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.
View comments Canelo Alvarez, left, lands a punch against Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight WBO title bout, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez used a big punch to beat a big fighter.Alvarez landed a left-right late in the 11th round Saturday night, dropping Sergey Kovalev to the canvas and ending their light heavyweight title fight. Kovalev was left on his knees, his arms draped over the middle ring rope as the fight was stopped at 2:15 of the round.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES It was a dramatic finish for a fight that had little drama up to the knockdown. Kovalev was more than holding his own late in the fight and hadn’t been hurt when Alvarez landed the left followed by a right.The Mexican great, who moved up two weight classes, won his fourth title in as many weights. He celebrated by kissing the glove on his right hand as Kovalev’s handlers jumped into the ring to see if their fighter was OK.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe punch was one Alvarez had been looking for the entire fight, stalking Kovalev while taking a lot of jabs and right hands to the face.Both fighters fought cautiously for the most part, with Kovalev content to use his jab from long distance and Alvarez looking to land hooks to the body. The crowd at the MGM Grand booed on several occasions, unhappy with the lack of action. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Alvarez was a 4-1 favorite despite moving up two weight classes to fight for a piece of Kovalev’s 175-pound title. He took the fight against Kovalev rather than a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin as part of a $365 million deal he signed with the streaming service DAZN.Both fighters took naps in their dressing rooms as they waited some 90 minutes from the last undercard bout before entering the ring. The delay was for DAZN, which wanted to wait until the UFC card in New York was finished before the fight began.Fans at the MGM Grand arena watched the UFC main event on big screens in the arena while the fighters waited.Kovalev controlled the distance early with his jab, sticking it in Alvarez’s face as he plodded ahead with gloves held high looking for an opening on the inside. Alvarez threw punches sparingly, winging a few big punches that missed as Alvarez came back with jabs and an occasional right hand.But Alvarez began finding the range with his left hook in the middle rounds, working Kovalev’s body and trying to wear him down. He kept advancing with gloves held close to his face, putting pressure on his bigger opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Issues remain even after Sapporo marathon decided in Japan Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis