ARCADIA, CA – The Stronach Group applauds our national industry partners on their new commitment to phase out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminate its use in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.Last month, The Stronach Group, together with our industry partners in California, took the bold and necessary steps to begin to modernize and reform our sport for the betterment of horse and rider welfare. This industry-led initiative, successfully gained approval on groundbreaking Lasix reforms from California’s regulatory body for horse racing, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). At today’s CHRB meeting, the medication reforms were approved state-wide at all California racetracks.While steeped in both history and tradition, the sport needs to be modernized in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of horses and athletes first and foremost. This watershed step demonstrates a national alignment and action to elevate the standards within horse racing in the United States.“This work has not been easy, as we have learned firsthand in California, but it is impactful and imperative to crystallize the future of this sport in this country. At Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, we are on track to be aligned with medication standards consistent with, or more restrictive than, those of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authority, which are the world’s benchmark for horse safety and welfare. While we have paved the way in working with the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the CHRB to make changes here in the state, national collaboration is necessary in order to truly evolve the sport,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group. “The desire to achieve uniform policies is the beginning of a movement that will redefine the expectations and views on safety within our sport. I applaud all our partners and look forward to continued swift and strong collaboration.” The Stronach Group–owners of both Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields–is forging ahead with industry partners in California with previously announced progressive reforms ranging from medication overhaul to training protocols. The horses that race at these two racetracks now do so under the strongest medication regulations in the United States. The Stronach Group will also commit, in collaboration with industry partners, to have medication-free stakes races in 2021 at the company’s other tracks Gulfstream Park in Florida, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park in Maryland and would include the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and the Preakness Stakes.While there is still much work to be done, this is a historic moment for the Thoroughbred racing industry. The Stronach Group will continue to lead by example by partnering with critical stakeholders for the ongoing modernization of the sport.
MARCKIE’S WATER & ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR TANGLE AGAIN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF CALIFORNIA-BRED TANDEM LOOM LARGE IN RACE THAT HONORS ‘BALD EAGLE’ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2019)–Separated by one length when last they met, talented California-breds Marckie’s Water and Ashleyluvssugar will square off again in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and one quarter over the Santa Anita turf.Trained by Richard Baltas, Marckie’s Water rallied to win a mile and one eighth turf allowance by a half-length here on April 28 and at age five, will be seeking his first graded stakes win.Although winless in his last 11 starts dating back to a victory in the 2017 Whittingham, 8-year-old Ashleyluvssugar, a multiple stakes winning earner of more than $1.4 million, pressed the pace and stayed gamely to be third, beaten one length by Marckie’s Water on April 28 and will hope to win his third Whittingham Stakes on Saturday with veteran Brice Blanc back aboard.Named for the legendary late Hall of Fame trainer, Saturday’s Charles Whittingham honors a true American racing icon. Known affectionately as the “Bald Eagle,” Charlie Whittingham, who died at the age of 86 on April 20, 1999, won the race’s precursor, the Hollywood Invitational Handicap, a record seven times, beginning in 1970 with Fidle Isle and ending in 1987, with Rivlia.MARCKIE’S WATEROwner: Little Red Feather Racing & Norman TavaresTrainer: Richard BaltasA winner of five out of his 17 career starts, this 5-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule will be making his fourth graded stakes appearance on Saturday. A close fourth in the Grade II, mile and one half Hollywood Turf Cup four starts back at Del Mar on Nov. 23, 2018, he was ridden for the first time by Tiago Pereira in his April 28 allowance win and appears at the peak of his powers, as his 93 Beyer Speed figure nearly matched his career best of 94, which he achieved in the Hollywood Turf Cup. A winner of one of his two starts at a mile and one quarter on turf, Marckie’s Water looks like the horse to beat.ASHLEYLUVSSUGAROwner: Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLC Trainer: Peter EurtonManaged to perfection over seven racing seasons by Eurton, this 8-year-old Game Plan gelding seeks his third win in the Whittingham, his first coming at the tender age of four in 2015. Attentive to the pace under Blanc in his most recent start, look for “Ashley” to be on or near the lead Saturday as he bids for his third win from four tries at a mile and one quarter on turf. A five-time graded stakes winner, Ashleyluvssugar is 33-10-6-5 overall, with earnings of $1,446,583.THE GRADE II CHARLES WHITTINGHAM WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Prime Attraction–Kent Desormeaux–121Morse Code–Edwin Maldonado–121 Marckie’s Water–Tiago Pereira–121Ya Gotta Wanna–Aaron Gryder–121United–Flavien Prat–121Tizzarunner–Drayden Van Dyke–121Ashleyluvssugar–Brice Blanc–121First post time for a 10-race card that will also include the Grade II Triple Bend Stakes and the Grade III Daytona Stakes, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
