.Getting long After struggling at the faceoff X against both Albany and Army, Syracuse has found a solution. Against Virginia and top-10 faceoff specialist Schwenk, SU played two long poles on the wings for faceoffs.With Brett Kennedy on one side and Austin Fusco on the other, Syracuse went 16-for-27 on faceoffs. The Orange limited Schwenk to 8-for-21 at the faceoff X.On Saturday, Johns Hopkins enters the Carrier Dome with a top-10 faceoff specialist of its own in Hunter Moreland. Pietramala expects Moreland to get similar treatment to that of Schwenk a week ago.“It’s something that we practice more than a couple times a week,” Pietramala said. “We spend some time working with the wings, in terms of their ability to disengage and get to an open area so we can get them the ball if hunter is getting pressured.”Pietramala added that teams often put two long poles on the wing to take the technique out of the faceoff, making it more of a “muck.” If the small sample size holds true, SU will want that scramble for a ground ball against JHU. Comments Published on March 8, 2018 at 1:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

State of Michigan makes new proposals surrounding medical marijuana

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is making new rules for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.The new proposed rules will lower the medical marijuana card application fee by 33 percent, and eliminate processing fees.The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in 2008 and authorized the use of marijuana to qualifying patients. A public hearing will be held in the next few months to gather input on topics that include reducing application fees, eliminating fees to update names on medical cards, and increasing the renewal period, among others.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, MICHIGAN, weedContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, February 12Next Two Wildcats become National Merit Scholarship finalistslast_img read more

On The Fringe: Tiger Woods closes chapter on California childhood

first_imgIn this Feb. 26, 1992 file photo, amateur Tiger Woods tees off at the 11th hole during the Pro-Am for the Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Woods made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera when he was a 16-year-old junior in high school. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith, File)THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Of all the memories from Tiger Woods’ roots in Southern California, it’s easy to overlook the time he made an appearance in the Tournament of Roses parade.OK, so he wasn’t the grand marshal. And he had just turned 18.Woods, coming off his first U.S. Amateur title, rode on the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation float that required seven tons of flowers to build. He wasn’t the only celebrity on the float on Jan. 2, 1995. Also riding were singer Lee Greenwood, Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan and Olympic champion speedskater Cathy Turner.The majestic float was toward the end of the order, trailed only by the Icelandic Horse Adventure Society and the International House of Pancakes.For sure, there were far greater moments with a golf club in his hand.Woods was only a toddler when he first went head-to-head with Sam Snead. It was only two holes, and Woods made bogey on both of them. Now, he is only four victories from breaking Snead’s record for career PGA Tour victories.Woods made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera in the 1992 Nissan Open when he was a 16-year-old junior in high school. He might have made the cut if not for a growth spurt during the week that made the shaft in his driver too short. More on that later.He never won what he often referred to as his “hometown event” at Riviera. He made up for it by winning five times at Sherwood Country Club, and that doesn’t include his win over David Duval at the illustrious “Showdown at Sherwood” in what amounted to Monday Night Golf.Woods returns to Sherwood this week, in effect closing a chapter on golf in the area he always called home.The Tiger Woods Learning Center, a superb complex that recently received a Golden Bell Award for excellence in education, remains his tie to Southern California. And the Tiger Woods Foundation headquarters will stay in Irvine.But he stopped playing Riviera in 2006 after he narrowly made the cut. The only regular event in California that Woods still plays is in Torrey Pines, a two-hour drive from his hometown of Cypress in Orange County. The only time Los Angeles area golf fans could see him play was the World Challenge, a holiday event that attracts an 18-man field of players from the top 50 in the world.This is the last year at Sherwood. Woods is moving the event to Isleworth, his old home in central Florida. Then, it could be headed to the Bahamas.In this Dec. 4, 2011 file photo, Tiger Woods waves his cap after winning the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Woods never won what he often referred to as his “hometown event” at Riviera. He made up for it by winning five times at Sherwood Country Club. