Saints open exhibition season with weekend split against Trail Smokies

first_img“We didn’t start the game the way any team would want to,” said Saints new head coach Alex Evin.“We had slow feet in our zone and didn’t compete our hardest to win any puck battles, especially when we had numbers. However, we have to give Trail credit because they played with a lot of intensity, which complemented their speed and skill very well.“Our goaltenders Mike Vlanich and James Prigione kept the game within reach with some huge saves throughout the game and it allowed us to claw back and make a game of it in the second half.”Midway through the second overtime period that included back-and-forth three on three action, the Smokies persistence paid off when Martin tallied his second of the night off a beautiful feed from Zane Shartz. Both teams traded multiple scoring chances that included a penalty shot save by 16-year-old Smokies’ netminder Solomon Burk who came into the game in the third period to make his Junior A debut.Both teams introduced each other during an epic battle Friday night at the Castlegar Community Complex. A crowd of more than 400 was treated to a fast paced game from beginning to end, including big hits and great goals. Selkirk earned a hard fought 7-4 victory increasing their impressive home unbeaten streak to 30 games.Newcomer Ryan Edwards led the way for the Saints with a hat trick while Ryan Henderson, Tylor Branzsen, Darnell Dyck and Thomas Hardy added singles. Scoring for the Smoke Eaters was Zuccarini (2), Ryan Swanson and Keenan Scott. The Saints goaltending duties were shared by Prigione and Steven Glass.“I hope everyone in attendance enjoyed these hockey games,” said Evin.“They were intense and fast. Both had exciting finishes and both teams respect one another. We wish the Smokies a great season and will support them any way we can.”SAINTS NOTES:The Saints lost second year defenseman Ryan Procyshyn to a broken ankle suffered in Saturday’s loss…. The next exhibition games for the Saints include a rematch of the BCIHL Championship final when they host Trinity Western University at the Cominco Arena on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. … Grant MacEwan University from the Alberta College Athletic Conference then visits the Saints September 27 at 7:00 p.m. and September 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Castlegar Community Complex… Selkirk will start the BCIHL season on the road the first two weekends in October after which they will commemorate their second straight BCIHL Championship with a banner raising ceremony at the October 17 home opener. The Selkirk Saints Men’s Hockey Team opened the exhibition season with a pair of hard fought and exciting games against the Trail Smoke Eaters in a showcase that provided a taste of what’s to come for the 2014-15 campaign.The inter-league set matched the two-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions against the region’s only British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) squad. The outcome was two intense games that tested the early season talents on both clubs.Saturday night was a fitting finish to a great weekend of hockey as the Smokies triumphed over the Saints with a 5-4 double overtime victory at the Cominco Arena. A quick pace and end-to-end action in the third and overtime periods made up for the mediocre first and second frames.The Smoke Eaters came out with a vengeance and controlled play in the earlygoing earning 1-0 and 3-1 leads in each of the first two periods.Craig Zuccarini, Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin potted goals for the home team while Jackson Garrett notched a goal for Selkirk.The Saints came alive in the third, scoring three times on goals from Matt Martin and Mason Spear (2). Brendan Volpe tallied for Trail which knotted the game, sending it to overtime.last_img read more

Richter scores hat trick to help Nitros even KIJHL Final against Wranglers

first_imgThe series now shifts to the Central BC Interior for Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday in 100 Mile House.Despite being outshot 30-22 in the game, it was the host squad that struck for two first period goals by Richter to open a 2-0 lead.The teams exchanged second period goals — Justin Bond cutting the lead to 2-1 with a power play goals 55 seconds into the frame before Richter scored this third of the game three minutes later.In the third 100 Mile House pushed to get back into the game, out shooting the Dynamiters 12-4 in the period.However, Allstar netminder Tyson Brouwer was solid between the pipes, stopping all 12 shots before Tanner Witt scored Kimberley’s fourth goal into an empty net.Witt and Korbyn each finished the game with two points for Kimberley.The win was the 13th of the playoff run for Brouwer against three losses.Kimberley needs to win at least one game in 100 Mile House to guarantee the series returns to the Bavarian City for Game six (Saturday) and, if necessary, seven (Sunday). Not so fast 100 Mile House Wranglers.The defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs are not willing to let their title go without a fight.Jason Richter scored a natural hat trick to power the Nitros to a 4-1 decision over the 100 Mile House Wranglers Sunday in KIJHL Finals action in Kimberley.The victory evens the best-of-seven series a 1-1.100 Mile House struck first in the series, edging Kimberley 2-1 Saturday.last_img read more

