UPDATED: Team Canada begins long road to Spengler Cup defence

first_img“Last year we had an incredible team, so we had a pretty easy time once we got used to playing with each other,” Kinrade explained.“This year will a lot more difficult. The main reason being is that all the other teams play together all year and we have to try and find chemistry in one or two practices before our first game.”“Even with the team last year we lost our first game against the German team because we struggled with our timing with each other,” he added. “So it will be quite the challenge this year to defend the title.”The smooth skating defenceman got his start in the game playing in Nelson Minor Hockey.He played a few seasons with the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League earning a shot at Junior A with Cowichan of the BCHL.Kinrade honestly believed his career was on a down hill slide until lighting it up during a BCHL Allstar game.That propelled the Kinrade to a very good second season with the Capitals before Michigan Tech called with a scholarship offer.Kinrade played four seasons for the Huskies.After graduating he played ten games with the Norfolk Admirals and made his NHL debut on April 9, 2009 for Tampa against the Washington Capitals.On July 10, 2009 he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.Kinrade played two season with the Baby Sens, anchoring the blueline during Binghampton’s 2011 Calder Cup title run.However, instead of resigning with the Baby Sens, Kinrade decided to sign on with HC Plzen 1929 of the Czech Extraliga.Kinrade moved during the mid-season to SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga.This season has been marred with injuries for Kinrade and a slow start for Bern.“We’ve had a rough start,” Kinrade said about his Swiss season.“Things haven’t been going well and we’ve had a lot of injuries on defense. For some reason the team hasn’t had the edge we had last season.“Possibly some sort of championship hangover maybe. But as of now we are playing much better and are fighting for a playoff spot.”Many believe Kinrade has the talent to make it in the NHL.Those skills, however, are still not on display in North America even with the NHL salary cap coming down this past off season.However, Kinrade believes the European game, a la, like Nelsonite Simon Wheeldon, is more suited to his smooth skating style.”The larger ice surface and style of play in Europe is less demanding physically, especially for a defensemen,” Kinrade said.“Because of this, my career can last much longer, with less injuries.”“I can’t say I don’t think about giving the NHL another shot, I think about it pretty much every time I see the NHL on TV or in the news, but it would be very difficult to give up my current situation here,” he added.“But if the right opportunity comes along, then it would definitely be something I would think about.”Canada plays either CSKA Moscow or HC Davos in game two Friday (December 27).The playoffs begin Sunday, December 29 with the final set for Tuesday, December 31.All games are telecast on TSN. Team Canada will need to take the longer road to defend its Spengler Cup after the champs dropped a 3-2 decision to the host team Saturday in Davos, Switzerland.Team Canada, a squad consisting of players from European teams including Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade, will need three wins in as many days if it hopes to repeat as Spengler Cup champions.The squad begins the march beginning Sunday with quarter-final action against the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.The game can be seen on TSN 11 a.m. PT.Kinrade garners point as Team Canada opens Spengler Cup defence with a win over HC Vitkovice SteelNelson’s Geoff Kinrade had an assist as Team Canada rallied back to edge HC Vitkovice Steel of the Czech Republic 5-4 in the opener of the Spengler Cup Thursday in Davos, Switzerland.Derek Walser scored the winner as Team Canada twice rallied back in the game.Glen Metropolit, Byron Ritchie, Micki DuPont, and Alexandre Bolduc also scored for Canada in a back-and-forth offensive game that saw leads slip away between both teams four times.Rudolf Huna, Peter Huzeka, Roman Szturic and Lukas Kucsera scored for Vitkovice.Kinrade, who assisted on the second goal of the opening period for Team Canada by Metropolit, is one of seven returning players from last year’s gold medal winning team.Team Canada faces host HC Davos Saturday.The game can be seen on TSN starting at 11 a.m.Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade gets the Team Canada call, againHockey Canada liked Geoff Kinrade so much during the 2012 Spengler Cup the brass decided to invite the Nelson Minor Hockey product back for another tournament.Kinrade joins his Team Canada mates when Canada opens defence of its title Thursday (December 26) against HC Vitkovice Steel at the Vailant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.”It’s always an honour to be able to play for your country in an event,” the 28-year-old Nelson native told The Nelson Daily when reached in Bern, Switzerland prior to the tournament.