Baggies stun United at Old Trafford

first_img The Baggies had looked in danger of slipping back into the relegation dog fight when other results went against them earlier in the day. But Tony Pulis’ side are seven points above the bottom three with three matches to go thanks to their second successive win at Old Trafford. The last time the club won back to back victories at United was in 1959. Chris Brunt’s second-half free-kick hit Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea to secure a win that was accompanied by an impressive defensive display from the Midlanders. Robin van Persie, making his first start since February 21, missed a penalty shortly after Albion took the lead. United were poor all afternoon. Van Gaal’s fears about being unable to break down defensively-minded opposition came true. Despite having Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and Juan Mata on the pitch, United could not breach a disciplined Albion team, who played with Saido Berahino as a lone frontman throughout. The result means United, who wore black armbands as a sign of support for Rio Ferdinand after his wife died of cancer, have lost three Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2001. A few weeks ago, the Red Devils seemed certain to qualify for Europe’s top club competition, but there are now a few doubts they will come up short. Liverpool, who beat QPR on Saturday afternoon, are now just four points behind Van Gaal’s men, who have Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull to play before the end of the season. The afternoon started on a poignant note for those on the pitch who played alongside Ferdinand and the people who wanted to show their support for him in the stands. Chants of “Rio, Rio” came from the terraces as the players took to the pitch and in the fifth minute, almost everyone inside the stadium rose to their feet and applauded the former United defender, who wore five for the majority of his 12-year spell with the club. Darren Fletcher, had an early chance to mark his return to Old Trafford with a goal, but the former United midfielder blasted his volley over the bar and into the Stretford End. That was one of only a few occasions West Brom crossed the half way line in numbers in the first half. They spent most of the time camped in their own half, a nine-man defensive block organised into two rigid lines, with Berahino stationed far up the pitch on his own. United had 79 per cent possession in the opening 10 minutes but they did nothing with it. Groans were heard as early as the 12th minute as Chris Smalling passed the ball sideways rather than forward while on the half way line. Ashley Young looked the most likely player to prise open the Baggies’ back line. He tricked his way past his marker and fired towards goal but Van Persie got in the way and accidentally diverted the ball wide. West Brom’s only form attack in the first period was through the air. Joleon Lescott wasted a good chance to score a shock opener when he planted his header straight into De Gea’s arms. Youssouf Mulumbu had another effort saved. Van Persie was looking sharp on his first start for 10 weeks. The Dutchman rifled a low shot just wide from Young’s pull-back and Gareth McAuley put in a last-gasp challenge to dispossess the former Arsenal striker. Ander Herrera kept chipping balls into the box from 30 yards out but West Brom spat them back out. Even Marouane Fellaini could not get the better of Jonas Olsson and Craig Dawson. Frustration got the better of the Belgian. He somehow avoided punishment for pushing Claudio Yacob in the face following a tussle for the ball. Fellaini moved up front after the break to try to add some muscle to United’s front line, but the move did not pay off as the hosts continued to toil. They had plenty of possession but lacked penetration. Then came the killer blow. Paddy McNair bundled over Fletcher and handed the Baggies a free-kick 20 yards out. Brunt let fly with a powerful shot which flicked Olsson’s left leg and flew into the net with De Gea stranded. Van Gaal responded by bringing on Angel di Maria for Daley Blind. United felt they should have had a penalty when Mata’s cross struck Lescott’s right arm, but Anthony Taylor waved play on. The referee did give the hosts a spot kick soon after when Antonio Valencia’s cross struck Berahino’s hand. The Albion players insisted the striker was outside the area, but after talking to his assistant Peter Kirkup, he awarded the penalty. Van Persie took the ball but Boaz Myhill dived to his left and palmed his shot wide. Myhill would just not be beaten and t he Albion stopper sealed the three points for the visitors at the death with two fine saves from Van Persie and Di Maria. Manchester United gave Liverpool more than a glimmer of hope in their push for Champions League qualification as Louis van Gaal’s team slipped to a damaging 1-0 defeat to West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tommy Bowe leaps to defence of Ireland team-mate Jared Payne