MILLER’S CHALON & DESORMEAUX’S MISS SOUTHERN MISS HEAD SATURDAY’S $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES GOING 5 ½ FURLONGS AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgTHE $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDTLove a Honeybadger–Victor Espinoza–122Tap It All–Santiago Gonzalez–118Miss Southern Miss–Flavien Prat–122Demigoddess–Brandon Boulanger–118Cioppino Pasadino–Edwin Maldonado–122Theonewewaitedfor–Rafael Bejarano–122Chalon–Tyler Baze–122First post time on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 6, 2016)–Rockingham Ranch’s Chalon and Peter Cantrell’s Miss Southern Miss head a field of six 2-year-old fillies, five of which are recent maiden winner’s, in Saturday’s $125,000 Landaluce Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita.Originally titled the Hollywood Lassie and named for the ill-fated daughter of Terlingua, who was trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Landaluce, with Laffit Pincay Jr., aboard, won the 1982 Hollywood Lassie by 21 lengths while stopping the clock for six furlongs in 1:08 flat, but never ran again as she succumbed to the effects of a fever several months later. MISS SOUTHERN MISS: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, this Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready was bred by her owner and rallied strongly through the lane to win at first asking by 3 ¼ lengths going five furlongs here on June 9. Off at 7-1 in a field of eight, she split horses turning for home and galloped out many lengths clear of odds-on favorite Tap It All, who she will again face on Saturday. With Flavien Prat scheduled to ride her back, Miss Southern Miss would appear to have plenty of upside as she readies for her second career assignment. CHALON: Trained by Peter Miller, this Kentucky-bred filly by the Mineshaft stallion Dialed In fetched $110,000 at the Barretts March 2-year-old in training sale and she responded solid 2 ¼ length first-out maiden score going five furlongs here on June 23. Dismissed at 9-1, she showed good speed out of the gate and won in virtual gate to wire fashion while well within herself under Tyler Baze, who rides her back on Saturday.center_img THEONEWEWAITEDFOR: Owned and bred in California by Heinz Steinmann, this daughter of Creative Cause was a gutty first-out maiden winner in open company going 4 ½ furlongs here on May 26. Trained by Mike Harrington, she pressed the early pace and prevailed by a half length while getting the distance in a rapid 51.80. Based at Los Alamitos, she’s out of Steinmann’s productive Eastern Echo mare, Yolo Lady, and looms a big threat stretching out a furlong. MILLER’S CHALON & DESORMEAUX’S MISS SOUTHERN MISS HEAD SATURDAY’S $125,000 LANDALUCE STAKES GOING 5 ½ FURLONGS AT SANTA ANITAlast_img read more

XPRESSBET RAFFLES SIGNED RAMON DOMINGUEZ POSTERS; PLEDGES DONATION TO PDJF

first_img“Ramon’s perseverance, work-ethic and competitiveness made him an extraordinary rider, and his compassion, determination and kindness have made him an incredible ambassador for the industry and its jockeys,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “We’re proud to work with Ramon, the Hall of Fame and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to bring increased awareness to their efforts supporting horse racing.” The raffle is free to enter and open to all horse racing fans. No purchase or Xpressbet account is required to enter. For every registration, Xpressbet will donate $10 to the PDJF, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. The raffle continues through Sunday, August 21. Winners will be notified on or around August 23. Dominguez enters the Hall of Fame following a distinguished career that included 4,985 victories and more than $191 million in earnings. He was recognized as the Champion US Jockey three times at the Eclipse Awards (2010, 2011 and 2012) and received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2012. He won three Breeders’ Cup races before his career was cut short in 2013 due to head injuries sustained during an in-race accident. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.xpressbet.com/racing-hall-of-fame-ramon-dominguez. August 9, 2016 (Washington, PA) – In celebration of Ramon Dominguez’s induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, will raffle off 100 Ramon Dominguez autographed posters, as well as pledge a donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Established in 2006, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund has distributed more than $7 million to jockeys who suffered catastrophic, on-track injuries. To learn more about the PDJF, and to make a donation, please visit https://pdjf.org/.Contact: Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: dustin.fabian@xpressbet.comAbout XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, August 12 at 10:30AM ET. The full 2016 Hall of Fame Class includes racehorses Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta and Tom Ochiltree, jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright, trainer Steve Asmussen and ‘Pillars of the Turf,’ Arthur Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit https://www.racingmuseum.org/.last_img read more

