ESPN3 Game of the Week Package Opens with Quadruple-header

first_imgAbilene Christian at Central Arkansas / Saturday / ESPN3Women’s Basketball: 1 pm CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 pm CTOnline:Women – http://sland.social/ACUUCAWMen – http://sland.social/ACUUCAMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Jeff Brightwell play-by-playStan Humphries, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland ESPN3 Game of the Week package debuts with a special edition quadruple-header Saturday. First up, Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas women (1 o’clock) and men (3:30). Later, you’ll see UIW at New Orleans women (4 o’clock) and men (6:30). All games are available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN apps. UIW at New Orleans / Saturday / ESPN3Women’s Basketball: 4 pm CTMen’s Basketball: 6:30 pm CTOnline:Women – http://sland.social/UIWUNOWMen – http://sland.social/UIWUNOMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analystlast_img read more

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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Shows Why It’s Southland Strong

first_imgThe mission of the Southland’s SAAC is to provide a platform through which student-athletes from member institutions may be heard on issues concerning student-athlete welfare, national and conference rules and regulations, community service, sportsmanship, and personal development. They focused on mental health awareness, career development and life after college, diversity and inclusion, and better communication. Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee, who serves as the Southland Conference national SAAC rep, said, “It’s been really incredible for me to be here over the course of the past couple years, seeing all the different campus SAACs grow and develop. These leaders are making such a big difference in their athletic departments. Being a part of national SAAC is wonderful, but being here at this retreat with the conference really means so much to me. Being around my fellow Southland student-athletes is really awesome.”Below is a list of the SAAC members who were in attendance at the Southland meeting:Megan Paul, Abilene Christian (Women’s Soccer)Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas (Football)Andre Walker, Houston Baptist (Football)Ese Akpoyoware, UIW (Men’s Track & Field)Jade Lewis, Lamar (Softball)Isabel Huntsman, McNeese (Women’s Golf)Nicole Broussard, New Orleans (Women’s Track and Field)Emily Venable, Nicholls (Volleyball & Beach Volleyball)Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State (Volleyball)Noah Steele, Sam Houston State (Men’s Golf)Caroline Lee, Southeastern Louisiana (Women’s Soccer)Mallory Dotson, Stephen F. Austin (Women’s Track & Field)Giana Wright, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Women’s Basketball)Natalie Shock, Advisory Council Representative (Central Arkansas, Senior Woman Administrator) The SAAC representatives came into town Sunday and began the retreat with a trip to The Star in Frisco, located just a few blocks from the Southland headquarters. The student-athletes received a tour of the facility, which houses the Dallas Cowboys offices and practice areas and hosts numerous other events.On Monday, the student-athletes spent the morning working with Habitat for Humanity of Collin County to renovate a home for a deserving family. They continued team building that evening with a cooking competition and prepared dinner at Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference hosted its annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting at the league’s office in Frisco earlier this week. Tuesday’s meeting concluded a three-day retreat for the SAAC representatives from each of the conference’s 13 member institutions. ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Closing in on six decades of service, the Southland Conference continues to be a model of innovation, stability and consistent achievement as it celebrates the academic and athletic accomplishments of its member institutions and more than 4,200 student-athletes.  The Southland operates within a structure of shared core values by its membership: Excellence, Student-Athlete Focused, Integrity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sportsmanship, and Fiscal Responsibility.  Founded in 1963, the Southland Conference has transformed itself into a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 comprehensive universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, including Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The Southland sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level, and is the host conference for the annual NCAA FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.  This year’s meeting included a review of their community service time and outreach. The group agreed to continue its Southland Gives Back initiative that emphasizes need around the holidays. Several Southland schools will maintain relationships with such organizations as Toys for Tots and Angel Tree, in addition to finding others to partner with in 2019. The SAAC also selected a Southland Conference Week of Service that will be held Feb. 9-15, 2020, on each campus. #SouthlandStronglast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