first_img Press Association Ex-Ulster and Scotland boss Williams claimed Ireland have “huge issues” in midfield when analysing the 44-10 victory over Romania for Irish channel TV3. Williams believes Ireland will struggle to reach the latter stages of the tournament with Payne at 13 – leading Bowe to stick up for his Ulster team-mate. Tommy Bowe has leapt to the defence of Jared Payne after the Ireland centre’s World Cup form was savaged by former Ulster coach Matt Williams. Ireland will qualify for the quarter-finals with victory over the Azzurri and Williams is calling for changes. “He’s making really poor decisions: he’s kicking the ball all the time and he’s kicking very badly,” said Williams of Payne. “He’s not making breaks. He’s running across field. “So, you can tick just about every box for doing things wrong as an outside centre in attack. “I certainly do not believe that for us to go deep in the tournament that’s going to be good enough. “We have to get some centres that are going to show the ability to go through teams.” New Zealand-born Payne is likely to be reunited with usual centre partner Robbie Henshaw for Ireland’s crucial Italy clash. Henshaw is fit again after hamstring trouble, with head coach Joe Schmidt expected to restore his first-choice centre pairing. Kiwi boss Schmidt has already accepted Henshaw and Payne form a “manufactured midfield” in his answer to the long-standing question of how to replace Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll. Schmidt has found defensive ballast from shifting Henshaw from 13 to 12 and Payne from full-back to outside centre, and will in all probability continue to bank on the pairing. “I think we’re well used to it at this stage, that’s why we don’t watch it any more or read what they saying,” said Bowe of Williams’ criticisms. “I know Matt Williams, I was coached by him. “I don’t think any of the players will be getting too upset about it. “Maybe he’s just playing the ‘bad cop’ role on TV, I don’t know. “I think, as a squad, the players would be very confident in Jared’s ability. “He’s certainly one of the very popular lads around the squad, so I don’t think he’ll be getting too upset about it.” Bowe branded Williams a “bad cop” pundit, insisting Ireland would take little notice of outside opinion. “I was just chatting to one of the lads yesterday about how good it is to actually play alongside Jared,” said Bowe. “As a squad, we know what a talented player Jared is. “He has a lot of time on the ball and he makes it easy for us wingers and people inside and outside him to play with because he’s just so consistent. “His communication is very good from a defensive point of view and he’s probably one of the best passers of the ball in the squad. “He has a bit of X-Factor about him when he gets the opportunity to put it on. “He’s been a key part of the squad and team over the last year or two.” Williams believes Ireland should promote Darren Cave to outside centre for Sunday’s vital Pool D clash against Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium. last_img read more

SBI General Insurance posts lower underwriting profit

first_imgCHENNAI: Non-life insurer SBI General Insurance on Monday said it had closed last fiscal with a net profit of Rs 412 crore and a lower underwriting profit of Rs 61 crore.Simply put, underwriting profit is the difference between the premium received and some share of expenses incurred and claims paid. The SBI General Insurance posted an underwriting profit of Rs 61 crore last fiscal down from Rs 79 crore posted in FY19. According to SBI General Insurance, the company posted net profit of Rs 412 crore last fiscal and a gross written premium (GWP) of Rs 6,840 crore. (IANS) Also Read: RIL stocks rise, market cap crosses Rs 10 lakh crorelast_img

Supergiant Stokes blasts match-winning century