ACU Becomes First No. 8 Seed to Advance to Southland Championship

first_imgSet TwoFor the second-straight set, it was the hands of Mueller that ended it as the freshman provided the kill to win the set 27-25 for ACU. The Wildcats lost a 15-14 lead midway through the set, playing catch up the rest of the way until McNeil sent a kill to regain the lead at 26-25. ACU added another four blocks to its name with setter Kendall Bosse garnering one block solo and two block assists. Wooten put up another impressive set for the Huskies, two kills shy of claiming a double-double in the set alone, downing eight and digging 10. HBU’s Madison O’Brien also posted 10 digs while Bailey Banks claimed six kills for a Huskies’ offense that hit .204.VB: #8 seed @ACU_Volleyball rallies back to win 2nd set 27-25 over @HBU_Volleyball. Now 2-0 Wildcats, one set win away from spot in final. pic.twitter.com/RmsZFnhvFV— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 After becoming the first eight-seed in conference history to defeat a No. 1 seed, the Wildcats are heading to the Southland championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a four-set win over No. 4 Houston Baptist (26-24, 27-15, 19-25, 25-23) on Saturday in the first semifinal of the day. This is the Wildcats’ first conference tournament championship in their first season eligible for Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I. Set FourIt seemed as if the match was going to five sets as HBU took at 20-17 lead into the last stretch of the match, but ACU rallied three straight points to make it 20-20 and force a Huskies’ timeout. It was tied at 23-23 when Mueller delivered her 10th kill of the match before a handling error on O’Brien finished the set for the Wildcats. ACU had hit just .042 for the set but were able to post four blocks for the set to end the match with 13 team blocks. The Huskies had a .020 attack percentage with Banks leading the way with four to her name.VB: @ACU_Volleyball punches its ticket to the championship final. The #8 seed tops HBU 3-1. #GoWildcats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/oYPCAgTgj3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 ACU’s junior outside hitter Jacey Smith and freshman outside hitter Katelyn Mueller each claimed a double-double in the Wildcats second Southland tournament win. Smith hit .271 with 20 kills to go alongside her 10 digs. Mueller had 15 digs with 10 kills as sophomore libero Amanda Chapa led the Wildcat defense with 31 digs. Senior setter Kendall Bosse marshalled an ACU attack that hit .170 for the match, assisting on 43 kills. The Wildcats will battle for the championship against the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 8 Abilene Christian continues its Southland Conference historic run in tournament play. Set ThreeTied at 19-19, HBU rallied off six consecutive points to take the 25-19 and extend the match. The Huskies had its best hitting of the day with a .256 clip behind Gillard’s four kills on five attacks and Banks’ four kills on 10 attacks, but it was their defense that proved to be the difference maker as the team produced six blocks and kept ACU to a match-low .106 hitting percentage. Banks also added seven digs in the set. Smith had six kills on 15 attacks for the Wildcats.VB: @HBU_Volleyball still alive. Kill by Banks ends 3rd set, 25-19 HBU over @ACU_Volleyball. Now 2-1 ACU. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/KQYksewRFt— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 Set OneDown 24-23 in the first set, ACU’s Katelyn Mueller delivered the final three points for the Wildcats to go up 1-0 in the match, putting away back-to-back kills – her first two of the match – before going up on a block solo to end it. The set was close early with the teams tying eight times in the first 19 points before the Wildcats started pulling away, leading as most as 17-12 when HBU called its second timeout. The ACU defense combined for four blocks early on with Lorin McNeil and Corinne Grandcolas pairing for three of those. The Wildcats hit .293 for the set with Jacey Smith leading the way with five kills and Lauren Walker and McNeil each notching four kills on six total attacks. Wooten led all players with seven digs and had the most kills for the Huskies with four.VB: 26-24 @ACU_Volleyball tops @HBU_Volleyball in opening set of semifinal. Mueller block ends it. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/95vRuhiBar— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 For the second time this tournament, HBU’s senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks led the team with double-doubles as Wooten had a team-leading 30 digs to go along with her 15 kills while Banks notched a team-best 16 kills on top of her 22 digs. The pair each had one block solo and three block assists as the Huskies ended the match with 14 blocks. Junior setter Madison O’Brien recorded 52 assist on the Huskies’ 61 kills.last_img read more

