UNITED, ACCLIMATE & CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE ALL RATE BIG CHANCES IN WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAYARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s highly regarded United and a pair of Phil D’Amato trainees, Acclimate and Cleopatra’s Strike, rate big chances in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita, which has attracted a wide open field of eight 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter.UNITEDOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Richard MandellaIdle since rallying from off the pace for a 1 ¼ length win in a mile and one eighth turf allowance at Del Mar on July 17, this 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding was a troubled second two starts back in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf here on May 25. With Flavien Prat riding back, United could be poised to post his first stakes win in the John Henry.ACCLIMATEOwner: The Ellwood Johnston Trust & Timmy Time RacingTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA front-running 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Acclamation, he registered his first graded win when waltzed to one length gate to wire score in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 17. Ridden by eastern-based Florent Geroux at Del Mar, he’ll be handled for the first time on Saturday by Victor Espinoza. With a hillside start, he’ll shorten up in distance an eighth of a mile.CLEOPATRA’S STRIKEOwner: Slam Dunk Racing & Michael NentwigTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA sharp second, beaten a nose in his So Cal debut, the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes here on Jan. 5, this 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred gelding by Smart Strike went to the sidelines and resurfaced in a second condition allowance at Del Mar Sept. 2. A fast finishing second, beaten a head going 1 1/8 miles on turf, he’ll be making his third start for D’Amato on Saturday and should get plenty of pari-mutuel attention.THE JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTYa Gotta Wanna–Geovanni Franco–121Oscar Dominguez–Joe Talamo–121Cleopatra’s Strike–Abel Cedillo–121Ritzy A.P.–Martin Garcia–121United–Flavien Prat–121Grecian Fire–Mike Smith–121The Street Fighter–Edwin Maldonado–121Acclimate–Victor Espinoza–125First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “She’s that kind of horse, she deserves to be ridden confidently, she demands it as well. I just let her be and she will get the job done.”PRE-RACE: “We kind of broke out a little early going two turns for the first time (in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 22). She had only run one time (locally) and she came off of a lengthy layoff. She probably needed that race. She jumped out of the gate extremely well. We’re kind of hoping she jumps out well again today and she will kind of place herself. Hopefully one or two will go and we can sit back.“We know she’s very effective going short. I do believe she’ll get a mile for sure. She should be able to do it pretty handedly, the way she’s bred she should get a mile and a half if she wanted to. It’s funny if you look at her breeding it makes you wonder where all that speed is coming from but she’s extremely talented and she’s proven herself going short, if we get a good trip she’s going to be extremely hard to beat.”TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD MANDELLA, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “What a nice filly. She basically ran back to her race here in the Las Cienegas two-back (on Jan. 11). She was so relaxed today. She’s settled nicely into our system and now I think she’ll go longer. I think Mike could’ve done whatever he wanted (with her) today.”NOTES: The winning owner is Fox Hill Farms.
JON WALTERS has queried why there seems to be more pressure on footballers to give up significant portions of their salaries to help the poorer in society than there is on other rich individuals.He cited the areas of banking, airline owners and tax exiles as people who not only often earn more than footballers but also contribute less in terms of tax.8 Walters gave his thoughts on the matter in a series of tweets as he also listened and replied to some slightly differing views8888888 Credit: TwitterAt yesterday’s UK government briefing Health Secretary Matt Hancock specifically mentioned footballers as a group that ought to contribute as the economy continues to suffer massively due to the Covid-19 pandemic.He said: “Given the sacrifices many people are making, the first thing PL footballers can do is make a contribution.”There has been criticism for how some clubs such as Tottenham have reacted to the pandemic as they have so far opted to furlough some non-playing staff while still paying players in full.They have also chosen to impose a 20% pay reduction on all other non-playing staff.TOTTENHAM CRITICISMAdditionally, they have gone to the government seeking funds to pay staff through the Coronavirus job retention scheme.The moves have been blasted by former boss Harry Redknapp amongst others.It’s even believed other Premier League clubs feel chairman Daniel Levy’s actions have damaged the overall reputation of the league.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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’Some other clubs have on the other hand decided to impose wage reductions on playing staff in order to ensure the wider staff can continue to be paid in full.European giants Juventus and Barcelona were applauded for the moves they made.The Italian champ’s squad agreed to freeze their wages for four months while Barcelona’s agreed to all take a 70% reduction.
