AMERICAN STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESRAFAEL BEJARANO, MAJESTIC EAGLE, WINNER:  “I feel so happy.  This is my last mount of the meet and we had a dream trip.  My horse broke good and I knew Sharp Samurai was the horse to beat.  I tried to put just a little pressure on him early and then I took hold of my horse.  I followed Sharp Samurai around the (far) turn and when we got clear, he was really running.  Mr. Drysdale told me this horse doesn’t like the stick, so I hand rode him and he really responded.”TIAGO PEREIRA, LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN, SECOND:  “We had a good trip.  He relaxed really well and we were able to get a good position.  He responded really well when I asked him, but the winner was too much.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, SHARP SAMURAI, THIRD: “I had an excellent trip. He broke nice, was sitting behind horses, but he got a little bit anxious down the backside, not much, then settled down nice. Turning for home I said, ‘OK, it’s time to go,’ but he just moved a little bit and did not accelerate like I wanted the last 16th. Other than that he ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTESNEIL DRYSDALE, MAJESTIC EAGLE, WINNER: “Being back on the grass helped him, I would say. He got the trip, but there wasn’t as much pace as I thought there would be. We were thinking about gelding him tomorrow but maybe we will change our minds. I told Rafael, he likes to be on the outside and he’s got a short run.”NOTES: The winning owners are John Lindley & Ray Morton.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE UNVEILED IN ADVANCE OF SEPT. 27 OPENER

first_imgSANTA ANITA AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE UNVEILED IN ADVANCE OF SEPT. 27 OPENER; A TOTAL OF 43 STAKES, INCLUDING 14 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS NOV. 1 & 2, TO BE OFFERED OVER 23-DAY MEETING OPENING DAY TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY TWO GRADE I, $300,000 BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFYING STAKES, IN ADDITION TO THE GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D. STAKES ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2019)–With opening day set for Friday, Sept. 27 and the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships returning for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will conclude on Nov. 3, will offer fans and horsemen a full complement of world class racing highlighted by a total of 43 graded stakes–18 of which are Grade I events.For the first time ever, a total of three graded stakes, two of them Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifying events, will be carded on opening day.  In addition to the traditional meet opener, the Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D. Stakes, the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at the same distance, will no doubt help to make Santa Anita the focus of the racing world on Sept. 27.“We’re excited to get the meet started with these two outstanding Grade I races on opening day,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary Steve Lym.  “It will get the ball rolling in a big way.  In addition, the Eddie D. has been upgraded to a Grade II and we’ve also doubled the purse on it, so we’re expecting an outstanding field at five furlongs on turf, which will serve as prep for many horsemen who are hoping to run under the same conditions in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2.“The American Pharoah and the Chandelier are both traditional preps for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and we’re confident both of these races will attract big, competitive fields that our fans across the country will enjoy playing.”(Lym also noted that while there will be no downhill turf sprints at 6 ½ furlongs, Santa Anita will for the first time, offer a limited number of 5 ½ furlong turf sprints, with the starting gate set on the main track. The utilization of the downhill course will be revisited in advance of the 2019-20 Winter Meeting).Santa Anita will present five stakes on opening weekend, Sept. 28 & 29 and three of them, the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28, and the Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 29, will serve as Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifiers.Additionally, the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship, for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter, and the $75,000 Unzip Me Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will also be run on Sept. 28, making day two a thoroughly compelling afternoon.Santa Anita’s final 2019 Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifier, the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, will be run on Saturday, Oct. 5.In conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Santa Anita will again offer a pair of $200,000 stakes for horses bred or sired in California–the Golden State Juvenile and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, both at seven furlongs on Friday, Nov. 1.Santa Anita’s complete 2019 Autumn Meet stakes schedule is now available at http://www.santaanita.com/stakes-schedule/. For additional information, please call the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.last_img read more