first_imgBEN Stokes made a scintillating maiden Twenty20 century on his return from injury as Rising Pune Supergiants beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets to move a step closer to securing an Indian Premier League play-off place.Stokes sat out two matches after damaging his shoulder, but the England all-rounder allayed concerns over his fitness by smashing a magnificent unbeaten 103 from only 63 balls at MCA Stadium yesterday.In-form spinner Imran Tahir (3-27) was the pick of the bowlers yet again and there were also three wickets for Jaydev Unadkat as Pune restricted the Lions to 161 all out, before Stokes rescued the home side from 42-4.Pradeep Sangwan got rid of Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith in the first over, but Suresh Raina’s side were unable to remove the brutal Stokes, who put on 76 with MS Dhoni and finished off the job with Dan Christian despite struggling with cramp.Brendan McCullum (45 from 27 balls) and Ishan Kishan (31 off 24) got the Lions off to a flyer as they tried to banish the memories of a super-over defeat to Mumbai Indians, putting on 55 for the first wicket in six overs.Not surprisingly it was South Africa spinner Tahir who made the breakthrough, getting Kishan caught at short third man before deceiving Aaron Finch, who was caught and bowled after Raina had been run-out.Tahir was on a hat-trick when he cleaned up Dwayne Smith first ball and conceded only 27 runs from his four overs, while Unadkat struck three times later in the innings as the wickets tumbled far too frequently for the Lions.Dinesh Karthik added a brisk 29 and Gujarat’s total looked far better when Sangwan trapped Rahane leg-before and also bounced out the prolific Smith two balls later to put Pune in a mess on 8-2.Manoj Tiwary also failed and Pune were deeper in the mire when Rahul Tripathi was run-out following a mix-up with Stokes, who then took the innings by the scruff of the neck with a mature knock.The powerful left-hander shifted through the gears, launching Sangwan over long-on for six and hitting Ravindra Jadeja, the world’s top-ranked Test bowler, for back-to-back sixes.England’s Test vice-captain raced to his second IPL half-century and thrived on the responsibility under pressure, dishing out some brutal treatment with support from the composed Dhoni.Dhoni struggled to get going and fell for 26 from 33 balls, but Stokes took the role as finisher on this occasion, showing why Pune made him the most expensive overseas player in IPL history, despite struggling with cramp.Stokes hit six maximums in a breathtaking knock, leaving Christian to strike the winning six runs with a ball to spare.(Omnisport)last_img read more

CWI sets timelines for consultation, implementation of recommendations

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) have established timelines for consultation and implementation of the recommendations of the Wehby Report.CWI Board of Directors proposed a way forward following a presentation by president Ricky Skerritt of a Board Paper entitled ‘Governance Reform Report – Next Steps’.The paper called for the Board of Directors, Territorial Boards and their members, and all stakeholders, to do all that is possible to stimulate, encourage and facilitate the reading, discussion and consultation of the report, which was widely distributed on August 17, 2020.According to Skerritt, Senator Don Wehby has offered to make himself and other Task Force members available to provide explanations and facilitate constructive discussion on the report’s findings, if needed. The paper encouraged all stakeholders to engage in any consultation they deemed necessary to help pave the path forward towards implementation.“There will be COVID19-related timing challenges, and likely political head-winds ahead, but I assure all stakeholders and lovers of West Indies Cricket that I will personally champion the important process of CWI Governance Reform, no matter how long it takes now that CWI has received and distributed such a pragmatic and do-able cricket-centric report from Senator Wehby and his team of highly qualified and experienced advisers,” Skerritt said.“Hopefully good sense will prevail, and CWI will show the world that we are serious about modernisation and improvement.”According to the Board paper, the first deadline is for the report reading and consultation process to be completed by Friday, October 16, 2020. But that would depend on the ability of Territorial Boards to effectively consult with their membership under the COVID-19 protocol group gathering limitations.During the same period, CWI will be seeking advice on legal processes and actions that would be required to implement the recommendations of the report. The Board paper also calls for final feedback from CWI Board members and Territorial Boards to be documented and submitted to CWI by the middle of November.Any resulting suggestions and decision-making, including actual resolutions for change of Articles, should be completed by November 26 and put before an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which CWI hopes can take place face-to-face by the middle of December 2020. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Senator Kamala Harris endorses Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom at Tutor Campus Center