The Rugby Football League caused a stir by offering the defunct Bulls the chance to stay in the second tier of the professional game under new ownership rather than starting at the bottom of the pyramid, as the Wolfpack are doing in League 1.The Canadian newcomers are gearing up for the start of the season in March, using training facilities in West Yorkshire, but Rowley says they would be keen to start in the Championship if the opportunity arose.”We weren’t sounded out and nor were any of the Cumbrian clubs,” Rowley told Press Association Sport.”We fully supported starting at the bottom, I think that’s right.”But, if you are asking me if we would take the opportunity, absolutely yes, we would go now. I know that Barrow would do the same, I’m not too sure about the other two, Whitehaven and Workington, although I’d be surprised if they refused it.”The whole situation is confusing and not consistent with messages that have been given out previously when other clubs have been in similar situations. It creates unrest and debate.”The one thing we all agree on is that we all want Bradford strong and safe but we do with Sheffield and York and other clubs as well so it’s no different. The rules need to be laid down early and then nobody can complain.”Who knows but if someone asks us the question, then we’re ready. But really the option, if it’s going to anyone, should go to the Cumbrian clubs – two got relegated and one missed out on promotion.”That’s what I believe but, if someone wants to give it to us, we’ll take it.”Toronto have signed former Salford prop forward Adam Sidlow from Bradford to take their number of full-time players to 22, not including three trialists who came from the club’s scouting mission in Jamaica and North America.”It’s not enough for the rigours of the season,” admitted Rowley. “We’re thin in some areas.”But we’ve set ourselves a budget and we want to stick within that. We’re pretty much done but we’ll keep looking.”Wolfpack will play the second of two opposed training sessions with Halifax on Saturday and one against Huddersfield next week before playing friendlies against Hull and Wigan.
The All Blacks on Wednesday discovered they will come up against the Springboks, Italy and two qualifiers at the showpiece event in Japan in two years’ time.New Zealand beat South Africa 20-18 at the semi-final stage of the last World Cup in England, before going on to retain the Webb Ellis Cup with a win over Australia.Hansen is braced for a tough Pool B, but knows his defending champions will have to beat the best teams on the planet if they are to win the tournament for a third time in succession.REACTION: @AllBlacks head coach Steve Hansen on being in a Pool with @Springboks @federugby, Africa 1 qualifier and the repechage winner pic.twitter.com/vQ2buNHynV— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) May 10, 2017″It was always going to be what it’s going to be. We’ve drawn a pool that’s got some strength in it, that’s okay. We know South Africa well, we know they will be tough,” said the All Blacks’ head coach.”Italy are an improving side and we don’t know yet who the qualifiers are going to be. We can assume they will be good sides if they’re going to make it, so it is what it is.”Hansen can also see why a Pool C which includes England, France and Argentina has already been billed as the group of death.”There are some very tough pools, Pool C is also very tough and eventually if you’re going to win the thing you’ve got to play all the good teams, so we are happy now.” “We’ve just got to find out where the games are going to be played, so we can get our planning set.”
Pay remains without a win in his short coaching career after the Sydney Roosters sent his Bulldogs back to their kennel with an 18-point loss and their tails between their legs on Friday.The Bulldogs conceded three tries in 38 minutes and never got within striking distance as they allowed Roosters pair James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk to click into gear at their new club.It was the second week in a row Pay’s side gave up 30-plus points, following their heavy defeat to defending premiers Melbourne in their season-opener.Not since the old ‘Berries gave up 93 points in 1971 have the Bulldogs allowed as many points over the opening fortnight of a competition.“It’s becoming frustrating, that’s for sure,” Pay said.Roosters backline stars Blake Ferguson and Latrell Mitchell joined Tedesco in combining for 562 metres, 15 tackle busts, four line breaks and two tries.“In the first half their back five rolled out of their end too easily. We said we were going to try and nullify that, but I just thought we didn’t do a good enough job of that,” Pay said.Pay was also unhappy with their restructured attack, particularly during a crucial 10-minute period in the first half when the Roosters had forward Isaac Liu in the sin bin.Pay was left to rue the bunker’s decision to overturn a Marcelo Montoya try due to an obstruction, but was otherwise unimpressed by their play with the ball.“We’ve worked hard in the off-season with how we want to attack and we didn’t get that on tonight, so that side’s frustrating as well,” he said.Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson refused to use the daunting task of facing the Storm and Roosters first up as an excuse.“It doesn’t matter who they are, 30 points isn’t good enough,” he said.“If we want to be there in September we’ve got to match it with every team in the competition, regardless of how good of a footy team they are. Very disappointing in that aspect.”
EI Celtic 2020 begins with the defense in frame. Oscar Garcia He has found himself in the lap of training with only four defenses available to receive Osasuna on Sunday. The losses in the rear will cause a duo of centrals to open. David Costas will first form a tandem holder with Joseph Aidoo.The youth has only played two games since the beginning in this first round. It started The league entering eleven to face the Real Madrid and the coaching staff of the García Junyent brothers He opted for the first time for the chapeleiro on the day before the Christmas break. Costas played the 90 minutes in the City of Valencia, where Celta used a scheme with three centrals, and was one of the players signaled by the defeat against the I raised. During the first part he kept the fighter at bay Roger Martí, but after the break he was unarmed, like his two companions in the axis of the rear, by the attacking granotas. The new year will start for the player trained in To Madroa with the opportunity to compensate. Néstor Araujo will not be able to participate before Osasuna when completing the card cycle, while Jorge Sáenz continues to leave after damaging his left shoulder in the cupping match with Peña Azagresa.Mal. Only two exchanges are suitable and, for the moment, also two sides: Kevin Vázquez and Lucas Olaza. The other two lanes should arrive to measure the reds. David Juncá has partially restarted training with the group and Hugo Mallo will be 2-3 days more exercising on the sidelines due to muscle strain.
Sergio Ramos, captain of Real Madrid, spoke of the worked victory of Real Madrid in the stadium of Fox before him Valladolid. He did it for the microphones of Movistar LaLiga and Real MadridTV.Party suffered: “Of course. No field is easy and all the teams demonstrate it. We knew that with its scheme it was difficult, with that 4-4-2 it was more difficult to create spaces, they were very closed and folded. The first part has been a bit thicker , but in the second we have found some more space and finally, in a second play, Nacho has been able to hook it. We are very happy with the objective, add three points and become leaders. Now, keep adding. “ Points: “We knew it was going to be very difficult and they put it at home very complicated.” Maturity: “The first part they always come out very intense and know how to defend very well. We knew that we had to mature the game and we did so.”Leadership: “Very happy and eager to follow up”19 games without losing: “It indicates that we have to work, work and work and that’s how things go.” Recover the leadership: “It is important. It is very soon, the League is very long and is seen in any game that is becoming more complicated, as everyone says. You can leave points in any field and against any team. We will continue game by game and continue in this dynamic: with a lot of personality, a lot of initiative, sometimes you can not play but we always try, that is to see a Madrid with commitment and identity … “. The Nacho-Zidane hug: “It’s very good, summarizes the unity of the group, which is fundamental. The balance revolves based on the unity of the group. Although some play less, everyone is prepared. It is a hug from the whole team. We all fight for the same goal and it looks in those little details. “Match after injury. “I had a second degree sprain and had affected a ligament. I was looking forward to returning. After the Super Cup I have returned in record time. I hope I can contribute my highest level to the team.”Lucas Vázquez: “We had to mature the game”
Juan Ignacio Londero tonight he received over the nerves that his debut on the Argentina Open and superior to the spherical of 16 ATP 250 Buenos Aires with a laborious triumph in three units in opposition to Slovak Filip Horansky.The Cordoba participant had very excessive moments and different diametrically opposed throughout the nearly two hours that the assembly lasted within the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership.Nonetheless, the primary and Londero, 69 within the ATP rating, was imposed earlier than Horansky, 182 in that very same checklist, with partials of 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2.“I used to be nervous. I don’t know if my abdomen pains. I may let go and join within the third set, and I’m pleased for the win ”admitted Londero.On the finish of the sport, the Cordovan added: “The start of the sport is my mistake and I’ve to alter it. I’ve psychological lows and I’m attempting to beat them. ” Within the subsequent spherical, Londero will probably be measured with the Slovak Laslo Djere (35), winner within the first spherical of the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4.Mayer misplaced to Albert RamosLeonardo Mayer he misplaced tonight the potential for finishing the ultimate field of the Argentina Open. The Correntino fell in three units in opposition to the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas, who agreed to the spherical of the 16 better of the ATP 250 event that takes place within the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis MembershipThe evening started nicely for the nickname Yacaré, as a result of he took over the primary quarter by 6-4, however within the second he turned erratic and allowed the Catalan to degree the sport by successful 6-3.Within the third, probably the most even of all, the distinction got here solely within the eleventh sport. Ramos Viñolas, 42 of the world, attacked on the serve of Mayer, 107 of the rating, and received the decisive break.Within the subsequent sport, the Spaniard received all 4 factors in a row with his service and superior to the subsequent spherical.
The Norwegian Casper Ruud, quantity 45 of the world, was consecrated this Sunday champion of the Argentine Open, the ATP 250 that’s performed in Buenos Aires, after beating in the ultimate the Portuguese Pedro Sousa, quantity 145 of the world, 6-1 and 6-4.The Argentine Open, which was performed on clay, is the first ATP title received by the 21-year-old tennis participant. Ruud was notoriously superior to Sousa, who performed with bodily discomfort.“It’s a terrific feeling. It’s what all gamers search for and dream. I’m very proud of my profession, I’m nonetheless younger.”Ruud stated as quickly because the match was over. “Buenos Aires will at all times be a particular place for me, that is my first title,” he added. Ruud acknowledged that his rival “was not 100%” however clarified that “these kinds of points are a part of the sport.” On his approach to the ultimate, the Norwegian beat the Spaniards Pablo Andújar (6-2 and 6-3) and Roberto Carbálles (6-1 and 6-0), the Serbian Laslo Djere (7-5 and 6-1 ) and the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero (4-6, 7-5 and 6-1). Sousa had eradicated the Argentine Facundo Díaz (4-6, 6-2 and 6-3), the Slovak Jozef Kovalik (7 (7) – (3) 6 and seven (7) – (5) 6) and the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 7 (7) – (5) 6 and 6-4).Within the semifinals, the Portuguese needed to face the first head of sequence and quantity 14 of the world Diego Schwartzman, however the Argentine didn’t seem for an harm.Among the many spectators, the presence of Gabriela Sabatini, the perfect Argentine tennis participant in historical past, stood out. Sabatini was invited to the sector for the awards and the coronation of Ruud. The Argentine Open was performed on clay on the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership in Buenos Aires.