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first_imgNAVARRO INVADER SHANCELOT SQUARES OFF WITH MANDELLA’S OMAHA BEACH IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP AT SIX FURLONGS RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–High percentage eastern-based trainer Jorge Navarro’s brilliant sprinter Shancelot will square off with Richard Mandella’s comebacking sophomore Omaha Beach, in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,00 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 2.With Shancelot and Omaha Beach, idle since winning the Grade I Arkansas Derby April 13, leading the way, a field of six 3-year-olds and up have signed on for Saturday’s Sprint Championship at six furlongs.SHANCELOTOwner:  Ivan Rodriguez and Albert and Michelle CrawfordTrainer:  Jorge NavarroA 12 ½ length winner of the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Amsterdam Stakes two starts back at Saratoga on July 28, this 3-year-old colt by Shangai Bobby earned an incredible 121 Beyer Speed figure and was thus sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the Grade I, H. Allen Jerkens at seven furlongs Aug. 24, a race in which he opened up turning for home, but finished second, beaten a head.  Headquartered at Monmouth Park following his defeat in the Jerkens, Shancelot has trained brilliantly, with his most recent work a half mile here at Santa Anita in 47.20 on Sept. 29–third best of 65 at the distance.OMAHA BEACHOwner:  Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Trainer:  Richard MandellaEntered to run and the morning line favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby, this striking colt by War Front was scratched shortly after Derby entries were taken and was subsequently operated for an entrapped epiglottis.  Idle now since winning the Grade I Arkansas Derby as the 8-5 favorite, Omaha Beach will make his much anticipated return Saturday over a track on which he broke his maiden going seven furlongs by some nine lengths three starts back on Feb. 2.  A nose winner of the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in his next start, he’ll be sprinting for the second time in what will be his eighth career start.  Although it remains uncertain as to whether or where he would run in the two-day Breeders’ Cup, Omaha Beach is training in sensational fashion and may be up to the task of winning on Saturday, despite a lack of recency.FLAGSTAFFOwner:  Lane’s End Farm & Hronis Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerAn impressive half length allowance winner going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 18, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Speightstown is on the upswing and looms dangerous for solid connections in what will be his first stakes assignment.  With two wins from three sprint starts at Santa Anita, Flagstaff, who will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Victor Espinoza, is 7-3-2-1 overall.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS FROM THE RAIL OUTRace 9 of 10   Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTOne Flew South–Evin Roman–118Omaha Beach–Mike Smith–122Shancelot–Emisael Jaramillo–120Flagstaff–Victor Espinoza–121California Street–Drayden Van Dyke–121Horse Greedy–Martin Pedroza–121For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


Nurkic, new father Lillard carry Blazers past Clippers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After trailing by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, the Clippers got within 92-80 early in the fourth, prompting Lillard to return to the game. Los Angeles narrowed the gap again to 102-94 with just under a minute left but Pat Connaughton answered for the Blazers with a 3-pointer on the other end.Portland remains in third place in the West, coming off a 2-1 road trip that ended with a 108-103 loss at Memphis on Wednesday night. But the Blazers played that game without Lillard, who was awaiting the birth of his first child. Damian Lillard Jr. was born Thursday morning.“I don’t think there’s any way to describe it. It’s a different level, different type of excitement. It was my son looking into my eyes. It was different,” Lillard said Friday.But his joy was tempered because his half-brother was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping mall on Thursday night. Lillard said 20-year-old Jahrell Lillard was in stable condition. Police continue to look for the suspects.“I just tried to go out there and have fun, clear my mind. I didn’t want to drag my personal things into the locker room or on to the court,” Lillard said. “I had a son, that’s a great thing. It was an unfortunate thing with my brother but he survived it so, a lot to be thankful for.”ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Bledsoe drops 39 as Bucks slip past Lakers in OT The Clippers were short-handed. The team announced that Milos Teodosic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Already missing were Avery Bradley (abdominal surgery) and Patrick Beverley (knee).But the Clippers saw the return of Danilo Gallinari, who had missed 18 games with a fractured right hand. Gallinari finished with 11 points.“I just thought Portland was the better team. I thought they were better coached, I thought the players played better, I thought they played harder. And that’s disappointing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.The first half was a highlight reel of dunks for the Blazers, who led 64-49 at the break. Collins had three dunks in the second quarter to finish the first half with 13 points, topping his career high for a game.The Blazers had 17 assists in the first half.Al-Farouq Aminu’s layup and free throw put Portland up 74-51 early in the second half. But Davis headed to the locker room later in the third quarter. The Blazers said after the game that X-rays on the ankle were negative.Portland was already playing without starter Maurice Harkless, who had a minor procedure on his left knee on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won three straight in Portland. … Austin Rivers struggled, going 1 for 8 from the floor for the game.Trail Blazers: A reporter quipped that Lillard’s newborn son had a stack of his signature shoes waiting for him. “Nothing but the finest,” Lillard laughed. … Portland had 30 assists, matching it season high.THE END IS NEAR“If you’re desperate to get wins like we are to extend our season and play in the postseason like we are, we’ve got to have a sense of urgency from the start of the game,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments MOST READ Nurkic had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Lillard added 17 points and 11 assists, and the Trail Blazers held off the Clippers 105-96 on Friday night.“I thought Damian was terrific with his passing. He found Nurk. They kept trapping him and he found Nurk almost every time,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Someone asked me before the game about getting Nurk more shots. I think Dame is responsible for getting Nurk some shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRookie Zach Collins came off the bench with a career-high 15 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when Ed Davis rolled his right ankle and left the game.The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Clippers, who were just outside the playoff picture in the West with six games left. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 23 points. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, and guard Austin Rivers, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Blazers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard found their connection against the Clippers.“We understand each other,” Nurkic said. “Every possession, we already know where we’re going to be and how we’re going to play. When we look at each other we already know what we’re going to do.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Donegal man wins Best Chef title at Irish Food Oscars

first_imgA Donegal-born chef has picked up the award as Best Chef in Dublin at the Irish Restaurant Awards.Ciaran Sweeney from Downings, who is the Head Chef at Forest & Marcy on Leeson St in Dublin, was honoured for his modern and seasonal menu at the dining hotspot.The high-profile awards, also known as Ireland’s Food Oscars, recognised the best of Ireland’s food scene on Monday last. While Donegal restaurants missed out on prizes in regional and national categories, Ciaran was celebrated as a prominent local chef from the county. Ciaran began his career in the kitchens of the Rosapenna hotel at the age of 16.The young talent went on to become pastry chef at the 2 Michelin Starred Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, before returning to Dublin to work in top-class establishments across the city.In its first year on the scene, Forest & Marcy has been generating quite some excitement. The wine room and kitchen, owned by John & Sandy Wyer, was named as the best newcomer in Dublin and in Ireland at the awards. The eatery was also honoured for Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Dublin and all-Ireland.So proud of @Macsuibhne1 xxx pic.twitter.com/BSTMgvd8H2— ForestandMarcy (@ForestandMarcy) May 9, 2017 Big congratulations to @ForestandMarcy @Macsuibhne1, winners of Best Emerging Irish Cuisine Dublin @restawards #FoodOscars #WellDeserved 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/krHAOBAw6t— Odaios Foods (@odaiosfoods) May 8, 2017Donegal man wins Best Chef title at Irish Food Oscars was last modified: May 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:best chefciaran sweeneyfoodirish restaurant awardslast_img read more

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