HEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS

first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS AS PRAT & HOLLENDORFER TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:33.53ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2019)–One of the best claims of all-time, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika became racing’s newest millionaire with an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita.  Handled by her regular partner Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old Skipshot mare got a mile on turf in 1:33.53.Attentive to the early pace, Vasilika was third, about a length off the lead turning for home and quickly kicked clear of Cordiality and Smoovie while easily keeping runner-up Meal Ticket at bay late.  A winner of 10 of her 13 starts since being claimed 14 races ago for $40,000 on Feb. 11, 2018, Vasilika, who came off an impressive win in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 23, was off as the 1-5 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.“We broke fine at the rail,” said Prat.  “We changed our strategy when I saw Mike (Smith, aboard second choice, Ms Bad Behavior) was out of the race on the first turn and I went to plan B.  I can never do anything wrong with this mare.  No matter what I do, she covers me.  She is definitely something special.”Owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, Vasilika, who is out of the Marquetry mare La Belle Marquet, notched her sixth graded stakes win and with the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $1,058,595.“I talked to Flavien a little bit before the race and I told him if ‘You wanted to do something a little different, I didn’t mind.’  I think he was a little nervous about being back (off the pace) today, so he kept her a little closer and it worked anyway.  She’s doing good right now, that’s for sure.”(It was the second stakes win on the day for Hollendorfer, who won the Cal-bred Evening Jewel earlier and for Prat, who guided Bellafina to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks).Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Meal Ticket rallied well for the place, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Space Talk.  Off at 24-1, Meal Ticket paid $8.40 and $6.20.English-bred Space Talk, who was far back early, was easily third, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Raven’s Lady.  Off at 41-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Space Talk paid $4.20 to show.Ms Bad Behavior, who was eased after breaking on top under Smith from her number two post position, appeared to bolt heading into the Club House turn, but Smith refuted that observation.“No, she didn’t bolt,” he said.  “I just didn’t like the way she was moving.  I’d rather be safe than sorry.”Fractions on the race were 22.99, 46.31, 1:09.66 and 1:21.69.last_img read more

Hubert Murray Stadium to be completed in October

first_imgWork will get underway on stage two of the facility in the coming weeks which includes the main grand stand, eight restaurants, a huge convention centre, a leagues club and doctor’s facilities.Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says the facility will still be used for events as the construction goes along.He said a lot of the construction work for the prefabrication and manufacturing like the concrete seating and steel framework is done at Motukea and brought in and assembled.The Public Private Partnership K120 million funding through the National Government and Curtain Brothers is ongoing.“It’s a commitment that is solid and we will be working very closely with Curtain Bros to ensure they have their facilities finished on time.“Curtain Bros is on target and we will ensure that the government has the funding backing them all the way to complete by October,” said Tkatchenko.It will run and manage the stadium for 30 years and invest K60 million of its own money  into the project which is half of the contract value.This will allow the stadium to be professionally managed and operated in the best interest of all users and the public.Once completed, it will have a seating capacity of 20,000 and have multipurpose facilities to host any event in PNG.last_img read more

