first_imgPURSES RAISED BY $10,000 ON EVERY NON-STAKES RACE AT SANTA ANITA PARK IN JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN TRACK & THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIAArcadia, Calif. (April 19, 2019)–Santa Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have announced a significant purse increase for all on non-stakes races through the next six weeks.  The purse for each non-stakes race will be increased by $10,000.  The increase will go into effect Friday, April 26th through June 2nd.  The program will be evaluated for the remaining three weeks of the spring meet, which extends through June 23rd. Entries for Friday will be taken on Easter Sunday.“We know the last few months have been tough on everyone especially our horsemen and owners, so working with the TOC we came up with an aggressive plan to boost all non-stakes purses for the next six weeks,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group.  “This has also been difficult on our customers, and we are working hard to improve the product to thank them for their continued support.”“It’s important to all of California horsemen for Santa Anita to close this meet on a strong note,” added TOC Chairman Nick Alexander.  “We appreciate the purse supplements to be funded directly by The Stronach Group and welcome the opportunity to match those funds from the TOC purse account. This will result in over $1-Million of additional purse money for horsemen at Santa Anita in the next six weeks. Our hope is this is the first step in returning to the traditional four-day-a-week racing program at Santa Anita for our horsemen and racing fans.”In addition to being the Southern California home to celebrate the Triple Crown races, the later part of Santa Anita’s spring meet is anchored by two big racing events: Memorial Day Weekend featuring eight stakes races and Closing Weekend featuring seven stakes.last_img read more


first_imgJUST GRAZED ME MAKES LAST RUN TO TAKE $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER FRANCO; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.82ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2019)–Patiently handled by Geovanni Franco, Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me drew off to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gray filly by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.82.Breaking from the far outside in a field of six California-bred fillies and mares, Just Grazed Me was sitting second, a length off her more fancied stablemate S Y Sky heading to the half mile pole, but when Don’t Sell and Mario Gutierrez rushed up to apply serious pressure from the outside, Franco was able to ease back off of a head and head battle for the lead heading into the far turn and it paid dividends in the final sixteenth of a mile.“At first, we were running one-two with her stablemate and I thought it was sweet,” said Franco. “Then the number five (Don’t Sell) started pressuring us from the outside and I thought we were going too fast…So I was able to sit and wait and she had a great turn of foot through the stretch.”A one length allowance winner going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, Just Grazed Me was off at 5-2 and paid $7.40, $3.80 and $3.00.A seven furlong state-bred stakes winner on dirt at age two, Just Grazed Me, who is out of Alexander’s Cuvee mare, Fairway Road, is now 9-5-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $334,332.“She’s really stepped up her game ever since we put her on the grass and found a home,” said D’Amato. “She showed a real nice turn of foot late, so I’m excited to campaign her in the future. We’ll probably run in the (Senator) Ken Maddy (Grade III, $100,000 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Nov. 2). It’s against open company, but I think if she runs this kind of race, she definitely fits with those.”As for Alexander, one of California’s most successful owner/breeders, he was elated that his stallion, Grazen, picked up another stakes winner.“Grazen is like the goose who laid the golden egg,” he said.  “He’s 13 years old, has had eight crops and is about 95 percent fertile. He stands for just $5,000 at Tommy Town, a few miles down the road from our ranch (Horse Haven Ranch in Santa Ynez).  He spends the off-season at my place in our back yard, then goes to Tommy Town for the breeding season.”Don’t Sell, who hopped at the break and was then hustled into a contending position, finished a neck in front of Gypsy Blu and paid $3.80 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Gypy Blu, who had a neck on the winner three furlongs from home while in third position, out-finished S Y Sky to run third by a neck and paid $4.60 to show while off at 8-1.Fractions on the race were 22.24, 44.64 and 55.94.Earlier on in the day, upstart apprentice Jorge Velez won three consecutive races, beginning with race two, which puts him atop the rider standings with nine victories through 10 racing days.last_img read more

