LONGSHOT IPPODAMIA’S GIRL GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; TRAINED BY LERNER, SHE GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:35.04ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2019)–Winless in three starts last year and idle since Dec. 30, George and Martha Schwary’s homebred Ippodamia’s Girl broke running and kept on going to register a major gate to wire upset in Sunday’s $69,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, prevailing by 1 ½ lengths while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:35.04. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Andrew Lerner, the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly finished like a filly with a big future.“She’s a classy filly,” said Lerner, who took over training duties from William Morey about one month ago. “I thought she was tight enough today. We put a seven eighths (work) in her (on April 15) and a couple three quarters before we blew her out three eighths last Wednesday. She’s stakes caliber.”Tracked throughout by eventual runner-up Ms Peintour, Ippodamia’s Girl seemed to relish being on the lead. A quarter mile out, Ms Peintour got to her right flank, but from there, the winner was simply too much.Fifth, after leading early under same allowance conditions here on Dec. 30, Ippodamia’s Girl was off at 21-1 and paid $44.00, $22.00 and $13.00.Bred in Kentucky and out of the Peterhof mare Ippodamia, Ippodamia’s Girl, who won the ungraded Blue Norther Stakes here in December, 2017 when trained by Mike Puype, is now 9-3-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $41,400, she now has earnings of $146,170.“It looked like the only other speed in the race was the number three (Achira),” said Bejarano. “When they took her back, my filly was on the lead, so I just went for it.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Ms Peintour kept to her task and prevailed by a neck over Flammetta for second money. Off at 10-1, Ms Peintour paid $11.80 and $7.60.Flammetta, who was third throughout, was ridden by Flavien Prat and just held the show spot by a nose over Achira. Off at 8-1, Flammetta paid $7.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.24, 47.33, 1:11.57 and 1:23.23.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Free General Admission and parking are offered on all weekdays and free Club House admission is also offered each Friday. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
RED-HOT GYPSY BLU HEADS SUNDAY’S $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES AT MILE ON TURF RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2019)–A winner of three in a row and four out of her last five starts, trainer Mark Glatt’s Gypsy Blu heads a field eight California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf.The Fran’s Valentine, named for the legendary Earl Schieb’s multiple graded stakes winning homebred daughter of Saros, out of Iza Valentine, by Bicker, is a part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA. A California-bred foal of 1982, Fran’s Valentine won 13 out of 34 starts and banked $1,375,645.Gypsy Blu, who was claimed for $20,000 out of a state-bred optional allowance/claimer three starts back on Jan. 25, comes off a half length win in the Irish O’Brien Stakes, which was contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on March 31.Gypsy Blu’s primary opposition would appear to be trainer Anna Meah’s Fiery Lady, who pressed the early pace in the Irish O’Brien before tiring to finish fourth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths.Fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by “Gypsy” in the Irish O’Brien, trainer Mike Pender’s Queen Bee to You, who took a first condition allowance at a mile on dirt two starts back on Feb. 1, brings an impressive resume and rates a big chance.GYPSY BLUOwner: Philip J. Wood & Jim HaileyTrainer: Mark GlattA 5-year-old mare by Papa Clem, lightly race Gypsy Blu has made the most of limited career opportunity, winning five out of her eight starts, all of which have been sprints. In winning the Irish O’Brien, she defeated classy S Y Sky, who came back to totally dominate as the favorite in the $100,000 Camillo Urso Stakes going five furlongs on turf at Golden Gate Fields April 27. With Kentucky Derby-winning Flavien Prat aboard for the first time, Gypsy Blu figures to be a short price as she stretches out for the first time.FIERY LADYOwner: Dario Bernardi, Christopher Custer, John Cavali, Ron McCauley & Timothy MickelsonTrainer: Anna MeahA 5-year-old mare by Unusual Heat out of the multiple stakes winning Lady Railrider, by Ride the Rails, she was fourth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths by Gypsy Blu in the Irish O’Brien, but should enjoy the stretch out, as she’s unbeaten in three starts at one mile on turf. A two length winner of a first condition allowance in open company going 6 ½ furlongs on a wet fast main track two starts back with Mike Smith, she’ll be reunited with “Big Money” Mike on Sunday. With proven ability stalking or attending the early pace, Fiery Lady rates a big chance as she brings an overall mark of 20-6-3-3 to the Fran’s Valentine party.QUEEN BEE TO YOUOwner: Christopher Hilaine & Adam ValiTrainer: Mike PenderWith an impressive career resume in-hand, this 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, out of the Touch Gold mare Silk Queen, never threatened while fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Gypsy Blu in the Irish O’Brien will be ridden for the first time on Sunday by upstart Ruben Fuentes. A three quarter length first condition allowance winner going a mile on dirt two starts back on Feb. 1, she was a big second, beaten a half length by S Y Sky three starts back going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 26. With a win and a second from five tries at a mile on turf, she’s 25-4-10-4 overall with earnings of $330,419.THE $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTCordiality–Joe Talamo–125Sapphire Kid–Evin Roman–121Pulpit Rider–Aaron Gryder–125Queen Bee to You–Ruben Fuentes–121Halo Darlin–Geovanni Franco–121Fiery Lady–Mike Smith–123Bella Luma–Drayden Van Dyke–125Algorhythmic–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Gypsy Blu–Flavien Prat–121First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Christian Eriksen will only quit Tottenham for Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus… with last-gasp £60m bid expected TOTTENHAM centre-back Jan Vertonghen is being linked with a shock, deadline switch to Bayer Leverkusen.The Belgium star is reportedly keen on joining the Bundesliga side after losing his starting place at Spurs this term.1 Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen is said to be enthusiastic about the chance to join Bundesliga side LeverkusenCredit: Getty – ContributorGerman sports website Kicker say Leverkusen are eyeing a move for the 32-year-old before the European transfer window shuts on Monday.Leverkusen have won both their league games so far this season and Kicker suggest a proven left-footed defender like Vertonghen would suit their tactics.Former Ajax ace Vertonghen has just one year left of his contract.But Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would surely be wary of offloading such an experienced player without being able to replace him untl the January window.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMeanwhile, Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama is reportedly nearing a move to Brugge.Het Nieuwsblad suggest a deal is already in place for the Kenya skipper, 28, to join the Belgian giants.Ex-Spurs striker Fernando Llorente is also thought to be close to finding a new club.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearThe 34-year-old, capped 24 times by Spain, has been linked with Inter Milan after Pochettino released him in the summer.Pochettino’s main concern, though, will be revitalising his team’s form after just three points from their first four matches.Sunday’s 1-0 home loss against Newcastle showed up a lack of creativity and also opened Pochettino up for criticism for only using Real Madrid target Christian Eriksen as a half-hour substitute.
After starting brightly, the Bulldogs scored the opening try of the game through winger Marcelo Montoya and for the first 35 minutes were arguably the team with the greater share of momentum.But an error by Adam Elliott in the 32nd minute, a penalty against Josh Morris and a knock-on call against Morris as he lunged desperately to stop James Roberts from scoring gifted Brisbane territory and possession which they duly turned into two tries and a 10-point lead at half-time.The possession flow continued to run the way of the home side to start the second half but the Canterbury defence held firm until successive penalties for interference on players chasing kicks gave the home side the impetus with which to score three tries in the space of six minutes.Hasler wouldn’t be drawn on the impact of the penalties in what has become an ambiguous area, instead highlighting the errors prior to half-time that allowed Brisbane to gain the ascendancy.”We’re pretty disappointed with the outcome and the performance tonight,” Hasler said.”I thought we were really good early to be honest. I thought we got away to a good start but again we were probably our own worst enemies.”We just had the momentum our way and we had a couple of crucial errors which were momentum changers for us.”For much of the second half the Bulldogs resembled a boxer stuck on the ropes and holding on for dear life, Brisbane using the weight of possession nudging up near 80 per cent to pound away at the try-line until the opposition relented.Besides Josh Reynolds trying in vain to rein in an Anthony Milford kick the Bulldogs went 15 minutes without touching the ball, captain Aiden Tolman conceding the lack of possession had to eventually take its toll.”It was hard that start of the second half,” Tolman said.”I thought we started the first half really strong. We probably didn’t deserve to be two tries down that first half but we were and we had to come out and complete and we didn’t.”When you give any team that much possession in that field position sooner or later you’re going to crack.”On the back of the [9-4] penalty count, repeat sets that they got, they were too good tonight and they made us pay.”Like they did in their last start win against the Knights the Bulldogs made a late change to their starting team by shifting Moses Mbye into hooker, pushing Michael Lichaa back to the bench and promoting Matt Frawley into the halves.After playing five minutes against the Knights Lichaa only featured for eight minutes against the Broncos, Hasler still to decide how they will line up in future as the mathematicians are brought in to assess their finals hopes.”We’ll have a look at it,” Hasler said.”We just thought we’d mix it up a little bit. We started that way two weeks ago against Newcastle.”There were a couple of soft tries there but I thought our boys tried pretty hard for tonight. Their execution again let us down.”