“This particular tournament has so much history and is in such a great setting that it is very exciting to be able to go back again and defend the title.”The Spengler Cup, originating in 1923, is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland and is considered the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world.Team Canada consists of players currently on European teams.The 2013 Spengler Cup is the second time Kinrade, in his third season with SC Bern of the Swiss League, is representing Canada at the tournament.“Last year was my first time ever playing for Team Canada so I will admit I was nervous,” Kinrade, the son of Marg and Terri Kinrade.“This time, I don’t see myself being all that nervous.”Last year’s tournament Team Canada was sprinkled with professional players looking to keep their skills sharp during the NHL lockout.This year Team Canada must take the challenge using Canadians playing in Europe.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED SAN ONOFRE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER SOLIS; HEADLEY HOMEBRED STALKS PACE AND GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:14.82

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2016)–California-bred San Onofre sat second early to speedy Distinctiv Passion and responded to aggressive handling from Alex Solis to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.82.Breaking from the inside in a field of six older sprinters, the 6-year-old gelding by Surf Cat, who was bred by trainer Bruce Headley, trained by his daughter, Karen, and owned by his wife Aase’s Matson Racing, was hustled from the gate and settled nicely in second going into the far turn. Sitting behind fractions of 21.72, 44.00 and 1:08.53, San Onofre, who was put into a vigorous drive leaving the three eighths pole, took charge a furlong out and held off favored Salutos Amigos late.Off at 4-1, San Onofre paid $10.00, $4.40 and $2.60.“He’s been training really, really good,” said Solis of San Onofre, who had been idle since running fourth in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita June 27. “He’s a different horse these last six months. He’s a different horse in the mornings, you can see it. He’s stronger and happier and he showed it today.”With the winner’s share of $60,000, San Onofre boosted his earnings to $333,040. The Midnight Lute victory marks his first stakes win as he improved his overall record to 10-5-4-0.“Really good way to start the New Year, my daughter did a helluva job,” said Headley, who held forth in the Winner’s Circle beneath his customary felt-tipped cowboy hat. “I’m more excited for Alex than I am myself. Alex has a lot left in him, which he showed today. Me, I’m on borrowed time (with a wry grin).”As for where the lightly raced San Onofre might re-surface, Karen Headley indicated he’d probably run next in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for Cal-breds at six furlongs on Jan. 30.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Salutos Amigos broke alertly from the far outside, sat third to the furlong pole and had no apparent excuses in running second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Pulling G’s. Off at 9-5, Salutos Amigos paid $3.40 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pulling G’s rallied from last to be third, 4 ½ lengths in front of All Run. Off at 3-1, Pulling G’s paid $2.60 to show.Run as the sixth race on a nine-race card, the Midnight Lute was the second of three graded stakes presented by Santa Anita.last_img read more

VETERAN MARE GAGA A, GOING SOMEWHERE, BIG JOHN B AND IMPROVING FILLY HAVANNA BELLE ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE-OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF SUNDAY

first_imgGAGA A: Bred in Uruguay, this venerable 7-year-old mare comes off her best stateside effort, a close second in the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles San Marcos Stakes versus males. Trained by Neil Drysdale, she rallied from off the pace and fought back gamely late, only to be beaten three quarters of a length by deep closer Flamboyant. Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Gaga A will be making her fifth start for Drysdale on Sunday. With a win from two starts at 1 ½ miles on turf, Gaga A has five wins from 32 overall tries. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–With no clear cut standout, Uruguayan-bred mare Gaga A looms the horse to beat in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita. With a field of 12 older horses, including 4-year-old filly, Havanna Belle engaged to contest a mile and one half on turf, the San Luis Rey will be run for the 65th time. HAVANNA BELLE: A fresh face at age four, this Irish-bred filly pressed the pace and went on to a convincing 2 ¼ length win here in the 1 ½ miles turf Astra Stakes versus older fillies and mares on Jan 17. Although she has faced her own kind in eight stateside starts, Havanna Belle, who is conditioned by Phil D’Amato, prevailed in an open field of 15 in her native Ireland in August, 2014. She has two wins from five starts over the Santa Anita turf and is three for 14 overall.THE GRADE II SAN LUIS REY STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8                   Approximate post time, 4:05 p.m. PTSouthernFreedom – Martin Garcia – 120Quick Casablanca – Tyler Baze  – 120Power Foot – Gary Stevens – 120Going Somewhere – Mike Smith – 120Life’s Journey – Jose Verenzuela – 120Energia Fribby – Drayden Van Dyke – 115Havanna Belle – Brice Blanc – 115Highball – Flavien Prat – 120Generosidade – Tiago Pereira – 115Gaga A – Mario Gutierrez – 115Big John B – Rafael Bejarano – 122Patentar – Alonso Quinonez – 120 BIG JOHN B: Yet another 7-year-old, this Florida-bred gelding by Hard Spun comes off a third place finish in the Grade III John B. Connally Stakes. A dedicated deep closer, “Big John,” who will be making his 39th career start, has a win, a second and a third from five tries at a mile and a half on turf. With two wins from six starts over the Santa Anita turf, he has 14 overall wins.center_img FIELD OF 12, INCLUDING FOUR DISTAFFERS, SET TO CONTEST TRADITIONAL GRASS MARATHON GOING SOMEWHERE: Brazilian-bred, this 7-year-old horse will be reunited with Mike Smith, who rode him to a close second two starts back in the Grade III, 1 ¾ miles San Juan Capistrano Stakes on June 28, 2015. Well beaten in the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf John B. Connally Stakes at Sam Houston Park Jan. 30, Going Somewhere, who is also conditioned by Drysdale, should improve by many lengths with a recent race under his belt. Also owned and bred by Haras Phillipson, Inc., Going Somewhere is 9-2-1-2 at a mile and a half on turf and has three wins from 24 overall starts. He’ll be making his fourth stateside start on Sunday.last_img read more

Girard, McKenzie Earn Women’s Indoor Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Allyson Girard and McNeese junior Grace McKenzie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is Girard’s second-straight indoor track honor of the season, and second-straight for McNeese as a team after Alanna Arvie earned the award last Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Migle Muraskaite, Lamar; Sashane Hanson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders have a weekend off from competition before heading to the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock from Feb. 9-10. The Cowgirls next head north to take part in Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., from Feb. 2-3. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie set a new school record while leaping to the No. 1 ranking in the Southland in the pentathlon with 3,880 points to finish first at the Arkansas State Invitational. Of the five events in the multis, she finished first in three of them and second in the other two, setting new personal records in the 800m (2:22.01), 55m hurdles (8.19), and the long jump (18-4.00). Her point total ranks her 17th in the NCAA.center_img Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Dominique Allen, UIW; Alexandria Hackett, Abilene Christian. Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gilbert, Ariz.Girard continued her indoor distance running dominance at the Houston Invitational, taking first place in the 5,000m with a time of 16:40.37. In three meets this indoor season, Girard has earned three wins and three Islander records in three different events. This week’s time ranks third in the conference so far this season and was 38 seconds faster than any other runner at the event. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Television Schedule Announced

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The 2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball season tips off Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action. Of the nine opening day games, two will be televised, leading off a total of 90 televised events throughout the 2019-20 season. Southland Conference women’s basketball will be shown on ESPN platforms in addition to a variety of other networks throughout the season.Abilene Christian opens up its 2019-20 campaign at home Tuesday evening against McMurry on ESPN3 in a 5:30 p.m. CT tip. The defending champion Wildcats enter the season as the Southland favorite after racking up 14 first-place votes and 273 points in the preseason poll. ACU returns four starters from its 2019 Southland Tournament Championship squad and will begins conference play Wednesday, Dec. 18 at home against New Orleans.New Orleans’ schedule also opens Tuesday evening as the Privateers travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU. UNO’s matchup against the Tigers is slated for a 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network Plus.McNeese leads the charge on opening day with an 11:30 a.m. meeting on the road against SMU. UIW is also in action against Schreiner at 6:30 p.m. Five schools round out Tuesday’s action with 7 p.m. tipoffs, including Nicholls at Rice and Stephen F. Austin at Tulsa. Houston Baptist is at home against LSU Shreveport, while Texas A&M hosts Texas-St. Thomas and Northwestern State takes on Letourneau inside Prather Coliseum.All roads lead to the 2020 Southland Conference Tournament, which is set to be hosted March 12-15 at Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be available on ESPN+, while championship Sunday has been slotted for a 1 p.m. spot on CBS Sports Network.