Vaea Fifita back for Wellington

first_imgThe All Blacks blindside flanker, who played against Argentina but was rested for the South Africa trip, has been given the all-clear to rejoin the Lions at Westpac Stadium.He joins Brad Shields and fellow Hurricane Wes Goosen in returning to a powerful starting lineup.Shields reclaims the captaincy after missing the past four weeks due to a knee ligament tweak suffered during Wellington’s sole loss of the season against Tasman in Blenheim on September 10.He will start at No 8 against Northland alongside Fifita, who will make his second appearance for the Lions this season.He replaces Galu Taufale, who captained Wellington to a 61-12 win over Southland in Invercargill on Saturday, but is unavailable this week due to a bruised knee.Wellington coach Chris Gibbes continues to manage his full squad against Northland and has made 11 changes to the team that started against Southland.Seven of those changes are in the pack where Shields, Fifita and openside Mateaki Kafatolu form an all-new loose trio.Similarly there is a refreshed second row where James Blackwell and Sam Lousi replace Will Mangos and Chris Middleton. Blackwell is back after four weeks on the sideline due to a shoulder injury suffered against Canterbury.In the front row Alex Fidow returns at tighthead prop for Joe Apikotoa, while Sitiveni Paongo starts at hooker, switching roles with Asafo Aumua, who will come off the bench.The return of wings Julian Savea and Ben Lam from a rest week, and Goosen’s first start since injuring a rib against Tasman, are the features of a revamped backline.Savea and Lam come back in for Malo Tuitama and Losi Filipo respectively, Goosen replaces Billy Proctor at centre, and Kemara Hauiti-Parapara comes in at halfback for Sheridan Rangihuna.Wellington have an unbeatable lead on the championship ladder and will host a semifinal, while Northland are in second place and one of four teams still in the hunt for the remaining three places in the playoffs.”We expect a highly motivated Northland team and a tough match,” Gibbes said. “We aren’t even thinking about the semifinals, that’s for next week. This is a home match and it’s important that we go out and put in a performance we can be proud of.”Wellington: Trent Renata, Julian Savea, Wes Goosen, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Brad Shields (captain), Mateaki Kafatolu, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Sam Lousi, Alex Fidow, Sitiveni Paongo, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Vince Sakaria, Joe Apikotoa, Will Mangos, James Tuiatua, Carlos Price, Regan Verney, Malo Tuitama.​ Photo by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Caption: Vaea Fifita made a huge impact for the All Blacks against Argentina in New Plymouth and returns for his first provincial game since, for Wellington against Northland)last_img read more

Hekari and Dwellers eye grand final

first_imgDwellers and Hekari are currently leading the NSL Champions League challenge in first and second place respectively, while Rapatona FC is on third place and Welgris Morobe United trailing.The two front runners are leveled on five points however, Dwellers is leading on goal average of up to four goals difference.Game six this weekend will determine the minor premiership, with Hekari and Dwellers candidates for the title.This Saturday will see Dwellers take on Hekari in Moresby and Rapatona will play Welgris in Lae.PNGFA competition manager Simon Koima said it’s surprising to note that Dwellers were the champions last season and now they are most likely going to win the minor premiership and qualify for the 2017 O’League challenge.“Should the game this weekend go in favour of Lae in a drawn event then automatically they win the minor premiership for this season due to goal differences,” Koima explained.The grand final will be played on March 19 in Port Moresby, with the venue yet to be confirmed.Koima said it is most likely to be staged at the Sir John Guise Stadium, taking note that the SP PNG Hunters’ first home game for this season is also on the same day at the National Football Stadium.He confirmed that the NSL grand final will kick off at 3pm.last_img read more

Germán Valera will miss several months due to a shoulder injury

first_imgAtlético B faces a new long-term loss of one of its capital players. The young man German Valera, which debuted with the first team on January 4 in the match against Levante, will have to have surgery on his shoulder tomorrow. The rojiblanco squad will be subjected to a arthroscopic surgery due to instability problems in the shoulder which dragged before the concentration of Arabia and will be a few months off the pitch. Germán Valera had participated in 14 league games with Atlético B, leader of the table and where the Murcia had achieved four goals. Before Levante he became the 31st squad to debut with the red-and-white elastic under the orders of Diego Pablo Simeone at 17 years and 294 days. Valera is one of the great pearls of the lower categories of the National Team. Band player who It stands out for its dribbling, imbalance and punch and that is basic in the second rojiblanco team. The player He traveled to Saudi Arabia as a reinforcement for the first squad in the Spanish Super Cup, although he did not sit on the bench against Barcelona. He is also one of the stars of Atlético in the Youth League, who loses for the knockout before the knockout stage. Nacho Fernández has already had to face the decline for the entire course of his scorer Darío Poveda, who he had 11 goals in 11 games. The tip, debuting against Granada at the orders of Simeone, suffered a broken cruciate ligament of the knee and will be around six months off.last_img read more

