Cricket News Sourav Ganguly on Sachin Tendulkar India-Pakistan match comment: He wants two points, I want World Cup

first_img New Delhi: The fall-out of the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans is hitting the game of cricket hard, with several players and users on social media calling for the boycott of the India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in Manchester on June 16. Sachin Tendulkar, India’s greatest batsman, tweeted out a statement which said, “India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament. Having said that, for me India always comes first. Whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart.”Sourav Ganguly, who has advocated a strong position against Pakistan and has called for cutting off all sporting ties with the country in the wake of the terror attack, has responded to Tendulkar’s comment stating, “He wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it,” Ganguly was quoted by IANS. India will take on Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans.Sourav Ganguly has advocated calling off all sporting ties with Pakistan. Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar want Indo-Pak clash to happen. On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh, Saurav Ganguly, and Mohammad Azharuddin are against the idea of the game. Gavaskar, in an interaction with India Today TV channel, said the aim was to beat Pakistan in the field and not give them two points. “India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan will get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them. I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar told the channel.Virat Kohli, before the pre-match press conference against Australia in the T20I in Vizag, said the team will adhere to the decision the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Government takes. “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the govt and the Board decides, we will respect that,” Kohli stated.Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), also advocated strong action against Pakistan. The move comes after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had written a letter to the ICC and asked them to severe ties with nations that supported terror activities. “We would be shooting in the foot if we don’t play Pakistan in the World Cup. Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation. As I have said earlier, all cricketing nations should sever ties with them. They should be banned from all sporting activities just like it happened with South Africa,” Rai said in an interaction with PTI.Earlier, as per the reports by NDTV, boycotting Pakistan clash in World Cup can draw a furious reaction from ICC and BCCI could be handed a ban by the international body. The Pulwama terror attack. “We should not get isolated in order to isolate Pakistan. Punitive action can be taken against us. ICC can even impose a ban on BCCI,” the source further added. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ready for the senior battle, says Narayan Ramdhani

first_imgNINETEEN-year-old Caribbean champion Narayan Ramdhani is undoubtedly Guyana’s most accomplished badminton player. He also made his mark as the region’s leading player – a multiple silver medallist at the Caribbean Championships.He has been medallng on the Caribbean arena since the age of nine, racking up a number of hardware since then.Over the years, Narayan has amassed 11 silver and five bronze medals at the Caribbean Championships.He also ended with bronze at the South American Youth Games in Peru in 2013 and at the Peru Junior International 2016.The former Marian Academy student has represented Guyana at World Juniors, the Pan American Games and Pan Am Olympic Festival Games. He was age Group Champion at Suriname Easter International 2006-2016.However, all of that was as a junior player, but at this year’s Caribbean Badminton Championships in August, Narayan will be stepping out for his first year as a senior player.Definitely a difficult task, but the 2015 Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year is hoping that his years as a junior have prepared him enough, to at least put forth a satisfactory performance.Narayan will also be looking to capitalise on his development over the past year in Canada, since taking up his scholarship at the Shuttlesport Badminton Academy located in Vancouver.“I’m very confident playing in seniors for the first time because I was training very hard in Canada and I’m sure I’ll do well at Carebaco. It has been great, I had lots of fun training and going to school, so I think I improved a lot both on and off the court,” Ramdhani said.“The competition in Canada is very tough, because Canada has the highest level of badminton on this side of the world; the training over there helped me to improve and to be a better player.”In Canada, Narayan was able to have advantages that he did not have in Guyana.“In Canada I can use the badminton courts anytime, and any day in the week without problem. But in Guyana I have a specific time to train and when to leave. It was hard because to be a better player I need more training time,” he remarked.Narayan is home on holiday for two months and is training locally here at the Yonex Badminton Club,three times a week. He attends the Michael Parris Gym two to three times a week. He is currently being supervised by trainer Theodore Henry.Prior to leaving Guyana last year September, Narayan was undoubtedly Guyana’s top player, sweeping title after title, even in the senior category.He is encouraged by his badminton family, which includes sibling Priyanna Ramdhani, Guyana’s top female badminton player at just 14 years old. He is following in the footsteps of his father Gokarn, a former national player in the 1980s, and now president of the Guyana Badminton Association, as well as a coach. Even their mom is involved in the sport.Destined to be a local badminton great, it was no surprise that he took up the sport at a really young age – four years old to be exact.His profession saw him eventually peaking as number three in the Pan American rankings. But it was his world ranking at number 53 that has been one of his proudest accomplishments. What Narayan has loved most over the years is being able to travel and experience the world as he develops his badminton skills.“The thing I love most about being a badminton player is the travelling all over the world, seeing different places and meeting new people. Also badminton is a very fun sport to play, and it’s a great source of excerise,” he said.last_img read more