REDDAM RACING’S CALIFORNIA-BRED LISTING TAKES $75,000 DESERT CODE STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS GUTIERREZ & CECIL TEAM FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF VICTORY IN 55.21ARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2019)–Head and head early, Reddam Racing’s California-bred Listing spurted clear turning for home en route to an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Ben Cecil, the 3-year-old colt by Square Eddie got five furlongs on turf in 55.21.Breaking from post position two in a field of five sophomores, Listing and New York-bred Rafal were at once engaged in a hot speed duel. Approaching the three sixteenths pole, Listing gained the advantage and went on to win in-hand.“He ran really good,” said Guiterrez, who had guided Listing to a close fourth place finish in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes versus Cal-breds on April 28 at Golden Gate Fields. “He was sharp today. I was able to sit pretty comfortably with Baffert’s horse (Rafal) and I was able to move with him before I got pressure from those other horses.”Off at 7-2, Listing, who is out of the Yonaguska mare Marquis Diamond, paid $9.80, $4.80 and $3.40.A two-time California-bred stakes winner, Listing notched his first stakes win in open company today while improving his overall mark to 8-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $225,400.“I think last time we found out maybe a mile is stretching him a little,” said Cecil. “He was very wide that day and things didn’t work out well, so we thought we would try a sprint, he’s done well sprinting…I expected him to be maybe laying second, I didn’t expect him to put the Baffert (Rafal) away as easily as he did.“This horse runs on anything. I’ve been so lucky to have Paul and Zillah (Reddam), they basically kept me going in this business and I owe them everything. I’ve got five Square Eddie babies and they all look promising, so let’s keep it going.”Third to the furlong pole, Legends of War was second best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Rafal. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Legends of War was off at 3-1 and paid $4.00 and $3.00.Rafal, who tired badly late, just managed to hold off the lone filly in the lineup, 7-5 favorite Ginger Nut, by a nose for third money. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Rafal was off at 3-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.24 and 43.61.
🇩🇰 @ChrisEriksen8 and Denmark are on their way to #EURO2020 after a 1-1 draw against Ireland this evening. pic.twitter.com/3aFQhfCeQi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 8:49 pmCOULD this be lying in wait for fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 8:07 pmCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is currently in action for Denmark against the Irish. There’s still time to bid for our special-edition poppy shirts, signed by the players!Proceeds will go to @PoppyLegion. Bid now! 👇#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 3:44 pm🏴📈 @HKane and @HarryWinks add their names to @England’s history books.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 2:59 pmWEST BROM defender Nathan Ferguson is attracting interest from Tottenham and Crystal Palace as Prem clubs seek a cut-price January deal.A breakout star for the Championship table-toppers, 19-year-old Ferguson will become a free agent in the summer unless the Baggies can secure a contract extension.Fears that he may turn down the chance to stay at West Brom have reportedly prompted them to consider a January cash-in.Daily Mail claim the Midlands club would only be in line for around £300,000 if Ferguson leaves at the end of his contract, at which point a compensation package would have to be agreed or determined by a tribunal.Under Slaven Bilic, Ferguson made his debut on the opening day win at Nottingham Forest and has also been selected for England Under-20s.Crystal Palace are said to want the full-back, who can play on the left or the right, to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka.But Spurs are also in need of a new defender having not replaced Kieran Trippier.Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 2:18 pmENGLAND midfielder Declan Rice has insisted he can play in the same side as Harry Winks after the West Ham ace was criticised by Roy Keane.The Man Utd icon stated that the ex-Irish international is sloppy in possession and isn’t consistent enough.Speaking to the Evening Standard, Rice said: “A lot of people of the outside see it as competition but I’m really good friends with Harry Winks and when he plays I’m happy for him.“I played with him for the first time last night and we were speaking afterwards saying how much we enjoyed it. “We were both want to keep the ball, keep it simple. To play with him last night and form that connection was good. It’s healthy.”Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 1:38 pmJake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 12:59 pm🇰🇪 @VictorWanyama🇮🇪 @troyparrott9🇩🇰 @ChrisEriksen8🇦🇷 @LoCelsoGiovani & @JuanMFoyth 👊 Another big day for our internationals.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/xjxEpgPAkz— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 12:19 pmGARETH SOUTGATE has hailed Harry Winks’ performances for England during their matches against Montenegro and Kosovo.The Spurs midfielder netted his first goal for the Three Lions in the 4-0 win against Kosovo yesterday.Speaking of the 23-year-old, Southgate said: “Harry Winks was excellent in both games.