Atletico trained under minimum after the debacle copera

first_imgJust four first team players, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lemar and Morata, plus goalkeepers Oblak and Adam, indicated the training at the command of Simeone, which was very high above his pupils during physical exercises. His sister and representative, Natalia Simeone, was present at Cerro del Espino.In the rain that accompanied the work session in Majadahonda, the squad was divided into several groups completed with a large number of quarry players. The footballers who completed the 120 minutes in the Kingdom of León held a regenerative session. For the match against Leganés, Simeone recovers Lemar and depending on how he evolves from his pubalgia he could also return Trippier, depending on whether you can train tomorrow with the group. Those who continue with their longer-term recovery processes are Giménez, Koke and Diego Costa. Atlético returned to work after the hard elimination lived yesterday against Cultural Leonesa, where in addition to the defeat, the rojiblanco team disputed an extension with little margin of recovery time thinking about the match against Leganés (Sunday, 12:00).last_img read more

Real Sociedad-Mirandés and Athletic-Granada in the semifinals

first_imgThe Cup of emotions is coming to an end. But not before delivering two semifinals of great emotion. The Royal Society will receive the ‘matagigantes’ of the Copa del Rey, the Mirandés. In the other tie he will be among the second most successful team in the competition, Athletic, and Granada. The Luis Aragonés Hall of the City of Soccer hosted the semi-final draw of the KO tournament. A raffle in whose hype there were very notable absences, such as the last champion of the tournament (Valencia), the Spanish Super Champion (Real Madrid) or the club with the most Cups of the King in their showcases (Barcelona). The three were out in quarters and will be their executioners, along with a team of Second Division (Mirandés) who will fight for the wound. The draw provided a Real Sociedad-Mirandés and an Athletic-Granada. But it will be with a novelty with respect to all previous rounds. The one-game eliminations that so many joys and surprises have given in this edition are over. To get a place in the final it will have to be the old way: round trip (February 11 and 12) and back (March 3 and 4). The Real Sociedad, which only has one Cup in their medal winners, dreams of reaching the final. More, after eliminating Real Madrid de Zidane in the quarter. Donostiarras will receive a Mirandés who wants to continue making history. He has matched the deed of 2012, when he managed to get into the semifinals, but fell before the lions. Now try again being the most modest club alive in the KO tournament (it is the only one of the four that plays in Second) and with the renewed ‘matagigantes’ card. Since to reach the semifinals, despite being a team of 7.7 million euros in budget, he has had to knock down Celta (€ 87M), Seville (€ 219M) and Villarreal (€ 134M). Athletic, one of the greats of this competition since it has 23 titles in its showcase, only surpassed by Barcelona, ​​have managed to get into the semifinals after eliminating Barcelona in the quarterfinals with a goal in the discount. But it is not the only tie that lions suffered to pass, it already happened to them in sixteenths and eighths. In both rounds they got the classification after defeating Elche and Tenerife on penalties. In front of him, he will have the Granada that had its first big fire test in the rooms in quarters, since in the previous rounds it had to be measured to teams of Second B and Third. They were paired with Valencia, the last champion of the tournament, and achieved the pass in the last breath with a goal of Soldier from eleven meters. The Nasrids seek to make history and get into the final. Precedents Athletic-GranadaUp to four times lions and Nasrids have crossed into the Copa del Rey. They were in the round-trip matches of the 1944 and 1969 editions. Athletic always managed to pass the round. He did it with a balance of two wins, a draw and another defeat. Royal Society-MirandésThere is a precedent between the Donostiarras and those of Miranda del Ebro. It was in the 2004/2005 season, when Mirandés managed to appeal to the Real of the competition in the third round in the penalty shootout.last_img read more