Syracuse football primer: LSU week

first_img Published on September 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern) in Week 4 looking to continue its perfect start — in terms of won-loss record — to the season. The game will take place on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome and will be broadcast on ESPN. Here’s everything you need to know about SU’s third nonconference game of the season.Searching for answersIt’s not 100 percent clear if Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey will be available on Saturday after suffering a hit to the head in the first half of Syraucse’s 30-27 overtime win over Central Michigan. Scott Shafer said the freshman will probably be doubtful when speaking in his weekly video, but he’s still listed as the starter on the Week 4 depth chart.Austin Wilson and Zack Mahoney split time in the second half, with the latter leading the game-winning drive in overtime.Mahoney, referred to almost exclusively as “The Officer” by coaches and teammates, came into the season as the fifth-string quarterback behind Terrel Hunt, Dungey, Wilson and AJ Long. Now he might find himself as the starter in Week 4 against the No. 8 team in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnsung heroRiley Dixon was one of the bright spots in what was an up-and-down game on Saturday. He had five punts for 252 yards. He won the Ray Guy Award for Player of the Week, awarded to the nation’s best punter each week. During a second half when Syracuse struggled to move the ball down the field, his powerful kicking helped bail the Orange’s offense out.After the game, SU linebacker and captain Zaire Franklin said that Dixon was the most valuable player on the team. His longest punt of the day traveled 60 yards, while logging an average of 50.4 yards per kick.Injury Report• Dungey will “probably be doubtful,” according to Shafer.• Wide receiver Steve Ishmael was held out of the second half on Saturday. His status for the LSU game is unclear.• Tight end Josh Parris and center Rob Trudo were hurt in SU’s win over Wake Forest. Neither appeared in the game on Saturday, but Trudo was warming up pregame with Long and Parris was dressed on the sideline.• Ervin Philips won’t be available for Syracuse’s game against LSU. But if he follows Scott Shafer’s 3-4 week timeline, he’d be available for Syracuse’s next game against South Florida on Oct. 10.Game-week coverageFor all Syracuse-LSU updates leading up to and during the game, you can follow @DOSports on Twitter and keep up regularly with Commentslast_img read more

LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering

first_img Submit Share LiveScore enhances content offering with Sportal365 deal June 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 LiveScore has secured an expanded set of league and competition free-to-air live streaming rights for the 2020-21 football season, including Serie A, Primeira Liga, Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League.As part of the expanded rights agreements, LiveScore will stream 306 matches from Italy’s 2020-21 Serie A campaign, which amounts to 80% of the total fixtures. LiveScore also confirmed that each game will be made available for free for its UK and Irish customers.Commenting on the announcement, Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore, said: “After a fantastic start for our new LiveScore free-to-air live streaming service, we’re excited that our offering is set to get bigger and better for the new 2020-21 season.“As well as returning to the hugely popular leagues in Italy and Portugal, by unveiling a number of new competitions we are continuing to innovate and offer our UK and Ireland audience the most immersive sports coverage possible.“This is an important next step for LiveScore as we continue to expand our digital content offering. In addition to the live streaming options for our UK and Ireland audience, global LiveScore users can expect to enjoy a range of on-demand content from across the football world including through our partnership with LaLiga Santander. We’re excited to kick-off the 2020-21 season!”In addition to the Serie A deal, which was negotiated by Saran Media Group and agreed with Premier Sports, LiveScore will also stream games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga. It will also feature matches from the Eredivisie in Holland as well as the Chinese Super League for the first time.Alongside the Coupe de France, a number of UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualifiers will be made available to stream on the OTT service, while games from CONCACAF FIFA World Cup 2022, the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana will also be shown.Following the launch of its free-to-air live streaming service in June, LiveScore has attracted more than half a million unique viewers in its first two months, with a peak audience of 125,000 being reached during AC Milan’s 4-2 comeback victory over Juventus on Tuesday 7th July. LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Report: Rajevac nears Black Stars technical advisor role

