Brazilian legend Ronaldinho to come out of retirement at 39 to play for Colombian…

first_imgAdvertisement 57hbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs85Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6mrne( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71Would you ever consider trying this?😱9cnwwCan your students do this? 🌚oz5qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sante Fe , one of the most successful Colombian clubs are bringing Ronaldinho back from retirement!Advertisement Yes , you read that right. On October 17 , Ronaldinho will play for Santa Fe in a celebration game. Whether the arrangement continues after that day is unknown. Tickets are priced at maximum 30 Euros and go as low as 7 Euros which will make it convenient for supporters to flock over to see one of the greats play.Advertisement However, Ronaldinho has his passport seized by Brazil Government over an environmental property dispute with the goverment.Ronaldinho , yet , was appointed the tourism ambassador for Brazil which is a symptom that the former Barcelona and Milan man will make the flight to Colombia.Advertisement He revealed: “Tourism is very important for generating jobs and regaining our image internationally.”A spokesperson for Brazil’s tourist industry claimed: “Ronaldinho has almost 100 million followers in his networks and voluntarily helps us at no cost for patriotism.“This attitude is invaluable.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals which Indian cricketer is the best footballer and what position he…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@ImRo45)/PTIAdvertisement 5zxudNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs197i2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elif( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ykxgWould you ever consider trying this?😱755Can your students do this? 🌚k99qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India opener Rohit Sharma has recently been chosen as the brand ambassador of La Liga, and at an event in Mumbai today, the hard hitting batsman was all open about the growth of the beautiful game in the country. He also talked about the influence of football on his teammates, their hairstyles, and how good they are in the sport. He revealed some interesting facts, even which cricketer is the best with the ball on his feet.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@ImRo45)/PTIThe Mumbai Indians skipper said that he is a regular watcher of football matches since he was a kid. He also spoke about his favourite team and club, which are Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane.Talking about his compatriots who follow the sport closely, Rohit revealed the best footballer from the squad.Advertisement “There are lots of them actually, we have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic in our squad as well, that’s Ishant Sharma. M S Dhoni is the number one football player.”Superbly skilled with the bat, Mahi is also well known for his prowess in football. Co-own  Chennaiyin FC in the ISL, the 38 year old participated in a charity match last year, playing for ‘All Stars Football Club’ along with Bollywood icons Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor.Advertisement Check out Dhoni juggling a ball with his Chennai SUper Kings teammate in the video below, courtesy of YouTube channel Alia Media.Talking about the involvement of football with cricket, Rohit said that before every match, a game of football is a regular warm up drill, and the right handed batsman also revealed that he plays as a midfielder.“I love playing as a midfielder during warm-up matches because that’s the most challenging spot. Football is played as a warm-up because it brings us together as a team makes our body active.” he told reporters.The first ever non-footballer to be chosen as a brand ambassador for La Liga, Rohit was jolly about the development of the sport in the country.Rohit continued- “Over the course of the past five years, we have witnessed a significant growth in the interest for football in India.”Also read:See which Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma compared with Zlatan IbrahimovićWatch: Rohit Sharma talking to his baby from the dressing room balcony will melt your heart! Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals MS Dhoni played ‘big role’ in him assuming captaincy

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAdvertisement 1axf8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2chhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8l7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a33kWould you ever consider trying this?😱3rviCan your students do this? 🌚c2rsrRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was the year of 2007 when a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the captain for the Indian cricket team. Following a decade of captaincy that landed India the 2007 World T20 win and the remarkable 2011 World Cup triumph, the role of captaincy slowly fell into the hands of Virat Kohli. While his predecessor is on a hiatus away from the squad, the iconic batsman speaks up about Dhoni’s contribution behind becoming the Men in Blue skipper.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyKohli has been captaining the Test squad since 2013, four years prior to the limited overs side. In a recent live session with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin on Instagram, the top order batsman credited Mahi on achieving the feat, as becoming the captain of India was  something that kohli had never imagined, “not even in his wildest dreams”, as he spoke.“I have always been inclined towards taking responsibility. After my debut for India, it was just about wanting to play, it was about being in the Indian XI all the time,” Kohli, who made his international debut in 2008, recalled his early days in the Indian squad.Advertisement “Then, with your intrigue in the game, you start talking to the captain regularly,” the 31 year old went on about his younger self’s discourse with Mahi, “I was always in MS’ ears, discussing different tactics,”The interactions was the factor behind Dhoni investing faith in the young kohli to be his successor, as the latter continued, “I think he got a lot of confidence that I can do this after him.”Advertisement Kohli concluded by saying that the prolonged monitoring Dhoni had on him, worked in his favour for becoming the next captain of the team, acknowledging it as a factor.“I think a large portion of me becoming captain was also to do with him observing me for a long time I think he played a big role in that,” he added.Check out the full interview between Kohli and Ashwin here below-Kohli has captained 89 ODIs and 55 Test matches, and has secured 62 and 33 wins in both formats respectively.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Yuvraj Singh challenges Sachin Tendulkar to break his record – in the kitchen!Virat Kohli reveals which International cricketer is asking him to join TikTok! Advertisementlast_img read more