first_imgMcKINZIE’S FULL SISTER WORKS TOWARDS HER DEBUT SECRET SPICE IS SET FOR SUNDAY’S ZENYATTA STAKES NBC SPORTS BROADCASTS GRADED STAKES SATURDAY OMAHA BEACH FIRES BULLET FOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP OMAHA BEACH ‘COULDN’T LOOK BETTER’ IN COMEBACK BREEZEOmaha Beach, who has had more false starts in his comeback bid than an Olympicsprinter, worked four furlongs at 7:45 Friday morning for his much-anticipated return to the races in the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs next Saturday, Oct. 5.With regular rider Mike Smith up, Omaha Beach went four furlongs in company in a bullet 46.80 “in hand,” according to clockers, while stablemate Magic Rate was timed in 48.60.It was the fastest of 32 drills at the distance by almost three seconds, as the average time was 49.66.“Real sharp” is how Richard Mandella described the move. “I had him going the half in 46 flat. He went five-eighths but it was more of a sharp half and kind of out in five-eighths. He went in company, but he caught four others that were in front of him.“When he broke off, there was a bunch of them quite a ways in front of him and he caught all of them. He couldn’t look better in my eyes.”Omaha Beach, a three-year-old son of War Front owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, was the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby but missed the first jewel of the Triple Crown when an entrapped epiglottis the week of the race required surgery.He had been scheduled to return in tomorrow’s Grade III Ack Ack at Churchill Downs, but a bollixed workout last Friday caused Mandella to change plans and stay home.‘RELAXED’ SECRET SPICE SET FOR SUNDAY’S ZENYATTASecret Spice is coming off two seconds and a victory in her last three races, all Grade I events, and Richard Baltas is hoping the worthwhile trend continues Sunday in the Grade II Zenyatta Stakes, a $200,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff on Nov. 2.“She was a late-developing filly that we got to relax and stretch out; that was key,” Baltas said of the four-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat bred in Kentucky. “That’s why she got really good. She’s out of an A.P. Indy mare (Chimayo).“She’s continued to train well. She’s run bang-up races and her final breeze was easy (49.20 Monday under Flavien Prat). She’s really relaxed right now and very happy, so we’ll see what happens.”Baltas, who prides himself in operating a diversified racing stable, has 50 head on hand at Santa Anita.The field for the Zenyatta, race five of eight: Secret Spice, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mongolian Humor, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Paradise Woods, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Ollie’s Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; La Force, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; and Kaydetre, Martin Garcia, 20-1.NBC SPORTS TO BROADCAST ‘BC CHALLENGE SERIES’ ON SATURDAYNBC Sports’ “Breeders Cup Challenge Series” will include four live Santa Anita races on Saturday, including the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (3:38 p.m.), the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (4:41 p.m.) and the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again (5:13 p.m.). Laffit Pincay, III, Randy Moss, Britney Eurton, Nick Luck and Matt Bernier will serve as on-air talent.                   ZENYATTA STAKES TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON FOX SPORTS THIS SUNDAYThis Sunday’s Grade II Zenyatta Stakes will be shown live on Fox Sports as a part of its “America’s Day at the Races” show, which airs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT.A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Distaff, to be contested Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, the Zenyatta will be run at approximately 3:05 p.m. PT.Michelle Yu will provide on-site analysis and reporting and the broadcast will also feature live coverage of several stakes from Belmont Park, including the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Grade I Vosburgh Stakes, as well as closing-day Fall Meet coverage from Churchill Downs.WHITE RETURNS FOR 11TH SEASON AS SANTA ANITA’S ACE MORNING LINE MAKERAn unmistakable treasure on the American racing landscape, the indefatigable Jon White is back for his 11th year as Santa Anita’s highly respected morning line maker as the track begins its 23-day Autumn Meet today.A proud native of Spokane, WA, White’s affinity for horse racing traces back to trips with his late father to tracks such as Playfair in Spokane and Yakima Meadows, where his dad worked in their pari-mutuel departments.Upon graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane (“ESPN’s Neil Everett went there, too”), White soon set about a career in racing that has seen him cast in a myriad of roles in a number of different states. (White also points out he attended Eastern Washington University, where the LA Rams’ Cooper Kupp and Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd also attended).“I’ve been in racing 45 years and involved in many different aspects,” said White, married to popular racing writer Tracy Gantz, whose stories appear in Blood-Horse Magazine and The California Thoroughbred published by the CTBA. “I started in 1974 as a chart-caller and columnist with Daily Racing Form at Northwest tracks and got promoted in 1981 to reporter-columnist at Santa Anita and the other Southern California tracks.