first_imgMilovan Rajevac is in line for a sensational return to Ghana football after his name emerged on a four-man shortlist for the job of technical adviser to Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.The  former Ghana boss under whom Appiah worked as assistant coach for two years is the favourite to become technical adviser on a list that includes another Serbian coach and one from Denmark.Appiah himself has nominated former Black Stars coach and Ghana Football Association president Ben Koufie for the role but was told by the committee charged with the recruitment that Koufie, who is into his 80s will not be able to deal with the demands of the job.It leaves Appiah with no option than to select one of the names on the shortlist that he has been presented with. And that choice will almost certainly be Rajevac who Appiah himself has praised in the past after they worked together at the 2010 Nations Cup and the world cup that same year.“He treated me with a lot of respect when we worked together and consulted me on all major decisions. We had a really good relationship,” Appiah said.Rajevac has also maintained a healthy relationship with key decision makers at the Ghana Football Association including president Kwesi Nyantekyie and kept a close watch on the Black Stars since his departure four years ago. He watched the Black Stars at the 2013 Nations Cup and was in Cairo when Ghana booked a place at the world cup. Reports emerged in the build up to the world cup that he had been approached to work with Appiah at the world cup but that did not materialize.It seems highly likely now that Rajevac will be the name Appiah will pick on that shortlist to seal a return four years after he walked out four years ag after guiding the Black Stars to a quarter final finish.last_img read more

Marketing Shohei Ohtani is a popular and comprehensive experience at Angel Stadium

first_imgStep into the team store on the first floor at Angel Stadium, and you will find Ohtani shirts, jerseys, pennants, beach towels, commemorative coins, hats, stickers and other artwork. Want Ohtani to hold your beer? His face adorns a 12-ounce can cooler.You don’t even have to step into the team store on the second floor to find more: Ohtani jerseys hang front and center just inside the doorway, visible to fans as they walk the concourse behind home plate.Not bad for a 23-year-old who had never played a regular-season game before last week.Stevenson said the demand for Ohtani merchandise did not catch him by surprise. “We knew from the press conference and some of the communications that it would be big,” he said. “We’ve prepared for that. We were able to build an appropriate product line based on that.”Of course, Ohtani gear flew off the virtual shelves of the Angels’ website long before Angel Stadium opened its doors for last week’s Freeway Series exhibition against the Dodgers. Much of what was on sale Monday also appeared in the Angels’ team store at Tempe Diablo Stadium during spring training. An independent firm, Legends, has a contract to operate the retail outlets within both venues.Besides the usual (and unusual) gear, Ohtani is hard to miss. A photo from Ohtani’s introductory news conference was selected as the image for April in the calendars that were distributed to fans on opening day.In Section 226, on the second level behind home plate, sits a concession stand called “The Changeup.” Its menu rotates each month, featuring items tied to a different player or (in the case of the featured Italian Cuisine in August) Manager Mike Scioscia.April’s menu features Asian Cuisine inspired by Ohtani: pork katsu, assorted sushi rolls, teriyaki chicken and match cheesecake. Stevenson said the items were selected under the direction of executive chef Robert Biebrich.The hype that surrounded Ohtani’s arrival faded in spring training, when there were genuine concerns about his performance on the field. He had four hits in 32 at-bats against major league competition, a .125 batting average. As a pitcher, Ohtani allowed nine runs in 2-2/3 innings (a 27.00 ERA).In light of these struggles, maybe the early bombardment of Ohtani merchandise was overboard. But Stevenson said there is risk with the marketing of any player. One might get traded. Another might get injured.“We kind of follow the news and get some guidance from the front office,” Stevenson said, “and guys like the communications team in different areas kind of help out and give little hints here and there.”Between the Ohtani-inspired menu at Angel Stadium in April, and this month’s picture in the team calendar, there’s no evidence of a hint that Ohtani would start the season in the minor leagues.Considering the popularity of his merchandise in Anaheim, it makes more sense to have Ohtani here.“It’s some of the most popular products in the store right now,” Stevenson said.There is plenty of Shohei Ohtani merchandise available for purchase at Angel Stadium prior to Monday’s season opener against the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ANAHEIM — Every Angels player and coach was introduced on the field before their first home game of the season Monday. The loudest applause went to Mike Trout. Shohei Ohtani received a hearty clap, too. It was nothing to write home about, though there were dozens of Japanese reporters here to do exactly that.When it comes to pushing merchandise, Ohtani needs no introduction.Since the first Ohtani shirts arrived at Angel Stadium on Dec. 9 at noon – the day of his introductory news conference – no player has moved more product. He might never be Babe Ruth, but for now Ohtani is the Angels’ sultan of swag.“Just a tick above Mike Trout,” said Tony Stevenson, Angel Stadium’s director of merchandise.last_img read more

