first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, OUR SILVER OAK, WINNER: “I followed one of the owner’s instructions to a T, and the good news is, I didn’t run out of them. I got plenty left for next time he runs. Actually, I had a really, really good trip, even though the horse was really tough to saddle and my saddle did start to move back in the paddock before we came out. But I didn’t want to go over there (to re-saddle) and get him all riled up.“It wasn’t bad enough where I couldn’t ride him as hard as I want to, but I didn’t need to, so it worked out good.”     KENT DESORMEAUX, IRISH HEATWAVE, SECOND: “He was a little fresh and that cost him today.  He still fought, he tried to win, but the tank was a little empty.”TRAINER QUOTESJONATHAN WONG, OUR SILVER OAK, WINNER: “We got a great trip. Mike Smith, he’s the man. You can’t get a better rider. This is my first stakes win at Santa Anita.“Honestly I had no clue who was in second (Irish Heatwave), I was just following my horse around the turn, I saw him flying to the outside and when I saw he won, I was just jumping up and down.“He is best as a turf runner, especially being by Unusual Heat. He’s bred up and down for grass. He is just a really cool horse and I am very grateful to everyone who gave me the opportunity to train him and Mike Smith for the great ride.”OWNER QUOTES     MICHAEL NENTWIG, CO-OWNER, OUR SILVER OAK WINNER: “I was worried that it was a closer photo than I thought. We were up top jumping around and I wanted to make sure he actually got his nose down.“It’s a big win for us and the horse is better than his record shows. He won first time sprinting in Los Alamitos and with his breeding, he is clearly better going two turns and on the turf. I am just so happy for my partners, Bobby, Jones, Ray Pagano, and Jonathan Wong who has done super since he got the horse. I’m just thrilled for everyone, it’s a team effort. I’m so thrilled for the guys who put in the hard work at the barn. It’s all about that the family effort.”     BOBBY JONES, CO-OWNER, OUR SILVER OAK: “I told Mike Smith to get out there and close, don’t be too far back; he told me after that I gave him the right instructions.NOTES: Wong has been training “about five years.” This is his first stakes win at Santa Anita.last_img read more


first_imgSUNDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES REKINDLES FOND MEMORIES OF LEGENDARY DISTAFFER WHO BEAT THE BOYS 10 YEARS AGO IN THE $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITARACE NAMED IN HER HONOR TO BE RUN SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITAARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2019)–Although it’s been nearly 10 years since Jerry and Ann Moss’s Zenyatta made worldwide news with her dramatic last to first win in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7, 2009 at Santa Anita, the magnitude of her achievement hasn’t diminished.Unbeaten in 13 starts leading into the 2009 Classic, the John Shirreffs-conditioned Zenyatta, who was facing males and trying a mile and a quarter for the first time, was made the 5-2 favorite in a field of 12. The result is well documented–after breaking slow and being shuffled back to last heading into the Club House turn, she began to knife her way through traffic around the far turn under Mike Smith and in a call for the ages, Trevor Denman declared, “This-Is-UN-BUH-LEEVABLE!”With entries being taken on Thursday for Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes, memories of the legendary distaffer are indeed rekindled. Formerly run as the Lady’s Secret, the race was won by Zenyatta a record three times in a row–in 2008, 2009 and in 2010.With 10 years gone, it’s worth revisiting her win in the 2009 Lady’s Secret, a race which attracted seven fillies and mares at a mile and one sixteenth.  Run on Oct. 9, Zenyatta, who was the 2-5 favorite, broke from post position five and was next to last heading into the first turn. Her trip was described thusly in the Equibase chart:“Zenyatta settled outside a rival then off the rail, moved up toward the inside on the second turn, waited momentarily off heels then came out leaving that turn and four-wide into the stretch, swept to the front five-wide past the eighth pole, inched away and proved best under a steady hand ride.”Winning the 2009 Lady’s Secret by 1 ¼ lengths, Zenyatta paid $2.80 to win and was thus set for her historic last-to-first triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, run on Nov. 7.Foaled in Kentucky on April 1, 2004, Zenyatta, a massive daughter of Street Cry who stands 16.2 hands, would go on to win her next five starts, the fifth being the 2010 Ladies Secret, run at Santa Anita on Oct. 2.  From there, she made her final start in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.Customarily last early, she mounted a furious stretch rally but came up a head short to Claiborne Farm’s Blame in yet another spellbinding Breeders’ Cup moment. Although defeated for the first time in her 20th career start, Zenyatta, who earned $7,304,580, was voted 2010 Eclipse Award Horse of the Year, as well as 2010 Champion Older Filly or Mare.  Along with Eclipse Awards as Champion Older Female in 2008 and 2009, she retired with four lifetime Eclipse trophies.Currently in foal to Candy Ride, Zenyatta resides at Lane’s End Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.last_img read more