“Racing during that period of time was incredible, as were the jockeys and trainers I dealt with on a daily basis. In 1986, they assigned me to be the DRF chart-caller and I worked on this circuit in that positon until 1993.”In addition to his print career at Daily Racing Form and as a free-lancer for several industry publications, White has also toiled as a racing steward in various locales–Yakima Meadows (1979), and Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho (1990s) and has been a licensed CHRB steward since 2010. One of his most recent CHRB assignments put him in the stewards’ stand at this year’s Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred meet in July.Following the 1993 Del Mar meeting, White hired on with the newly created HRTV, working as an on-air racing personality for some 20 years until taking his current position as Santa Anita’s morning line maker.With a soft-spoken, low-key demeanor that belies an intense passion for racing, White’s historical perspective and broad-based knowledge are legendary in racing circles. Following is a question and answer session with White, who will also be making the official morning line for this year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 and 2.     Q           Who’s your all-time favorite horse?     A           No question, it’s (Washington-bred) Turbulator.He didn’t race as a two-year-old because he became so ill he very nearly died. He didn’t race as a three-year-old because he severely injured a knee on a farm. His breeder, owner and trainer, Tom Crawford, then tried to trade the horse for two cows. But due to the injured knee, the swap didn’t take place.Turbulator finally did make it to the races as a four-year-old in 1969. He lost his first three starts, but then won seven straight in just nine weeks, from six furlongs to two miles at Playfair. In 1970, Turbulator broke three track records, one of those a world record. In another of his 1970 victories, he carried 134 pounds. A huge fan favorite, there were Turbulator T-shirts, coffee mugs, campaign buttons and refrigerator magnets, all items I possess to this day, along with two of the shoes he wore when he broke the world record for 6 ½ furlongs.     Q           Favorite all-time jockey?     A           Laffit Pincay, Jr., although Bill Shoemaker, Gary Stevens, Eddie Delahoussaye and Joe Baze, Russell’s father, certainly rank right up there. I’ve said many times that if I ever needed a horse to win a race or I would die, I would pick Laffit to ride the horse. On the last day I was ever at Longacres, in a prime example of Laffit’s sheer strength on horseback, he won the 1986 Longacres Mile by a neck on Skywalker. I flew back to LA on the plane with Skywalker and his trainer, Michael Whittingham. Skywalker would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year with Pincay aboard.     Q           Favorite all-time trainer?     A           It’s a dead-heat between Charlie Whittingham and Laz Barrera. I was very lucky to get to know them both quite well. They were incredible horsemen and wonderful people. I miss them a lot.     Q           Favorite all-time race?     A           It’s another dead-heat, this time Secretariat’s spectacular 31-length Belmont Stakes victory to sweep the Triple Crown in 1973 and Zenyatta’s sensational win in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, which I saw in person . . . As I stood in the mass of humanity during Zenyatta’s furious late charge to become the first female Thoroughbred to ever win the Classic, I was so overcome with emotion that I had tears in my eyes.     Q           You’ve had so many great moments in racing, I know Justify’s Kentucky Derby win last year ranks way up there.     A           As we all know, Justify didn’t make it to the races until Feb. 18 here at Santa Anita. I managed to get a $100 future book wager on him at 100-1 to win the Kentucky Derby, so that was pretty incredible. But my biggest score was hitting a Pick Six at Santa Anita that paid $45,981. It was on Dec. 28, 2003, and I did it on a $120 ticket.     Q           If you retired tomorrow, what would you do for kicks?     A           I honestly don’t know. My feeling is I will cross that bridge when I get to it.White, who has also penned a weekly racing column for Xpressbet.com since 2004, will be making the official Breeders’ Cup morning line for the sixth time this Nov. 1 and 2.FINISH LINES: Saturday’s Late Pick 4 pool will be guaranteed at $500,000 . . . Map Maker, an unraced full sister to multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, breezed six furlongs from the gate Friday morning under Drayden Van Dyke for Bob Baffert. Working in company, Map Maker was clocked in 1:14.40, while stablemate Technicolor was timed in 1:01.60 for five furlongs. Map Maker is a two-year-old gray daughter of Liam’s Map out of Runway Model bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine . . . Toby Turrell, clocker and publisher of The Yellow Sheet, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday at 11:50 a.m. in the XBTV studios.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for September 27th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on September 27th, 2019WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19Map Maker (Inside) and Technicolor (Baffert) 9/27/17Campaign (Sadler) 9/27/19Thought I’dMissyou (Kruljac) 9/27/19Nolde (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Lambeau (Outside) and Shear Class (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Roadster (Outside) and Anuket (Baffert) 9/25/19Draft Pick (Eurton) 9/22/19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 9/22/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) (Baltas) 9/22/19Eight Rings (American Pharoah) and American Anthem (Baffert) 9/22/19Collusion Illusion (Outside) and City Rage (Glatt) 9/21/19 ODDS ARE JON WHITE’S IS BACK FOR THE MORNING LINE FOX SPORTS SHOW TO INCLUDE THE  ZENYATTA STAKESlast_img read more