Fleming Named 2019 Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award Winner

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Longtime college athletics media relations administrator Lance Fleming of Abilene Christian University has been named the recipient of the Southland Conference’s 2019 Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award. The announcement was made Monday by Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, who will present the award to Fleming during the league’s annual Football Media Day luncheon Thursday in Houston.Fleming retired following the 2018-19 season after more than 20 years on the Wildcats’ staff. A native of Abilene, he graduated from ACU in 1992 and was a copy editor, sportswriter and news writer for both the Abilene Reporter-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal before returning to ACU in 1998. During his tenure, he chronicled hundreds of conference championships, dozens of NCAA Division II national titles and a successful transition to Division I that included last season’s chance to go “dancing” as both men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.According to colleague Chris Macaluso, “The daily professional challenges Fleming encountered becameinconsequential in 2010 when his son, Rex, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and began a two-year fight against cancer that he lost in 2012 at age 10. Rex told his parents prior to his first cancer surgery, ‘I’ll live to tell the story,’ and this fit perfectly within his father’s abilities as a sports information director. At his core, Fleming is a gifted and compassionate storyteller. He is kind and generous with his time, as he wants both current and former ACU coaches and studentathletes to feel pride in their participation as Wildcats.”Fleming went back to work after Rex’s funeral doing just that and, additionally, he and his wife, Jill, honored their son as co-founders of the Play 4 Rex (P4X) Foundation. The Flemings and their organization have held numerous fundraisers, raising more than $500,000 since 2013 and making gifts of more than $400,000 to help other children and families affected by pediatric cancer.”Lance Fleming has provided Abilene Christian athletics, the Southland Conference and the NCAA with expertcommunications work throughout his career, and it’s very appropriate to honor his career with the Bonnette Award,” Burnett said. “Lance’s efforts emulate the dedicated hard work of the previous award winners, as he tirelessly promoted the annual accomplishments of the ACU Wildcats, their coaches and student-athletes during his tenure. We are honored to add Lance’s name to this prestigious group of Bonnette Award recipients.”Fleming has been an active member of CoSIDA, NACDA, the Football Writers Association of America, the Basketball Writers Association of America, and the National Collegiate Baseball Association. He will continue to be active with his alma mater as he moves into a new role as Director of Communications for the Abilene Independent School District.”I am truly humbled to receive such a significant award, especially one named after a man that everyone in ourprofession – and especially in our league – has respected so much for so long,” Fleming said. “I’m so proud to have spent 21 years of my life in collegiate athletics, and blessed that all of them were spent at a place I dearly love: Abilene Christian University. The last six years of my collegiate athletics career were equal parts challenging and thrilling as we made the move to NCAA Division I affiliation and back to the conference that Abilene Christian helped to found in 1963.”When we made them move in 2013, I was fortunate to find a group of people in the sports information field who took me in, showed me the ropes and befriended me as if I’d been part of the league for a number of years,” Fleming said.”Folks like Steve East (Central Arkansas), Doug Ireland (Northwestern State), Matthew Bonnette and Pam LaFosse (McNeese), James Dixon (Lamar), Paul Ridings (Sam Houston State) and others made the transition to the next level enjoyable from a personal and professional standpoint. We’ve had some great times over the years, and even though I’m no longer part of ACU Athletics on a daily basis, I look forward to those relationships throughout the league continuing.”The accolade, named after longtime McNeese sports information director Louis Bonnette, is presented annually to an individual that has made outstanding contributions in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference and/or its member institutions. The Southland’s sports information directors, athletic directors and other university personnel, and outside media executives nominate individuals for the award, and the sports information directors make the final selection.Fleming is the eighth recipient of the award. Previous winners include: Former sports editor and columnist for the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper (Conway, Ark.) David MCollum (2018); former Lamar play-by-play voice and TV personality Dave Hofferth (2017); Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Doug Ireland (2016); former Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, Texas) Sports Editor Kevin Gore (2015); retired Sam Houston State Sports Information Director Paul Ridings (2014); southeast Texas sports journalist and retired Lamar Sports Information Director Rush Wood (2013).Louis Bonnette was the first honoree in 2012. Bonnette enjoyed a storied career as the first McNeese SID, holding the position for 46 years. As SID, he boasted a national record of 516 consecutive Cowboy football games worked. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2007 and the College Sports Information Directors of AmericaHall of Fame in 2009.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019