Pacific Test teams announced

first_imgPlayers named include David Mead and Rod Griffin for PNG; Sisa Waqa and Akuila Uate for Fiji; Feleti Mateo and Joe Ofahengaue for Tonga and Sam Kasiano partnering with Frank Pritchard again, this time for Samoa.Fans can look forward to two blockbuster matches between four Pacific nations, with Fiji taking on PNG in the first match, before Samoa takes on Tonga to round out the Pacific double header.The Junior Kangaroos will also play at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday against the Junior Kiwis, with the match in honour of the ANZACs.All four Pacific Test teams will spend the week in Western Sydney, with the city of Parramatta and Destination New South Wales ensuring plenty of excitement and activities leading into the Test matches.Pacific ambassadors including Roy Asotasi, Joe Galuvao and Nigel Vagana will visit a series of schools on Monday and teams will host fan days later on Thursday throughout western Sydney.Westfield Parramatta will host a Pacific showcase, also on Thursday, with cultural activities on display from all four competing Pacific nations. In further activity, a number of Pacific youth from western Sydney will take part in a Youth Summit on Friday and Saturday, celebrating cultural diversity and developing leadership amongst Pacific communities.On game day, a ‘Big Island Festival’ will take over Centenary Square in Parramatta, with plenty of food, fun and festivities for all, before the Junior Kangaroos and Kiwis kick off the first of three matches.NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the week-long celebrations and matches on Saturday would be well supported by the games Pacific players and fans.“Many of our players in the NRL come from Pacific heritage and our Pacific fans make up a huge supporter base for Rugby League, so we are very much looking forward to some exciting and passionate football on Saturday,” said Mr Greenberg.Tickets are still available, starting from $20 for a single pass, with family passes for as little as $60 to see all three matches.Papua New Guinea Kumuls1 David Mead (Gold Coast Titans)                                                     2 Justin Olam (SP Hunters)                                                    3 Kato Ottio (Canberra Raiders)                                                        4 Nene Macdonald (Gold Coast Titans)         5 Stargroth Amean (SP Hunters)6 Ase Boas (SP Hunters)      7 Watson Boas (SP Hunters)             8 Luke Page (Burleigh Bears)9 Wartovo Puara Junior (SP Hunters)10 Henry Noki (SP Hunters)11 Edward Goma (SP Hunters)12 Rod Griffin (Wests Tigers)13 Adam Korave (SP Hunters)14 Adex Wera (SP Hunters)15 Brandy Peter (SP Hunters)16 Willie Minoga (Townsville Blackhawks)17 Kurt Baptiste (Canberra Raiders)18 Timothy Lomai (SP Hunters)Coach: Michael Marum Fiji Bati (squad)Sisa Waqa (Canberra Raiders)Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)Junior Roqica (Cronulla Sharks)James Storer (Illawarra – Port Kembla)Fabian Goodall (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)Brayden Wiliame (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)Benjamin Nakubuwai (Melbourne Storm)Maurice Kennedy (Mounties)Sitiveni Moceidreke (North Sydney Bears)Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights)Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights)Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters)Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Roosters)Kevin Naiqama (West Tigers)Tui KamikamicaTuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo SeciRatu Jowasa Tubailagi DrodrolagiEtuate Tamanikaitai QionimacawaIliavi Chris RavuCoach: Mick PotterMate Ma’a Tonga1 David Fusitu’a (New Zealand Warriors)                                                     2 Mosese Pangai (Townsville Blackhawks)3 Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors)4 Vai Toutai (Parramatta Eels)5 Michael Oldfield (South Sydney Rabbitohs)6 Feleti Mateo (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)7 Samisoni Langi (North Sydney Bears)8 Penni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)9 Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers)10 Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)11 Sika Manu (Hull FC)12 Tony Williams (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)13 Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)14 Nafe Seluini (Sunshine Coast Falcons)15 David Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)16 Patrick Kaufusi (North Queensland Cowboys)17 Siosala Vave (Manly Sea Eagles)18 Mickey Paea (Newcastle Knights)Coach: Kristian Woolf                                                          Toa Samoa1 Tim Simona (Wests Tigers)                                     2 Antonio Winterstein (North Queensland Cowboys)           3 Kirisome Auva’a (South Sydney Rabbitohs)4 Ricky Leutele (Cronulla Sharks)5 Matthew Wright (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)     6 Fa’amanu Brown (Cronulla Sharks)7 Pita Godinet (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)8 Sam Kasiano (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)9 Kaysa Pritchard (Parramatta Eels)10 Junior Paulo (Parramatta Eels)11 Leeson Ah Mau (St George Illawarra Dragons)12 Frank Pritchard (Hull FC)13 Sauaso Sue (Wests Tigers)14 Erin Clark (New Zealand Warriors)15 John Asiata (North Queensland Cowboys)16 Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)17 Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks)18 Mason Lino (New Zealand Warriors)Coach: Matt Parishlast_img read more