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Television & Streaming Schedule – All game times in CSTESPN3:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – McMurry at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Howard Payne at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – Alcorn State at Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m.Friday, Nov. 15 – Abilene Christian at Wright State, 6 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Central Florida at Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Howard Payne at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Jarvis Christian at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 15 – LSU-Shreveport at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 18 – New Orleans at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – Northwestern State at Lamar, 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Our Lady of the Lake at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 2 – Southeastern Louisiana at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 4 – Lamar at Abilene Christian, 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 11 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Abilene Christian, 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 11 – Houston Baptist at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – Central Arkansas at Nicholls, 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – UIW at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State, 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Stephen F. Austin at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – Lamar at McNeese, 1 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State, 3 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – UIW at Abilene Christian, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – UIW at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – Abilene Christian at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, 1 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State, 1 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State, 3 p.m.ESPN+:Friday, Nov. 8 – Lamar at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m.Monday, Nov. 11 – Howard Payne at Lamar, 11 a.m.Thursday, Nov. 14 – Houston Baptist at Baylor, 6 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 14 – McNeese at Louisiana, 6:30 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 17 – Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana, 4 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 21 – Lamar at Baylor, 7 p.m.Monday, Nov. 25 – Louisiana at Lamar, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – UIW at Kansas State, 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 5 – Tulsa at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 7 – Central Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – McNeese at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 2 – New Orleans at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Lamar at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – Southeastern Louisiana at Abilene Christian, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State, 5 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 – UIW at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 5 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Northwestern State at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Nicholls at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Sam Houston State at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian, 1 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Tuesday, March 3 – Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 4 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, March 7 – McNeese at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, March 7 – Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 1 – First Round, 11 a.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 2 – First Round, 1:30 p.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 3 – Second Round, 11 a.