SMILING ANGELO & COIL ME HOME PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2019)–Phil D’Amato’s Smiling Angelo and the Richard Baltas-trained Coil Me Home both loom prominent in Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita. Part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA, the Thor’s Echo is for California-bred or sired horses three and up.SMILING ANGELOOwner: Ferro Family Trust & Victor FloresTrainer: Phil D’AmatoLightly raced, this 4-year-old homebred ridgeling has been idle since late August at Del Mar and figures to show plenty of early zip off the bench. Favored in three out of his four starts, he won his first two races, on April 29, 2018 and on May 24, 2018, by a combined seven lengths here at Santa Anita. Out of the Proud Citizen mare Citizen Bernstein, Smiling Angelo has a steady series of solid works at both San Luis Rey Downs Training Center and here at Santa Anita.COIL ME HOMEOwner: GGG StablesTrainer: Richard BaltasMost recently third, beaten two lengths in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs here on May 4, this 4-year-old homebred gelding by Coil has a best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 91, but will have the rail to contend with in the Thor’s Echo, which will be his first stakes assignment. Out of the Came Home mare Goodtobehome, Coil Me Home will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, who will have to try to work out a trip from his inside post.SMOKEY IMAGEOwner: Irvin Racing StableTrainer: Carla GainesUnbeaten in five starts as a juvenile (four of them stakes) in 2015, this 6-year-old Southern Image gelding has been idle since May 20, 2018 and is winless in his last 14 starts–dating back to a rousing 8 ½ length score in the California Cup Derby here on Jan. 30, 2016. Easily the leading money earner in the field with $534,946, Smokey Image, who is out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, has six wins from 20 starts and will be ridden for the second time by leading man Flavien Prat.THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:35 p.m. PTCoil Me Home–Drayden Van Dyke–122Prodigal Son–Mario Gutierrez–120Tap the Wire–Evin Roman–124Smiling Angelo–Joe Talamo–122Smokey Image–Flavien Prat–124Desert Law–Rafael Bejarano–122Fire When Ready–Abel Cedillo–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, OMAHA BEACH, WINNER: “He broke extremely well, almost too well, he slipped a little leaving there but man he settled right in behind them really nice. He was loaded coming off that turn, Mr. Mandella really had him ready today. His last work was brilliant and he ran the way he worked.”“He’s a throwback to those classic horses. He can do anything. Three quarters to a mile and a quarter. He’s extremely fast and he’s got tremendous stamina. When you need him to be quick, he is. He can do it all. The only thing that surprised me today was that I had to stay inside. His last work was his best one, no question. Today, he hit his best stride late.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD MANDELLA, OMAHA BEACH, WINNER: “He just does that for us all the time, he is a fabulous horse, I think little by little he will have the respect he deserves.“I’m just very relieved to have him back. At the eighth pole, I thought we were (going to be) clear, but it took some race riding…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had. I would say anything’s possible.“You never know until you run them back, he got a little fresh and hot going into the gate so that is always on the back of your mind. He is a very good horse and God knows how good he will be in the future.“We were just going to let him run his race, I took two weeks to make a sprinter out of him, so it is not like we practiced a lot, but the really good horses can adapt to whatever you ask.“I want to enjoy this one, but the (Breeders’ Cup) Sprint, the Mile and the mile and a quarter (Classic) are all possible…We’re gonna run in the Breeders’ Cup! For now I’ll just drink that big bottle of champagne and think it over.”JORGE NAVARRO, TRAINER OF SHANCELOT, SECOND: “I really don’t know what to think right now, to be honest. I thought maybe he (jockey Emisael Jaramillo) waited too long…What’s he looking back for?” NOTES: The winning owner is Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach and jockey Mike Smith, Inside, overpower Shancelot (Emisael Jaramillo), outside, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Saturday, September 5, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