first_imgCalifornia Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed  Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor of California Friday at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum as part of an event hosted by the College Democrats at USC and the Unruh Associates, a campus group focused on student political engagement.In her endorsement speech, Harris said Newsom would be a courageous leader as California’s governor. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily Trojan“I am here today to endorse Gavin Newsom to be the next governor of the State of California,” Harris said in her speech. “Gavin and I have been friends for a long time, long before either of us were elected to political office … He has the courage to be a leader on universal health coverage. He has the courage to be a leader on smart gun safety policy. And he will bring that leadership as governor.”Harris, who received an honorary degree from USC in 2015 when she was the California Attorney General, also came to USC in 2016 during her successful senatorial campaign.Newsom spoke after Harris gave her endorsement.“I couldn’t be more honored that [Harris] is with us,” Newsom said in his speech. “I have four kids … I want them to grow up to see powerful leaders of all stripes … At our best, we don’t tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.”After the event, Newsom spoke to the press about the importance of Harris’ endorsement to his campaign.“This was a very significant endorsement at a critical time, weeks before the [California Democratic State] Convention,” Newsom said. “Kamala Harris is literally universally acknowledged as one of the top rising star Democrats in the United States of America. She is a profoundly significant political figure, and for me at this important critical juncture in this campaign, to have her endorse me is a very important milestone.”Accompanying Harris and Newsom was Denea Joseph, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient who emigrated from Belize at the age of 7 and was raised in South Los Angeles. Joseph was Harris’ guest at the 2018 State of the Union address.“I’ve been extremely privileged to call California home,” Joseph said. “California is at the forefront of advocating for all … because no one should be considered illegal.”College Democrats at USC President Nick Fiorillo said the organization was honored to host Harris and Newsom.“This is a critical endorsement at this point in the campaign and Lieutenant Governor Newsom is one of our most important leaders,” Fiorillo said. “This is part of what makes USC special — leaders in our state, country and world know that USC is the kind of place where important decisions and announcements are made. We are so thrilled that our members and the USC student body were able to hear from and meet them.”last_img read more

Liverpool’s Suarez to talk to Arsenal

first_imgLuis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal but Liverpool have no intention of selling their striker until his £50m-plus valuation is met.Arsenal’s club-record bid of £40m plus £1 was firmly rejected by Liverpool but Suarez now wants to hold talks with the north London club.The approach triggered a clause in his contract that means he has been told of the bid and can now talk to Arsenal.But Liverpool will not sell him until Arsenal up their offer significantly.On Wednesday Suarez made his first appearance for Liverpool since his infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm last season, coming off the bench in an 18-minute cameo during the Premier League club’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at the MCG.With Liverpool 1-0 up, the Uruguayan laid on the Reds second for new signing Iago Aspas late in the match.After the game Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “There’s nothing new to report, he [Suarez] is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed.” Rodgers did, however, remind Suarez of the debt he feels the player owes the Liverpool fans who have stood by him after two seasons of controversy.“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled,” Rodgers added.