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 4 – Second Round, 1:30 p.m.Saturday, March 14 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 5 – Semifinal Round, 1 p.m.Saturday, March 14 – Southland Women’s Tournament Game 6 – Semifinal Round, 3:30 p.m.ACC Network:Thursday, Nov. 14 – Lamar at North Carolina State, 7 p.m.Big Ten Network Plus:Sunday, Nov. 10 – Nicholls at Indiana, 11 a.m.CBS Sports Network:Sunday, March 15 – Southland Women’s Tournament Championship, 1 p.m.Conference USA TV:Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Southeastern Louisiana at Southern Miss., 6 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 5 – McNeese at Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m.Friday, Dec. 13 – Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m.Fox Sports Go:Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Stephen F. Austin at Oklahoma, 11 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Abilene Christian at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.Fox Sports Southwest:Thursday, Nov. 14 – Sam Houston State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 15 – Houston Baptist at Texas Tech, 12 p.m.Longhorn Network:Sunday, Dec. 29 – Northwestern State at Texas, 1 p.m.SEC Network Plus:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – New Orleans at LSU, 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 7 – Central Arkansas at Tennessee, 6 p.m.Friday, Nov. 8 – New Orleans at Arkansas, 10:30 a.m.Monday, Nov. 11 – McNeese at Arkansas, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 15 – New Orleans at Ole Miss, 3 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Southeastern Louisiana at LSU, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sam Houston State at Ole Miss, 6 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Nicholls at LSU, 11 a.m.Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Central Arkansas at Texas A&M, 11 a.m.Sunday, Dec. 15 – Northwestern State at Arkansas, 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Southeastern Louisiana at Alabama, 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas A&M, 3 p.m.last_img read more

LONGSHOT OHIO PREVAILS BY A NOSE OVER HEAVILY FAVORED CATAPULT IN GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE

first_imgLONGSHOT OHIO PREVAILS BY A NOSE OVER HEAVILY FAVORED CATAPULT IN GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE; FUENTES & McCARTHY TEAM UP FOR TURF WIN IN 1:33.71ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2019)–Longshot Ohio, an 8-year-old gelding who ran for a $28,000 claiming tag last summer, stalked the early pace, took command a quarter mile from home and prevailed by scant nose over heavily favored Catapult in taking Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile under Ruben Fuentes.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, Brazilian-bred Ohio got a mile on grass in 1:33.71.In what appeared to be a paceless race on paper, Irish-bred Hunt, who broke from the rail, took the Kilroe lead away from Ohio as the field emerged from the Club House turn and began its run up the backside.  Heading into the far turn, Hunt enjoyed a one length advantage, but Ohio headed him a quarter mile from home and then held off what appeared to many as the winning charge of the favorite.After what seemed like a five to six minute delay, the stewards determined that Ohio had in fact held off Catapult who was in full flight to his outside.Off at 9-1, Ohio, who was claimed for $50,000 six starts back on June 10, was most recently second in the Grade III Thunder Road and paid $21.20, $5.80 and $3.80.Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman, Ohio picked up $240,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $488,065.  The win improved his overall mark to 26-9-4-2.Catapult, who was a close second two starts back in the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Mile and was fourth over a yielding turf in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26, was off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $2.80 and $2.20.Longshot Desert Stone prevailed in a nose photo over 5-2 second choice River Boyne for the show and paid $6.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.98, 47.39, 1:10.47 and 1:21.99.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Friday, February 21, 2020

first_imgMoney Won 3 HIRSCH HOMEBRED RETURNS IN WINNING FASHION 40% 7 Umberto Rispoli91 7 Peter Miller54 1st $1,532,984 $1,318,452 Win% TURF OR DIRT, ESPINOZA IS FINE WITH CARRESSA 15% Joel Rosario111 7 2 Steve Knapp34 14 66% $281,342 20 21% $625,068 5 Jorge Velez118 3 $1,565,344 48% $275,545 7 21 $863,676 Richard Baltas77 15 2nd 41% $551,881 $1,181,321 46% 48% 49% 7 Bob Baffert56 3 11 5 10 28 Tiago Pereira84 70% JockeyMts 14 26 9 8 25 24 10% 28% Mike Smith39 14% 8% 6 9 LADY PRANCEALOT SET TO PRANCE IN BUENA VISTASanta Anita training leader Richard Baltas has Lady Prancealot primed for Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, a highly contentious test for fillies and mares, four and up, scheduled for one mile on turf.A stone closer, the Irish-bred mare is coming off five straight races of at least a mile and one-sixteenth in distance, the latest being the Grade III Valley View at Keeneland last Oct. 18, when she rallied from 10th in a field of 14 to win by three-quarters of a length at odds of 10-1.In her most recent start, she captured Santa Anita’s Grade I American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on turf, coming from sixth in a field of eight, splitting foes and bulling her way through on the rail to win by a half-length. Each time she was ridden by Joe Bravo, who is back aboard tomorrow.