Classy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer


first_imgClassy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert StormerARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2020)–Although well beaten on April 25, three-time Grade I winner Bellafina heads a group of eight fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita.Fourth, beaten 10 lengths after breaking slowly as the 7-5 favorite in an ungraded six furlong stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina, a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and Grade I Chandelier Stakes at two and of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, will be reunited with Flavien Prat, who last rode her to a close second place finish three starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.Bob Baffert will be playing a solid two-card hand in the Desert Stormer, as he’ll send out stakes winning Mother Mother and talented comebacker Fighting Mad.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick SmithTrainer:  Simon CallaghanAway slowly and sixth early in a field of eight in her most recent start April 25 at Oaklawn, Bellafina’s last win came seven starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, 2019.  Second as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes two starts back on Dec. 26, Bellafina, a 4-year-old filly by Quality Road, has been favored in 10 out of her 14 starts, winning six of them and amassing earnings of $1,452,975.  With four wins and two seconds from six starts at Santa Anita, Bellafina will hope to break sharply and run well over a course she adores.MOTHER MOTHEROwner: Gainesway Stable, Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer:  Bob BaffertMost recently second going seven furlongs in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Feb. 15, she was a handy 1 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes two starts back on Jan. 12 at odds of 2-5.  A first out, 6 ½ length winner of her only start going six furlongs in July, 2018 at Del Mar, Mother Mother has sprinted in nine out of her 11 career starts, with two of her three wins coming around one turn.  A three-time Grade I stakes placed 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, Mother Mother will be seeking her first graded stakes win on Sunday and will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.FIGHTING MADOwner:  Gary & Mary WestTrainer:  Bob BaffertAlthough she’ll be cast as “The other Baffert,” Fighting Mad looms a very dangerous commodity off the bench.  Idle since a stirring eight length, gate to wire triumph in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes going one mile at Del Mar Aug. 17, Fighting Mad was a gutty nose winner of her 5 ½ furlong debut in August, 2018 and she followed that up with a solid one length allowance win off a nine month absence in taking a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2019.  Now faced with a similar nine month layoff, this 4-year-old filly by New Year’s Day has trained well for her comeback and will get the services of Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE III DESERT STORMER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTFighting Mad–Drayden Van Dyke–126First Star–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Mother Mother–Mike Smith–124Amuse–Jorge Velez–122Bellafina–Flavien Prat–126Artistic Diva–Victor Espinoza–124Tomlin–Abel Cedillo–124Hang a Star–Umberto Rispoli–122First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  With no public admitted, wagering is available through and at  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Poch admits Eriksen may have played last Spurs game as club ‘fear £30m exit’


first_imgMan United star, Paul Pogba, vows to fight racists ‘for the next generation’ MAURICIO POCHETTINO is not sure if Tottenham can keep hold of wantaway Christian Eriksen.The Danish playmaker, 27, came off the bench during the shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.2 Christian Eriksen is being targeted by Real Madrid and can leave for nothing next summerCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd after seeing a lack of creativity hamper his side against Steve Bruce’s Magpies, Poch was questioned over the midfield maestro’s benching.He said: “I cannot pick more than 11, we have plenty of players.”If the result was 3-0 you wouldn’t ask me that question.”The players who are out are always good when you don’t win.”Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Eriksen ahead of the September 2 deadline for European clubs.And as he enters the last year of his deal, the Daily Star claims Spurs chiefs are afraid of losing the star forward for just £30million.Asked if Eriksen will play for the club again, Pochettino added: “I don’t know. It’s so difficult.”Some situations we cannot fix, we knew that a situation like this could happen. It’s difficult to handle. What can we do?2″The problem [with the contracts] is during the week that maybe can affect [the players].”These type of situations happen in the Premier League.”That is why you need to create a very good dynamic and a strong team-bonding and at the moment that situation in our group is still far, far away in that respect.”last_img read more