“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”Liverpool have now turned down two offers from the Gunners, who are keen to boost their attacking options, while Real Madrid, now managed by Carlo Ancelotti, also remain interested in the player but have yet to make a formal offer.Following Arsenal’s most recent approach, a post on Liverpool owner John Henry’s Twitter page read: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”It is unclear whether Henry is talking about Arsenal’s attempts to sign Suarez or their valuation of the player. While Liverpool remain determined to keep Suarez, who scored 30 goals for the club in 44 appearances last season, their resolve is likely to be tested if the bids continue to rise. Should Arsenal persist and have an improved bid accepted, it would more than double their previous highest initial outlay on a transfer.The Gunners, whose first offer for Suarez was £30m, paid £17.5m to Sevilla for Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004.Suarez wants to leave Anfield to play for a Champions League club despite only signing a new long-term deal last summer.Speculation has grown about Suarez’s future since he was punished with a 10-game ban at the end of April for biting Ivanovic.The striker still has to serve six games of that suspension and was also banned in 2011 after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 in a £22.7m deal.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig loses appeal, will serve 2-game suspension against Mets

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig was ordered to pay a fine and begin serving a suspension issued by Major League Baseball on Tuesday, sidelining the Dodgers’ outfielder for the final two games of a three-game series against the New York Mets.Puig lost his appeal of the original two-game ban MLB assessed for his actions during the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Giants on Aug. 14 at Dodger Stadium.In the seventh inning of that game, Puig and Giants catcher Nick Hundley got into a verbal altercation at home plate. When Puig pushed Hundley, both benches emptied, and the brawl ended after Puig slapped Hundley in the face mask.MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre, referred to Puig as “inciting” the incident in a press release. Hundley was fined but not suspended. Torre heard Puig’s appeal argument over the phone last Tuesday. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season August was not the first time that Jansen suffered an irregular heartbeat during a trip to Denver. He could simply skip the Denver portion of the Dodgers’ upcoming 10-game trip and meet the team in Cincinnati. The Dodgers play three games against the Reds beginning Monday and four in St. Louis beginning Thursday.“Ultimately, it’s the doctor’s decision, Kenley’s comfort level, and for us as an organization just quote whatever decision they come up with,” Manager Dave Roberts said.Jansen said his cardiologist, Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, recommended he resume taking his heart medication with the dosage and frequency adjusted. Roberts said that Jansen has expressed a desire to pitch in Denver.TURNER HONOREDThird baseman Justin Turner pulled in a pair of honors Tuesday: the National League Player of the Month award for August and, for the second straight year, the Dodgers’ Roberto Clemente Award nomination.Turner batted .402 (39 for 97) with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 20 RBIs and a stolen base in 25 August games. He led all qualified NL hitters in batting average, on-base percentage (.491) and was second in slugging (.722).Turner, 33, had never won a Player of the Month award in his career. No Dodger had won the honor since Adrián González in April 2015.Turner’s eponymous charitable foundation has supported homeless veterans, children and their families since its founding in 2016. The winner of the award will be determined through online fan voting (beginning Wednesday) and a panel that includes Commissioner Rob Manfred. The winner will be announced during the World Series.Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the award in 2012.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 4-1, 2.24 ERA) vs. Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler, 9-7, 3.37 ERA), Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers have 34 players on their active roster, including seven outfielders besides Puig. Matt Kemp started in right field Tuesday against the Mets and left-hander Jason Vargas.Puig is batting .259 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 104 games. In his past 15 games, Puig is hitting just .163 without a home run.JANSEN IN LIMBOKenley Jansen met with his cardiologist Tuesday, and the Dodgers will soon decide whether or not the closer will travel to Colorado for this weekend’s three-game series against the Rockies.Jansen suffered an atrial fibrillation episode during the Dodgers’ last trip to Denver in August. Subsequently, he was prescribed blood thinners and heart medication and spent 10 days on the disabled list.But Jansen struggled upon his return, allowing four home runs in his next three appearances. He soon stopped taking the medication with his cardiologist’s permission because it was affecting his performance. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma happy to sport goggles while recovering from ‘scary’ eye abrasion

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe said he’s already noticed improvement, although his vision in the injured eye – which a doctor told him had four or five scratches on it – was not 100 percent. Nonetheless, he said he intends to play Friday, with the protective glasses, when the Lakers meet up again with the Thunder, this time in Oklahoma City for the first game of a four-stop trip.“Doing better,” Kuzma said. “Yesterday (the eye) was completely shut. Now it’s open, so I can see a little bit better. Still blurry. I went to the doctor, had like four, five scratches in the eye. It’s all right, though.”Kuzma said initially it hurt to even open the eye, and that it was sensitive to light and “super blurry.”“Couldn’t really see nothing,” he said. “Even yesterday I really couldn’t see much until nighttime …  it’s kind of serious. I mean, could’ve been worse. Even now it’s still blurry, it’s kind of scary.” Kuzma also said, in retrospect, he was glad the Lakers’ coaching staff didn’t let him back in the game, because he wanted to continue playing.“I tried to go back in,” said Kuzma, who “pretty much persuaded the training staff to (let him) go out there and shoot at halftime. But (Coach) Frank (Vogel) was being super cautious about my health. Sometimes I’m not, I’m a competitor, but we made the right decision because the next day I couldn’t even open my eye.”“He very much wanted to play,” Vogel confirmed. “I just had to hold him out. Sometimes you have to do what’s in the best interest of the player, and that was the case here.”Kuzma has started to hit his stride recently after returning from a left ankle stress reaction: In his five games before Tuesday’s, he was averaging 18 points and shooting 50 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from 3-point range.Vogel was hopeful the eye injury wouldn’t inhibit Kuzma’s play.“There’s always a concern when you have an injury, especially one that could be a little bit of a nagging injury,” he said. “But we’ll keep an eye on it and hopefully it won’t be a problem.” Yes, he said, in the moment, his career flashed before his injured eye.“Any time you get hurt, it’s always worst-case, especially as an athlete,” Kuzma said. “I’m just thankful that it wasn’t too-too serious.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions MORE INJURY UPDATESAvery Bradley will be evaluated again Nov. 29, after the Lakers return from their four-game trip. The veteran guard sustained a hairline fracture in a non-weight-bearing bone in his right leg on Nov. 3 in San Antonio.Vogel said he expects Bradley to join the team on the trip, a decision that’s based on the best way for Bradley to receive treatment, the coach said.Also, guard Alex Caruso has a right calf strain, but he is considered probable for Friday’s game. EL SEGUNDO — Kyle Kuzma was rocking new eyewear – and a still-bloodshot squint – at Lakers practice on Thursday, where he expressed appreciation for the extra protection after his right eye was scratched in an ugly accident during Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma City.Thunder forward Darius Bazley scratched Kuzma’s eye on a drive toward the basket in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 112-107 victory. After being struck, Kuzma immediately covered his face and tried to steady himself before he was escorted off the court, his eye bleeding, by the Lakers’ medical staff.Two days later, Kuzma did his best to make light of what was, clearly, a scary occurrence for the 24-year-old forward.“I’m James Worthy now,” Kuzma joked, referring to one of the Lakers’ goggle-wearing greats. “Big Game Kuz. I like how that sounds.”last_img read more


first_imgWIN MACHINE ALERT BAY INVADES FOR CRYSTAL WATERAlert Bay, winning at nearly a 50 percent clip in a career of 26 races, hopes to enhance his record in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this at a mile on turf for four-year-olds and up.A five-year-old gelded son of City Zip owned by Peter Redekop of Richmond, British Columbia, Alert Bay has been a virtual win machine, capturing 12 of 26 starts, with six seconds and two thirds, earning $1,098,815.“He’s training fine and doing well, and he ships pretty good,” said Bay Area-based Blaine Wright, who bought his first horse when he was 18, learned the ropes under his father, Richard, and has been training on his own since 2006. “We’ve been lucky in spacing out his races,” Wright said.Alert Bay is tough to beat once he gets on a roll. He already has separate win streaks of three, five and two, and would start another one if he wins the Crystal Water.Should that be the case, and should Alert Bay remain healthy, Wright plans to keep the old warrior going, although he doesn’t waste time or effort winning by large margins. Six of his victories have come by less than a length, including the Grade III San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields last out on April 30, when he arrived at the wire first by a neck. Four wins have come at Santa Anita, all on the grass and three at one mile.