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)When he won the Canadian Open in 2000 with that 6-iron out of a bunker and over the water, his late father, Earl, said that day, “In every tournament, he’ll hit shots that people will be talking about for 30 years.”One thing is certain — Woods leaves a trail of stories behind. Here are five from his time in Southern California.TIGER VS. SLAMMIN’ SAMMYWoods was just starting kindergarten when he was invited to join Snead at Calabasas Country Club just north of LA. They played two holes, starting with a par 3. Woods hit into a creek fronting the green, and Snead suggested he just pick it up and drop it.“That kind of ticked me off, so I decided to play it out of the water,” Woods once recalled. “I knocked it on the green and two-putted for my 4.”THE DEBUTWoods missed his first seven cuts on the PGA Tour, starting with the 1992 Nissan Open in his debut at age 16. He opened with a 72 and was in reasonable shape to make the cut until what his father said was a growth spurt. Woods shot 75 the next day and headed back to high school.“I was hitting the ball good the first few days of the week, but then I suddenly outgrew my club shaft,” Woods said a year later.His father said they didn’t figure out what happened until the tournament was over.“He was in a growth cycle, and those teenage muscles just grew overnight,” Earl Woods said.THE END OF RIVIERAA beautiful afternoon off Sunset Boulevard turned nasty without warning, and Woods was on his back nine at Riviera without rain gear in 2006. He bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 74 to presumably miss the cut — until three more players dropped shots coming in and Woods made the cut on the number.He was to be paired Saturday with J.B. Holmes, a big-hitting rookie who had just smashed his way to victory in Phoenix. The next morning, Woods was a no-show. He withdrew because of the flu, and he has not been back to Riviera since.THE POWER MOVEIt was baking hot in August for the “Showdown at Sherwood” in 1999, a nationally televised exhibition against David Duval, who had returned to No. 1 in the world. Because it was not an official PGA Tour event, the caddies wore shorts.A PGA Tour rules official ordered them to change into pants. Duval’s caddie complied. Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams, did not. The rules officials made it clear to Williams that if he did not change into trousers, it would be the last time he caddied on the PGA Tour.Woods, listening to this conversation, interrupted by saying, “Guess I’ll be playing in Europe next year.”Williams wore shorts. Woods won the match. And it wasn’t long before shorts were approved for caddies on the PGA Tour.THE WINOf the five wins at his World Challenge, none was more meaningful than in 2011. One shot behind with two to play, Woods birdied his last two holes to beat Zach Johnson. It was his first win since his personal life came crashing down, a span of 26 official tournaments over 749 days.“If he steadily progresses, keeps getting confidence and moving forward,” Jim Furyk said that day, “he’s going to return and be one of the best players in the game again.”Woods won three times the following year, five times this year. For his swan song at Sherwood, he is No. 1 in the world.last_img read more

Top flight curling takes over Nelson Curling Club at Open Cashspiel

first_imgHeadlining the event is Tom Buchy of Kimberley, who qualified for the BC Men’s Finals in 2013, Kent McHargue of Sparwood along with Nelson’s Garry Meadows, Rob Wudkevich and Fred Thomson and Nando Salviulo.The spiel opens Friday with the first draw at 6 p.m.Curling continues Saturday with the final set for Sunday at 2 p.m.The cashspiel is a prelude to the Kootenay Men’s Zones hosted by Nelson December 5-7.This event will qualify two teams for the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s provincial playdowns February 3-8 in Vernon. Sixteen elite curling teams from southern BC is in Nelson this weekend to compete in the 2014 Open Cashspiel at the Heritage City Curling Club.The field includes rinks from around the Kootenay and Okanagan regions, which includes several former B.C. Champions.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 9, 2015