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SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES WAGERING MENU FOR UPCOMING AUTUMN MEET, 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX & 12 PERCENT TAKEOUT STRONACH FIVE PROMINENT AMONG COMPREHENSIVE OFFERING

first_imgSANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES WAGERING MENU FOR UPCOMING AUTUMN MEET, 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX & 12 PERCENT TAKEOUT STRONACH FIVE PROMINENT AMONG COMPREHENSIVE OFFERING SANTA ANITA TO OFFER A $500,000 GUARANTEED LATE PICK 4 POOL THIS SATURDAY; ALL NEW 50 CENT JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE TO HAVE MANDATORY PAYOUT ON NOV. 2ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2019)–With the beginning of its 23-day Autumn Meet this Friday, Sept. 27, Santa Anita Park will offer players a comprehensive wagering menu that includes the popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six each day and The Stronach Five, a 12 percent takeout wager with a one dollar minimum, each Friday.Santa Anita will also offer a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 this Saturday, Sept. 28.  The Late 4 is comprised of the final four races on Saturday’s 11-race card.Additionally, Santa Anita will again offer the popular 50 cent Early Pick Five, with a 14 percent takeout, and the 50 cent Late Pick Five.The Stronach Five will offer fans a fast moving quintet of races from four Stronach Group properties, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields each Friday.Providing there is no single ticket winner, the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six is paid on a daily basis to those tickets with the highest number of winning horses. Thirty percent of the pool is then carried over to a jackpot pool, less takeout. This could create the possibility of a massive jackpot pool leading into a mandatory payout on closing day, Sunday, Nov. 3.The track will also continue to offer one dollar exactas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, 50 cent  rolling Pick 3s, an early and late 50 cent Pick 4, as well as 10 cent Superfectas on all races with a minimum of six runners.2019 AUTUMN MEET COMPLETE WAGERING MENU–20 cent Rainbow Pick Six offered on final six races each day–The Stronach Five, a one dollar minimum wager with 12 percent takeout, offered each Friday–Two separate 50 cent Pick 5s, to be offered on the first and last five races each day–Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation–50 cent Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners)–10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start)–One dollar Exactas on each race–The 50 cent Early Pick 4 will cover races two through five, while the Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card–Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout–50 cent rolling Pick 3s will be offered beginning with the first race each day–All new 50 cent Jackpot Super High 5, in all races with seven or more declared starters.  The Jackpot Super High 5 requires players to select the first five finishers in each race, in exact order. In each race that fails to produce a single ticket winner, 75 percent of the net pool will be paid out to those tickets that have correctly selected the first five winners and 25 percent of the net pool will be carried over to the jackpot pool. If there are no tickets with five winners, 100 percent of the net pool will be carried over to the next Jackpot Super High 5 race.  Should there be no single ticket winners through Nov. 1, there will be a mandatory Jackpot Super High Five payout culminating with the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2.For more information on Santa Anita’s 2019 Autumn Meet, please visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Saturday, March 21, 2020