Mater Dei Seraph Fund Stands at $962,000

first_imgFollowing Saturday night’s gala at which $95,000 was raised, the Save the Seraphs Fund now stands at $962,000. The goal is to raise $1 million.Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairwoman for the Save the Seraphs Fundraising committee, said that the money came from ticket sales, raffles, silent auction items and even sales of Mater Dei Prep Pandora bracelet charms at its gala at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, which drew a crowd of 455 people, including NBC News’ Brian Williams.With this momentum, hitting the $1 million goal seems within reach, said Wulfhorst.“We’re so excited. It means basically we can move forward,” she said in an interview Sunday evening. “The million dollars is what we need to get to be financially viable.”The fund has about $350,000 in cash donations, and the balance in pledges. It recently acquired 501(c)(3) status. “Now we’re going to start turning those pledges into donations,” she said.She declined to identify who the big donors are, saying that the school treasures all of the donations the campaign has received. “We’ve had a lot of generous donors,” she said.The school community is striving to raise $1 million to close a funding gap, or face closure in its 50th year as a regional parochial high school in Middletown, NJ.— By Muriel J. Smith and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Riverview Medical Center Foundation Dedicated July 3 Fireworks Display to Frontline…

first_imgThe expense of the display was generously underwritten by the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. Hackensack Meridian Health and Riverview Medical Center extends gratitude to all who contributed, as well as to those in the broader community who gave generously during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. All gifts will support the ongoing efforts at Riverview Medical Center to care for patients during this crisis and beyond. Gifts to support Riverview Medical Center are still being accepted and are 100 percent tax deductible. To donate, please visit, call 201-317-5397 or email Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Foundation’s Fireworks on the Navesink River July 3 was dedicated to the community’s frontline workers, including health care professionals. “We were so pleased to be able to continue this holiday tradition in our community, albeit very differently this year,” said Domenic DiPiero, host and member of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees. “We were proud to be able to celebrate our health care heroes and other essential personnel who have been working tirelessly to keep everyone safe.” RED BANK – To safeguard supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Foundation was unable to host the annual Family Fireworks on the Navesink event this year. However, the traditional fireworks display still launched at 9 p.m., despite the inclement weather, and was dedicated to the community’s frontline workers, including health care heroes and other essential personnel.  “We are grateful for all those who donated in support of the Fireworks on the Navesink River and were so proud to express our gratitude to the heroes among us, while raising money for a great cause,” said Robert C. Garrett, chief executive officer, Hackensack Meridian Health. “It our greatest hope that all of the safety measures, social distancing and masking that have been implemented statewide are enough to ensure that the worst is behind us, but Hackensack Meridian Health is actively preparing should we experience a resurgence. Community support has been vital in our fight against COVID-19 and we are thankful for their generosity and outpouring of kindness for our health care heroes.” The article originally appeared in the July 16 – 22, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgMCCARTHY HAS BERT’S MELODY READY TO ROLL IN IRISH O’BRIEN            Idle since winning the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine Stakes here last May 28, Oakcrest Stable’s homebred Bert’s Melody is primed for a big effort in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California.“She’s training super,” said trainer Sean McCarthy. “She looks great and she’s carrying good weight. I’m confident she’ll run well, but it’s a tough race and we’re up against California’s Champion Filly or Mare (Enola Gray). When they haven’t run in a long time, you worry that maybe she’ll be fresh and a little too aggressive early in the race. But she’s six years old now and I think she can relax and settle well . . . I look for her to run a good race.”By Bertrando and out of the Tale of the Cat mare Unchanged Melody, Bert’s Melody is lightly raced, but has made the most of her limited afternoon appearances, evidenced by her overall mark of 12-4-1-3 and earnings of $231,893.