Papalii started in all three State of Origin matches this season and was originally selected to play for Australia in the ANZAC Test in May but was withdrawn due to suspension.The 25-year-old Canberra forward has played nine tests for the Kangaroos but will now wear blue, joining fellow Toa newcomers Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai.The squad will be led by Pritchard, who returned to the NRL from the English Super League to join Parramatta this season.The 33-year-old represented the Kiwis at the 2013 World Cup but has since accumulated five test caps for Samoa.Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010 while Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.A former New Zealand half, Roberts has 12 test caps for Samoa and starred for Castleford in 2017, who take on Leeds in the Super League grand final this weekend.Head coach Matt Parish said it was a strong, experienced squad with the desire to represent Samoa as evident in the disappointment of several NRL players who missed selection.”Despite some players being unavailable due to injury we have a very strong squad that will do Samoa proud,” he said.”It’s a tough group but these boys have lifted before when they have put on the Samoan jersey, and there is a lot of competitiveness to gain selection. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a said team work would be the focus of the preparations for the squad leading up to the opening game against the Kiwis.”Teamwork requires sacrifice upfront and putting the collective needs of the team ahead of any individual. There is no ‘I’ in team but there is ‘I’ in ‘WIN’,” he said.The Samoa squad will assemble in Sydney next Tuesday and play a Country Rugby League side in Wagga on 13 October.Along with New Zealand, Samoa will face Tonga and Scotland in the World Cup group stages.Samoa squad:Frank Pritchard (C), Bunty Afoa, Leeson Ah Mau, Faámanu Brown, Herman Ese’ese,Pita Godinet, Joey Leilua, Ricky Leutele, Sam Lisone, Jarmoine Luai, Suaia Matagi, Peter Mata’utia, Sione Mata’utia, Ken Maumalo, Tautau Moga, Zane Musgrave, Josh Papalii, Joseph Paulo, Junior Paulo, Ben Roberts, Sam Tagataese, Jazz Tevaga, Young Tonumaipea, Matthew WrightPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Former Kangaroos rep Josh Papalii will represent Samoa at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Barça announced Thursday in a statement the appointment of Emili Rousaud, partner 31.011, as the new institutional vice president of the Barça club. Rousaud has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2015 and, according to the club’s statement, “in these years he has been assigned to the Social Area as the responsible manager of the Office of Specialized Care, department that watches over accessibility policies, inclusion and mobility in the Club ”. If you go to the bottom of the matter, the appointment as vice president of Rousaud is the confirmation that he will be Bartomeu’s dolphin and, therefore, a continuing candidate for the next presidential elections of 2021. Rousaud will also go hand in hand with Jordi Cardoner, current vice president of the social area who has renounced to be a continuous candidate in exchange for being comfortably installed in the organs of power and having access to greater responsibility in the Foundation. The Barça statement explains that “Emili Rousaud i Parés (Barcelona, April 27, 1966), partner 31,011 of FC Barcelona, He has a degree in Business Studies and an MBA from ESADE, a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a Master in Tax Consulting and Management (AGT) from ESADE. On a professional level, he is the founder and general director of Factor Energía, SA, the first electricity trading company born in the liberalized market, and combines Factorenergia management with the vice presidency of the Catalan employers’ association PIMEC. He is also a member of the Plenary Session of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, as well as a member of the Market Agents Committee of the Spanish Electricity Market, being a promoter and founding member of the Association of Independent Energy Marketers (ACIE), of which he currently He is 2nd vice president. He is vice president of the Catalan association Grup de Gestors Energètics (GGE). On the other hand, he is an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in subjects related to the marketing area in the Faculty of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication ”. Barça also announced that, at the proposal of President Josep Maria Bartomeu, “the Board of Directors incorporates David Bellver, partner 45.015, as an integrated member of the Sports Area, with functions linked to international competitions organized by UEFA and FIFA. Bellver has been a member and coordinator of the Club’s formative football sports commission, between 2003 and 2005, and since 2010 he has been a representative of the Club’s institutional relations before UEFA ”. It has been to start the year before the elections and start moving the institutional tree in Barça.