TOTTENHAM reportedly sent scouts to watch Fenerbahce and Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as they look for help for Harry Kane.Mauricio Pochettino flogged back-up forwards Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the summer, but failed to sign a replacement.3 Spurs are eying Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as potential back-up for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersThis left the Argentine boss with just 17-year-old Troy Parrott as the only natural striker to serve as Kane’s deputy this season.However, the North London club have now been tracking Muriqi, with scouts watching on as the Fenerbahce star netted during Kosovo’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic last weekend.According to Turkish outlet Sabah, Spurs face competition for the 25-year-old, with officials from Lazio, Fiorentina, and Napoli also in attendance.Muriqi only arrived at Instanbul giants Fenerbahce this summer from Caykur Rizespor for £3.1 million.However, he has already netted twice in the opening three Super Lig games of the season before notching another double during the international break.TOP OF THE POCHKane will get a good look at his possible future team-mate tonight, with Muriqi in action against England at St Mary’s.Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes has already acknowledged the threat posed by the Three Lions skipper, as his team’s impressive 14-game unbeaten run will be severely put to the test.When asked about the threat posed from Kane, he replied: “Harry Kane and (Raheem) Sterling and (Marcus) Rashford and, and, and, and, and…!”For me it is a wonderful team but I have only this way in my head – I don’t want to say to my team, ‘OK, we stay in our own half and defend, defend, defend’ – I hope we can play and be an opponent, not a big opponent but an opponent with intensity.”3 Spurs have been criticised this season for failing to have a Plan B to break teams down, after former target man Llorente departed on a free.The Spaniard, who used to be sent on to add a different dimension to the club’s attack, signed a two-year deal with Napoli earlier this month.Vincent Janssen was also allowed to leave for Mexican side Monterrey, after failing to impress Poch following his £17m move from AZ Alkmaar in 2016.3Ex-Tottenham star Kieran Trippier hits out at Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino – and reveals he was KICKED OUT of Spurs
DELE ALLI’s second-half penalty earned Tottenham a point after a rough evening at Turf Moor.Jose Mourinho’s men were given a stern examination by the Clarets but fought back to earn a 1-1 draw.6 Dele Alli celebrates after scoring a second-half penalty at Turf MoorCredit: ReutersChris Wood gave Burnley the lead in the first half before Alli’s penalty meant the points were shared.Here is how SunSport rated Tottenham’s players at Turf Moor on Saturday night.Hugo Lloris – 5Returned to the team tonight and didn’t cover himself in glory for Wood’s goal.The French goalkeeper spilled a shot from Jay Rodriguez that was straight at him, and it went right into the path of Wood to slot home in the 13th minute.6 Hugo Lloris spilled a shot straight to Chris Wood to score for BurnleyCredit: Rex FeaturesDavinson Sanchez – 4Had his hands full dealing with the aerial threat posed by the home side.Never looked comfortable and failed to really deal with crosses into the box or show any kind of authority.All the danger came down his side in the first half.6 Davinson Sanchez had his hands full at the backCredit: AFP or licensorsLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA 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 spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaEric Dier – 5Played the first half at centre-back and looked completely lost.His poor clearance from Dwight McNeil’s initial cross led to Wood’s goal in the 13th minute.Slightly improved in the second half when Jose Mourinho changed the shape and put him back in midfield.Toby Alderweireld – 6Did all he could against an aerial barrage from Burnley.Made a few vital interceptions and clearances otherwise Tottenham could’ve been more than a goal down at the break.Japhet Tanganga – 4All the danger came down his flank in the first half and he simply had no answers.Playing further forward as a wing back didn’t help him, and he was never able to provide the support neededd going forward for someone in that position.Jan Vertonghen – 5A fish out of water playing at left wing-back in the first half.The Belgian is a centre half by trade and even left back is sometimes a struggle so wing back was always going to be tough.Better in the second half when Tottenham switched to a back four.6 Jan Vertonghen looked like a fish out of water at left wing backCredit: Getty Images – GettyOliver Skipp – 4Completely overrun and non-existent in the first half in midfield.Hauled off at half-time after making no impact on the game.Tanguy Ndombele – 4As with Skipp, Burnley players swarmed all over him and never let him get a foot in the game.Also withdrawn at half-time as Mourinho switched the tactics and shape.6 Tanguy Ndombele was hauled off at half-time after being overrun in midfieldCredit: Alamy Live NewsErik Lamela – 7Looked a threat whenever he was in possession despite the system and tactics not helping him in the first half.Won the penalty that led to Dele Alli’s equaliser after being brought down by Ben Mee.Steven Bergwijn – 6Bright and lively but failed to really make an impact on the game.A lot better in the second half when he had more support.Dele Alli – 7Asked to fill in for Harry Kane up front and tried his socks off.Slotted home the penalty to equalise at the beginning of the second half with solid assurance.6 Dele Alli slots home a second-half penalty won by Erik LamelaCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youth Substitutes: Lucas Moura (Skipp 45, 7), Giovani Lo Celso (Ndombele 45, 6), Serge Aurier (Lamela 78).