Final Fate Of Red Bank Residential Project To Be Determined

first_imgProject Needs Numerous Variances from Zoning BoardBy John BurtonRED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may cast the deciding vote for a project that could finally result in building on a long-vacant West Front Street lot.The board, over a handful of hearings, has been considering the The Element, a four-story, upscale residential project intended for 55 West Front Street. The site for many years had been home to Meridian Extended Care, a facility that had been owned and operated by Meridian Health, which owns and operates Riverview Medical Center here. But what is now being proposed is reduced from what was initially slated for this property.Located across from the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park, the site has remained vacant since 2009, when the care facility was demolished.What is being considered now is “a class A multifamily development,” said Debra Tantleff, who is working on the project.“We believe we are fundamentally designing a building that embodies all of the elements of quality living in a downtown environment,” said Tantleff, by way of the project’s name.Tantleff is the founding principal partner of TANTUM real estate, a Jersey City-based development firm, involved in 55 West Front Street, LLC, looking to develop the project. According to Tantleff, her firm specializes in multifamily and mixed-use projects, mostly in northern New Jersey.The local zoning board had approved a plan for the site back in 2007 that would have allowed for the construction of a five-story building with 27 fairly spacious condominiums and a below-grade parking deck.After winning approval, however, developers ran headlong into the 2008 Great Recession and “a market that wouldn’t enable the condos to move forward,” Tantleff observed.“The owners of the property have repositioned and redesigned this,” scaling back the original concept, she said. Now the project would have 35 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments and in three stories, with the ground level, fourth story intended as a parking tier.Should the project be approved, the one-bedroom apartments will range in size between 750-800 square feet; the two-bedroom units are planned for “north of 1,200 square feet,” Tantleff said. The structure will feature “A more appropriate architectural design, to cohesively fit into the streetscape” of the area, with the building’s exterior featuring brick and stone in a Victorian style, she said.Scaling back the project, Tantleff maintained, would improve the situation for its immediate neighbor, Trinity Episcopal Church, 65 West Front St., by creating “expansive open space that separates us from the church,” she said.The Element will be marketed to young professionals and empty-nesters, both demographics appreciating what Red Bank has to offer and easy access to mass transit and local attractions, and is similar to what Woodmont Properties and Metrovation/ Terranomics Development accomplished with their West Side Lofts project, just west on West Front Street, Tantleff stressed.As to what the rents might eventually be for the 35 units, Tantleff responded that “It’s a little premature to get specific.”For the project to proceed, the zoning board would have to approve a use variance for density; according to local zoning regulations maximum density is 25 dwelling units per acre is permitted, while given the size of the property it equates to 47 units per acre, requiring the variance; and another because it exceeds maximum height by 6.7 feet. The board would also have to approve variances for the parking lack of required parking and other relief for such things as rear property setback, as well as various design waivers, according to the borough Office of Planning and Zoning.The developers have presented their professionals and testimony at previous zoning board hearings and all that remains before a final vote is the public comment session, Tantleff saidlast_img read more

Rossland’s BlackJack tops Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgThe race, with competitors between the ages of four and 60 years, was a free style mass start design so we had lots of competitors across the start line.The Younger age categories had some stiff competition with some close finishes.The Masters Men’s category had the most competitors and lots of fun around the course.The Teck Kootenay Cup series started in December with two races hosted at the Blackjack Ski Trails.The scene shifted to Kimberley for races three and four before the final event Sunday at Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. A record 125 skiers from throughout the region flocked to the Nelson Nordic Ski Club to compete in the final Teck Kootenay Cup Crosscountry Ski race of the season Sunday at the Apex Trails south of Nelson.Rossland’s BlackJack team came away with the aggregate championship in the Teck Kootenay Cup Series, edging out Castlegar, Fernie, Hills and Nelson for the overall crown.last_img read more