Filipe Luis, honored by the Metropolitan fans

first_imgThe Brazilian side Filipe Luis, what He was an Atlético de Madrid footballer for eight seasons in two stages between 2010 and 2019, and won seven rojiblanco titles, he received this Saturday the tribute of the fans of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium before the match between the Madrid team and Levante. The Brazilian defender, currently a Flamengo player in which he stood five months ago and with which he was proclaimed champion of the Copa Libertadores in November, played 333 rojiblanco official matches, divided into two stages (2010-14 and 2015-2019) in which he was always the undisputed left-hander for the rojiblanco coach, the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone.In the list of Filipe as rojiblanco, club that arrived in 2010 from Deportivo de La Coruña are listed a League, a Copa del Rey, two European Leagues and three European Super Cups. Just before the initial kick-off of the match corresponding to the nineteenth day of LaLiga Santander, Filipe Luis was received on the lawn by a corridor formed by his former teammates, and the captain Koke Resurrrección handed him a shield of the rojiblanca entity. Later the Brazilian side made the honor roll amid the applause of the Metropolitan tier.last_img read more

Almeria achieved in Lugo the biggest win of its history in LaLiga at home

first_imgThe fans of the Almeria They did not have so much fun watching their team play, which reacted after the bad start of 2019. The rojiblancos deployed a great game in Lugo showing themselves lethal on the offensive plane and achieving a historic victory. Not surprisingly, it is the biggest win in its history at home in the twenty seasons that militates in the LaLiga (the last 18, consecutively). There is only a similar precedent -identical- in the course 18-19, when the Almeria, under the acronym of the CF and with Quique Hernández on the bench, they beat Sestao 0-4 on day 16. That December 16, 1995, Milinkovic left with a triplet in 33 minutes (24 ‘, 39’ and 57 ‘), joining Roberto Martínes party (67′). This weekend Darwin, with a double Tie and Vada they also left their stamp on the history of the Indian club, who has only won in those two games with four goals away from home. As visitors, the UDA starred in a little hand against Barcelona B and precisely also in Lugo, although the goal difference was not four goals, since Barcelona B materialized four and Lugo three. Both meetings were from the 12-13 season (days 1 and 38), a campaign in which Almeria also made four goals in Santander (3-4, 16th date). The other two times in which the rojiblancos married poker outside their stadium was on April 2, 2006 against Levante (2-4) and on April 19, 2008 at Sánchez Pizjuán (1-4). The last is the biggest win of Almeria in the First Division.Counting both home and foreign meetings, the jackpot takes that 6-0 to Xerez, with the UDA playing the permanence on the 38th day in its first course in the LaLiga under its new denomination. That May 31, 2003, Juan Rojas’ stand was a party, with the doublets of Francisco, Bilic and Ortiz. Almeria also achieved four goals difference was in the 12-13 season, with a 4-0 to Guadalajara (fifth day), and a 5-1 to Sabadell (twenty fifth). A course before, another 4-0 to Guadalajara in the penultimate meeting of the first round.The 0-4 in the Anxo Carro also serves for José María Gutiérrez finally set the goal to zero away from home, being the second time he succeeds by counting 2-0 against Numancia. In the previous seven meetings with the UD Almería, the Madrid coach had seen how his team had received a dozen goals, worrying him of the conceded goals. The goal to zero in lucenses lands must be a turning point for the most top scorer team in the Second Division.last_img read more