Madrid plan January spree with Eriksen and van de Beek top of wish list


first_imgAnd van de Beek may also be a stretch after he rebuffed talk of a winter transfer.The Dutch midfielder, 22, told Voetbal after Ajax’s win over Valencia: “I will finish the season at Ajax.”At Real Madrid, they already know that. I do not like to change teams midway through the season.”Whether Zidane can snag his first-choice playmaker target may come down to patience with it also important to make space in his squad by moving on Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz in January.Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen tells Danish journalists he’s ready to leave the club REAL MADRID are preparing yet another major signing with reports in Spain naming Christian Eriksen as their top January target.Tottenham still haven’t signed the Dane up to a new contract and Mauricio Pochettino has even dropped him from the side amid the uncertainty over his future.1 Eriksen hasn’t been able to stay in the Tottenham team this seasonCredit: Getty – ContributorBag yourself the best acca with LadbrokesPick up a whole load of acca featuresWant more from your accumulators? Then you’ve hit the jackpot in the hunt to bag yourself the best acca!Ladbrokes boast an unbeatable range of features to help you land the big one from acca insurance and acca tracker to edit my acca and cash out.*Players must be over 18. Log in or register to play. T&Cs apply.Full details of the acca propositions can be found here.According to MARCA, Real want to finally sign the attacking midfielder that Zinedine Zidane has desired when the market reopens.Paul Pogba was his first choice in the summer and Manchester United appear to have successfully warned the Spaniards off by putting a massive price tag on their star man.That makes Eriksen a much better prospect for the January window with Madrid able to pressure Spurs as the Dane has six months left on his contract.And they can even sign a pre-agreement for a free transfer if Tottenham refuse to settle on a fee.The North London club’s struggling start to the season won’t help in their quest to keep Eriksen, with three defeats in four including a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich putting immense pressure on Pochettino and the squad.However the picture is only slightly rosier in Madrid, where Los Blancos hold a narrow lead atop La Liga but have made a dismal start to the Champions League group stage.MARCA also name Ajax star Donny van de Beek and Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga as options for a January deal.A move for Camavinga would not reinforce the first-team anytime soon however, given that he is only 16 years old with a handful of Ligue 1 games to his name.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetlast_img read more

Manly greats set to retire


first_imgThe Sea Eagles are working closely with the NRL, the RLPA, and the players’ respective managers George Mimis (Stewart) and Gavin Orr (Matai) to give the players a dignified and respectful exit from their brilliant careers.Both players have been unable to train in preparation for the 2017 NRL season as a result of surgery at the end of 2016 and the inability to receive medical clearance to train.Manly Sea Eagles are working with the management of both players to give them the farewell they deserve in front of their thousands of adoring fans at Lottoland.last_img

How a drizzle turned into a Melbourne Storm


first_imgNow, as they enter their 20th season in the competition, the Storm are considered one of the powerhouse clubs in Australian sport and will head into the 2017 Telstra Premiership as title favourites alongside the Penrith Panthers. It’s a remarkable journey for a team that has been through so much over the past decade. From premiership success in 2007 and 2009, to the pain of the salary cap scandal in 2010, and then redemption in 2012, the Storm have been there or thereabouts for longer than any other team in the NRL.It wasn’t always that way.What started with a first-up win on a wet night in Wollongong in 1998 was quickly followed by premiership success the following season, but that’s when things started to slow down. When Cameron Smith debuted for the club in 2002, the Storm registered just nine wins in what was statistically the worst year in their history. That year the average crowd at Storm home games at Olympic Park was just 9,103, a figure that slumped to 8,887 by 2004. Coaches were coming and going, support was waning, and it was starting to show on the field. It looked like the naysayers were right. The hysteria generated by the 1999 premiership was fading. Enter the ‘Big Three’. Smith and fullback Billy Slater, along with coach Craig Bellamy, were established figures, but Cooper Cronk’s emergence as first-choice halfback in 2006 signalled a colossal change in the club’s fortunes. With the rise of Greg Inglis as a superstar centre, the Storm made four grand finals on the trot, winning premierships in 2007 and 2009 that would later be stripped as part of salary cap punishments. That could have been a hammer blow to the organisation. Instead, it galvanised the club.The Storm averaged 14,670 fans per game that year – a record at the time – having made the permanent move to the state-of-the-art facilities at AAMI Park. On-field success returned with an emotional grand final win in 2012, and they nearly went all the way again last year, only for the Sharks to celebrate their own fairytale win in dramatic circumstances. ‌But the most profound change has happened off the field. The Storm boasted a record crowd average last season (19,024) and there is a genuine buzz around the city of Melbourne when it comes to rugby league. As of February 22, the club has registered 16,296 members – nearly 3,000 more compared to the same time last year and fourth amongst the 16 NRL clubs – and that’s the tip of the iceberg according to their skipper, Cameron Smith.     “We’re nearly passed our membership mark of last year and we’re aiming for 20,000 this year which would be fairly significant for a rugby league team in Victoria,” Smith told “If someone said 20 years ago that there was going to be a successful rugby league team in Victoria then you probably would have been laughed at. It’s come a long way in a short amount of time. “That’s on the back of what the club and the players have put into Victoria, particularly the Melbourne region. “Victorians love their sport, and they get behind their local teams. We’re fortunate to be the only league team in town but we don’t see ourselves competing with AFL; we want to work alongside those guys to create the best product possible for Victoria. “People that follow football in general – no matter the code or who they support – they’ll come down to support the Storm and be a part of our organisation.”While the Storm have been the main attraction over the past 20 seasons, the NRL has rewarded Melbourne for its continued support of the game with blockbuster events such as the 2014 Four Nations clash against England, State of Origin matches, as well as the 2017 World Cup opening fixture later this year. “A lot of the credit has to go to the NRL,” Smith said. “They’ve taken some pretty significant games down to Melbourne – World Cup games, Four Nations matches… State of Origin has been hugely successful down there. We had the largest State of Origin crowd in history two years ago with roughly 92,000 fans coming to the MCG. “It shows there is huge interest in our sport and you can see it at junior level.”That rise in junior participation has been evident on and off the field, with former Storm centre/winger Mahe Fonua the first Victorian born and bred player to represent the club in 2012. He was closely followed by Young Tonumaipea who became the second local junior to represent the club in a sign that more and more kids in Melbourne are participating at grassroots level. “There are so many more kids playing our game down there now,” Smith noted. “Anywhere we go in the community, most people know who the Melbourne Storm are, what we’re doing down there, and they know a lot of the players as well. “It’s clear to see how far we’ve come – we still want to make it bigger and better for kids coming through to play our game – but it’s certainly in a great spot at the moment.”last_img read more

Mbappé is shot


first_imgThe first time Mbappé and Tuchel crossed words was in October. In that match, the PSG coach left his star on the bench in the match corresponding to the group stage of the Champions League against Bruges and the player responded in the second half with a spectacular hat-trick. In the mixed zone, he left a message to his coach explaining that he had demonstrated in the game what it means for a team to do without him in the eleven holder. That same week the PSG offered to renew it, but today it still receives no response.In December, Kylian Mbappé returned to be the protagonist in an identical way to what he has been earlier this year. Tuchel replaced him immediately against Nantes and Montpellier, in games that were already decided, and the player complained again about it, considering that he was always sacrificed and that players like Neymar always played 90 minutes.On Saturday, after the game against Montpellier, Mbappé gave three Real Madrid players like on Instagram, turning upside down the rumors that put him in the white house next season. In the offices of the Bernabéu they follow with attention each episode of the disagreement … Apparently, Saturday afternoon was going to be quiet in Paris. The PSG defeated Montpellier 5-0, and although Neymar had had his plus and minus with the referee in the locker room tunnel, the match was well on the Parisian side. However, Tuchel replaced Mbappé again and the forward starred in the nth episode of a relationship that seems fractured since the beginning of the season.The French international withdrew from the field with an upset gesture and not only that, but had an intense encounter with his coach, who tried to calm him down and even had to grab him to pay attention to him. Minutes later, the cameras focused on a Mbappé who did not address any teammate on the bench and with an obvious anger.last_img read more