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgSilks Lawn Chalet. New this year, the Silks Lawn Chalet offers spectacular finish line views of all Championship races from the infield at the rail.  Guests will enjoy open-air, covered dining with private lounge area to enjoy live racing. For more information on the new Silks Lawn Chalet click here. 2016 Ticketing Highlights: Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park have once again enlisted QuintEvents as the Official provider of fan experience packages.  Official Breeders’ Cup Experiences ticket, travel and hospitality packages are customizable to include Friday & Saturday Championship tickets, private on-site hospitality lounges with celebrity jockey ‘meet and greet’ opportunities, gourmet food and premium open bar, private wagering facilities and other enhancement add-ons to include: parties, ground transportation and For more information on packages, click here or call 844-478-7609. ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park today announced that tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 33rd running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. This year marks a record ninth time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, consisting of 13 races and purses totaling $26 million over two days at one of the world’s most scenic racing venues.Fans can purchase Breeders’ Cup tickets online at www.breederscup.com/tickets or by calling toll-free at 877-849-4287. There has been high demand for tickets to this year’s event, but excellent seats are still available in dining and reserved seating locations. 33rd running of the premier, international event to be held on November 4-5center_img Ticket prices for Championship Friday range from $25-$750 and from $50-$850 on Championship Saturday.General Admission prices are as low as $10 per pass on Friday and $25 per pass on Saturday when purchased in advance.  General admission passes will be available at the gate on event days for $15 per pass on Friday and $40 per pass on Saturday.   These passes do not include a reserved seat.Fans will enjoy competitive pricing in the Grandstand Reserved Seating sections, as well as single-day options in premium areas such as the Chandelier Room. Visit www.breederscup.com/tickets for more information or contact the Breeders’ Cup Box Office at 859-514-9428 or via e-mail at bctickets@breederscup.com The View. This area combines prime viewing with a VIP luxury experience. The View brings the same excitement of sitting on the 50-yard line or mid-court to the racetrack, coupled with the atmosphere of the most fashionable rooftop party in LA. This is the place to be seen on race days.  VIP access to The View is selling fast. Click here for more information on The View.All fans attending the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will receive free track programs on Friday and Saturday upon entering the racetrack.“Partnering with one of the world’s greatest racing venues in Santa Anita Park, we are pleased to provide our fans with an outstanding range of seating and dining options to enjoy two remarkable days of international racing at this year’s World Championships,” said Craig Fravel President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.Contacts:         Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup,212-230-9512, jgluckson@breederscup.comMike Willman, Santa Anita Park,626-574-6417, mwillman@santaanita.comlast_img read more

NSU Registers Shutout Win to Advance in Regional

first_img“Jerry’s been doing it for the past month,” Barbier said. “He’s fought through it until he finds a bit of a groove. It’s almost more satisfying than when he has his best stuff, because it shows what we’re about, not dying, not giving in.” Less than 16 hours after seeing hard-hit ball after hard-hit ball go for naught, Northwestern State’s offense made up for that tough luck by roughing up San Diego State, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon, eliminating the Aztecs from the Corvallis Regional. Maddox (8-3) battled through 120 pitches in six-plus innings to start the first NCAA Regional shutout in school history. The nine-run margin of victory also was the Demons’ largest in its three regional wins and the largest margin of victory by a Southland Conference school in the NCAA Tournament. Buoyed by the momentum of that pivotal sixth-inning double play, the Demons poured it on late. “(Hitting coach Taylor) Dugas has been helping me with a bunch of stuff,” Smith said. “I’ve been struggling lately, but we made small adjustments and it paid off. You have a little more confidence when a pitcher fills up in the zone. He’s not all over the place. You get on the first pitch and get after it.” Hill lasted just three innings as the Demons tagged him for six hits and four runs (all earned). After a scoreless first inning, Maddox stranded two runners in each of the next two innings while the Demons built a 4-0 lead thanks to Tyler Smith. Two of those walks came with two outs in the second and another came with a man on and one out in the third. Maddox was able to escape those jams unscathed thanks to a couple of fly-ball outs. Smith finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs, giving him his first three-hit game since March 17 at Nebraska and his first multi-hit game since May 12 against Abilene Christian. Maddox, meanwhile, danced around four walks in six innings by allowing just three hits, marking the third time this season he has pitched at least six scoreless innings in a start. “Nobody wanted this to be our last game,” Adkins said. “Our backs are against the wall, and we’re going to keep fighting.” Thanks to a gutty, scoreless six-inning start from right-hander Jerry Maddox, Northwestern State (38-23) extended its run of Saturday success, winning a game on Saturday for the 16th time in 16 Saturdays this season. “My breaking was working for me today,” Maddox said. “It got me going when it needed to. The biggest thing was the hitters coming through more than you can ask for. You get a four- or five-run lead, especially a nine-run lead, it takes a toll on the other team, especially being in an elimination game.” CORVALLIS, Oregon – To keep its season alive, the Northwestern State baseball team proved Saturdays are for the Demons. Maddox found a bit of a groove in the middle innings, retiring seven straight between the third and fifth innings before David Hensley led off the sixth inning with an opposite-field double. He allowed just three hits and struck out four in his six scoreless innings.  The Demons will face LSU in a 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time elimination game Sunday, televised on ESPNU. “It feels amazing,” said senior center fielder Kwan Adkins, who went 3-for-6 with a two-run, eighth-inning home run. “Everybody on that bus can attest to it. This is what we talked about all season, going out and making history.”Hear from @BobbyBarbier, @JM_3412, @t___smith10 and @Kwanstan22 following Saturday’s NCAA Regional win against San Diego State. #ChangedIt #StandUnited https://t.co/Y8lu9riuFE— NSU Baseball (@NSUDemonsBSB) June 3, 2018 Adkins, Smith and Peyton Davis (3-for-3, two walks) all had three hits for the Demons, who have not lost back-to-back games since March 29-30 at Central Arkansas. J.P. Lagreco’s two-run double in the seventh inning extended the lead and Adkins put a cap on the scoring with a mammoth, two-run shot over the right-field bleachers.When they say you’re a lead-off hitter who doesn’t have power and you hit a 2-run bomb in an NCAA Regional! @NSUDemonsBSB @Kwanstan22 pic.twitter.com/8XSBWW9obe— Greg Burke (@demonsforkem) June 2, 2018 The Aztecs (39-21) loaded the bases with one out before Maddox induced Julian Escobedo to hit into a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play. Smith singled home Adkins, who led off with a double, in the first and followed singles by Adkins and David Fry with a three-run, third-inning home run off Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year Garrett Hill (7-3).last_img read more

Abilene Christian Nabs Three Gold Medals in Day-Two Action

first_img Sam Houston State 18.0 9. Lamar 16.0 Men Points Women Points New Orleans Day Two Champions Team Standings After Day Two Lamar Central Arkansas Men’s Triple Jump Chris Welch Houston Baptist 15.74m /51-7.75 37.0 2. Abilene Christian 62.0 32.0 3. Northwestern State 50.0 Women’s Heptathlon Migle Muraskaite Lamar 5,221 25.0 5. McNeese 25.0 Event Name School Distance/Time 6.    Stephen F. Austin 19.0 T7. Sam Houston State 19.0 8.    Houston Baptist 18.0 T7. Southeastern Louisiana 19.0 26.0 4. Incarnate Word 38.0 NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sam Houston State overtook the top spot in the men’s standings, while Stephen F. Austin remained atop the women’s side as eight events were finalized Saturday at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches, La. Stadium records also fell throughout the day after Central Arkansas’ Gracie Hyde breezed to a 10:27.55 first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The women’s triple jump event also provided impressive marks as four competitors toppled a previous stadium record of 40-00.0 (12.9m), before Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander earned a gold medal with a 43-02.50 (13.17m) mark.After recording 40 points on day one, Stephen F. Austin continued their dominance on the women’s side with 25 more points in day-two competition. The Ladyjacks were boosted by a second-place finish from Brittany Innis (10:42.04) and a third-place finish from Taryn Surratt (10:55.03).Abilene Christian sits three points behind SFA in the women’s standings after a 24-point performance in day two. The Wildcats grabbed a bulk of their points in the shot put as Kayla Melgar registered 10 points on a first-place 52-08.0 (16.05m) mark. Annina Brandenburg finished in third place on a 51-10.5 (15.81m) throw.Sam Houston State registered 24 points in the standings to climb up the men’s leaderboard and overtake Northwestern State at the top spot. The Bearkats were led by Michael Nichols and Aaron Akens in the shot put as the tandem combined for 12 points in the event. Nichols finished second overall with a 58-06.5-foot (17.84m) toss on his fifth of six attempts, while Akens claimed fifth-place honors on a 58-06.5 (16.83m) heave. The SHSU men have compiled 47 points through seven events.Abilene Christian also holds the second-place position in the men’s standings with 37. The Wildcats logged 16 points in the shot put Saturday afternoon. Kai Schmidt boosted the ACU men with a first-place performance after delivering a (18.55m) throw in the shot put.The third and final day of competition opens up Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT, beginning with the men’s javelin finals event. Field events will conclude with the women’s high jump at 12:30 p.m. Running events begin at 12 p.m. with the women’s 4x100m relay. The 2019 Southland Conference Championship will conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay, set to begin at 3:35 p.m.Live video streaming of the 2019 Southland Championships will be available through the Southland Conference Digital Network. Broadcasts can be found via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps. 10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14.0 10. Houston Baptist 13.0 19.0 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 20.0 Women’s Triple Jump Sarea Alexander* Incarnate Word 13.17m / 43-2.5 Women’s Shot Put Kayla Melgar Abilene Christian 16.05m / 52-08.0 Men’s Decathlon Rodney Littlejohn Incarnate Word 7,248 Men’s 3,000m Steeple Ryan Cleary Abilene Christian 8:53.71 47.0 1. Stephen F. Austin 65.0 Abilene Christian Northwestern State 11. McNeese 12.0 11. Central Arkansas 12.0 Men’s Shot Put Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 18.55m / 60-10.5 12. Southeastern Louisiana 6.0 T12. New Orleans 6.0 T12. Nicholls 6.0 Women’s 3,000m Steeple Gracie Hyde* Central Arkansas 10:27.55 Incarnate Wordlast_img read more

Glatt’s Longshot First Timer Striking A Pose Takes $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight By Three Quarters Of A Length And Gets One Mile In 1:38.77 Under Rispoli

first_imgGlatt’s Longshot First Timer Striking A Pose Takes $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight By Three Quarters Of A Length And Gets One Mile In 1:38.77 Under RispoliARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2020)–The longest shot in a field of six at 26-1, trainer Mark Glatt’s first time starter Striking a Pose held off 3-5 favorite Muralist by three quarters of length to win Friday’s $55,000 maiden special weight feature at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, the 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Majesticperfection got one mile in 1:38.77.Second, just a head off of pacesetter Paint Me Lucky for the first half mile, Strike a Pose relaxed well under Rispoli, took command turning for home and held off the late charge of the favorite in deep stretch.“He’s a pretty nice horse to do that first time out,” said Glatt.  “I didn’t know if he was fit enough and I didn’t think he’d be that close to the pace, but it worked out great.  We got him in late November and he’s out of a really good mare.  He’s a half brother to Stryker Phd, who won the Longacres Mile twice, so he’s got a right to be a good horse.”Owned and bred in Washington by Todd and Shawn Hansen, Striking a Pose paid $54.20, $16.20 and $7.20.A bay gelding out of the multiple stakes producing Smart Strike mare Striking Scholar, Strike a Pose picked up $33,000 for the win.“We talked this morning and we knew he was a big striding horse, so we decided to just let him find his best stride,” said Rispoli. “He jumped the (starting gate) tracks in the last 50 yards, but he kept running.”Trained by Dan Blacker and ridden by Joel Rosario, Muralist, who took a big hit in the tote as the field loaded, was away a step slow and was shuffled back to fourth in the run into the Club House turn. A $210,000 October yearling three years ago, he found his best stride in the final sixteenth of a mile and finished very well, besting Paint Me Lucky by three quarters of a length for second money and paid $2.60 and $2.40.Paint Me Lucky, the second choice at 5-2 with Bob Baffert and Flavien Prat joining forces, was four lengths clear of Mongolian Legend and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.24, 48.82, 1:13.79 and 1:26.44.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Saturday.  First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Friday, May 22, 2020

