March 13, 2020

Lazza set to release maiden tag

first_imgTomorrow’s Jamaica’s Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) 10-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a Pick-9 carryover of $2.7 million from race two to 10 and a $1.2 million carryover in the first Super-6 from race one to six.The second Super-6, which starts anew with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000 will embrace races five to 10, including the JRTA feature over 1200 metres to be contested by the maximum 16 starters, the final race on the card.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres (restricted stakes) for native and imported two-year-olds. Seven starters have been declared, and from all indications, the unbeaten BLUE DIXIE, with former champion jockey Omar Walker riding for trainer Gary Subratie, should repeat.The bay filly by Sky Mesa out of Dixieland Bull made a smashing debut over this trip on September 27, making all to win by nine lengths from BIG AL in 1:14.4. Having looked sharp at exercise since, BLUE DIXIE should win from RALLY BABY, an easy winner over the straight on November 18.The recent winner BATIDOR DE MUNDO from the stables of Clifford Atkinson Jr holds the key to the second race (claiming $350,000-$300,000) over 1820 metres, despite the presence of PERSIAN BELLE, ABOVE THE RADAR, and GO GO TRAIN, all of whom have won over this trip in the past year.BATIDOR DE MUNDO, however, has won three races over the distance lifetime and with the useful 4.0kg claiming apprentice AndrÈ Powell securing the ride, will prove hard to beat. Prior to his recent win over PERSIAN BELLE at a mile, BATIDOR DE MUNDO beat MISS BOSS LADY over this trip on a $350,000 claiming tag August 15 and back in action from the convenient mark of 53.0kg, should win from PERSIAN BELLE (Dane Nelson up) and GO GO TRAIN (Wesley Henry).GOODFORMLAZZA, who has been knocking at the door, looks best of a moderate field of maiden three-year-olds in the third race over 1500 metres with Shamaree Muir aboard. There is not much good form present among the eight starters, hence LAZZA, who finished third to WELL BLESSED over 1200 metres last Saturday, has most appeal, ahead of MINY LEE, who is steadily coming along.Bang in form FORCE DE JOUR won his seventh race from his last eight starts last Saturday, and despite running from a different barn (claimed), is definitely one to follow with competent Harleston Lewis aboard. The 4-y-o colt from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle has most to fear from old rival SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, both having finished first and second, respectively, over the straight on October 19 in the good time of 59.1. They should form the quinella.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BIGDADDYKOOL (Shane Ellis up) and NATSHADONTPLAY (apprentice Linton Steadman), who caught the eye last Saturday when a fast-finishing fourth to TOUCH DE ROAD over 1300 metres.Their respective dangers are THE PROMISE LAND in the 2-y-o race and GENUINE FRIEND, who was second to TOUCH DE ROAD recently.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) BLUE DIXIE(2) BATIDOR DE MUNDO/PERSIAN BELLE(3) LAZZA/MINY LEE(4) FORCE DE JOUR/SUNLIGHT EXPRESS(5) BIGDADDYKOOL/THE PROMISE LAND(6) NATASHADONTPLAY/GENUINE FRIENDlast_img read more

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first_imgYoung facing longtime out with injuryMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United say winger Ashley Young is facing a lengthy time out with a groin injury, which will require surgery.Young picked up the injury three minutes before half-time in the 1-0 victory at Anfield last week and was replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has made three appearances for United this season.UEFA won’treplace PlatiniGENEVA (AP):UEFA will not replace Michel Platini as president, while he is pursuing legal routes to overturn his eight-year FIFA ban.Platini was banned over a $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 for uncontracted salary as an adviser to Sepp Blatter.UEFA will meet in Budapest at a congress in May when a new president could have been elected before the European Championship.But UEFA says its executive committee has “decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision.”Lloyd, Hernandez voted top CONCACAF playersMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP):American midfielder Carli Lloyd and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez have been selected CONCACAF’s Players of the Year.Lloyd, also voted FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, where she earned the Golden Ball as top player.Hernandez scored the first goal for Mexico in its play-off win over the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.last_img read more

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MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

first_imgNational Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and  Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.last_img read more

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All about winning the RSPL title, says MoBay United striker Gordon

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Arnett Gardens FC will have just another 90-plus minutes to try and keep hold of their Red Stripe Premier League title when they battle Montego Bay United (MBU) in the return leg semi-final on Sunday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Hopes of returning home with an advantage were dashed on Monday night when they stumbled to a 2-1 loss in Montego Bay; a gallant effort, but not good enough on the night against resolute MBU, who showed glimpses of the kind of football their fans love to see.The MBU forward, Owayne Gordon, was at his imperious best once more, capping his night with a spectacular goal in the 23rd minute.Arnett responded like true champions when Michaelos Martin prodded home from close range in the 43rd for the equaliser.Midfielder Ronaldo Rodney sealed victory for the home side when he poked home his chance after some shocking goalkeeping from Peter Harrison in the Arnett Gardens goal.”We deserve the win because all season we have had it rough against this Arnett side,” said Gordon, who was scoring his league leading 20th goal.”It’s all about the final and winning the title. Nothing else matters. Once we get there, if Humble Lion or Portmore make it, we will win it,” Gordon added.NEW-FOUND CONFIDENCEThe forward has been a revelation all season and is relishing his new-found confidence. In tandem with either out-of-favour Dino Williams or the industrious Cory Hylton in attack, he just continues scoring goals.Against one of the better defensive teams in the defending champions, he was great. His goal was sublime to say the least.He picked up the ball in midfield sped by his marker, slid the ball to Hylton, who back-heeled the ball into his running path and without breaking stride Gordon took one touch before curling the ball expertly into the net.”I am really feeling good, and I am promising another goal on their ground next week because we know now that we can defeat them,” he added.Arnett Gardens were left ruing a number of missed chances, but will have loads of confidence playing at home, where MBU have found it difficult this season, as they have not done particularly well on their travels to the capital city Kingston.”It’s an advantage we can work with. We haven’t done greatly playing in Kingston this season, but it is an opportunity for us to show quality if we can hold off this Arnett Gardens team in their home,” said Dillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach.last_img read more

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