first_imgGeorge Papaprodromou1022220%$72,670 MANDELLAS SQUARE OFF IN SUNDAY’S PASEANAThe apple won’t fall far from the tree when Valiant Emilia and Zilber run in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.Gary Mandella saddles Valiant Emilia who breaks from post position two, while his Hall of Fame father, Richard, sends out Zilber, who breaks from post position three.It’s not the first time the two have raced horses against one another.“You can’t be any better than your horses are, but he does a great job,” papa Mandella said of his son. “I’m very proud of him.”The Paseana, named for the champion older filly or mare of 1992 and 1993 trained by Ron McAnally, goes as race seven on a nine-race program.The field: Legacy, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Valiant Emilia, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Zilber, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Tiz Midnight, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 3-1; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 3-1; Eblouissante, Gary Stevens, 10-1; and Taste Like Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2.‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ WINNER ‘CHROME’ HONORED TOMORROWSanta Anita will proudly honor California Chrome as the fifth annual recipient of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award (the People’s Choice Award) on Saturday.The California Chrome team will be available for an autograph session at 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens. The first 2,000 fans who arrive at the autograph tent will receive a free California Chrome poster, which will be available only at the autograph tent, one per fan, while supplies last.Scheduled to attend the autograph session will be Chrome’s regular rider, Victor Espinoza; his trainer, Art Sherman; and owners/breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.            California Chrome, who basked in the national spotlight throughout the year after winning the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was the clear favorite among the record number of voters in the Vox Populi online poll.He was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat, in whose name she established the award in 2010. A. C. Avila720029%$30,210 (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 8) Mark Casse1833217%$241,300 Gary Stevens1544227%$201,160 IMPROVEMENT DUE FOR MAJESTIC HARBOR IN SAN PASQUALFresh, fit and formidable, Majestic Harbor is expected to return to the form that enabled him to win the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last June when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes for older horses at 1 1/16 miles.The 7-year-old horse failed to fire in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1, finishing a distant 13th in a field of 14, but Sean McCarthy is hopeful that the son of the late Rockport Harbor does his thing in the San Pasqual.“It wasn’t his day in the Breeders’ Cup . . . He came out of the race fine and everything was good,” the trainer said. “I turned him out for a while, let him roll and play in the sand a little bit, brought him back and he’s been working really well for this race.“Hopefully, if he runs to his works, he should go well.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Quadrivium, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 9-5; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo, 5-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Salto Del Indio, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc, 10-1; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; and Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 10-1. Drayden Van Dyke433367%$209,206 Mike Puype1622213%$100,030 Kent Desormeaux3574420%$393,808 Martin Pedroza3454515%$176,670 Elvis Trujillo3854413%$329,678 Edwin Maldonado222249%$83,548 Peter Eurton1842222%$200,200 FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert on how he thinks the Eclipse Awards will shake out now that the voters have named the finalists: “It’s the only time in our sport where it becomes figure skating.” . . . Chitu worked in company Friday morning with American Pride for Baffert, going five furlongs under Martin Garcia. Each horse was clocked in 1:01.40 . . . Stakes winners Tamarando and Wild Dude worked in company for Jerry Hollendorfer, each timed in 1:12.60 for six furlongs. Corey Nakatani was aboard Tamarando . . . California Chrome is scheduled to work at 8 a.m. Saturday at Los Alamitos in preparation for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7, and a possible Breeders’ Cup Classic rematch with Bayern and Shared Belief. The latter breezed four furlongs at his Golden Gate base Tuesday in 50.60 . . . Jockey Joe Steiner is two wins away from career victory No. 1,000 . . . Jockey Alonso Quinonez has been suspended three days (Jan. 15, 16 and 17) for causing interference on Persuasive Paul in Thursday’s second race . . .Richard Mandella reports two-time champion Beholder doing well at Julie Adair-Stack‘s Chino facility as she prepares for her return to the races. “She’s jogging there and getting legged up a bit,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “She’ll be in here before long.” . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day next Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which completes a three-day weekend at The Great Race Place. Fans can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m.. . . High fives: Show Stealer makes her fifth start in today’s fifth race. She has finished fifth each time. Corey Nakatani2553320%$246,796 Jeff Bonde820125%$98,570 Tiago Pereira222239%$57,660 Steven Miyadi722029%$56,030 J. Eric Kruljac721029%$72,550 Richard Mandella721129%$70,670 Rafael Bejarano471110523%$560,106 Victor Espinoza2944214%$314,740center_img TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Michael Pender822025%$82,290 Jerry Hollendorfer3175423%$693,602 Carla Gaines1432021%$175,155 Fernando Perez342226%$83,676 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze5472913%$417,778 Mike Smith2963421%$488,041 Mark Glatt1733318%$138,776 ROCKINATTEN DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL IN SHAM STAKES            Team O’Neill hopes to make another contentious run in the Triple Crown classics this year with recent acquisition Rockinatten, who is entered in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile, the first in a series of important sophomore steppingstones at Santa Anita that could lead to greater gold and glory capped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Rockinatten will be making his West Coast debut, having raced three times at Gulfstream Park in Florida, breaking his maiden by nearly nine lengths at seven furlongs on Oct. 26.“Steve Rothblum (O’Neill assistant and bloodstock guru) and a couple of our owners made the connection for us,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “Hopefully, we can put the horse in the major leagues. The timing is right to try and see if we have another I’ll Have Another or Goldencents.”Each of those horses won the Santa Anita Derby, in 2012 and 2013, respectively. I’ll Have Another went on the capture the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, before a last-minute injury forced him to abort his try for the elusive Triple in the Belmont Stakes.Rafael Bejarano will be riding Rockinatten competitively for the first time in the Sham, but the meet’s leading rider has worked the Florida-bred gelding twice at Santa Anita.“He’s doing really well and I really like him,” Bejarano said.The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: St. Joe Bay, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Pioneerof the West, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Rockinatten, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Unblunted, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Papacoolpapacool, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, 8-5; and Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 4-1.CALCULATOR GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN IN SHAMSanta Anita oddsmaker Jon White has installed Calculator, a maiden, as the morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes. The In Summation colt will be making his 2015 debut in the one mile test for 3-year-olds.“Not only did I make Calculator the morning line favorite, but I made him a strong favorite at 8-5,” White said. “He is certainly not your typical maiden. He finished second in two Grade I races last year. He ran second in both the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner here at Santa Anita. And it’s not as if those were weak editions of those races, either. American Pharoah won those two races, earning an excellent 101 Beyer Speed Figure each time.“American Pharoah is an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 2-year-old male. Texas Red finished third, behind Calculator, in the FrontRunner and went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 6 ½ lengths. Texas Red also is one of the three Eclipse Award finalists in his division, along with Hootenany (who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf).“I did some research on the Sham and found that not only is Calculator going against the grain in that he is a maiden running against winners, he also is going against the grain in terms of something nine of the last 10 winners of the Sham have had in common. Nine of the last 10 winners went into it off a victory, the only exception being Colonel John, who won the 2008 Sham after having finished second in the CashCall Futurity.“This begs the question, ‘Who is going into this year’s Sham off a victory?’ And the answer is Rockinatten and Hero Ten All.”Rockinatten is coming off an 8 ¾-length maiden victory at Gulfstream Park West, while Hero Ten All is coming off a 1 ¾-length maiden win at Los Alamitos.“Four of the last five winners of the Sham went into it off a win in a maiden race,” White noted. “So perhaps that also will bode well for Rockinatten and Hero Ten All. Midnight Hawk (the 2014 Sham winner) and Out of Bounds both were coming off a maiden win at Hollywood Park. Tapizar (2011) was coming off a maiden win at Churchill Downs. And Alphie’s Bet (2010) was coming off a maiden win on the grass at Santa Anita.” MAJESTIC HARBOR FRESH FOR THE SAN PASQUALFLORIDA INVADER DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL IN SHAMMAIDEN CALCULATOR MAKES SENSE TO JON WHITEFATHER AND SON MANDELLA VIE IN PASEANACALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED HERE SATURDAY John Sadler232369%$158,618 Brandon Boulanger1620113%$28,280 Joseph Talamo4558611%$381,078 Philip D’Amato1423214%$98,160 Robertino Diodoro921122%$35,610 Peter Miller2653319%$306,076 Eddie Truman320167%$67,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat1330323%$83,100 -30-last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday September 25, 2015