What the 2020 Oscars have given themselves, summed up in the best memes


first_imgEvery year more people are interested in the Oscars awardsAny moment of the Oscars can become meme Image: Reuters On Sunday, February 9, the 92nd edition of the Oscar Awards was held in Los Angeles, prizes that are given every year to recognize people related to the world of cinema who have done a great job during that year. In each edition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets to analyze the work of great professionals in the sector to be able to deliver up to 25 statuettes to the best of each branch within the cinema.Every year there are more people who are interested in the awards, but not all do precisely to know who will be the winners of the night. This type of event brings together hundreds of celebrities from around the world and that is why many people get noticed. Some people want to analyze the dress of each of the guests while others simply want to know more about the love life of their famous favorites. Another aspect that has been linked to the Oscar Awards gala for years is the memes of each edition. During this celebration, the highlights of the night and the expressions of some celebrities, among other things, become protagonists of different memes that circulate as gunpowder through social networks.Who will win? For me Billie Eilish takes this statuette too ????#Oscars– AlejandraLMJ1 ???? (@ Ale_Camzregui27) February 10, 2020QUEEN AMIDALA #Oscars – zatara (@feyresolo) February 10, 2020When EMINEM left the stage. “Excuse me”#Oscars # Oscar2020– Samuel Torres (@ElSamu_BSC) February 10, 2020About #Jason Derulo in the #Oscars it was seen coming– Raúl Labrador (@RaulGipsy) February 9, 2020The fall of Jason Derulo, represents way of life #Oscar– Jandira Daza (@ JnDaza17) February 9, 2020When you are already highly ethyl and close an eye to focus. # Oscars2020 # Oscar2020– Prometeo Cinema (@PrometeoCinema) February 10, 2020Elsa interpreters singing # Oscar2020– Luz Onell (@onell_luz) February 10, 2020last_img read more

Bartomeu uses Braithwaite as a shield and asks to change the norm


first_imgWhen the avalanche of questions about the institutional situation arrived, he clung to the following position: “I reiterate what I said in the presentation of the Vázquez Montalbán award, when I have more to say, we will summon you. Today I am very excited to introduce a new player, LaLiga is very open and Martin’s talent will help us I hope he brings us a lot. We always work to win everything. I do not want more injured we have the ambition to fight LaLiga, the Champions League is different depends on specific moments, we will see the feelings we have, Martin brings us strength, desire and hobby. “The president added that the club is “doing an internal analysis, for now there will be no news, what I hope is that Messi will continue forever”.Asked about the possibility of the new signing leaving in summer was blunt: “He has signed 4 and a half years and his freedom is worth 300 million. He arrives to help the team, it would only be missing. “ Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona, ​​used Martin Braithwaite as a parapet to avoid answering questions about the crisis generated in Barcelona after the SER chain revealed the hiring of the company I3 Ventures. Bartomeu held on to explanations already given on another occasion and He urged a mantra plan for journalists to ask him about the footballer.The Blaugrana president began by saying that he wanted to give his “support to Ousmane Dembélé, the operation went very well and will soon be with us, for now, we have Martin “, who wished him” good luck “. The president also had a souvenir for Leganés, whom he supported despite having taken away a player: “The rule should be modified, it is not fair that the Leganés cannot sign now. “last_img read more

The casualties of the Classic: sanctioned and injured from Real Madrid and Barcelona