“I’ve been training for John and Betty (Barr, who race as Oakcrest Stable) about six years now,” said McCarthy. “They’re great people to train for . . . real horse people who fully understand the realities of our business. They never put any pressure on you.”Although she’s winless in two hillside starts, Bert’s Melody was a solid fourth, beaten one length, in the 2015 Irish O’Brien, which will no doubt be taken into consideration by those playing the race tomorrow. (In a talent-laden field of 10, she’s 8-1 on the morning line).McCarthy also noted that he has a talented half brother to Bert’s Melody, who’s being readied for a return to training in the near future.“He’s a three year old, named Caiifornia Clone. He broke his maiden here last October (9, in his third start, a Cal-bred maiden special weight, winning by 4 ¼ lengths at six furlongs).  He’s a nice horse and he’ll be back here in about 40 days or so.”Note:  An owner and breeder in California for more than 40 years, John Barr is President of the Oak Tree Racing Association, a Board Director of the CTBA and is a member of The Jockey Club’s National Thoroughbred Safety Committee.FORMER TOC PRESIDENT JOHN VAN DE CAMP PASSES John Van de Kamp, who was TOC President and General Counsel from 1996 through 2004, died March 14 at his home in Pasadena following a brief illness. He was 81.Van de Kamp was born in Pasadena into a prominent family known for its popular baked goods and windmill-themed bakeries. He graduated from Stanford Law School in his early 20s and served a short stint in the military before being appointed an assistant U.S. attorney. He was a towering political figure who made his mark as the top prosecutor in Los Angeles County and then California, serving as California’s Attorney General in the 1980s. Most recently he served as counsel in Mayer Brown LLP’s Los Angeles office.As the second TOC president, he helped define the position of a new entity in the industry’s decision-making process. Through his strong leadership and dedication, he gave the horse owner a greater voice in the California thoroughbred industry.“I learned early in my tenure that if industry progress was to be accomplished, nearly every element of the industry had to be on board,” said Van de Kamp upon his retirement. “When divided, we would fall short.”In the late 90s he was instrumental in obtaining license fee and tax relief that meant an additional $20 million a year in purses to owners, and in 2004 he successfully worked for the passage of AB 701, which provided workers’ compensation relief. He strengthened funding for the organization by obtaining an increase from one percent to 1/1/2 percent of purse revenues for TOC and CTT. Also during his tenure, he oversaw the implementation of the Cal-bred Bonus Program and expansion of simulcast wagering. He also served as a member of the NTRA board.“I was privileged to work with John during his years on the NTRA board,” said TOC President and CEO Greg Avioli. “He was a brilliant lawyer and always a strong advocate for horsemen. He was well known for his integrity, honesty, and professionalism. Our industry has lost a great man.”Van de Kamp is survived by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Diana. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Pasadena.TOC is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. Martin Pedroza10915202114%51%$632,158 ENOLA GRAY LOVES GOING DOWN HILL, IN A GOOD WAY            With two wins from two starts on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf venue at about 6 ½ furlongs, Enola Gray is the epitome of a horse for course.The four-year-old gray daughter of Grazen goes for her second win in a row over the layout Saturday in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, part of the lucrative Golden State Series restricted to California-bred or sired horses.Enola Gray, a play on words of the plane that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 (Enola Gay), has never been out of the money in eight starts, winning five and earning $449,100.“She’s doing really well and loves that hill,” said Phil D ‘Amato, who trains Enola Gray for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, a major player in California for years and current Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). “Those performances were probably two of her most impressive. Hopefully, we’ll use this race as a springboard to the Royal Heroine (a Grade II race at one mile on turf April 8 with a $200,000 purse).”D’Amato, an assistant to the late Mike Mitchell for 10 years, knew Alexander during that span. “I’ve probably known and worked for Nick 15 years. He’s a very loyal owner, understands the highs and lows of the game and was a big supporter of Mitchell. He’s a big-time backer of the Cal-bred program and a big reason for my success early on as a trainer.