West Brom worried starlet Nathan Ferguson will move abroad in the summer

first_imgWEST BROM are worried top kid Nathan Ferguson will go abroad at the end of the season.And the Baggies may be open to selling the full-back, 19, to Crystal Palace or Tottenham instead in the January window.1 Nathan Ferguson has been a breakout star for the Baggies this seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesFerguson can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club then, so could be available for a bargain fee.Palace and Spurs may offer him a shot at first-team action, with both keen as we revealed.The England youth international hasn’t looked back since being handed his Baggies debut by boss Slaven Bilic on the opening day of the season.The impressive teen has since played 13 matches in the Championship for the Hawthorns side.Predominantly a right-sided player, Ferguson has shown versatility by filling in at left-back regularly this season.Spurs and Palace have both had issues at right-back.Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled to properly replace Kyle Walker in the last two-and-a-half seasons – with Serge Aurier the latest player not to convince there.And with neither Kyle Walker-Peters or Juan Foyth having been shown much faith in that position by Mourinho’s predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotNathan Ferguson could pounce if he is to move to North London.As for Roy Hodgson’s Palace – chairman Steve Parish opted not to replace £50million wonderkid Aaron Wan-Bissaka after the 21-year-old moved to Manchester United.The man that Wan-Bissaka initially dislodged, Joel Ward, has been occupying the spot this season. Spurs will make West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson their top target for the problem right-back slotlast_img read more

American Samoa takes gold in women’s volleyball

first_imgThe teams played a tough match completing all five sets with American Samoa winning 3-2 before a sell-out crowd at BSP Arena.It was a close encounter throughout the match as both teams.American Samoa kicked off the match with impressive defence and managed to keep Tahiti from at bay to win the first set 25-23.Tahiti fought back in the second set to win 25-23.The third set was intense but American Samoa bounced back in the lead to win 25-19 forcing the game into the fourth set.Tahiti managed to win the fourth set 25-19 allowing the match to go into a fifth set.The crowd continued to cheer both teams on as American Samoa maintained a strong defence to win by 2 points, 17-15.Tahiti takes silver, New Caledonia bronze, PNG fourth, Fiji in fifth place followed by Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna and Guam.last_img read more

Four new national records set

first_imgRellie Kaputin placed second in the triple jump as she improved her own record of 12.78m with a final round leap of 12.82m.This came just 24 hours after she had set a new long jump record of 6.10m.Kaputin’s outstanding performances in the three jumps earned 14 of the 36 points accumulated by her team which finished in fourth place overall, an historic achievement for the team.Adrine Monagi then broke the 27-year-old national record in the heptathlon, scoring a total of 5,192 points.On the final day of competition, Peniel Richard set a new mark of 15.35m to improve by 5cm on the triple record which he shared with Mong Tavol.Theo Piniau finished it off setting a blistering first lap in the 4*400m relay final to put his team in a strong position right behind the eventual winners.His West Texas A&M team finished third with an outstanding 3min 07.56 seconds.last_img read more