Liverpool takes the Classic and touches the Premier League

first_img01/19/2020 – 19:39 Image: Reuters The ‘reds’ are sixteen points ahead of the City of Pep Guardiola, second rankedOf 22 matches played in Premier, Liverpool have won 21 and drew one The Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah shredded Manchester United (2-0) to leave the English football classic in Liverpool and touch the first league in thirty years.With 16 points ahead of the second classified, Manchester City, which played against Crystal Palace, Liverpool is closer than ever to the title.Only the stops of the Spanish David De Gea prevented the short triumph, initiated by Van Dijk head, was more bulky, keeping Manchester United alive until the end of the match, at which time Salah sentenced against it.The ‘Red’ machinery was put into operation to deactivate the good start of United, which accumulated people in the middle thanks to the defense of five and tried to face Liverpool 4-3-3 in the absence of a fast point like Marcus Rashford, injured, up.Without finding solutions below, Liverpool resorted to the stopped ball. Alexander-Arnold, with a changed leg, sent a threaded corner to the heart of the area, where Van Dijk, among three United players, one of them Harry Maguire, rose and nodded to De Gea’s nets.United was not bad, but Liverpool, as a team, is light years away. In addition, if it were not for the VAR, the blow to rest would have been much greater. A few minutes later, video arbitration would deactivate Liverpool’s second. Van Dijk beat De Gea with a ball, but it was necessary, but the referee let go. However, the ‘Red Devils’ quickly lost the ball and Firmino curved the ball at an angle. The referee granted the goal, while the United players ate it, and it had to be the VAR who canceled it.Controversy and VAR The controversy did not end there, since the Dutch Wijnaldum, still in the first part, defined in front of De Gea a brilliant triangulation on the left side, but the lineman raised the flag announcing offside.The VAR took a look and confirmed the decision of the lineman. A few centimeters separated Liverpool from the second, just like in the 44th minute when De Gea’s foot prevented Mané from putting the 2-0 in a hand in hand.The Spanish kept United alive. He, the VAR, the stick and an erratic Salah who had the goal as soon as he left the locker room tunnel. He found the ball to pleasure in the small area and saw no door. De Gea responded with a stop at the end of Henderson who came to touch the wood.Without knowing very well how, United remained in the game. And without knowing how, Fred and especially Martial had two chances in front of the Brazilian Alisson Becker to tie.But United has lost that ability to hurt with little and although Liverpool fell in the final minutes, one against time almost completed, with an impeccable quick launch of Allison on Salah, gave the final 2-0.Liverpool has 64 points and has won 21 of the 22 games it has played. He has 16 points ahead of City, with one game less and the Premier is closer every day.For its part, United does not take advantage of Chelsea’s prick and will continue another day to five points of the ‘Blues’ that mark the Champions League positions.– Data sheet:2 – Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Lallana, m.66), Henderson; Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino (Origi, m.83) and Mané (Fabinho, m.83).0 – Manchester United: De Gea; Shaw (Dalot, m.88), Williams (Greenwood, m.75), Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Fred, Pereira (Mata, m.74); Martial and James.Goals: 1-0, m.14: Van Dijk. 2-0, m.93: Salah.Referee: Craig Pawson admonished Salah (m.93) by the locals and Matic (m.8), De Gea (m.25) and Shaw (m.72) by the visitors.Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-third day of the Premier League played at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool.last_img read more

Marc Gual says goodbye to Girona and goes to Madrid Castilla

first_imgGual was already the object of desire of Madrid for its subsidiary in 2018 and now has not hesitated to accept the offer. He also doesn’t mind playing in Second B because he believes that this option will make him take a step forward in his career and improve. In addition, I would have the minutes that I was not going to have in Girona because the competition is tough given that the rojiblanca team are, for their position, Cristhian Stuani, Brandon and Jonathan Soriano. Gual has performed at a good level whenever he has been given the opportunity, He has participated in 22 matches between League and Cup and has signed six goals and two assists, but in the last league matches (against Tenerife and Oviedo) he has not had any minute.With the loss of Marc Gual, Girona will win a free chip so that it can land the great objective of this winter market: a defensive midfielder. Of course, given that more exits are expected, the rojiblanca entity you want to tie a player who can play in attack like Amath or Pedro Porro. Marc Gual will stop being a Girona player in the next few hours. The forward has accepted the offer made by Madrid Castilla and he will cancel his assignment at the rojiblanco club (he arrived in summer from Sevilla, an entity that has his rights) until the end of the season.Weeks ago he had contacted Numancia to find a way out because he considered that in the remainder of the League his chances with Pep Lluís Martí were going to be minimal, but finally he leaves for the white subsidiary to be under Raul Gonzalez. This Wednesday he worked out at La Vinya, but at the end of the session he has already said goodbye to his teammates and will travel to Madrid in hours.last_img read more