LONGTIME OAK TREE RACING ASSOCIATION STALWART SHERWOOD C. CHILLINGWORTH PASSES AT AGE 93

first_imgLONGTIME OAK TREE RACING ASSOCIATION STALWART SHERWOOD C. CHILLINGWORTH PASSES AT AGE 93 ‘HE LOVED TO BET AND HE LOVED OUR GAME’  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019)–Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime director and executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, passed away on Tuesday at age 93.A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chillingworth, known affectionately as “Chilly” to all who knew him, was named an Oak Tree director in 1989, and later assumed the title of Executive Vice President in 1993.  A tireless advocate for the many causes that the not for profit Oak Tree Racing Association funded since its inception at Santa Anita in October, 1969, Chillingworth was a truly beloved figure in California racing.“He was a great man who was a very big part of the Oak Tree Racing Association for many years,” said Hall of Fame trainer and fellow Oak Tree Board member Richard Mandella on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita.  “He lived a full life and from what I knew, he loved every minute of it.  He had a great sense of humor, he loved to bet and he loved our game.”Although still active in funding various charitable causes, the Oak Tree Racing Association, which conducted its final fall meeting at Santa Anita in 2009, operated for one year at Hollywood Park in 2010, and then conducted summer meetings at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton through 2018.A former real estate developer, Chillingworth, who served as Vice Chairman and CEO, Santa Anita Realty Enterprises from 1994-1996, had a true passion for horses and horse racing as he owned and raced Thoroughbreds dating back to the early 1970s under the nom de course Paniolo Ranch.It was in Thoroughbred partnerships however, that he experienced considerable success, as he owned percentages of Grade I stakes winners Swing Till Dawn (1983 Strub and Widener Stakes), Yashgan (1985 Oak Tree Invitational and 1986 San Gabriel Handicap), Forzando (1985 Metropolitan, Ft. Marcy and Sierra Madre Handicaps), and Valley Victory (1986 Coaching Club American Oaks).“He was a first class guy,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Ron McAnally, whose legendary gelding John Henry won three straight runnings of the Grade I Oak Tree Invitational in the early 1980s.  “Doc Robbins (original Oak Tree Director and John Henry’s attending veterinarian) admired him so much, and was so appreciative of everything he meant to Oak Tree and our racing here.  Chilly was good for the horses and he was good for the business.”A consummate gentleman and tireless consensus builder, Chillingworth was also a past Steward of the Jockey Club, Secretary of the Board of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), director of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau (TRPB) and member of the Equibase Management Committee.“Chilly was one of the kindest and most gracious executives in racing,” said George Haines, former Santa Anita General Manager.  “He treated the employees with great respect and was universally loved by all.  His wit and humor will be missed but not forgotten.”Chillingworth, who resided at Santa Anita Park with his wife Sandra, is also survived by four sons and two daughters, as well as several grandchildren.Services are pending.last_img read more

Arsenal’s problems go way beyond who their next manager will be

first_imgARSENAL need to scrap the emotion — it is at the centre of all that is wrong with the club.It is why the Gunners’ greatest ever boss Arsene Wenger was allowed to remain in the top job far too long.1 Ljungberg has made a poor start so farCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut managers, like players, grow old and have to step aside.It’s not easy to part ways with a club icon but if they are not willing to move, they must be pushed.That takes strong leadership and, unfortunately, that is what has been sorely lacking at the Emirates for a number of years.And the club only have to look down the road to see what decisiveness looks like.SPURS CONTRASTSpurs’ chairman Daniel Levy made the controversial decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino last month, knowing full well that the highly-rated Argentine would be courted by Europe’s elite.Such a decision was sure to attract intense scrutiny yet he knew it was the right call for his club — and I’m in total agreement despite being a big Poch fan.Gunners supporters groups have accused their hierarchy of being ‘rudderless’ — which is fair.The fact that club greats are now being identified to restore Arsenal to their past glory only compounds such frustrations.Such romantic notions are nonsense.PRIORITIES MESSED UPIf the right manager has a connection to the club then great, it’s a bonus, an add-on.It should never be a high priority.Freddie Ljungberg is at the helm now but has already proved in just two games it must only be temporary.The fact that a single point was taken against Norwich and Brighton says it all but his team selection and thought process further compound it.To bring Shkodran Mustafi back at the Canaries, only to discard him against the Seagulls, shows he’s for the birds.WISHFUL THINKINGAnd the Swede’s statement of being “100 per cent” sure of a top-four finish is wishful thinking, Arsenal are 10th — 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.The Gunners are on their worst run in 42 years and a battle for the top six seems beyond them.There has been no upturn under Ljungberg and I can’t help asking, ‘Why would there be?’He was under hapless Unai Emery but I never understand why the assistant of a failed boss is given the job after his sacking.Surely he is culpable to an extent?INVINCIBLE REUNION?The ex-winger may be getting by on the fact he is an Arsenal icon.And that trend could continue with Ljungberg’s fellow Invincible Patrick Vieira linked with the vacancy despite uninspiring spells with Nice and New York City.Or it might be Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta who could also make an Emirates return even though he has never managed before.His association with Pep Guardiola has surely given him an intense footballing education.Like it has been for coaches and players under Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp.ARTETA QUESTION MARKSBut Arsenal must be sure Arteta is special in his own right and not just a Pep Jr.That he’s his own man who has tapped into genius of those around him.The Gunners have been down this road before, discarding their template for a successful team in imitation of Pep’s Barcelona that saw them uncompetitive and embarrassingly labelled ‘Barca Lite’.Brendan Rodgers has extended his Leicester contract, Max Allegri has distanced himself and why would Diego Simeone leave Atletico Madrid for the Arsenal mess?SMALLER PROFILE CANDIDATESManagers who have been successful in lower leagues are unlikely to be given the chance George Graham got from Third Division Millwall back in 1986.Yet the likes of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Sheffield United gaffer Chris Wilder have their sides playing in an Arsenal-esque fashion but with the accountability that has been lacking at the Emirates.David Dein previously set the standard for the Gunners.And it was no coincidence that the former owner’s departure in 2007 coincided with Wenger’s mid-decade decline.BLINKERED THINKINGThe fact that ex-chief exec Ivan Gazidis left north London post-Wenger was failing to learn from Manchester United’s troubles when boss Ferguson and David Gill left back in 2013.And recent rumours of David O’Leary travelling to games with the board once again show the same blinkered thinking regarding an icon’s association to the club.Although a hero of mine growing up as an Arsenal fan, it’s difficult to forget his OTT celebrations when his Leeds team ended Arsenal’s title hopes in 1999!MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThe Emirates hierarchy have to look past club ties.Wenger didn’t have any connections when he took over — nor did Klopp or Pep. It’s a massive call Arsenal have to get right.Will they? I’m not convinced.last_img read more