25 If you have a record with the first team in the southeast peninsula, In the Galician lands it is intended that they be done with the subsidiary to be able to play with Celta B, training, yes, with the first team. The agreement between the three parties is practically closed and in the next few hours it will become official. Although they have not transcended too many details about the operation, everything indicates that it will close in the form of a loan, since the UDA does not want to let it escape, since he considers him a young man (he is 22 years old) with projection.“The people of this club (Almeria) have told me that I have a future here, that I am patient because my time will come and that I can be the future goalkeeper of the club. When I have my chance I will prove my worth more”, Rosic told AS in mid-December. The Balkan participated in the last European Under-21 Championship, in which the Spanish team won, proof of the projection that is assumed. However, in Almeria has not entered any call to be Fernando and Rosic. In Vigo he seeks to take minutes in Group I of Second B, where Celta B is on the decline, and train with a First Division.Pedro Emanuel signs for Al AinPedro Emanuel, a technician from UD Almería already has a team: Al Ain, of the highest category in the United Arab Emirates, a team that played the 2018 World Cup final against Real Madrid (4-1). With the arrival of Emanuel, the team of the fourth largest city in the country seeks to reverse its situation in the table, which is now fifth, eight points behind the leader, Al-Alhi. The Luanda-born coach signed in early August for Almeria with the arrival of the sheikh, being dismissed on November 4, with the team in second position after six wins, as many draws and two losses. A run of eight games without winning took its toll. In its goal of revolutionizing Almeria and leaving its mark, the new red and white property signed players for all positions, including the goal despite the fact that it was already covered with René and Fernando. The sports management held talks with Fabrice Ondoa, but finally the one chosen was Dragan Rosic, from Mladost Lucani of his local league. However, the Serbian, who signed a five-season contract with the Almeria entity, has been the only member of the first team that has not debuted, and is already in Vigo to sign with Celta.
The Telegraph, in an article signed by Chris Bascombe, question the methods of Cholo Simeone and some attitudes of Atlético players, criticizes the style of soccer they practice and collects the complaints, more or less manifest, of Klopp and some of his Liverpool players for the euphoria in the athletic celebration, since it was the first leg and there is still the return in Anfield After the game, with irony and subtlety, Klopp already recorded in a press conference the discomfort of Liverpool over excessive euphoria of players, coach and fans of Atletico, as there is still the return: “I have seen happy faces tonight at Atletico. I understand because it is an important victory, but this is not over yet. There are 90 minutes left in Anfield. The referee I also had to deal with the environment today in the Wanda Metropolitano. Perhaps there have been decisions and things he has not seen. Three minutes later there were three Atlético players lying on the ground and not injured. “ Bascombe speaks of “choreographed cynicism of Atlético”, of “ugly match” (by the locals), of “constant interruptions”, of “premature triumphalism” and of coaches who “play two different sports”. In addition, it makes a simile with the film Scarface, by Brian De Palma, in which the coach of Atlético would be the malicious and dark Tony Montana: “Diego Simeone perfectly reproduced the gestures of Tony Montana in the best scenes of Scarface. Simeone against Klopp could be the great duel of the year. ” “There is the second game in our stadium and things will be different. As long as we have eleven players with the Liverpool shirt to play, we will try with all our strength. We will tell you: ‘Welcome to Anfield’ “, warned the German coach.He also explained his decision to switch to Mané: “I was afraid that his opponent would throw himself on the ground just by blowing him and seeing another card,” he said ironically.Some of the Liverpool players followed the same line of Klopp’s speech, and were even more direct:Joe Gomez: “Soccer in Europe is different and arbitration decisions too. It is frustrating, when you give everything and for concrete decisions you get nothing. This is what the technician tells us, we have to compete and if the atmosphere and the reactions of the public or the referee interfere, we have to try not to harm us in the field. We have fallen lower and we have risen from more difficult situations. ”Van Dijk: “It’s his way of playing and also that of Spanish football and we have to adapt a bit. We knew it and handled it well, “he says in reference to the loss of time and the alleged simulations of Atlético players.Robertson: “Atleti celebrated it as if they had won the tie. Now they have to go to Anfield… ”In line with the statements of Klopp, Robertson, Joe Gómez or Van Dijk, The Telegraph article tries to disqualify the playing style of Atlético and specifically Simeone: “It is unlikely that a team can play consistently with the same intensity as Atlético, which probably explains why Simeone, despite the interest of others teams, has stayed in Madrid trying to achieve the same melody with a new generation of players. Would any elite team or player enjoy watching these tactics every week? Probably not. There is nothing complicated or surprising in how they play (…) ”.