“We’ll try to keep him going,” Wright said, “but it’s one race at a time.”The field for the Crystal Water, race two of 11 with a first post time of 12 noon: Poshky, Fernando Perez, 10-1: Zinvor, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Boozer, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Alert Bay, Tyler Baze, 9-5; and Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 6-1. Martin Pedroza56851014%41%$282,280 Patrick Gallagher1841022%28%$118,875 STEVENS COMING BACK AT SANTA ANITA TO RIDE FULL TIMEHall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens has altered his itinerary and will return from Kentucky where he currently is plying his trade at Churchill Downs to ride full time at Santa Anita starting June 23 and continue through the end of the Spring Meet on July 10, his agent, Mike Ciani, reported late Friday morning.“After Santa Anita, he will ride at Del Mar,” said Ciani, who was engaged by Stevens after he parted company with long-time agent Craig O’Bryan earlier this week.Last Friday, Stevens said he would ride in Kentucky until Del Mar opened on July 15.Stevens is scheduled to ride Kobe’s Back for trainer Peter Eurton in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on June 25. Martin Garcia5374913%38%$419,920 James Cassidy2553220%40%$313,400 Edwin Maldonado10318161317%46%$717,176 Simon Callaghan2142219%38%$221,790 Joseph Talamo7513131217%51%$734,723 Tyler Baze11121182019%53%$1,009,646 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert2545216%44%$218,180 Mike Puype3373321%39%$228,495 Peter Miller39511413%51%$238,150 TRAINER HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ IN CRYSTAL WATERCLOCKER LIKES EXAGGERATOR IN BELMONT TRIFECTASTEVENS RETURNS FULL TIME AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 23 DERBY KING NYQUIST BACK ON TRACK AT SANTA ANITATRAINER ROSEMARY TRELA A WINNER ON TWO FRONTS Steven Miyadi1543027%47%$123,385 Doug O’Neill49510910%49%$432,018 NYQUIST GALLOPS ON SANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACKKentucky Derby hero Nyquist, who returned to Santa Anita from Baltimore late Sunday, looked every bit a champion as he toured Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday morning around 7:15 a.m. under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.“He jogged an easy mile and galloped a mile and a half,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the two-year-old champion male of 2015 for Paul and Zillah Reddam.“It’s great to have him back galloping.”Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat when Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes on May 21, will miss tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes in which Exaggerator is favored after recovering from an elevated white blood cell count. Tiago Pereira65510128%42%$249,022 Fernando Perez5366311%28%$242,653 Richard Mandella2674527%62%$612,055 Jerry Hollendorfer49841116%47%$586,755 Mark Glatt4269814%55%$264,781 (Current Through Thursday, June 9) Mike Smith2455021%42%$373,666 Chad Lindsay3754514%38%$114,695 Victor Espinoza3445812%50%$359,025 Brandon Boulanger3141313%26%$99,150 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano10024191724%60%$1,420,185 Hector O. Palma1543027%47%$77,525 Flavien Prat802591131%56%$1,251,076 TRELA OVERCOMES ANEURISM, SADDLES BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS            Exactly six months after suffering a near-fatal brain aneurism at her San Luis Rey Downs barn on Dec. 9, trainer Rosemary Trela saddled back-to-back winners Thursday, with come-backing Jan’s Spirit taking the fifth race at $21.60 and veteran mare Fast Magoo winning the sixth at $7.Idle since running third for a $16,000 claiming tag on July 26 at Del Mar, Jan’s Spirit, who is owned by Kenny Stufflebeam, made her first start for Trela yesterday and responded with a 1 ¾ length win for a $25,000 tag under Brandon Boulanger.In race six, Fast Magoo, a five-year-old mare whom Trela claimed two starts back when sixth, beaten 19 ¾ lengths for $8,000, made short work of a like group, winning by 5 ½ lengths under Alonso Quinonez.“It felt great to win those races yesterday,” said Trela, who currently has six horses in training. “It takes all the pressure off. My horses have been running well. But we had six starts, three seconds and a third–no wins. I’ve got a wonderful groom and a wonderful exercise rider.”Trela also was quick to credit the varied options that San Luis Rey Downs affords horsemen.