first_imgCall of Real Madrid:Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Toni Fuidias.Defenses: Carvajal, Militao, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco.Strikers: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano and Vinicius.Barcelona tries to empty his infirmaryMeanwhile, the team led by Quique Setién will be presented at the Bernabéu with three outstanding casualties: Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembélé and Luis Suárez. The first one could return during the next fifteen days, but the French and Uruguayan will miss the rest of the season. eleven twenty 7 The other man who will miss the match due to injury is Marco Asensio, seriously injured in preseason. The Balearic, in fact, has complicated even to reappear this course, although it focuses its efforts on a daily basis to contradict that forecast. Rodrygo Goes was kicked out last week in the match he played with Real Madrid Castilla against San Sebastían de los Reyes. They remain outside the call by technical decision Nacho, James Rodríguez, Jovic and Brahim.center_img The Real Madrid and the FC Barcelona are measured in the star duel of the 26th day. The team of Zinedine Zidane arrives on a critical stretch of the season: accumulate three games without knowing defeat. He drew against Celta and has fallen against Levante in LaLiga and Manchester City in the Champions League. He lost his status as leader in the leaderboard and will seek to recover the first place before his most direct rival.For its part, Barcelona attends the meeting on a good run in LaLiga. Since their defeat against Valencia, Quique Setién’s team has added four victories in the domestic competition scoring 12 goals. In the European competition the Blaugrana team tied against Naples in the first leg of the round of 16.Madrid, with only three casualtiesThe white team will face the Classic in the Santiago Bernabéu with only two casualties for injury and one for penalty. Eden Hazard was injured against Levante in the last league engagement and suffered a fissure in the right distal fibula. In addition to missing the match against Barça, the Belgian will be out at least two months. 9 The great novelty of the Cantabrian list is the inclusion of Jordi Alba, what He was discharged in the last hours. This same season the side had a muscular relapse in the biceps femoris of the left leg, for wanting to precipitate his return. Gerard Piqué He is fully recovered from his sprained ankle and will travel to Madrid.Call of FC Barcelona:Goalkeepers: ter Stegen and NetoDefenses: Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Umtiti and JuniorMidfielders: Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, De Jong and Arturo VidalStrikers: Messi, Griezmann, Braithwaite, Collado and Ansu Fati.last_img read more

Panic generalizes


first_imgPrecisely the government pressure before the disease progress is what more UEFA worries. The fact that the next Eurocup is scheduled to take place in 12 European cities (Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg) does not help control of the coronavirus. The governments of each of the countries to which the tournament will arrive wonder what to do if the disease spreads. The displacement of thousands of followers across the continent could be a freeway for the coronavirus if the threat is not neutralized anymore, one hundred days after the opening game.Other tournaments affectedThe Europa League Inter-Getafe next week is also in the hands of what decide these days UEFA at his meeting in Amsterdam. Most likely, if played, it will be door closed. The resolution will be known in the next few hours.The Juventus-Madrid Youth League scheduled for tomorrow has also been planted. UEFA announced yesterday that it will be postponed to March 11.The swiss league It is completely paralyzed until March 23, the federation of the Alpine country announced yesterday. The Swiss league will have to recover four days when the competition returns.The Asian pre-Olympic soccer Feminine is conditioned by the confrontation between the teams of China and South Korea. Both had to play the first leg in Wuhan, center of the epidemic, weeks ago. Tokyo will be played in Sydney (Australia) on March 6 and 11.The CAF informed yesterday that all the matches of the Champions of Asia programmed for this week are postponed indefinitely. It is speculated even with the final cancellation of the tournament.The Liberators is also in check. The Dolphin-Olympia will be played behind closed doors in the city of Manta, in Ecuador, a country where tomorrow River must play against the League of Quito. CONMEBOL must announce today what measures are taken to dispute this meeting. The coronavirus still affecting the everyday life of the sports world and football is increasingly affected. It has become the maximum concern of the UEFA one hundred days from the Eurocup, in which a crowd transfer of fans among the 12 cities Europeans that will host tournament matches. For now, the governing body of European football keep the calendar and the tournament. But there is much concern. The UEFA Executive Committee, with the presence of Luis Rubiales, he meets these days in Amsterdam with one eye on the World Health Organization (WHO) and another in the global players union, FIFPro, He said he was concerned “for the safety of players who may be exposed to the coronavirus.” The president of FIFA, Infantino, too a Show your suspicion. “I don’t rule out anything, although I hope we never have to suspend matches In any case they would be timely decisions, because the situation in each country is different. “A UEFA spokesman also said yesterday that all decisions on matches and tournaments taken, including the European Championship, will depend on governments of the countries involved: “We are in the hands of authorities state. “The threat grows and psychosis expands. Countries like Italy, France and Switzerland they have already suspended several matches. The next one may be England, which arises postpone the friendly against Italy in Wembley next day 27. Moreover, the Johnson government does not rule out ban concentration of people in stadiums for 45 days, until controlling the impact of the virus in England.last_img read more