first_img42 18 1st $1,113,396 WARD ‘N JERRY EYES FIRST STAKES WIN IN SAN LUIS REYWard ‘n Jerry, a consistent and diligent California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, seeks his first stakes victory in today’s Grade III San Luis Rey marathon at a mile and a half on turf.The testing distance should be ideal for the seven-year-old gelding owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, longtime successful supporters of racing and breeding in the Golden State.“He loves the distance and I think the race is between him and Oscar (Dominguez),” trainer Mike Puype said. “There are several unproven horses at a mile and a half, so I think it’s going to be a good opportunity.”Impressive Southern California newcomer Umberto Rispoli rode Ward ‘n Jerry to an eventful second last out in the Turf Classic for state-breds at 1 1/8 miles Jan. 18, but Flavien Prat has the mount on Saturday. Prat rode Ward ‘n Jerry twice previously, in December 2015 and June 2016, unplaced each time, but the rider change is immaterial to Puype.“I don’t think you can lose an inch with either guy,” he said. “They’re both the two best turf riders here.”Depending on circumstances, Ward ‘n Jerry can be on or near the lead, although in most of his 19 races, he has come from off the pace. “He can lay wherever you need to,” Puype said. “He’s very, very versatile.”The field for the San Luis Rey, race seven of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Swamp Souffle, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Camino Del Pariso, Tiago Pereira, 3-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Oscar Dominguez, Umberto Rispoli, 9-5; Go for a Ride, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Ward ‘n Jerry, Flavien Prat, 2-1; and French Getaway, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1.BEJARANO TO REMAIN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAOn second thought, Rafael Bejarano is staying in Southern California.Citing “scarce opportunities,” in Southern California two weeks ago, agent Tora Yamaguchi said the 37-year-old native of Peru would be riding regularly in Kentucky after the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.At that time, Bejarano had four wins from 66 mounts here, but has progressed since and with Keeneland cancelling its spring meet due to the coronavirus pandemic, decided to remain in Southern California, where in 2008 he swept all five major Southern California titles and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey.“With Keeneland cancelling, it kind of left Raffy without a place to ride,” said Yamaguchi, who has represented Bejarano since 2015. “We really had little choice but to conduct business here for the time being.“In the overall picture, racing is secondary right now but we’re all trying to make the best of things and do what we can.”As of March 19, Bejarano ranked 76th all-time with 4,056 career wins from 20,053 mounts (20 percent), earning purse money of $204,806,993.McCLELLAN RETURNING TO ACTION WITH RISPOLIIt was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Scotty McClellan become a jockey’s agent.His late father, Chick McClellan, had a long and successful career as an agent, teaching Scotty everything he knew along the way. His son learned well, reaping the rewards representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, the former for 21 years, the latter for 17, some 14 of them during the same time Scotty had McCarron.McClellan enjoyed a run of 13 years with Joe Talamo prior to his leaving Southern California for greener pastures back east in early January, but not before recording his 2,000th career victory.Joe’s departure presented McClellan with a rare opportunity: time to smell the roses, which he did.But now, at a youthful 65, it’s back to business. After a three-month respite, McClellan officially begins anew April 10 with condition book number six, calling the shots for Umberto Rispoli, a two-time champion in his native Italy who has taken Santa Anita by storm, hobnobbing with Joel Rosario, Abel Cedillo and Flavien Prat in quest of the Winter Meet crown.The 31-year-old Rispoli had been represented by super-agent Ron Anderson until he decided to add John Velazquez to his bailiwick, joining Joel Rosario and leaving Umberto shocked and agentless.