“I couldn’t have gotten Jan’s Spirit back to the races without the swimming pool here,” she said. “She’s been swimming three days a week and that’s been a godsend.”Joe Schneider, who owns Fast Magoo in partnership with Trela and Stufflebeam, cited Trela’s horsemanship and the overall environment at San Luis Rey Downs as key factors in yesterday’s “double.”“The amount of time she takes with each horse and her attention to detail is second to none,” said Schneider, who in addition to Fast Magoo, owns two other horses with Trela.“Rosemary knows every inch of every horse she’s got. San Luis Rey Downs gives her a lot of options. She’s able to swim some horses and they have a round pen as well as some arenas. The track itself is fantastic.“She’s also got a small lay-up facility where she and her husband live and Fast Magoo, for instance, goes there regularly to roll and just get some sun on her back. Rosemary switches things up and keeps her horses happy.”Quinonez, who rides most of Trela’s horses in the afternoon, including her leading money earner, Dragon Flower, was predictably complimentary this morning at Clockers’ Corner.“She’s helped me a lot,” he said. “She’s a good person, a great trainer and when she puts me on a horse, it always looks good.” Peter Eurton2572328%48%$280,190 Mario Gutierrez4049110%35%$389,025 Brayan Pena4144710%37%$104,240 CLOCKER HAS HIS BELMONT TRIFECTAPrivate clocker Gary Young likes favored Exaggerator in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but if someone upsets the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner in the final leg of the Triple Crown at a mile and a half, he says it likely would be Suddenbreakingnews or Creator.“Does Exaggerator run OK in the mud and does he get the pace scenarios, yeah. Do I think he’s the best horse, yeah,” Young said. “But based on when I was timing horses for the Kentucky Derby, if you ask me for two horses to beat him, it would be Suddenbreakingnews and Creator.“Suddenbreakingnews is built and strides like a mile and a half horse, although it’s a matter of record that deep closers don’t necessarily fare too well in the Belmont.“Although there weren’t that many horses with serious trouble in the Derby this year, the one that had the most was Creator. He had a ton of trouble when there was the one chain reaction between the 2 ½ and the quarter pole.“If I had to pick the winner I’d pick Exaggerator, but from a value standpoint, Creator and Suddenbreakingnews are the other two horses I’d mention.”Post time for the Belmont is 3:37 p.m. Pacific Time. NBC’s telecast of the Belmont will start at 2 p.m. Pacific. Post time for the first of 11 live races at Santa Anita Saturday is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Richard Baltas3767616%51%$274,584 FINISH LINES: Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, ticketed for the Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30, ponied on Santa Anita’s main track Friday. “This will be just be an easy week for her,” said Richard Mandella, who saddled the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes for her 10th Grade I win in Saturday’s Vanity Mile. “She was vaccinated after the race and ran through all that heat.” . . . Unbeaten champion Songbird, nominated to the Grade II Summertime Oaks to be run next Saturday, June 18, is scheduled to work seven furlongs Sunday after the first renovation break around 6:30 a.m. . . . Apprentice rider Jose Barnes suffered a bruised/ruptured left ear drum when his mount, Esmeralda Belle, stumbled at the start of Thursday’s fifth race and kicked him. CT scans were clean and there was no concussion. The South African native had no scheduled mounts today and was expected to ride Saturday when he is named on two horses. Esmeralda Belle was transported back to the barn of her trainer, Jorge Periban . . . Edwin Maldonado, fourth in Santa Anita’s Spring Meet standings with 18 wins, has been suspended three days (June 19, 23 and 24) for causing interference on Shysheisnot in Saturday’s fourth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from second to fourth . . . Despite the winners of race five and seven in Thursday’s Pick 6 races paying $21.60 and $22.40, respectively, there were three winning tickets worth $107,599.60 . . . Today’s Golden Pick 6 jackpot at Golden Gate Fields stands at a monumental $1,286,839. There will be a mandatory payout on closing day, Sunday. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler4684717%41%$572,750 Santiago Gonzalez10312161312%40%$647,752 Philip D’Amato631713527%56%$1,192,313 Ignacio Puglisi1941221%37%$115,313 -30-last_img read more