“He’s two for two on her and we had planned to run in this race all the while,” said Baltas, the newest Board member of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT). “It’s a very competitive and tough race, but she’s won at a mile before and we’re not going to change her style for this race.”Twelve of the 18 horses nominated to the Buena Vista entered, a remarkable 67 percent. Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, who conditions stakes-winning French-bred La Sardane, is also represented. “It’s a very contentious race. My filly is consistent, but it is a tough race.”Drysdale won the 1998 Buena Vista with Dance Parade, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame rider now plying his trade at Golden Gate Fields.The field for the Buena Vista, race five of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Jolie Olimpica, Mike Smith, 8-5; Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Muchly, Umberto Rispoli,15-1; Mucho Unusual, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 50-1; Meal Ticket, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Brill, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Lady Prancealot, Joe Bravo, 5-1; Super Patriot, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat,12-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; and Tiny Tina, Drayden Van Dyke 15-1.     Muchly, who was scheduled to make her U.S. debut in the Buena Vista, will be scratched, trainer Simon Callaghan said Friday morning.CARRESSA SET FOR BUENA VISTA, RAIN OR SHINECarressa made her grass debut a winning one on Jan. 20, coming from just off the pace to capture the Grade III Megahertz Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Next up, Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes scheduled for a mile on grass.Victor Espinoza is confident the four-year-old Uncle Mo filly trained by John Shirreffs will continue to progress in what will be her seventh career start.“She’s been running well and she’s improving,” said the Hall of Fame member who rode American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015. “That’s what I like about her.“She’s got a good running style. She can be in front or track, and it’s easy to put her in the right position when I ask. Of course, a lot depends on how the race sets up, but I’ve worked her before this race and she’s doing pretty good.”BO HIRSCH HOMEBRED CE CE RETURNS TO RACES IN STYLEMonday’s fourth race proved far more than just another first condition allowance for owner/breeder Bo Hirsch and trainer Michael McCarthy. It marked the return of Hirsch’s homebred Ce Ce, whose dam Miss Houdini, won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante in 2002 for Hirsch and the late trainer Warren Stute.Idle since running fourth in her third career start, the Grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, Ce Ce, a four-year-old filly by Elusive Quality, was the 1-2 favorite Monday and won going away by 4 ¼ lengths, getting 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.04 under Victor Espinoza.Breaking from the rail in a field of five older fillies and mares, Ce Ce pulled Espinoza into contention heading into the far turn and despite being in tight quarters, found room one from the inside and easily overhauled leader Ava’s Charm three sixteenths from home.“It’s great to have her back,” said McCarthy. “I thought she broke well, and I was glad to see Victor keep her up close. I was a little afraid they’d shut us off inside, so I’m glad he stayed up in there.”Hirsch, whose late father Clement Hirsch was a founding member of the Oak Tree Racing Association and an iconic figure in California racing for many decades, was elated to see his prize filly back in action.“I’ve been in this game a long time and it’s the anticipation that keeps you going,” said Hirsch. “The race itself is so short, a couple minutes or less. But it’s the planning and plotting and all the anticipation that goes with it that makes this game so special. We prayed she’d come back sound. She did so with consummate ease, despite the fact Mike would’ve preferred to run her six furlongs.“Kathy Berkey (longtime bloodstock agent) got me to breed to Elusive Quality before he became well established, so I have to give her a lot of credit. We knew from the beginning this filly looked special and Mike thought the same thing.”When asked what might be next, McCarthy responded, “We’ll just wait and see. This is a really nice filly. Last year, the original plan was to stay here and run. Bo’s a sportsman and he wanted to try the Acorn, so it’s great to have her back now. She got hurt at the barn last fall and we had to give her some time. She (wrenched) her hind end somehow, so we just had to back off and then start back. So far, so good.”‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested in this very worthwhile cause are encouraged to respond by this Monday, Feb. 24 to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.FINISH LINES: Trainer John Shirreffs reports Honor A.P. and Hard Not to Love on course for the March 7 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, respectively . . . Los Alamitos Derby winner Game Winner had his first work yesterday since winning that race last July 13, going three furlongs at Santa Anita in 36.60 for Bob Baffert. This morning, Baffert sent Eight Rings, winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes, five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem, runner-up to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah, went five furlongs for trainer George Papaprodromou in 1:01.40. In all, there were 159 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for February 21st, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Humberto GomezXBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 21st, 2020Andrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know RagerWORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 2-21-20United (Outside) and Affianced (Mandella) 2-21-20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Outside) (Baffert) 2-21-20Croughavouke (Mullins) 2-20-20Game Winner (Baffert) 2-20-20I Want One (Lerner) 2-20-20Mirth (D’Amato) 2-17-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 2-16-20 41% 23% Brian J. Koriner31 30 1st 12 23% Drayden Van Dyke95 9 $291,062 2nd 11 19 21 3rd 18 $873,142 21% $743,632 19 15 47% 13% 27% 23 10 17 9 42% $1,718,754 17% Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts $1,270,422 Win% 3rd Doug O’Neill73 44% (Current Through Monday, Feb. 17) Michael McCarthy30 2 $594,647 ITM% ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON EVENT MARCH 8 21% 60% 25% 12 12% 25 18 11 38% 7 10 Flavien Prat117 Abel Cedillo175 8 9 Philip D’Amato67 51% Mario Gutierrez65 John Sadler52 $568,427 12 36% 7 46% 4 30% $592,917 52% 8 12 $931,506 LADY PRANCEALOT SHORTENS UP IN BUENA VISTA ITM% 23% 9 21%last_img read more

Ce Ce Seeks Fourth Win In A Row In Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes

first_imgHIRSCH’S HOMEBRED CE CE SEEKS FOURTH WIN IN A ROW IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILESARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2020)–Currently poised as a potential superstar on the rise, Bo Hirsch’s homebred Ce Ce heads a field of five fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Michael McCarthy, Ce Ce, a 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality out of Hirsch’s Grade I stakes winning Miss Houdini, Ce Ce has won all three of her 2020 starts, the most recent being a head victory in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 18.A well beaten second as the 3-5 favorite in her lone confrontation with Ce Ce here in the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14, the John Shirreffs-trained Hard Not to Love will try to turn the tables as she seeks her sixth win from eight overall starts.Bob Baffert’s Fighting Mad makes her second start off a layoff Sunday and should appreciate  stretching out off a solid effort in the Grade III Desert Stormer Stakes at six furlongs May 17.CE CEOwner:  Bo Hirsch                        Trainer:  Michael McCarthyImmensely talented, she was sidelined following a fourth place finish in the Grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, 2019, and did not resurface until romping to a 4 ¼ length allowance score going 6 ½ furlongs at odds of 1-2 here on Feb. 17.  Off at 4-1 in the Grade I Beholder Mile, she stalked Hard Not to Love early and took charge a quarter mile from home in a totally dominant 3 ¼ length victory.  Pressed late by highly regarded Ollie’s Candy, she prevailed by a head at odds of 7-2 in the Grade I Apple Blossom April 18, a win that further validated McCarthy’s long-held belief that Ce Ce may indeed be something quite special.  With an overall mark of 6-4-1-0, she has three wins from four tries at Santa Anita and has been ridden in all of her races by Victor Espinoza.HARD NOT TO LOVEOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point Thoroughbreds                 Trainer:  John ShirreffsAlthough no match for Ce Ce in the Beholder Mile, there’s no doubting Hard Not to Love is a filly of considerable quality.  With her success a true testament to the horsemanship of both Shirreffs and regular rider Mike Smith, this 4-year-old filly has had to overcome extreme anxiety, which is believed caused by the fact she lost the sight in her left eye due a paddock mishap as a youngster.  With consecutive win in the Grade I La Brea and Grade II Santa Monica Stakes to here credit, Hard Not to Love, in her first try around two turns, was seeking her fourth consecutive win in the Beholder Mile on March 14.  