“Ron called and asked if I’d be interested in working for Rispoli, and I said yes,” related McClellan, a longtime friend and business associate of Anderson’s, “and Ron said he would help make it happen. That took quite some time, and after the devastation dissipated and Umberto returned from resolving visa issues overseas, he sought input from different trainers, quite a few of whom voluntarily recommended me.”When the smoke cleared, McClellan liked what he saw.“Umberto is very focused and researches the horses he rides quite a bit,” Scotty said. “He also studies the main contenders and tries to figure out how he can win the race, factoring in surfaces, pace, post, etc.“On dirt here, you likely need to be in a contending or tracking position. It doesn’t mean you can’t close, but it’s harder with the kickback.“I’ve watched him ride a few times but because of this coronavirus, I’m limited and in a weird spot. I don’t want to be running around the barn area trying to drum up business, because I have no (condition) book (with prospective races) now anyhow. I’m more concerned about my health, my wife’s, my Mom’s and my little granddaughter’s.“I want to see them, but I also don’t want to risk making them ill. I feel great, but this is just the way things are.“Once I knew I’d have Umberto, I contacted people to let them know, but until I have a book, I’m kind of laying low before the time comes for me to work, because it’s just crazy right now.”LONGTIME JOCKEY AGENT PAT MCDOWELL PASSES AT 84Condolences to family and friends of longtime jockey agent Pat McDowell, who passed away yesterday at age 84 near Seattle.  McDowell represented many riders dating back to the late 1950s, primarily on the West Coast and at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.  McDowell had great success in the 60s and 70s with Jerry Lambert, who was best known as the regular rider of the legendary California-bred Hall of Famer, Native Diver.  McDowell, who also represented Hall of Famer Russell Baze for a time when he rode full-time in Southern California in 1989-90, was a popular figure at the track, on the golf course and about town.  Following his career as an agent, McDowell worked for a number of years and as recently as this past September, as paddock judge at Emerald Downs near Seattle.  Pat McDowell is survived by his wife Janice and several children and grandchildren.FINISH LINES:  Due to the fact TVG is not producing their normal studio or remote shows on account of the outbreak of the coronavirus, NBCSN will no longer be able to present simulcast programming from tracks such as Santa Anita.  Fox Sports, however, has picked up several additional hours of programming this weekend and will be able to show the first seven races from Santa Anita this weekend.  Fox Sports 1 will air from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT.  The show, America’s Day at the Races, will also include racing from Gulfstream Park and the Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds…First post time this weekend at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m., please visit santaanita.com for updates.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: Day in the Life With Jockey Valet and Exercise Rider Augustine LuraDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:Zellda (Inside) and Daniela Bella (Shirreffs) 3-19-20Dark Prince (Baffert) 3-19-20True Valor (Callaghan) 3-19-20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 3-19-20Dessman (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 3-19-20 63% 47% 21% 11 45% 12 37 17 $2,393,096 $2,354,060 36 2nd 44% 33 50% LEAVE IT TO WARD ‘N JERRY IN THE SAN LUIS REY 40% Money Won ITM% 5 15% 34 25 Joel Rosario145 $1,599,866 24% 23 26% 21 11 $1,479,262 9 ITM% 15% 64% 12 37 21 John Sadler82 Umberto Rispoli158 $1,607,141 2nd 16 35 33 BEJARANO WILL REMAIN TO RIDE AT SANTA ANITA 19 Abel Cedillo254 19% 18 11 64% Money Won $1,830,092 $2,423,014 3rd 41 22 Bob Baffert84 25 3rd 20 Drayden Van Dyke118 Win% 12% Peter Miller72 TrainerSts 1st JockeyMts 26% 14 Richard Baltas111 $784,801 25% Win% Flavien Prat178 (Current Through Friday, March 20) TOP AGENT McCLELLAN NOW WITH ‘HOT’ RISPOLI Doug O’Neill102 MCDOWELL, AGENT FOR JERRY LAMBERT, DIES SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15 46% 22% 52% $1,294,859last_img read more