Arteta dig at Spurs as he claims trophyless Kane proves Aubameyang is world class

first_imgMIKEL ARTETA took a completely unprovoked swipe at Tottenham as he attempted to prove Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class.Gary Neville recently revealed the Arsenal star isn’t considered a Premier League great due to his lack of silverware.2 Arteta has taken a swipe at Spurs to prove Aubameyang is world-classBut Arteta roared back, claiming if Harry Kane is considered to be a Premier League great despite playing for trophy-shy Spurs, the Aubameyang should be thought of similarly.In reference to his lack of trophies at Arsenal, Neville had claimed: “[Aubameyang is] not mentioned as world class.”We don’t mention him as a Premier League great, but I think we have to.”When told of this, Arteta hit back – using trophy-shy arch-rivals Tottenham as the perfect example to prove why his own star is a true great.After hearing of Neville’s comments, the Gunners boss said: “Yeah, but Harry Kane has scored 30 goals and never won the Premier League, you know?“There are a lot of good examples of players that do phenomenally, but unfortunately there are a lot of top teams in this country and only one wins the league.”So you can’t have everything in life.“I think they do talk but obviously with top players who are playing at clubs that are winning constantly, there is more impact on that.“But we all know how good Auba is. It is remarkable what he is doing and how consistent he has been over the years to do it.”That is very, very difficult to do. I think we all appreciate, at least at the club, his value and what he brings to us.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesAubameyang is currently the league’s joint-top-scorer, along with Jamie Vardy, having netted 17 times this season – one ahead of Sergio Aguero.Having worked closely with Aguero during his time as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at Manchester City, Arteta revealed he believes Aubameyang to be right up there with the Argentine legend.The Spaniard continued: “I wouldn’t like to compare but what I can say with Auba is that he’s right there with the best of the scorers in this league.“In the last ten years if you look at his record and what he’s done in the game it’s phenomenal. In my opinion he’s up there with the best.2MORE ARSENAL STORIESLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trial“I think if he had been top scorer in the league, and won the league, then he would have been voted the best player in the league for sure.“You need both. You need individual performance and you need the collective side of your team as well to support that.“That is where we have to make a step forward to try to convince these top players to want to stay at our club and be successful and be happy.”Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must prove to Aubameyang he should staylast_img read more

Hekari hoping for 5th consecutive win

first_imgHekari takes on Huawei PS United FC this afternoon in the second match of the double header at 3pm in round five of the Southern Conference.Leading the points ladder, Hekari is six points ahead of its rival Huawei and is hoping to gain another three points.Erema is level  with PKA Rapatona FC on six points while fourth placed Huawei will need this win to move three points up the ladder but they can only hope Rapatona suffers defeat against Gigira Laitepo in the first match today.For the Northern Conference, a double header will get underway this afternoon at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.The first game at 12:30pm is the showdown between Admiralty FC and Besta PNG United FC.The next game will be a grand final rematch between reigning champions Lae City Dwellers FC and Madang FC at 3pm. This is a game to watch with a bumper crowd expected.The only game to be played on Sunday (tomorrow) at 3pm will be between Erema Gulf FC locking  horns with FC Pom.last_img read more