first_imgMANDELLA GIRDS FOR BIG HOLIDAY WEEKENDRichard Mandella has horses entered in four stakes this Memorial Day weekend and hopes to celebrate the holiday in style.On Saturday, the Hall of Fame trainer has United in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, and on Monday, Memorial Day, Voodoo Song for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, Siberian Iris in the Grade I Gamely Stakes and Jolie Olimpica in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes.United and Jolie Olimpica loom heavy favorites.Jolie Olimpica, a four-year-old Brazilian-bred filly, won all three races in her native country by a combined margin of 13 ½ lengthsShe captured the Grade III Las Cienegas at 5 ½ furlongs on turf in her U.S. debut Jan. 11 before running second by a half-length after leading until the shadow of the wire in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 22.The Monrovia, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will mark her first start in three months, and Mandella is confident that down the road the chestnut miss owned by Fox Hills Farms will have success going two turns.“She will, eventually,” he said. “With all the rest she’s had, for the Monrovia I went back to how I trained her when she first came here.”All her recent works have been above average, topped by a bullet 1:12.20 for six furlongs on April 23.United will be making his first start since returning from Dubai, where he missed the March 28 Sheema Classic“He’s doing very well,” Mandella said of the Giant’s Causeway gelding who at 51-1 came within a head of upsetting Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita last Nov. 2.Mandella shrugged off thoughts of undue pressure he might experience by sending out strong favorites. “Pressure,” he said, “is being 51-1 and wondering how to put food on the table.”Siberian Iris will be making her first start in four months, since finishing third in the Grade III Astra Stakes at a mile and one half on turf.“I’d rather the race be further, but this is what it is,” Mandella said of the mile and an eighth Gamely.Voodoo Song will represent Mandella and owner Barry Schwartz in the Shoemaker. The six-year-old English Channel horse has not raced since March 21 when he had an eventful trip finishing sixth in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over a good turf course.The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’ Challenge Race in the United States this year. It entitles the nominated winner automatic entry into the 2020 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7.The Whittingham, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Desert Stone, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Multiplier, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Bold Endeavor, Mike Smith, 20-1; Synthesis, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; United, Flavien Prat, 6-5; Originaire, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; and Rockemperor, Irad Ortiz Jr, 5-2.O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE DAYTONA MONEYFor a consistent Grade I winner with six wins, seven seconds, six thirds from 28 starts and earnings of more than three-quarters of a million dollars, Cistron has a lot of non-believers among bettors.He has been favored only twice in those 28 races, although he could be the betting choice in Saturday’s contentious Daytona Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.However, that’s not stopping Doug O’Neill from triple-teaming Cistron, a son of The Factor who won the Grade II Kona Gold, was second by a head in the Grade II Triple Bend, and won the Grade I Bing Crosby and the Grade III San Simeon in his last four starts.John Sadler trains Cistron for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis. A full horse at age six, primarily a sprinter, Cistron is adept on turf and dirt as victories in graded stakes on both surfaces attest.O’Neill had six of the 17 horses nominated to the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona for four-year-olds and up. He entered French-bred Murad Khan, Grade II Woodford winner Stubbins and Wildman Jack, the latter recently back from Dubai where he set a track record of 1:07.60 going six furlongs on a good turf course in the Grade I Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on March 7.“Having three in the same race is the result of not running for a couple months,” O’Neill explained. “I have a lot of fresh horses ready to go and we’re blessed in the turf sprint category right now, so we’re excited.“Wildman Jack won by nearly five lengths on the Meydan track in Dubai, so that was incredible. He really flourished over there and he continues to do well. He’s got a great post and new jockey in Hall of Famer Mike Smith. It’s a tough race but he’s got a big chance.“If Stubbins had a clearer trip in the Breeders’ Cup and the race had been 5 ½ (furlongs) instead of five, he might have got all the money that day (instead of rallying from 10th entering the stretch and finishing fourth, beaten only three lengths). Credit to the McShanes (owner McShane Racing, LLC) for giving him time off.”Stubbins, a four-year-old Morning Line colt, has not run since the Breeders’ Cup last Nov. 2 but has been working forwardly. He shows a bullet five furlong move in 1:02.20 at San Luis Rey on April 28.“He’s come back really well, so we’re excited about him and looking forward to a great second half of the year,” O’Neill said.Murah Khan is a seven-year-old gelding by Raven’s Pass out of the Sadler’s Wells dam Lady Elgar. “He’s our seasoned veteran,” O’Neill said. “He’s long in the tooth but he’s back with Abel Cedillo who’s won on him before. He should be running down the lane.