Aniek Nouwen, quarantined for possible case of coronavirus

first_imgDutch international Aniek Nouwen and goalkeeper coach Erskine Schoenmakers have abandoned the concentration of the Netherlands women’s soccer team, in France, for possible cases of coronavirus.The federation informed this Saturday that the measure was taken preventively, as The Dutch National Institute of Health has advised residents of North Brabant to stay at home and limit their social contacts if they have symptoms of the disease. Nouwen and Schoenmakers live in that province and have a cough and cold, although they have no fever.Both have returned to the Netherlands and they must remain in their homes. Coach Sarina Wiegman is considering asking for a replacement for PSV player Eindhoven.The Dutch team participates in the Tournament of France, plays this Saturday against Canada and next Tuesday against the gala team.last_img read more

Joel, “the best teammate”, is finally untouchable at Betis

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 19, 2020 Joel Robles is a untouchable piece in this Betis and it served to multiply their numbers respect to its leading role in previous seasons. After making the leap to the elite ten years ago in Atlético de Madrid, now reaches its best number of games played (27) in a campaign by becoming Rubi’s best asset for Betis’ goal, close to turning 30. He went through clubs like Atlé himselfTico, Rayo Vallecano, Wigan or Everton, but the one from Getafe never found the stability and prominence that it does currently have in the Verdiblanco project despite the fact that he did sign 25 duels with Everton in 2015-2016 in various competitions. his future It seems full of stability now and hope to keep counting with the verdiblanco coach confidence in this end of campaign still to be determined. Your competition, Dani Martín, He does not enjoy the same luck and the unknowns about his performance after several appointments of doubts such as that of Vallecas in the Copa del Rey shoot the options of a goal with variations the next season. At 29 years old, Joel no longer wants supporting roles. And Betis seems their best ally.center_img his appearance at Betis last year (5 league games) he was conditioned to the presence of Pau López, who took some advantage over him to command the goal directed by Quique Setién before leaving for Rome in the summer. “Is he best partner I’ve had in my entire career “ He said international goalkeeper about him in an interview with this newspaper while that competition found positive fruits in Heliopolis. Now, without Pau’s shadow, sign a unexpected role which also led him to be one of the goalkeepers who made the most stops at the start of the course.last_img read more

Almeida pulls an athletic slogan against the coronavirus crisis

first_imgMayor he always boasts that he’s athletic since he started going to Calderón as a child with his mother, great red and white fan too. In addition to being a usual in the Wanda Metropolitano, Whenever he can, he nods to the team, as when he jokingly asked to be proclaimed European Champion for winning against Liverpool. Now, in the face of a crisis that strikes everyone, he claims: “Never stop believing”. It is well known that José Luis Martínez-Almeida, the mayor of Madrid, gets red-white colors. But this time he wanted to wink at a group of toilets, who have used one of Atlético’s slogans to apply it in this fight against the coronavirus. Almeida has tweeted a photo showing the phrase ‘Never stop believing’, which also has great personal meaning for him.The image is taken at the Hospital Joan XXIII in Tarragona. The toilets pose with an Atlético flag, from the peña de Tarragona, and that rojiblanco slogan. The mayor accompanies the photo with a brief message: “Well, that.” It is the message that the hospital sends to society and now Almeida is also joining him.last_img read more