Chelsea will sign Ziyech in summer, according to the Dutch press

first_imgChelsea coach Frank Lampard, considers that “Ziyech is an important player and reinforcement for your template so, when the winter market ended, he told the club to immediately complete the deal for the summer “, published the most read payment newspaper in the Netherlands, “De Telegraaf”. Other clubs have shown interest during the same period, but Chelsea has been the only one that has remained in the negotiations.“Ziyech is expected to sign in the short term”, said the second most read payment newspaper in the Netherlands, the “Algemeen Dagblad”, which assumes that the player will not oppose playing at Chelsea.Moroccan, 26, trained at the Heereenveen school and went through Twente before signing in summer 2016 for Ajax, which paid 11 million euros.He was chosen as the best soccer player of the year in the Netherlands in the 2017/18 season, and shone with his own light during the Amsterdam team’s tour of the Champions League last season, when he eliminated Juventus and Real Madrid.Clubs like Sevilla or Roma tried to sign it last summer without success. In the current season he has 29 official matches, eight goals and 21 assists. Chelsea and Ajax have reached a verbal agreement for the transfer of soccer player Hakim Ziyech to the English club, next summer for about 45 million euros, published on Wednesday the two most read newspapers in the Netherlands.The British tried to close the operation in the winter market, but the Amsterdam club maintained its policy of not letting its most decisive players midway through the season.last_img read more

“I have not thought about the options we have to pass …”

first_imgOn the eve of the first leg of the round of 16 the Champions League against Liverpool English, the midfielder of Atlético de Madrid Marcos Llorente is clear: there is no “other result that is not winning” and sees the team “more than prepared “to face the current champion. The ‘red’ group is not scared of the Madrid midfielder. On the contrary: it generates “even more desire” to face an opponent whom he sees “very very well”, in a first leg in which he starts out as a starter in the midfield.A situation very different from that of his first third of the season, when despite arriving with the vitola of being a player of the pleasure of his coach, the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, had very few minutes. “No player understands why he doesn’t play,” Llorente admitted, in a new position for him: the right wing.How is the team almost 24 hours away from the match against Liverpool?Looking forward to tomorrow’s game, it is a very important game for us and the team is more than ready to face a great rival such as Liverpool.Facing the current champion, undefeated in his league, does it generate respect or is it a stimulus?That must be taken into account because the opponent you are going to face is that this season is like a shot. I don’t know if he hasn’t lost any games in the Premier. That means that they are very good and that they are going to make things very difficult for us.How does the wardrobe live that wave of external pessimism about the tie?It is a reality, they are very very well. It is a great team, the current champion, but to us that, at least to me, makes me even more eager to play that game and to arrive tomorrow and give everything.What worries you most about Liverpool?We are worried about everything (he laughs), it is a very complete team, the top three are very fast, very fast, behind they are very forceful too, in the midfield they are strong, they are aggressive. They are a very complete team and do not neglect anything before them.Both Diego Simeone and Jürgen Klopp are two coaches reputed to be good motivators.Yes, our coach has already seen everything he has given to this club, and the Liverpool coach has seen the great year he did and the great year he is doing this. They are two great coaches and it will be a very beautiful duel.How likely is Atlético to move to quarters?I have not thought about it. They are two games, now one is coming and it is impossible to think beyond that. We think about the next game, it is very important and we want to go out with a good result for the return to be able to go there to fight it.A good result for Atlético would be …Winning, we do not consider another result that is not winning.If you overcome this tie, do you see Atlético with possibilities to go further?We focus on this tie first, if we get through we will have left behind a great team and obviously we will have a chance to win something.Atletico chained five games without winning since the final of the Spanish Super Cup and generated many doubts, did they also feel them in the locker room?We are also aware and we must be realistic that when things do not come out we are the first to have to change something.We realized that things had to be changed, but it is true that something bigger is done from the outside than it really is, all teams go through good phases and bad phases, and in those bad phases you don’t have to go crazy, keep working as we have done and at the end of it all comes out.Personally, he has been playing five games in a row, is it his best moment since he is in Atlético? In an interview with the EFE Agency, just after completing the last training prior to the momentous European duel, Llorente (Madrid, 1995) is convinced of the rojiblanco team’s options to overcome an opponent who has only given a draw in 26 days in the English Premier League and only the Italian Naples has managed to defeat in the Champions League.center_img Yes, since I’m here it’s the best moment, of course. It is the only time I have had five titles in a row and in the end when you have minutes and they give you that confidence things go much better.How did he live it when he arrived, when it seemed he was going to be an important player but the minutes didn’t come? Did you get desperate?Well, in the end all players do not understand why not play. It is true that you come to a team to help and you have to understand your role at every moment of the season.Obviously I would have liked to play more, but they are situations, decisions that are made and in the end the players have no choice but to respect them, accept them and continue working for when the opportunity comes to be prepared.Did Simeone give you any explanation?No, in the end the coach always thinks of the best for the team, and at that moment he believed or thought he was not the best and did not wear. It is something respectable and must be accepted.Now he’s playing a little more towards the right wing, how do you feel in that position?Well, in order to go out on the field and play we will not complain about the position. Yes, it is true that it is not mine, that I am not used to it, but little by little I am adapting, I am very happy, it allows me to reach the area more, run more, and I am delighted.What does Simeone ask you on the right?What he asks another player when I do not leave. It is true that we have a lot of talk about pressure and defensive positions and that is what I had to learn the most when I was not used to playing there.Were you surprised by Simeone’s insistence on pressure training and the team moving together?Yes, I have already lived it and I think it is something fundamental, that the team knows at all times how to press, when, if we have to stay behind, I think it is something essential, that it is okay to work it and that it is very good for us.Despite that work, Atlético does not dominate the matches, why?I wish we knew why. We these last games have started squeezing up very well, but it is true that it is difficult to maintain that intensity and aggressiveness so high for a long time. We have to learn to that, to prolong more in time and try to have control of the parties.Tomorrow will Atlético start like this, pressing Liverpool?Yes, well, tonight we will talk about that, but I think that when we push up all together and aggressive, we feel good, we steal the ball in their field and we don’t have 50 meters to go to attack like when you steal it back. In that sense we are comfortable and that there is no doubt that we will go for the game.He trained in the Real Madrid quarry, and now plays for Atlético. Both your grandfather (Ramón Grosso) and your father (Paco Llorente) played in both clubs. What does Atlético mean to you?To start this team, I assumed that last year in summer they gave me the confidence, they bet on me, and it is something that I will always be grateful for.Once you come here you realize the football that is breathed here, that there is a lot of passion, a lot of heart, both the club, the workers, the coaching staff, and the fans. It is a pleasure to belong to this club and I am very happy to be here.Did you feel misgivings from fans for coming from Real Madrid?No, the truth is that all the fans have treated me very well, they have behaved ten times with me and at no time have there been such situations. It’s something to be thankful for and that makes us players feel more comfortable. Juanfran Torres, who played in both clubs, said after leaving Atlético that he came “like a Viking” and left “like an Indian”, would you like something like this to happen to him?In the end we are soccer players, we are workers, and it doesn’t matter in the club that you are that you have to give everything, regardless of where you come from or where you are going, it is here where you are and where you have to leave everything on the grass. Having teammates who have played in both locker rooms, such as Alvaro Morata, Mario Hermoso or Antonio Adán, dramatizes this situation?Well, in the end, if I’m honest, you or people think more than me. I take it naturally, I have come to this club because they have bet on me, they have trusted me, I will give everything for them and it is something that I do not think about and that does not come into my day to day.How important is it for you to play the first game against Liverpool at home? What role can the fans play?They can play a very important role for us, we always say it: when we play at home it is something incredible.They push you, support you from the beginning of the match until it ends. Even when it ends and the result has not been good they are still there and I think it is a hobby of ten, with which we are very comfortable and delighted that every game here is incredible.last_img read more