Ferran finishes contract in 2021 and its explosion has caught up against the club, which had advanced the renovation of Carlos Soler but not that of Ferran. In fact they have not yet sat down to negotiate. Valencia never seemed in a hurry to give Ferran cheers (Marcelino and also Jorge López – now a technical secretary – they wanted in his day that he had a record of the subsidiary and even Peter Lim was this summer more worried and interested in Kang-in Lee). But now who has the handle of the times is Ferran, hence Murthy is interested in returning from the appointment with Lim with the strategy and conditions to offer clear. The president, taking advantage that Arabia is halfway, traveled to Singapore to meet Peter Lim. There they will talk about the renewal of Garay (very advanced), of reinforcements in January and how to negotiate a new contract with Ferran, Murthy’s hot potato. Ferran, whose clause was set two years ago at 100 million, has settled since the arrival of Albert Celades any debate about his role in the team, despite the fact that in summer it was the fourth alternative for the right wing. This season accumulates 23 official matches (19 of them starting) and has four goals and four assists. The RFEF published a video of a scouting session of the coaching staff of Luis Enrique. In it, without giving names, they talked about futures for the March call of the Spaniard. “It’s a plane,” Luis Enrique said in the talk, referring to a “young man” with “dribble”. In Valencia they know that Ferran Torres is on the radar of federation techniciansAfter all, he is known by the inferiors and recently Vicente Del Bosque, one who was in the house, said about Foios: “He has fantastic potential and we will soon see him in the absolute.” To Valencia a call Ferran would make him happy, although in turn it would put Anil Murthy more pressure to renew him.
In the case of Sport, the argument was striking. Under the headline “SOS Messi” it is explained that the Argentine is “more alone than ever” and it is reported that the Barcelona team is trying to sign players that make it an ecosystem more conducive to Argentina. Specifically, we talk about the signing of a central, a medium, an end and a ‘9’. In the case of the latter, the favorite option by the technical secretariat is Lautaro Martínez, of the Inter, by whom the Barça could offer money plus two regular players according to the Catalan newspaper.On the other hand, Sports world he dedicates his main cover story to the affectation of Coronavirus in the world of sports, but adds that Barça is very attentive to the possible option of signing Ferran Torres, of the Valencia, which ends contract next season and has not yet renewed. It is a classic that after a defeat the possible signings appear in the press the following day to give the fan the lost illusion after an important game that has not finished well. True to the appointment as if it were a clock, the Barcelona press appeared on Tuesday after Sunday’s defeat at Santiago Bernabéu talking about names for a new Culés project.
At this time the Parisian club would have asked him a downgrade to Inter in the footballer’s purchase price, whose clause is 70 million. Ahead still month and a half to exercise the purchase option on the Argentine. While, Juventus also closely follow Icardi’s movements, who has scored 20 in 31 games with PSG this season. “Atlético de Madrid also comes into play for the future of Mauro Icardi“with these words Tuttosport puts Mauro Icardi back in Atlético’s orbit. A rumor that does not stop growing in recent days in the English press. Last summer, when Simeone was looking to close his squad with a striker, the name of the Argentine striker was firmly considered at the offices of the Wanda Metropolitano. Finally Inter transferred it one season with the option to purchase to Paris Saint Germain (PSG).“The Spanish club had already been interested in the Argentine forward at the end of last season, at the moment of maximum tension between the player and the Inter. Now the mattresses could represent the striker’s surprise landing, if Maurito and his wife-agent Wanda Nara prefer to leave Paris“, details Tuttosport in your information. The idea of PSG is to sign the Argentine striker and then get a capital gain, but the crisis caused by the coronavirus also affects him.
Behind the now-player from Las Palmas are two footballers who still play in the League and who could catch up if the competition resumes. In fourth position, Raúl García becomes the top scorer among national midfielders. With 76 goals spread over 316 games, the former player for Osasuna and Atlético de Madrid, and now an Athletic player, is just a little behind Rubén Castro. He is also the Spaniard who has scored the only goal of the game the most times, with 12. With 113 goals in 289 games, the Basque attacker, who during this decade has worn the jerseys of two historical League players such as Valencia and Athletic, has been able to maintain a scoring average of more than 11 goals per season, figures available to few players. His maturity as an athlete has been exemplary and, like good wine, has been improving over the years.Aduriz is also the Spanish footballer who has opened the scoring the most times in the last ten campaigns. He has done it, no more and no less, in 49 games, which speaks to the importance he has had as a reference for his teams, especially in Athletic. What’s more, in 10 of those 49 games he scored the only goal of the match.The ‘Magician’ with the highest scorers Raúl GarcíaAtlético, Osasuna and Athletic76316211960.24 Aritz Aduriz, who is living his last months as a professional footballer at 39, will retire from the king of sports as the top Spanish scorer in the League in the decade. Despite the great strikers who have passed through the Spanish First Division in the last 10 years, the donostiarra will hang his boots as one of the great national ‘killer’ of recent times. Iago AspasCelta and Sevilla98204157690.48 Source: Opta Behind the Athletic player appears another of the great names among the Spanish scorers: Iago Aspas. The ‘Mago de Moaña’ is close to a hundred goals in the last ten years. Despite the fact that the Galician was a season in England, 2013/14 with Liverpool, his 98 goals in 204 games win him to the second position on the list.With 85 fewer games than the Basque striker, caused by his failed move by Liverpool and Seville, and adding that in 2010/2011 he played in the Second with Celta, Aspas has only signed 15 times less. And it is that, like his compatriot of Athletic, his maturity has been splendid. For sample, a button: In his last stage with Celta, he has scored 84 goals in 154 games, while in the previous six seasons he scored 46 goals in 165 games with Celta, Liverpool and Sevilla.Thanks to his great records for goal, the celtiña forward is the Spanish player with the best scoring average in LaLiga (0.48 goals / game) of the decade among footballers who have played more than three games. It is also, the Spanish with the most trophies ‘Zarra’ in that space of time, thanks to the three consecutive ones that he has accumulated in recent seasons. In this way, he surpasses Aduriz, who won the previous two.The praise and awards of Spanish football have been shared between the two forwards in recent years. But curiously, they both share two records. The Basque and the Galician are the Spanish players who have scored the most hattricks (3) and the most doublets (18) in the last decade in our League. Data that speak wonders of two authentic ‘killers’ who have made us enjoy their goals for many years.Other great names of the decade Aritz AdurizValencia and Athletic113289192030.39 PlayerClubsGoalsMatchesMinutesGoal / match Talking about Spanish scorers in recent years automatically suggests a name: Rubén Castro. The Canary, despite having only played six seasons in the First in this decade, sneaks as the third top scorer in Spain. With 77 goals in 176 games and an average of 0.44 goals / game, he is the only player on the list who has scored all his goals with a single shirt, that of Betis, where he also spent two seasons in the Second in which he scored 58 goals. Closing the list in fifth position is another of the great forwards that Spanish football has given in recent times: Roberto Soldado. With the Valencia, Villarreal and Granada jerseys, the Real Madrid youth squad has scored 70 goals in 162 games. He is the player on the list who has played the fewest number of matches, having spent two seasons in England and many others in Turkey. Among his achievements is being one of the four Spaniards who has scored four goals in a League match. It was in a Getafe 2-4 Valencia in the 2010/11 season, and he scored all the goals in the second half. In addition to Madrid, Álvaro Negredo, Alberto Bueno and Santi Mina are the other three footballers who have managed to score a ker poker ’. Roberto SoldadoValencia, Villarreal and Granada70162125570.43 LAST TEN SEASONS Ruben CastroBetis77176144370.44