Atlético shrinks out

first_img2018-199972728 SeasonVictoriesDrawsDefeatsGoals forGoals against 2019-20454eleveneleven The Athletic non carburet when moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano. The rojiblanco team has accustomed its fans to show a face as a local and a very different one when playing as a visitor, where the last sample arrived in Ipurua in his 2-0 defeat against Eibar. Not counting the matches in neutral field, with the Spanish Supercup in Arabia or the European Supercup in Tallinn in 2018, in what course of course Atletico has played 13 games away from home and has only been able to win in four. He did it in Butarque before the Leganés (0-1), in Mallorca (0-2), in Moscow against Lokomotiv (0-2) and in Benito Villamarín against Betis (1-2). However, the team version has tended to be gray, tying five games (Valladolid, Alavés, Sevilla and Granada) and falling defeated in four others, two of them in the Champions League, against Bayer Leverkusen (2-1) and Juventus (1-0). The others were against Real Sociedad (2-0) and Eibar (2-0) for a balance of 11 goals in favor and 11 against (less than one per game in each case). Atlético as a visitorcenter_img But the problem as a visitor comes from afar. In the whole last season Simeone’s team won nine games of 25 (Monaco, Getafe, Sant Andreu, Valladolid, Huesca, Real Sociedad, Alavés and Eibar), so that the balance in the last year and a half is 13 wins in 41 visitor meetings. In 2018-19, the nine wins were accompanied by nine draws and seven defeats (Celtic, Borusia Dortmund, Betis, Juventus, Athletic, Barcelona and Espanyol). Mainly painful was the match in Turin, where Atlético was traveling with a 2-0 in favor of the first leg and fell 3-0 with a Cristiano hat-trick in a completely inoperative encounter of the worst Athletic in a long time. The course was over with 27 goals scored and 28 received. Total1314eleven3839 The team decays without its people on top, without that focus of encouragement that the mattress hobby in the Metropolitan Wanda supposes. Many of his problems outside are due to go wrong in the matches, to the team lacks the necessary intensity to measure ultramotivated rivals like Eibar last Saturday. Many early times lost, without performance and without results that suppose a very important slab to fight for LaLiga and that have been decisive in the Champions League, where in the last season the elimination was forged and this course for the moment has cost the second place of the group, in the end very influential after the draw left Liverpool. In the historic 2013-14 season, Atlético won 19 of the 31 games he played as a visitor (54.3%), figure that contrasts with 31.7% of the successes harvested in the last year and a half. Atlético visit in the coming months Santiago Bernabéu, Camp Nou and Mestalla in Liga and Anfield in Champions, so you should put the batteries away from home and start competing from the first moment for the games, since nobody gives anything away. The next visitor appointment, on Thursday before the Cultural Leonesa in a Copa del Rey single game where there are many illusions and there is no failure option, since a prick sends you home.last_img read more

Only eight players have not been injured at Cholo this 2019-20

first_imgBecause Saul, Oblak and Felipe are the first, second and fourth most used men by Simeone this season, with 2,760, 2,706 and 2,221 minutes. The third is Thomas who could belong to the group of ‘miracles’ if it had not been for slight muscle discomfort that made him miss the game in Anoeta on the 4th day (2,289′). Correa, meanwhile, is the tenth footballer who has played the most, 1,637 ‘. The rest of the list, however, are unusual: Adam (144 ‘), Beautiful (1,341’), Llorente (601 ‘) and Saponjic (62’), among all (2,148 ‘) do not add up to the total minutes of Felipe and Thomas. Koke’s lack of seven games has turned out that Atlético has only been able to win two games without him (to Betis and Levane), with four defeats and one draw, the data once again corroborates why he always plays, because Atlético sin Koke sinks, loses course: the only elimination of Simeone in the group stage of the Champions League also He arrived with Koke injured. The short staff of 23 players with the incorporation of Carrasco in this winter market, but two of them without counting until the losses have forced (Vrsaljko and Saponjic), so that field players are 18, against Granada only twelve available for Cholo. Again the injuries squeeze Simeone in January. Since December they have rampaged. Ten are (20 since the season began in August). The last two in Madrid-Atlético, Herrera before the game and Morata during. For the game of the weekend against Granada, there are eight plus one, because to the injured there is a penalty, Felipe, who saw the fifth yellow in the derby. In fact Felipe is one of the eight miracle men this season for Cholo: because yes, hThere are eight players from the rojiblanca team who have not been injured. Nothing. Not a muscle ache, although it seems incredible, science fiction. Oblak, Adam, Beautiful, Saul, Llorente, Saponjic, Correa and Felipe himself (That in Portugal, by the way, was never injured, and that is a factor that from now on Andrea Berta should study a lot in the future ones). That is, of the eight three undisputed headlines and another almost. last_img read more