first_imgBAFFERT-SMITH SPLIT ON McKINZIE IS JUST BUSINESS D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN CITY OF HOPE CALLAGHAN MULLS BREEDERS’ CUP FOR SQUARE DEAL MANDELLA EYES EMERALD CITY WITH OMAHA BEACH MANDELLA EXCITED ABOUT RETURN OF OMAHA BEACHSaturday marks the second time Richard Mandella embarks down the Yellow Brick Road with Omaha Beach.This time, he hopes to reach the Emerald City.He never got there on May 4, when the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby missed the classic due to an entrapped epiglottis which ultimately required surgery. The son of War Front has not raced since, but is scheduled to return in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event.The race will be decided at six furlongs, a distance in which Omaha Beach will be making his debut, having last raced at a mile and an eighth on April 13, capturing the Grade I Arkansas Derby on a sloppy track.“I’m excited,” trainer Richard Mandella said at his barn early Thursday morning about the widely anticipated comeback of Omaha Beach. “I’m not sure if he’s quick enough to beat some of the top sprinters in there, but he sure acts like he could.“We’re anxious to see how it goes, but the main thing is getting him back to the races. We’ll see what might be next after we run. I’ll tell you after we get a race into him.”The “top sprinter” is Shancelot, a front-running son of Shanghai Bobby trained by Jorge Navarro. Winner of three of his four starts, the three-year-old colt drew the advantageous outside post in a field of six and is Jon White’s 4-5 morning line favorite.The Sprint Championship, race nine of 10 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: $6,000 supplemental nominee One Flew South, Evin Roman, 30-1; Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 8-5; Shancelot, Emisael Jaramillo, 4-5; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; California Street, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; and Horse Greedy, Martin Pedroza, 15-1.THREE STAKES FEATURED ON SATURDAY’S NBC SPORTSSaturday’s NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will present expanded coverage to include the Grade III LA Woman Stakes (scheduled post time 2:33 p.m. PT) incorporated into the regularly scheduled America’s Day at the Races Show.America’s Day at the Races (4 to 5 p.m. PT) will cover the Santa Anita Sprint Championship with Laffit Pincay III and Gary Stevens in studio and Michelle Yu reporting.D’AMATO GOES FOR ONE-TWO PUNCH IN CITY OF HOPEPhil D’Amato, who sent out Cleopatra’s Strike and Acclimate to run one-two in last Saturday’s John Henry Turf Championship, hopes for a repeat result with Andesh and Prince Carl in this Saturday’s Grade II City of Hope Mile on turf, which drew 11 entrants.Andesh, an Irish-bred gelding, won an overnight race at Del Mar last out despite being squeezed at the start of the one-mile grass test.Prince Earl, a four-year-old California-bred gelding, rallied from sixth in a field of 10 to win the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 18.“He got squeezed out of it pretty good,” D’Amato said of Andesh. “He was running that day first time as a gelding, and we thought that would help him. He’s come back really good.“Prince Earl hasn’t missed a beat, either. He’s been training heads-up with my other Grade I winner, Bowie’s Hero, and I look forward to another solid performance.”The City of Hope, race eight: Ohio, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Synchrony, Joe Talamo, 5-1; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Big Score, Mike Smith, 10-1; Catapult, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; River Boyne, Ruben Fuentes, 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Prince Earl, Geovanni Franco, 7-2; Andesh, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; and Bolo, Tyler Baze, 6-1.BAFFERT’S DECISION TO CHANGE RIDERS IS ‘BUSINESS’When it comes to man and horse, Bob Baffert taking Mike Smith off of McKinzie doesn’t measure up to, say, Cervantes removing Don Quixote from Rocinante, but relatively speaking, it is memorable in racing.It wasn’t personal. As they said in “The Godfather,” it’s business.Baffert and Smith, both Hall of Fame members, have enjoyed a long and successful relationship, most significantly in 2018 when they joined forces for Justify’s Triple Crown sweep and Horse of the Year title.But after Smith finished second aboard odds-on favorite McKinzie in last Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes, Baffert later said he was making a change in riders on McKinzie for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.