“I think we’ve got three live chances.”The Daytona, race five: Sparky Ville, Geovanni Franco 20-1; Stubbins, Umberto Rispoli, 3-1; Murad Khan, Abel Cedillo, 10-1; Blameitonthelaw, Drayden Van Dyke,20-1; Cistron, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Wildman Jack, Mike Smith, 2-1; and Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat, 3-1.PRAT ENJOYS RIDING AND WINNING SIX ON CARDTeam Prat is still basking in the glory of its six-win day at Santa Anita last Sunday, when Flavien Prat became only the 12th rider to accomplish the feat since The Great Race Place opened on Christmas Day, 1934.“It was a lot of fun to start riding again and the big day made it more special,” said Derek Lawson, agent for the 27-year-old Frenchman.Prat’s richest victory came in the Grade III Desert Stormer Stakes aboard the Simon Callaghan-trained odds-on favorite Bellafina, now being pointed to the 6 ½ furlong, Grade II, $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 4.“Flavien is a top rider and good person,” Callaghan said.      “He deserves all his success. Winning six on a card is very rare.”SHOE MILE LEADS 2020 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIESAs Santa Anita Park has resumed live racing at its current meeting, the Shoemaker Mile (G1) on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day), will be the first race of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series in the U.S.The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners receives automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held this year on Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.The $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, a 1-mile race on turf for 3-year-olds and up, will provide the winner with a free berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), also a 1-mile race on turf.The Shoemaker Mile will be televised live on TVG and NBCSN, with NBCSN coverage starting Monday at 6 p.m. ET.As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen competing in the series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be nominated by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 26 to receive the rewards.In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America, and a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of Kentucky.“We congratulate Santa Anita on their return to racing and are excited that they will launch our first domestic Challenge Series race of year on Memorial Day with the Shoemaker Mile,” said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. “With more racetracks opening over the next few weeks and setting their stakes schedules, we look forward to announcing our complete calendar of ‘Win and You’re In’ races for the summer and fall.”Breeders’ Cup, in conjunction with NBC Sports, also will be announcing its 2020 schedule of live racing broadcasts for the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing,” in the coming weeks.There have been five international 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races thus far.In December of last year, Haras Phillipson’s 3-year-old homebred Nao Da Mais (BRZ) won the Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini (G1) at San Isidro Racecourse in Argentina, earning the winner an automatic berth into the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).The next two qualifiers came from South Africa. On Jan. 11 at Kenilworth Racecourse, Kantor, Blank, Sarkis & Yutar’s 4-year-old gelding Vardy (SAF) won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and earned the first automatic berth into the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile this year. Earlier on the program, 4-year-old filly Queen Supreme (IRE), owned by Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd., Mrs. M F de Kock and partners,  won the Cartier Paddock Stakes (G1), and gained a free berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).On Feb. 23, Capital System’s 6-year-old Mozu Ascot won the February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and became the first horse this year to qualify for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.Last Sunday, Silk Racing’s 5-year-old mare Almond Eye (JPN) won the Victoria Mile (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and earned an automatic berth into the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.FINISH LINES: Peter Eurton is considering the June 6 Santa Anita Derby for Shooters Shoot, who won his last two starts including an allowance race by a neck at Oaklawn Park April 11 but was scratched from the first division of the Arkansas Derby due to a fever. “He’s training well so we’re considering the race,” the trainer said. “He’s scheduled to work tomorrow.” Shooters Shoot, a son of Competitive Edge, was second in a maiden race at Santa Anita on Feb. 16 to the undefeated Charlatan, front-running winner of the first division of the Arkansas Derby for Bob Baffert. As for two-year-old champion male of 2019 Storm the Court, Eurton also has him scheduled to breeze tomorrow “but we have no race in mind right now. We’ve given him a little freshening and he’ll probably run at Del Mar, but we have lots of options.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Novella (Bonde) 5-22-20Parsimony (O’Neill) 5-22-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-22-20Honor A. P. (Outside) and Mobou (Shirreffs) 5-22-20War of Will (Casse) 5-21-20McKinzie (Baffert) 5-21-20March to the Arch (Casse) 5-21-20Raging Bull (Brown) 5-21-20 SHOOTERS SHOOT SANTA ANITA DERBY HOPEFUL SHOE MILE HEADS 2020 BC CHALLENGE SERIES O’NEILL HAS A LIVE TRIO IN GRADE III DAYTONAcenter_img PRAT’S ‘PICK SIX’ WAS MORE THAN JUST WINNING MANDELLA EYES MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBERlast_img read more