43 VICTORIES Corley is a 41-year-old veteran from Washington, DC, who has had 70 fights, with a record of 43 victories, 26 losses and one draw. He has boxed all over the world and last fought in Denmark on February 26, scoring a tko victory over Osama Hadifi. He has fought for world titles several times, among them a loss to Zab Judah for the WBO super lightweight title in 2003 and another loss to Miguel Cotto for the same title in 2005. He also had a non-title fight loss to boxing kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2004. Azore has 16 victories, five losses and three draws in a career that started in December 2006 and saw him becoming the Guyanese welterweight boxing champion in December 2012. He has been inactive recently because of his inability to get fights, but has been training hard for several months since learning that he would be a challenger in the Contender series. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he is “fit, ready and confident” and is looking forward to a good fight. Two experienced boxers – DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley from the USA and Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore, a Guyanese-born fighter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago – will exchange punches tonight over five rounds in the second preliminary bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender Series. The action starts at 9 p.m. at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, and will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week, spectators left the venue bemused and disappointed when after only 55 seconds, one of the boxers, 19-year old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue, gifting the bout to his opponent, Jamaican Richard Holmes, who was declared the winner by technical knockout. The promoters and sponsors were very disappointed with the outcome and have made an effort to have a better line-up this week. Corley, who was not on the original list of boxers selected to appear this year, was recruited a few days ago to join the USA team in their bid to defeat the Caribbean team. The format of the competition is that there are eight boxers on each team – the Caribbean and the USA – respectively. A draw is then used to select the opponents from both camps, and they will challenge each other over five rounds, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and then the final. The eventual winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.
Kensington will host the University of The West Indies (UWI) at Kensington Park, while title-holders St Catherine will play away to St James at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-overs tournament today.In what is expected be two close encounters, Kensington, with several national representatives, will square off with the University of the West Indies (UWI), led by new national four-day captain Paul Palmer Jr.Coached by Robert Haynes, Kensington, who defeated St Elizabeth in quarter-final play, will look to David Bernard Jr, fast bowlers Nicholson Gordon and Jason Dawes, and batsmen Horace Miller and Cassius Burton.This makes them a formidable unit, and UWI, coached by Robert Samuels, will have to be at their best to advance. UWI, who surprised the title-hopefuls Kingston in the last round, will look to Palmer Jr, who, with 394 runs from six matches, averages 75, and Jamaica Scorpions trials invitee, all-rounder Rovman Powell.Also expected to do well are Chrishna Graham, Nicholas Walters, Oshane Walters, Romaine Morris, Chris Powell, and Omar Samuels, who are former national Under-19 representatives.”Kensington are an experienced team at this level, while we are participating in the tournament for the second time, and as such, they are favourites,” noted Palmer.”However, we are a good all-round team and have been playing positive cricket, and as such, if we play to our potential, it should be a competitive game.”At the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, hosts St James, who surprised St Catherine CA in the quarter-finals, will enter as huge underdogs.St Catherine CC, captained by Danza Hyatt, will have Barbadian Kirk Edwards and Jamaica representatives Tamar Lambert, Shacaya Thomas, as well as former players Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace in their line-up.”One thing I like about us this season is that we are coming together at the right time,” Hyatt stated.”Although we miss AndrÈ Russell, our narrow quarter-final win over St Ann showed how much we are a team, and if we can play like that again, we will be in the final.”St James, new to this stage at the national level, have so far been led by outstanding Jamaica Under-19 batsman Leonardo Friginette as well as batsman Vinroy Crooks.