Garitano: “We know it is a special match for the fans”

first_imgOn possibility to play with 5 back as Athletic, commented that “We always observe all these options. We have to think only of ourselves. “About him Braithwaite case admitted that “The option that Lucas has not left for Barcelona is good for Alavés. Now he has touched the Leganés. I think the market has to end on January 31 and then for something there is the rest of the workforce or the subsidiary team. “On availability of troopsassured that “They are all good, Roberto already trains with us and Pina must be left alone because there is still enough time for us to count on him. ” The manchego is recovering from a fractured fibula. Countdown to the clash between babazorros and lions this weekend. The “no places available” sign will surely be hung up. In that sense, Asier Garitano said “We know it is a special match for the fans. Surely there is a good atmosphere. It is a derby but we will try to make a good meeting to give the fans a joy. Athletic is having a great season and they are just a few games away from finishing with honors. It is a well-worked team that competes very well despite the latest league results. Many days have not added but have deserved much more. “Garitano affected that “They are very powerful in the air game, they hurt between the lines with people like Iker Muniain. They are going to demand a lot from us but we also want to demand from them”added the Guipuzcoan. The bands and the state of form of Williams also worry in the capital of Alava two days away. The coach analyzed the classification in First. “The possibility of reaching 30 points can give us peace of mind. We come from a defeat in Mallorca and now we will seek to break that dynamic, “Garitano observed.last_img read more