“He took the ball well in moments tonight when we needed calming. “His ability to receive the ball under pressure and keep his calmness really settles the team.” Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 11:36 amIAN WRIGHT has revealed that King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp convinced him to go on I’m a Celebrity this year.He said: “I have been asked to do it every year and every time, I have always thought I am definitely not doing that because there was more and more jeopardy involved.“But I think the last series was one of the best I have seen in respect of camaraderie. Harry and I play golf together and we spoke about it.“He had a really great time, it was a fantastic thing for him to do and he is still talking about it to this day!“Now it does appeal to me at this particular time. I like the vibe, it is a really cool show and I am really intrigued.“Some of those things [snakes, rats and creepy crawlies] will make me squirm but I will deal with them when I am in there!”Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 10:21 amHappy birthday, Daws! 🎉#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/8CWtGfBYsi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Jake Lambourne18 Nov 2019, 9:47 amDARREN BENT believes Xherdan Shaqiri potentially has a future at Spurs if he wants to leave Liverpool.With Arsenal the ex-striker’s top tip for outcast winger Shaqiri, he sees either north London club as a good next club.Bent told Football Insider: “I think Arsenal would probably take him, Manchester City nope, Chelsea nope, Spurs may potentially take him as well.“I think there will be no shortage of takers so he has nothing to fear about that.”Load more entries… Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 7:31 pmCHRSTIAN ERIKSEN starts tonight’s crunch clash for Denmark against Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifying.Spurs team-mate Troy Parrott is on the Ireland bench. 🇰🇪 A 1-1 draw for @VictorWanyama and Kenya in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying against Togo this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/NqXljiVy8K— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 5:37 pmJOSE MOURINHO is keeping a close eye on the Tottenham situation — despite believing the Real Madrid job will be his if he wants it.Mourinho has been linked with a Bernabeu return for several months because of Zinedine Zidane’s struggles in his own second spell at the club.The former Chelsea boss, 56, told friends he is confident of being offered the post if and when Zidane goes.But the TV pundit also confided he would not necessarily accept, partly because of the possibility of taking over at Spurs.Mauricio Pochettino’s future in North London is uncertain barely five months since he took the club to their first Champions League final.If Pochettino, 47, were to resign or be sacked following the team’s poor start to the season, Tottenham’s options for an immediate replacement would be limited.Pochettino himself is a long-term target of Real president Florentino Perez.And it could be a neat solution for all concerned if he went back to Spain to take charge at the Bernabeu, with Mourinho replacing him at Spurs.Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 5:00 pmHARRY REDKNAPP has backed Dele Alli to salvage Tottenham’s top-four mission.The England midfielder has faced criticism for his form this season and has been snubbed by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.But former Spurs boss Redknapp insists rejuvenated Dele, who has scored twice in his last four Prem games, can be crucial to resurrecting their season.He said: “Dele is striking a bit of form again.“He is a key player for me, I’m such a fan of his.“They tell me he is a great lad as well.“He got badly criticised for his performance at Liverpool (in the 2-1 defeat) but he covered more yards than any other player by so much it was ridiculous.“And yet he got criticised for not running or working hard after the game.“When you looked at it he had certainly put a shift in. It’s not gone well but I think he’s a good kid and a good trainer. His form has dipped.“He hit such high standards a year or two before. If he can get back to that form again then that would be a major boost.”Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 4:26 pmIT’S for a great cause. 🇦🇷 @JuanMFoyth and @LoCelsoGiovani are amongst the substitutes for @Argentina this evening against Uruguay. https://t.co/NxztuZRAtQ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 6:15 pmA RARE outing for Victor Wanyama this afternoon! 🇩🇰 @ChrisEriksen8 starts for Denmark against Ireland in this evening’s #EURO2020 qualifier in Dublin. 🇮🇪 @troyparrott9 is amongst the substitutes for @FAIreland. https://t.co/BRyOsz6W6w— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2019Etienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 6:54 pmJUAN FOYTH and Giovani Lo Celso are on the bench for Argentina as they take on Uruguay tonight. TOTTENHAM have work to do when they return from the international break as they look to drastically improve on a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently 14th in the table – and his job could be under threat from a certain Jose Mourinho.Yet, if he remains, the Argentine is reportedly desperate to snap up Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Get all the latest Spurs news here…Jake Lambourne19 Dec 2019, 12:28 amMarc Mayo19 Dec 2019, 12:26 amMarc Mayo19 Dec 2019, 12:25 amJake Lambourne18 Dec 2019, 12:30 amJoe Brophy18 Dec 2019, 12:29 amJake Lambourne18 Dec 2019, 12:27 amJoe Brophy18 Dec 2019, 12:25 amEtienne Fermie19 Nov 2019, 9:49 pmIT’S a good night for Christian Eriksen!