first_imgIT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S SUPER MARE!UNBEATEN NYQUIST EXCITES TEAM O’NEILL‘PHAROAH’ GALLOPS, TO WORK ON SUNDAYBEHOLDER GALLOPS, SCHOOLS FOR GRADE I ZENYATTAHALO DARLIN STEPS UP IN GRADE I CHANDELIERRODEO DRIVE DISTANCE GOOD FOR ELEKTRUM BC MILE IN SIGHT FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONLEANDRO MORA BACK, TEXAS RED ON THE SHELF LONGER DISTANCE GOOD FOR ELEKTRUM SADLER SAYSJohn Sadler expects Elektrum to continue to show good form Saturday when she runs in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“The longer distance should be better for her,” said Sadler, who trains the Irish-bred daughter of High Chaparral for the Hronis brothers, Peter and Kosta. “She’s undefeated at a mile and an eighth in the U.S., and the races she had trouble in were mostly at a mile. I think she’s going to like the added distance.”Elektrum’s Daily Racing Form trouble lines in her five U.S. races read like something out of a day in the life of Al Capp’s perennially snake-bitten comic strip character Joe Btfsplk, to wit: “Off bit slow, three wide lane; Steadied ¾, blocked 1/8; Steadied early, 5 wide lane; Boxed in stretch out kicked;” and “three wide bid, between stretch, game.”Sadler understandably is more than pleased with his successful association with the Hronis brothers. “It’s been wonderful,” Sadler said. “We’re having another good year and it looks like we’re still going forward, so we’re pretty excited.”The Rodeo Drive, race nine: Star Act, Gary Stevens, 15-1; Lady Pimpernel, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Photo Call, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Famous Alice, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Three Hearts, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Elektrum, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Queen of the Sand, Mike Smith, 8-1; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Sharla Rae, James Graham, 8-1; Stormy Lucy, Corey Nakatani, 20-1; and Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 5-1. UNBEATEN NYQUIST SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN FRONTRUNNERDoug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam could have another Triple Crown contender on their hands in Nyquist, an unbeaten 2-year-old son of Uncle Mo who goes two turns for the first time in Saturday’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Nyquist won his maiden outing at five furlongs by a head on June 15, won the Grade II Best Pal next out by 5 ¼ lengths on Aug. 8, then captured the Grade I Del Mar Futurity by nearly four lengths at seven furlongs on Sept. 7.O’Neill knows a good 3-year-old when he trains one. I’ll Have Another, owned by Reddam, came within an 11th-hour injury of running for the Triple Crown in 2012, and 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.“He fits right in with horses of that caliber, just by the way he’s performed so far,” O’Neill said of Nyquist, named for Detroit Red Wings hockey star Gustav Nyquist. “As far as getting a distance, he has shown in his three sprint wins that he has something for the gallop out, and only special horses do that, so there are similarities between him and I’ll Have Another.“They have different physiques, but are very similar in that they work and perform brilliantly.“Before Nyquist ever started, we dreamed about stretching him out, so we’re looking forward to going a distance for the first time. He’s really tall at the withers, covers a lot of ground, and has a good mind.“Everything says he’ll route, but you don’t know until he does it. We’ll see on Saturday.”The field for the FrontRunner, race five: Go Long, Fernando Perez, 20-1; On Fire, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 6-5; Hollywood Don, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Rare Candy, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Swipe, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; and Mt Veeder, Martin Garcia, 6-1. AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS; WORKS ON SUNDAYTriple Crown king American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half for the second straightday Friday morning. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is preparing for the $5 millionBreeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31, his final start before being retired to stud.Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work American Pharoah at 6:30 Sunday morning at a distance to be determined. FINISH LINES: Just a week to the day from suffering a stroke, Leandro Mora was back at Santa Anita Friday morning, looking as healthy as he did before he left. “Doctors told me to take two weeks off before I return to work,” said Mora, a valued assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, “but I think I’ll be back in a week. I’m very fortunate and grateful to the doctors and all the support I’ve received from my friends at the track. I was so lucky, Doug bought me lottery tickets. I didn’t win so far, but I haven’t opened all of them yet.” . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red has bruised bones in his ankles and “is off short term,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita, just back from the Keeneland Sale where be bought 27 horses, some of which will be pinhooked. “We won’t make the Breeders’ Cup with Texas Red this year, but all he needs is a couple of months off to heal. There are no chips, no fractures, no bowed tendons, no soft tissue issues, which is very good news. He’ll get a needed rest. He never had a real break except for the time we sent him to the farm before the Triple Crown races. This will give him time to grow and mature, so I only look at it as a positive experience.” . . . Tom Quigley‘s guests handicappers this weekend in the East Paddock Gardens will be XpressBet TV host Aaron Vercruysse (11:20 a.m. Saturday) and Santa Anita simulcast host Michelle Yu (Sunday at 11:50 a.m.) . . . Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Ky., and official radio home of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships, will host three hours of Breeders’ Cup Challenge coverage from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Saturday. HRRN’s exclusive radio broadcast airs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time on SiriusXM, channel 93 with live streaming provided on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Anthony Stabile will broadcast live from Belmont Park, with HRRN President Mike Penna and retired jockey Jeff Bloom on-site at Santa Anita. HRRN’s full slate of programming begins Saturday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. with their popular weekly talk show, the Equine Forum, hosted from Santa Anita. The Equine Forum airs nationwide on Sirius 93/XM 93 along with terrestrial affiliates across the country and is streamed live and podcast on the HRRN website. A complete schedule of upcoming broadcasts along with SiriusXM and affiliate information can be found on the HRRN website . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Catch a Flight, scratched from the Awesome Again Stakes due to soreness, is scheduled to undergo a nuclear scan, the results of which won’t be available for a few days, Richard Mandella said. By the way, Mandella was asked by a friend why he chose Victor Espinoza to ride Twentytwentyvision in Sunday’s City of Hope Mile. His answer drew a laugh: “I liked the way he danced,” Mandella said. . . . Programming Note: There is special early first post time of 12:30 p.m. on opening day, Saturday. Santa Anita will offer fans a blockbuster 11-race program which includes five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races. ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS TO TURN TABLES ON BEHOLDERIf there’s one constant in training Thoroughbreds, it’s not to put the cart before the horse. Of course, in Standardbred racing, that goes without saying.That said, an agenda or program of some degree makes sense. That’s one reason trainer Craig Lewis has Warren’s Veneda entered to tackle Beholder again in Saturday’s Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles, despite being beaten 11 ¼ lengths by Beholder last out in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1.Even a loss in the Zenyatta would not necessarily preclude Warren’s Veneda from reaching her ultimate goal, a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30.“Warren’s Veneda is good, but Beholder’s beyond good,” Lewis said, given a pass for stating the obvious. “Beholder’s from a different planet. She destroyed those colts (in the Pacific Classic) like she was running on kryptonite.“Warren’s Veneda is coming back from a bad foot bruise at Del Mar. She’s good right now, but she missed some time and we’re just hoping she runs a good enough race Saturday to propel her into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, where hopefully we won’t meet Beholder, because she’d be in the Classic.”Warren’s Veneda, a 5-year-old Affirmative mare bred in California by owner Benjamin C. Warren, showed sensational form at Santa Anita last winter, rolling to three straight daylight wins, in the Paseana Stakes, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes, before disappointing big time at 10 cents on the dollar in the Grade I Vanity on May 9, finishing third. It started a string of four straight losses Lewis hopes will end Saturday.In addition to the Zenyatta, Santa Anita will showcase the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Each race offers $300,000 in purse money. The winners will be entitled to automatic entry into their respective Breeders’ Cup races, in addition to a travel stipend if going from a base located outside of Kentucky.            The field for the Zenyatta, race seven: Oscar Party, James Graham, 30-1; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 8-1; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5. PUYPE SUPPLEMENTS HALO DARLIN TO CHANDELIER STAKESSongbird would turn out to be the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Chandelier Stakes on Jon White’s morning line, but that hasn’t deterred Mike Puype from supplementing maiden winner Halo Darlin at a cost of $6,000 to the race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.A California-bred daughter of Lucky Pulpit owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, Halo Darlin won at first asking, beating state-breds by five lengths going six furlongs Sept. 2 at Del Mar.