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Man Utd join Spurs in chase for Vedat Muriqi after scouting him against England

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED have joined the race to sign Vedat Muriqi after sending scouts to watch him in action against England.The Kosovo international has also caught the eye of Tottenham following his impressive spell of form for Turkish club Fenerbahce.2 The Fenerbahce star scored from the penalty spot against EnglandCredit: EPAAccording to the Daily Star, United and Spurs both sent scouts to watch him face the Three Lions in the Euro 2020 qualifier last week.The 25-year-old scored from the penalty spot in the second half as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary’s Stadium.United are now in the running for his signature as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his attack following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.Muriqi joined Fenerbahce for £3.1million in July after scoring 17 goals and adding eight assists for Caykur Rizespor last season.And he has attracted a wide range of interest after scoring two times in his first three matches for the Super Lig side this season.Italian club Napoli have also been linked to the 25-year-old.2LATEST MAN UTD NEWS Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansThe 22-cap Kosovo international is under contract with the Turkish club until 2023, but United could look to lure him away during the winter transfer window.Solskjaer’s side are reportedly also lining up a move for Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos.And the Reds have been linked with a sensational £80million move for Leicester City star James Maddison. Solskjaer insists Man United are on the right track despite just three wins out of sixteenlast_img read more

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Spurs suffer blow as ‘Kane ruled out of Everton clash with illness’

first_imgHARRY KANE has been ruled out of Tottenham’s trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon through illness.The England striker scored at Liverpool last weekend but is unavailable to Mauricio Pochettino for the 4.30pm kick off today.2 Harry Kane has been ruled out of Tottenham’s trip to Everton with illnessThere is also concern Kane could miss Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.Lucas Moura is expected to take Kane’s place in the team today and either him or Son Heung-Min will likely play through the middle.Despite the blow to the North Londoners, in more positive news, Ryan Sessegnon is part of the squad for the first time since he signed from Fulham in the summer.The left-back had been out with a hamstring injury but has finally recovered and could challenge Danny Rose for a spot in the team.England boss Gareth Southgate is expected at Goodison today which will give Sessegnon a chance to impress if he makes an appearance.Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Everton’s Michael Keane will also be keen to perform well in front of their international boss.Alli was heavily criticised after another disappointing showing during Spurs’s 2-1 defeat to at Anfield last weekend.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAnd Poch was forced to come out and defend the midfielder after Roy Keane said he’d been ineffective for “a year or two”.Poch said: “We need to remember that Dele is still so young and the demand and the pressure on him is massive.”Everyone expects big things from him but he’s only 23 years old.”OK, he’s now dropped a little bit but we need to help and back him.”2Unai Emery addresses fan dissatisfaction after Wolves drawlast_img read more

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Man Utd behind Spurs in free transfer race for PSG right-back Meunier

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are behind Tottenham in the race to sign Thomas Meunier on a free transfer, according to reports.The right-back, 28, will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires.3 Thomas Meunier is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiringCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd it is Jose Mourinho who could get one over his former employers by pipping them to Meunier’s signature.According to Le Parisien, a contract extension has been on the table for the Belgian to sign since the autumn.He said he wants to stay on at the Parc des Princes but is yet to put pen to paper so looks on course to be released.And that could mean he has played his final match for the club he joined from Club Brugge in 2016 and played for 128 times.Ligue 1 was finished early with PSG crowned champions and the Champions League looks set to return in August, by which time Meunier may already have left.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsMeunier will have no shortage of offers from across Europe.But the report suggests it is Spurs who are leading the chase.In April it was revealed Mourinho personally phoned Meunier to try and convince him to move to North London.Meunier would again be replacing Serge Aurier as the first-choice right-back, having done so in Paris.The Ivorian moved to Spurs for £24million in 2017, having lost his regular starting spot with PSG.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaBorussia Dortmund may also be in with a chance of snapping up Meunier.The Bundesliga side have benefitted from taking Achraf Hakimi on loan for the past two seasons but Real Madrid may finally decide to give him a chance at the Bernabeu.United like the look of Meunier but having spent £45m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka a year ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly has more pressing issues at Old Trafford than bringing in another right-back.33Thomas Meunier shows off his football skills as he practices with PSG teammateslast_img read more