One national icon reminds us not to forget our past. We do anyway. The year that closes today contained many important sporting anniversaries, and all of them have passed quietly. It’s a real pity. The schoolboy football season has passed with hardly a whisper of the Kingston College (KC) team that dominated the various competitions in 1964 and 1965. Captained in the former year by KC legend Tony Keyes and by Dennis Johnson in the latter, these purple-and-whites went undefeated for two whole seasons. In fact, they won every game they played en route to consecutive Manning Cup/Walker Cup/Olivier Shield triple without a single draw to mar their record. In 1985, Stephen ‘The Don’ Hylton won the second of his three Caribbean table tennis singles titles. In 1990, Jamaica performed a miracle on grass in hockey. Led by supremely skilled Sharon Malcolm and coached by Michelle Holt, our ladies went to the Central American and Caribbean Games and beat host country Mexico on penalties in the final. Their gold medal is Jamaica’s highest achievement in that sport. RECORD BREAKING Just 10 years ago, Asafa Powell took the 100 metre world record to all of us with a run of 9.77 seconds in Athens. It was the first time a Jamaican had held the electronically timed world record in this blue-ribbon event. Later that year, at the World Championships in Helsinki, Trecia-Kaye Smith bounded to first place in the triple jump to win our first gold medal in a field event at the World or Olympic level. That was a glorious moment. These milestones have passed quietly, even though many of those who did those great deeds are still with us. They need not be just symbols of the past, but their experiences may help illuminate the way forward. At the very least, they can inspire those who aim for the heights. It’s December 31 and, therefore, too late to meaningfully celebrate those historic moments in 2015. Fortunately, there’s a bright side, sort of. Two major milestones mature like gilt-edged securities in the new year. Donald Quarrie (DQ) crowned a glorious career with a gold-medal run in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. DQ took the 200 metres days after a close runner-up finish in the 100 and became Jamaica’s first Olympic champion in a sprint event. Tweny years later, in the Atlanta Olympic Games, Deon Hemmings broke the meet record twice en route to a defeat of Kim Batten and Tonja Buford, then the fastest two female 400 metre hurdlers of all time. Despite brilliant efforts by Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson and Juliet Cuthbert, Hemmings earned the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Like Quarrie’s victory two decades earlier, the Hemmings success is a landmark in Jamaica’s sporting history. We can’t do much about the things we’ve already forgotten. One thing is clear. No person or nation should live in the past, but great gold-medal moments like those in 1976 and 1996 shouldn’t pass too quietly. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
TRAINING CONFIRMATION Former Reggae Boyz forward Devon Hodges, is set to join struggling Waterhouse FC as the Red Stripe Premier League’s (RSPL) cellar dwellers look to turn around their season. Humble Lion have received a transfer request for the player, who has been training at Waterhouse for the past week. With Waterhouse at the bottom of the 12-team league with 15 points from 19 games, the club is hopeful of acquiring the service of the prolific striker in order to stave off relegation. “Well, I have seen in the media that Hodges is linked with a move to Waterhouse,” Vassell Reynolds, technical director of Humble Lion, told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, yesterday. “I had not seen him (Hodges) for a couple of days … after that I heard rumours that he is at Waterhouse. Then I learnt that a transfer request was made for the player yesterday (Wednesday),” Reynolds disclosed. Newly appointed Waterhouse assistant coach Shavar Thomas confirmed that Hodges has been training at Waterhouse. “He (Hodges) is in training with us. However, he is not in the plans to play in the next game,” Thomas added. However, when contacted yesterday Waterhouse president Fitzroy Vidal told The Gleaner that he could not confirm whether Hodges will be heading to the Drewsland-based club. “We are in discussions and negotiations with clubs. We are talking to clubs associated with several players but (we) are not yet ready to make anything public,” Vidal said. The 31-year-old striker has won the Leading Goalscorer award and Player of the Season at Rivoli United. He also represented Wadadah FC and Tivoli Gardens in the local national league. He also played overseas for Song Lam Nghe An and TDCS Dong Thap in Vietnam. Hodges represented Jamaica six times and scored in two international friendly games.