“She broke her maiden nicely and you don’t know about the other fillies,” Puype said. “They’re all untested two-year-olds going a route. I never felt going into her first race that Halo Darlin could sprint a lick. I always felt she was a router.“The Chandelier is a Grade I, it’s for $300,000, and if she can make the distance, she’s going to run a good race. It would be a life-changing dollar amount added to her value if she does, so you’ve got to take a shot.”The field for the Chandelier, race eight: Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Halo Darlin, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Vieja Luna, Juan Leyva, 15-1; Yodelsong, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 3-5; Sheeza Milky Way, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Jade Princess, Victor Espinoza, 9-2; and Right There, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1. MANDELLA EYES BIGGER THINGS FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONRichard Mandella hopes to learn whether Twentytwentyvision is the real deal or not when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up.A solid performance could put the 4-year-old Pollard’s Vision gelding on a path to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland Oct. 31.“I entered him to see if he’s good enough for the Big Dance,” Mandella said of Twentytwentyvision, who was second after leading into the stretch in the Grade I Eddie Read at 1 1/8 miles on grass July 18, before winning an allowance test at Del Mar on Aug. 22.“Tomorrow’s race is kind of a test, but he’s worked his way up to deserve it and we’ll see what happens,” Mandella said. “It’s a test to see if he’s good enough.”The field for the City of Hope: Poshky, James Graham, 12-1; Hot Hot Seat, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Big Cazanova, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 15-1; Twentytwentyvision, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Talco, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 5-1; and Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 4-1. CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER GALLOPS 1 ¼ MILES, SCHOOLS IN PADDOCK            Two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder once again took to the main track at 5:50 a.m. and galloped a mile and a quarter for trainer Richard Mandella. As she has done the past two days, she was scheduled to school at 12:30 this afternoon in the saddling paddock before heading back to the Mandella barn.A smashing 8 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, she’ll be shooting for a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes.last_img read more

HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED TOEWS ON ICE HEADS FRIDAY’S $75,000 SAN PEDRO STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS AT SIX FURLONGS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Toews On Ice heads a field of six sophomores in Santa Anita’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on Friday.TOEWS ON ICE: Trained by Bob Baffert and named for Chicago Blackhawks star center and captain, Johnathan Toews (pronounced TAZE), Toews On Ice was an impressive winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back on Nov. 14 at Del Mar, but he comes off a disappointing sixth place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the one mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 18.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, who is Triple Crown nominated, was a close second to his highly regarded stablemate Mor Spirit two starts back in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19. A Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice has pressed or been on the early lead in all seven of his starts, resulting in three wins and earnings of $245,700.DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet has done little wrong in two starts. A stylish 3 ¾ length first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9, Denman’s Call hugged the rail en route to an impressive third place finish behind top Derby contender Nyquist in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15–an effort that earned him a lofty 94 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com or W.C. Racing, Inc., Denman’s Call is  also Triple Crown nominated and could use a win in the San Pedro as a springboard to the Derby trail.THE SAN PEDRO STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRACE 8  Approximate post time, 4:30 p.m. PTGold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 120Boldly True – Mario Gutierrez – 120Toews On Ice – Martin Garcia – 124Mt Veeder – Rafael Bejarano – 120Denman’s Call – Flavien Prat – 120He’s a Tiger – Edwin Maldonado – 120last_img read more