Barcelona loses 41% of goals without Luis Suárez

first_imgIn any case, Suarez he has participated in 41.6 percent of goals Barça team, a very high percentage. It is surprising that Suarez was able to reach these numbers with an injury like the one that dragged. He talks a lot about the character of a player who has endured the team, especially in the Champions League. His goals against him Inter on the second day of the first phase and his participation in the 1-2 from Prague they collaborated in the classification. Suarez has also been the most decisive player, even more than Messi, in the matches of out of home of Barça in League. In Leganés, Getafe, San Sebastián, and the other day with a great match at Cornellà in which he scored and assisted Vidal in 1-2. Barça is in a dramatic situation at this time because you need to find A player who can do what Suarez. It is not that there is not in Barça. It is not there in the market. Not only for what he is able to do as nine, but for his ability to clean defenses in the Messi slaloms.Names like Lautaro Martínez, Cavani or Alcácer They are on the table. None have the category of Suarez. Barça is torn between sign or not, but it seems an evidence that a killer Messi and Griezmann need something else that a weather vane like Dembélé and two young people like Carles Pérez and Ansu. The Low Luis Suarez acquires dramatic dyes for Barcelona. Four months of absence due to his injury to the meniscus of the right knee that leave the Barca team without a player whose numbers this season they are at the height nothing less than of Leo Messi. Barça has scored 60 official goals this season (49 in the League, 9 in the Champions League and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup) and, of them, Suarez has been involved directly at 25 (14 goals and 11 assists), although you could say that even in more because the header of the other day that Oblak stopped and then riveted Griezmann is not considered as assistance.last_img read more

Barcelona dismisses Ernesto Valverde and signs Quique Setién at the front of the bench

first_imgThe Ernesto Valverde era in Barcelona is already past. The club, after the debacle of the Super Cup and endless rumors, has announced the dismissal of Txingurri thus ending two and a half seasons leading the first team in which LaLiga has won twice, a Copa del Rey (lost another final) and another Spanish Super Cup, the competition that ended up being the last blow for Viandar de la Vera. His substitute, a Quique Setién who gets the great opportunity of his career after leading Las Palmas and Real Betis, among other groups, and who signs until 2022 with the elections to the Blaugrana presidency on the horizon.Four titles but the feeling that he never knew how to take over the reins of one of the most complicated costumes in the world. In the shade, due to the so-called Champions League disasters in Rome and Liverpool, the Valverde stage as coach of Barcelona closes with another failure in the fight for a championship, although after signing the 80 best minutes of the season in addition to be a leader in LaLiga and stand in the round of the top continental competition.Because against Atlético de Madrid, the culé team did not deserve to lose in the semifinals. But football is like that and a bad final straight match led to the rojiblancos going 2-1 (with two other goals voided in Barça) and that led to the last anger of the directive against his coach. That one that never gave the full confidence of Josep María Bartomeu and its surroundings and was only saved in June 2019 by the insistence of the strong block of the wardrobe, with Leo Messi in the lead. He leaves with four titles (two leagues, between them) after two and a half campaignsThe Cantabrian coach signs until 2022 with the elections on the horizonThis Tuesday will be presented at the Camp Nou and will debut before Granada After tense days in Can Barça, trips to Qatar and clandestine meetings but telegraphed loudly, Bartomeu has met with Valverde on the return to training to communicate his dismissal. That has been a reality after the meeting with the Board of Directors this Monday, where the arrival until 2022 of Quique Setién has been closed and once it has also been announced, one that will be presented this Tuesday with the president, in order to explain everything that happened.In this way, Valverde leaves and the Cantabrian coach arrives (‘us’ from Xavi and Koeman through), to urgently take the culé box before his official debut in LaLiga (Sunday, at 9:00 p.m. against Granada). With the Camp Nou present, the culé fan will dictate his sentence: support for the team before the new stage or criticism for being participants of the goodbye of the Txingurri.Txingurri fell ‘the brown’ without NeymarAn Extremaduran coach who arrived in the summer of 2017 to take over from the successful, but short, stage of Luis Enrique in the dressing room. Already without Neymar from the beginning, due to his escape to PSG, Valverde had to reinvent himself (after losing his first Super Cup against Madrid) with the signings in extremis of Dembélé and Coutinho.Two players who never knew how to get the expected match and also largely blamed their method, as in the aforementioned debacles of the Olympic of Rome, Anfield, Cup against Valencia or the last of Jeddah, as well as the difficult coupling of Griezmann, irregularities with Arthur or the strange substitutions of Busquets.Conqueror of the two leagues he has faced, the first Cup and the second Super Cup, his triumphs were hidden under the technical superiority of Messi and company on the grass. Not the defeats, which weighed too much on the fans and were exhausting the patience of the board. That in his last year and a half in the club, there are elections in 2021, he has chosen Quique Setién as a relay until 2022, which suggests that he will be chosen for the bench of the continuity candidacy.Racing from Santander, Poli Ejido, Equatorial Guinea, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis in his career as a coach, Setién comes up with a much bigger challenge. Get in front of a much superior club in everything that represents the previous ones and move forward with a season that has become entrenched by the lack of confidence in Valverde, which exploded after falling into the reformed Super Cup.center_img 01/13/2020 – 20:24 | 23:24 – 01/13/20last_img read more