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Injured Foran in doubt for Warriors

first_imgPhoto by: Robb Cox/NRL Photos (Warriors five-eighth Kieran Foran). Coach Stephen Kearney says classy five-eighth Foran is recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained in the Warriors’ 34-12 win over Gold Coast a week-and-a-half earlier.A bye week had given the Kiwis international extra time to recuperate and a late call will be made on his availability.”We’ll give him until as late as possible, probably until the captain’s run on Thursday,” Kearney said.”But he’s progressing and we’re hopeful he’ll be OK.”Foran ended months of speculation about his future in April by signing a three-year deal with the Bulldogs.Meanwhile, Kearney confirmed the Warriors won’t seek a replacement this season for departing assistant coach Steve McNamara.Former England coach McNamara was granted an early release after being appointed head coach of Super League club the Catalans Dragons.Kearney believes remaining assistants Andrew McFadden and Stacey Jones are sufficient to see out the campaign.Club great Jones will be the lone attack coach, having previously shared the role with McNamara.last_img read more

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Polota-Nau focused on Wallabies

first_imgPolota-Nau is one of six Western Force representatives in a 34-man Wallabies squad who are still coming to terms with the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to axe them from Super Rugby. Although RugbyWA has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court of NSW, the thought that the Force could cease to exist next year has impacted players privately. But worrying about things out of his control is something Polota-Nau has made clear he cannot afford to do, for if he is not 100 per cent committed to the task of upsetting the All Blacks, then he would be doing a disservice to those alongside him in a gold jersey. “I’ve managed to encapsulate that [emotion] but also move it to the side,” Polota-Nau told Fairfax Media.”I’m fully focused on this. The last thing I need is any external circumstances to interfere because with the preparation I can’t be individually analysing my emotions when there’s a team goal this Saturday. I’ve just moved on from that. “What supersedes it is we’ve got a test this week. There’s external circumstances that are going around. Adam [Coleman] and Dane [Haylett-Petty] spoke about it on Monday and nailed it on the head. We’ve just got to move on with the job.” The 32-year-old, who does not have a contract for next season with the Force, said he was considering all his options. He did, however, indicate he wanted to stay in the west despite the likelihood the club will be booted from Super Rugby next year. “I’m hoping I can stick around,” Polota-Nau said. “I’ll have to reassess for the time being because at the moment I’m glad the injunction is there but I can’t really focus on it now. “Once we get away from these tests I’ll discuss it then.” Polota-Nau said the fitness sessions he teammates completed over the past month have been the hardest he has ever encountered in his professional career. The Wallabies may have won just one of their past 16 matches against the All Blacks dating back to 2011, but Polota-Nau truly believes the pain of recent training will be worth it. “It hurt a lot but it’ll be even better once we come out victorious,” Polota-Nau said. “That’s the train of thought coming into it. “Those gorilla walks turned out to be quite the challenge. The pain will be worth it with end goal of hopefully raising that Bledisloe trophy. “I can’t wait to get out there because I’m more than confident in my ability.” Polota-Nau is likely to be the Wallabies’ starting hooker on Saturday, having taken over from Stephen Moore in the first two Tests of the year against Fiji and Scotland. Moore was brought into Australia’s starting XV to take on Italy but it was in this match the Wallabies had some noticeable problems at scrum-time. They can ill-afford to put in a sub-par performance this time up against a formidable All Blacks front row looking to prove a point after underperforming in the recent British and Irish Lions series. Polota-Nau said Australia’s forwards were aiming to get on the front foot and assert early dominance at the set piece. “Watching their previous encounters against the Lions, it’s no mucking about,” Polota-Nau said.”They like to get the ball in and out straight away. Hopefully we can create some disruption there. Even the lineouts, we’ve got to be eager to get there before they do.” Photo by: MATT KING/ GETTY IMAGES Caption: Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Wallabies attempts to break away from Scotland’s Jonny Gray in Sydney in June.last_img read more

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