“It’s very special, too, because most of these horses I get are by Grazen and Mike and I always thought very highly of him as a stallion. It’s just fun to watch his offspring flourish here.”The Irish O’Brien, which goes as race seven: Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 8-5; Desert Steel, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Lily Kai, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Cuddle Alert, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Emmy and I, Joe Talamo, 20-1; and Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1. Flavien Prat21949334322%57%$3,140,770 FINISH LINES: Doug O’Neill said Friday that California Derby winner So Conflated will join stablemates Iliad and Term of Art in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, and pass the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park next Saturday, March 25. Borderland Derby runner-up Irap will be back in New Mexico to run in the Sunland Park Derby next Saturday, O’Neill added . . .Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith ride in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park tomorrow, Espinoza aboard Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo for John Shirreffs and Smith on Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem for Bob Baffert . . . With the Winter Meet drawing ever nearer to a close three weeks hence on April 9, Tyler Baze is hanging tough against jockey leader Flavien Prat. Thanks to three wins yesterday, the hard-working 34-year-old Seattle native moved to within seven wins at 49-42. The trainers’ race is considerably tighter, Peter Miller three up on Jerry Hollendorfer, 28-25. Miller has started 94 runners to Hollendorfer’s 119, but Hollendorfer leads all trainers in purse earnings with $1,657,909. Prat is more than $900,000 ahead in purse earnings over Baze, $3,140,770 to $2,207,962 . . .  Trainer Ron Ellis and Horseplayer Jason Avila will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . The date for the California Horse Racing Board meeting originally set for March 23 at Golden Gate Fields has been changed to April 6. The meeting of the Racing, Breeding and Stabling Initiatives Committee will still take place March 23 at Golden Gate at 10 a.m. Rafael Bejarano12920222216%50%$1,371,875 Corey Nakatani72128717%38%$747,087 John Sadler5810101217%55%$609,580 Bob Baffert581381022%53%$1,302,356 J. Keith Desormeaux4294521%43%$504,600 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.971910920%39%$820,176 William Spawr29114338%62%$335,996 Santiago Gonzalez12413201710%40%$657,383 SHOW STEALER EYES SANTA MARGARITA UPSETENOLA GRAY IS A HORSE FOR DOWNHILL COURSEMcCARTHY MARE ‘TRAINING SUPER’ FOR O’BRIENFORMER TOC PRESIDENT VAN DE CAMP DIES AT 81 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Stewart Elliott14716162111%36%$767,208 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 Tiago Pereira10412111512%37%$404,135 (Current Through Thursday, March 16) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Doug O’Neill14218282113%47%$1,622,486 Kent Desormeaux13529171521%45%$1,673,082 Tyler Baze23542442918%49%$2,207,962 Philip D’Amato8415121318%48%$1,077,870 Richard Baltas12020211817%49%$1,171,536 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer11925182221%55%$1,657,909 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller942821930%62%$1,355,286 Edwin Maldonado731171015%38%$352,696 Peter Eurton55115720%42%$571,857 Mark Glatt749111012%41%$452,655 PACE WOULD AID SHOW STEALER IN SANTA MARGARITA            Show Stealer has finished second in her last two starts behind streaking Vale Dori, who led throughout in the La Canada Stakes and the Santa Maria Stakes, each a Grade II race at a mile and a sixteenth.Trainer Art Sherman is hoping the added sixteenth of a mile in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes and a faster pace will result in a victory for the five-year-old daughter of Eskendereya owned by longtime Sherman client, owner/breeder George Krikorian.“The race has come up a little tough but my mare is doing well and she’s been running good,” Sherman said. “I’m hoping for another good performance.”Show Stealer has been a gem of consistency. In 21 career starts, she has finished worse than fifth only twice, winning three, with four seconds and three thirds, good for a bankroll of $257,180.“It looks like the Santa Margarita will have a good pace. There are a couple good speed horses in there,” Sherman said, alluding to the aforementioned Vale Dori and champion older female sprinter of 2016 Finest City. “I need a lively pace up front.”Krikorian is a native of Salem, New Hampshire, who turns 72 on July 27. He was raised in the shadows of the grandstand at old Rockingham Park in New England, where his father, George Sr., was a noted trainer.George Jr. owned a chain of movie theatres in Southern California but sold eight locations to Regal Cinema in 1996 and later opened his own company, Krikorian Premiere Theatres. Sherman understandably is proud of their long and successful association.“George is a super guy to train for,” Sherman said.The field for the Santa Margarita, race nine of 10: Autumn Flower, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Vale Dori, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Finest City, Tyler Baze, 8-5; Show Stealer, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Estrechada, Stewart Elliott, 15-1. Joseph Talamo14920151913%36%$684,093 Steven Miyadi58815614%50%$385,761last_img read more