“Mike wanted to talk to me after the race, but I told him to come to the barn,” Baffert said Thursday morning following a bullet six furlong breeze by Roadster (1:13 flat). “That’s when I told him I wanted to make a switch.“I respect Mike and he’s my friend, but I’m entitled to change my mind. McKinzie is not a difficult horse to ride and my whole focus right now is to get him really right.”TRAINER HAS OPTIONS FOR TWO-YEAR-OLD SQUARE EDDIE COLTSquare Deal makes his grass debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy Stakes for two-year-olds at five furlongs on turf, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.A California-bred son of Square Eddie owned by Arnold Zetcher and Qatar Racing Limited, Square Eddie won his last two starts in restricted stakes on dirt against Cal-breds, the Graduation and the Im Smokin.“The Square Eddies do really well on the turf sprinting,” allowed trainer Simon Callaghan. “We felt like we needed a race between now for either the Breeders’ Cup or the Golden State Juvenile ($200,000 on dirt at seven furlongs for Cal-breds also on Nov. 1).“But if he were to run well Sunday, we’d run him in the Breeders’ Cup.”FINISH LINES: Congratulations to Huey Barnes, who celebrates his 86th birthday today. In his 40th year as an assistant starter, Barnes came from New York to California in 1954 with his late friend, Eugene (Snake) McDaniel, grooming and exercising horses for Charlie Whittingham. “I’m hanging in there,” said the charismatic and colorful Barnes, who will have dinner tonight with his family, which includes his wife, three sons and a daughter . . . Paradise Woods came out of her impressive victory in Sunday’s Zenyatta Stakes and will train up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer John Shirreffs said . . . With five wins through the first three racing days, including four graded stakes, Abel Cedillo has made an immediate impact with fans and horsemen alike at Santa Anita. “People notice him,” agent Tom Knust said. “Trainers have been calling even though the condition book had my wrong phone number, so that didn’t help. Seriously, he works hard. He worked horses at San Luis Rey last week and was out here at 5:30 this morning. He’ll work seven, eight horses every morning, so it’s paid off so far.” . . . A special edition of America’s Day at the Races airs Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. PT on FS2 featuring coverage of the City of Hope Mile (race eight) and the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship (race nine). Earlier in the day, on the 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT edition of ADR, the Grade III LA Woman (race five) will be shown from Santa Anita with Michelle Yu reporting . . . Mario Gutierrez, who rode One East Bro in last Saturday’s third race, has been suspended four days (Oct. 13, 14, 15 and 19) for careless riding, his second offense in the last 60 days.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:All-Star Stronach 5 Ticket for October 4th, 2019XBTV Thursday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 3rd, 2019FEATURES:Quick Questions With Trainer Eoin Harty: Part 1 of 2WORK OUTS:Anuket (Baffert) 10/02/19Bolo (City of Hope Mile) (Gaines) 10/02/19Shancelot (SA Sprint) (Navarro) 9/29/19Andesh (Outside), Prince Earl (Middle) and Bowies Hero (Inside) (D’Amato) 09/16/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) and Via Egnatia (Baltas) 9/29/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19Map Maker (Inside) and Technicolor (Baffert) 9/27/17Campaign (Sadler) 9/27/19last_img read more