Quite often a handful in the mornings and on game day, Hard Not to Love could be a little more settled as she goes to the Santa Maria gate on Sunday, as there will be no public admitted.FIGHTHING MADOwner:  Gary and Mary WestTrainer:  Bob BaffertA 4-year-old daughter of New Years’s Day, she was bred in Kentucky by her owners and is out of the Forestry mare Smokey’s Love.  In her first try around two turns, Fighting Mad led throughout and registered an eight length score as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III, one mile Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 17.  Sidelined following that, she was head and head to the top of the lane in the Grade III Desert Stormer on May 17, a race in which she tired to finish third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths by multiple graded winner Bellafina and was subsequently disqualified to fourth for interference.  With three wins from six starts, she’ll be ridden for the first time by Abel Cedillo.THE GRADE II SANTA MARIA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTHard Not to Love–Mike Smith–122Ce Ce–Victor Espinoza–126Fighting Mad–Abel Cedillo–124Horologist–Flavien Prat–124Kaydetre–Brice Blanc–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Although there no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com.  For additional information, please call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Mourinho names Lille coach Joao Sacramento as Spurs assistant in backroom shake-up

first_img2Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking JOSE MOURINHO has selected Lille No2 Joao Sacramento as his assistant manager at Tottenham.The Telegraph report on a big shake-up in North London that will allow Mourinho to make his mark on the club.2 Sacramento has previously worked for Monaco and CardiffCredit: Getty – ContributorOn Wednesday morning, the former Manchester United boss was announced as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor following the Argentine’s sacking.And now Sacramento arrives along with fitness coach Carlos Lalin, analyst Giovanni Cerra and scout Ricardo Formoshino.Leaving the club with Pochettino are assistant Jesus Perez, coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez.Sacramento joined Lille in January 2017 and helped boss Christophe Galtier win the Ligue 1 Manager of the Year gong in 2018/19.That year saw the northern French side finish second and reach the Champions League.He had previously worked as an analyst at Monaco following spells with the Welsh FA, University of South Wales and Cardiff City.Mourinho has employed an array of assistants over the years, most recently Rui Faria at United – the coach now in charge of Al-Duhail in Qatar.Former Brazilian defender Baltemar Brito joined him at Porto and Chelsea, where Steve Clarke also worked behind the scenes.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)latest sports newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticGiuseppe Baresi returned to Inter as his No2, at the club where he made almost 400 appearances.Another ex-player helped Mourinho out when he left for Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka joining after previously managing Spain’s Under-16s.Long-term allies Jose Morais and Faria were by his side when he returned to Chelsea and took over United – and both are now in management with Morais leading Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.last_img read more

Mourinho fist bumps lucky ballboy after Alli puts Spurs ahead vs Bournemouth

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO gave a fist bump to the lucky Tottenham ball boy before the game against Bournemouth.Young Callum Hynes was lauded for “assisting” Harry Kane’s equaliser in midweek when quickly lobbing the ball back to Serge Aurier after it went out for a throw-in.4 Jose Mourinho went over to say hello to the lucky ballboyCredit: Premier League4 There was a special fist bump from The Special OneCredit: Premier LeagueThe ensuing attack reached striker Kane via Lucas Moura, the England star finishing off the move to level the scores as Spurs went on to win 4-2.Mourinho instantly recognised the importance of Callum’s speedy thinking and went across Tottenham Stadium to embrace the lad.He was invited to a pre-match meal with the team before the Premier League game by the boss.And as “The Special One” took his place on the touchline, he stretched out his fist to greet his new mate Hynes.And Hynes’ day got even better when Dele Alli put Spurs 1-0 up against the Cherries.Mourinho will be seeking to maintain his 100 per cent record since replacing Mauricio Pochettino.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer4And the Portuguese coach has been keen to implement a work ethic across the squad that includes the ball boys.As a former ball boy himself, Mourinho has previously remarked: “I even knew where the players wanted the ball for a corner, so they didn’t need to touch the ball.”Famously, he even sacked all of Manchester United’s youngsters for throwing the ball back too sloppily.4 Young Callum Hynes was the guest of honour for today’s gameCredit: Premier Leaguelast_img read more