Bartomeu has no intention of dismissing Abidal immediately

first_imgThe last Sunday, Bartomeu met with Abidal to ratify him in his position, although the subsequent statements of this in an interview with the newspaper Sport, ensuring that some players did not work enough with Ernesto Valverde, seemed to have changed the situation.Nevertheless, the club wants to undertake the signing of a nine after Dembélé’s injury and the weight of the negotiation must be carried by Abidal. Of course, sources consulted by AS, believe that the French will not continue in the club next season. Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona, He has no intention, at least for now, of dismissing Eric Abidal as sports director of the club after his statements on the Barca costume, later answered harshly by Messi. This was stated by Esport3 and Sport, media that indicate that the president’s goal is relieve tension between the parties and force a reconciliation.last_img read more

Klopp: “Mané looked like a rapper who was starting”

first_imgJürgen Klopp has recalled how his first impression of Sadio Mané was. He has done so in the documentary that opens today on the Senegalese’s career entitled Made in Senegal, which goes from its beginnings in Africa to confirm itself as one of the best players in the world winning the Champions League. “I remember the first time I saw Sadio. It was in Dortmund. He was a very young boy, his baseball cap was crooked, he had the blonde wick he still wears today. He looked like a rapper who was just getting started. And I remember thinking, ‘I don’t have time for this.’ Our team at that time was not so bad, I needed someone who could endure not being an indisputable starter from the beginning, someone whom I could develop, “says Klopp. He adds: “I would say that I tend to have a good impression of people at first glance, but I was wrong. I followed the rest of his career and his success with RB Salzburg. At Southampton he simply dominated everything.”The German coach, in an exclusive clip that AS advanced yesterday, It also explains the secret of the success of Senegalese crack in elite soccer. On the other hand, Mané is also surprised by the confession about his family in this other advance.last_img read more

Djokovic and Fognini offer to train Nick Kyrgios

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini had a public dialog on Tuesday by Instagram during which they reviewed a number of the present points on this planet of tennis whereas they’re confined to their houses by the coronavirus pandemic.One of many subjects that each gamers mentioned through the discuss was about which gamers would you want to train on the circuit. And each Fognini and Djokovic highlighted a particular tennis participant. “Kyrgios,” Fognini mentioned, to which Djokovic replied, “Kyrgios, I knew it!” Djokovic and Fognini additionally confirmed their enthusiasm for guiding the profession of some younger gamers on the circuit. “I would really like to train Felix Auger-Aliassime, I feel he is a superb man, very proficient and with an important work ethic. And in addition Shapovalov and Tsitsipas.”Djokovic even volunteered as Fognini’s coach. “You’ll be one of many gamers I would really like to coach”, to which the Italian responded excitedly to the cry of “Serbia, Serbia, Serbia!”. The Belgrade tennis participant additionally praised Italian tennis. “I feel you’re one of the proficient gamers I’ve ever seen and performed in opposition to. I feel your workforce and coaches have executed an important job, however I really feel like I might contribute a little bit extra! “last_img read more