‘Cherry’ ripe for captaincy

first_imgIt looked as though youngster Jake Trbojevic would assume the role on a permanent basis having already filled in at times in 2016 while Lyon was out injured. But Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett opted for the more experienced Daly Cherry-Evans; a move that has been emphatically backed by his teammates. Prop forward Brenton Lawrence – who is a member of Manly’s leadership group – told NRL.com the halfback’s elevation to skipper made perfect sense given what he had already achieved at the club, as well as the fact he was locked in for life after signing an eight-year deal in 2015. “He’s got a great head on his shoulders and a big, strong neck to support that head,” Lawrence joked. “He’s an exceptional talent and I’m glad that he’s the captain because he’s going to be around at our club for a long while. “I think with Blake Green coming in to join him in the halves, it gives him more opportunity to balance both the captaincy as well as being the halfback of the side, which are two rather large responsibilities. “He leads by example, but when it’s time to say something he’ll say the right things. He’s played Origin, he’s played for Australia and he’s won a grand final and is still relatively young. He brings that experience that a lot of people don’t have, and it’s something for the younger guys to aspire to.”Cherry-Evans will receive plenty of support from his leadership group, especially Trbojevic who was named as his deputy for 2017. The 22-year-old is seen as the future of the club, along with his brother Tom, and gained valuable experience in the captaincy role throughout 2016.Lawrence said he was impressed with how his teammate had matured over the past 12 months, paying special tribute to the swagger he brought back after his time with the Kangaroos on the Four Nations trip at the end of last season.    “Jake is going to be at the club for a long time and I think that having positive people like Daly and Nate Myles and a few others is going to help Jake over the long run,” he said. “Jake came back from the Kangaroos tour a different man. He picked up a lot of experience and learnt a lot from some of the greats over there. That trip was good for Jake and I’d like to see him around more representative teams for the benefit of our team.”last_img read more

Uni defeats Lasalians 20-6

first_imgUniversity proved too strong, defeating Lasalians 20-6 in round five of the Capital Rugby Union competition B Grade division today in Port Moresby.The Uni Piggies, who are currently fourth on the points ladder, were on fire in the first half, scoring two tries but  unsuccessful  with conversions.Piggies’ first try came 10 minutes into the game through Willie Tepa who scored a corner try following quick passes and great footwork displayed by the forward pack.The Piggies backline was strong throughout the entire first half, preventing Lasalians, who currently sit ninth on the points ladder, from scoring.They scored again 15 minutes later from a great run away try through Kenneth Vagi taking the score up by another five points while Lasallians struggled to score as they trailed terribly at half time 10-0.Lasalians came firing back in the second half but not enough to taste victory after they scored only one try through Curtis Yagas, followed by a successful conversion from Dickson Watt Jr taking the score to 10-6.Piggies continued to score in the last 20 minutes of the game with two more tries from Elias Misi and Koneva Levi as they settled on 20-6 at full time.In other results, Brothers defeated Crusaders 15-13, Wanderers thrashed Spartens 41-0 and North Harbor Vikings defeated Southern Chiefs 14-5.last_img read more

Successful year for Barras and Lewas

first_imgThe Barramundis started the year with a hard fought defeat in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) and T20 International Series to Ireland, before defeating Kenya at home in the ICC World Cricket League (WCL).Then they travelled to Australia to compete in the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League where they finished a very respectable third place on 34 points with four wins, three draws and one loss.The Barramundis continued their winning ways defeating Namibia in the ICUP and WCL matches at home, to propel them into top place in the WCLC and fourth place in the ICUP after four rounds. The Barramundis finished the year with a 2-1 defeat in a One Day International (ODI) Series in Hong Kong. “The Barramundis went from strength to strength this year and they have a wonderful opportunity to finish in the top four of both the ICUP and WCL next year.“Credit must go to the High Performance Department, led by Rarua Dikana and Head Coach, Dipak Patel, coaches and the players for their hard work and professionalism this year.“Already, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis have a busy 2017 Schedule, with matches against Australian State Teams, Scotland, Hong Kong, Scotland, UAE and possibly English County Teams and International 2nd XI Teams planned,” said Campbell.The Lewas also had a very successful year, winning the ICC East Asia Pacific (EAP) Women’s Trophy in Samoa without losing a single match.This victory meant that they qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka in February, 2017. “The Lewas improved outstandingly in 2016, with a larger pool of female players vying for selection in the national team from all parts of PNG.“There is a great opportunity for the girls to show their skills against some of the best women cricketers in Sri Lanka next year, but also qualify for an ICC World Cup for the first time.“Rodney Maha (Coach) and Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Consultant Coach) must be given a lot of credit to grooming these women into international cricketers.“There is still a lot of work to be done both on and off the field but we are on the right track,” said Campbell.last_img read more