LEEDS star Kalvin Phillips has delivered a big blow to Jose Mourinho by insisting he wants to stay at Elland Road for the rest of his career.Tottenham boss Mourinho is one of several top-flight managers monitoring the midfielder, who has played a key role in the Elland Road club’s rise to the top of the Championship.2 Kalvin Phillips has commited his career to LeedsCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Phillips, 24, speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, said: “I want to spend my career at Leeds and see the club doing well in the Premier League.“I’m just enjoying every minute right now.”Leaders Leeds are one point clear of West Brom — and seven points ahead of third-placed Fulham — with nine matches to go.Marcelo’s Bielsa’s men will be keen to avoid the play-offs after suffering a heartbreaking semi-final defeat by Derby last year.Phillips said: “We’ve massively improved in this campaign, we’re a lot more experienced.“We went through a bad patch at the wrong time last season and then lost in the play-offs. It was tough but it has helped us.”Phillips has developed into one of the best midfielders outside of the Premier League — and is included in the ‘Football League Top 50’ published in the new issue of FourFourTwo out on Wednesday — after being played in a deeper playmaker role since Bielsa took over in 2018.The player admitted: “I was surprised at first. The season before he arrived, I’d scored seven goals, so I was a bit confused and disappointed when he spoke to me. I could hardly say no, though, could I? Especially given his track record of improving players.I want to spend my career at LeedsKalvin Phillips“He saw something in me and offered to teach me how to play a different role.“I’ve adapted well, although he’s never completely satisfied! He’s always saying I can improve.“That can be frustrating when you think you’ve played well but those are the standards he sets.“We’re probably the fittest team in the league — that’s important to him. He’s on our case all the time, checking weight and conditioning and demanding we always give absolutely everything in training.“Honestly, if someone from outside came in and saw what he had us doing for pre-season, they’d think he was crazy. But we’re in a strong position because of it.“Leeds brought him in to coach the club but he has had a big effect on the whole city. He wants to do Leeds proud.”Leeds-born Phillips’ performances for his hometown club have even led to widespread calls for an England call-up.The modest midfielder said: “All I can do is stay fit and carry on doing what I’m doing.2 The midfielder has been attracting the interest of TottenhamCredit: Getty Images – Gettymost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’“I know the bar is incredibly high for international footballers but I feel like I’m on the border of that.“Once Leeds have become an established Premier League side again, I’ll be competing with the best.“Hopefully I can do well enough to convince Gareth Southgate that I deserve a spot in his squad.”FOR an exclusive Sun subscription offer to FourFourTwo, which includes three issues for £3 and free download, go to myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/thesunTanguy Ndombele shows off his moves as he joins Tottenham players in training
Cherrington, 28, has played 19 NRL matches since making his debut in round 10 of 2008 for the Sydney Roosters. A Junior Kiwis representative in 2007, Cherrington was selected in his debut year for the New Zealand train-on squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.Cherrington has played for the Redcliffe Dolphins since 2014 in the Intrust Super Cup competition. In 2015 he was named the Redcliffe Dolphins First Grade Player of the Year.Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire believes Cherrington will be a great inclusion to his squad.”Anthony has a lot to offer the Rabbitohs,” said Maguire.”He is a versatile forward who can play both in the middle and on the edge. He comes to us with experience in Rugby League and a good attitude to want to establish himself at the Rabbitohs. He will add to that depth and competition in our squad which will be a positive thing for our club.””Anthony will be a great inclusion to what we’re building here at South Sydney.”
Photo: Getty Images (Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa could be off to play rugby in France if reports are to be believed). The Highlanders midfielder was left out of the All Blacks squad for the British and Irish Lions series, with Toulon swooping in for his services with the bid.Sources told Midi Olympique on Friday (NZ time) the club was optimistic of securing the 25-year-old’s signature.Fekitoa is off contract at the end of the season, but said in April he was in no rush to make a decision on his future.”I don’t have a timeframe,” Fekitoa said. “I let my management team do all the talking behind the scenes. For me, it’s about getting my game right and enjoying my rugby.”Midi Olympique reported in November Fekitoa and Israel Dagg met up with the Toulon owner at a hotel during the All Blacks’ end of year tour, with Dagg receiving an offer for his services.Dagg ended up re-signing with New Zealand Rugby in February.Toulon currently have former All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu on their books.
That’s the message from NRL fans, who have taken to social media in droves to express their displeasure with the Canterbury prop’s latest ‘do.Even though the NSW Origin star was making his Bulldogs NRL debut on Saturday night against Melbourne in Perth, all the attention was on his hair as opposed to his performance.The former Wests Tigers skipper has sported a long mane for most of his NRL career, so much so it’s become a trademark look.But since his move to Belmore, he’s had a significant snip — and footy fans aren’t, well, fans.“I’m calling it right now, Aaron Woods the ugliest hair in the #NRL by a country mile,” one Twitter user posted.Another one said: “Aaron Woods’ hair could be the worst thing to happen to Perth since the Reds wound up.”For the record, the Bulldogs went down 36-18, with Woods running for 117 metres while also making 31 tackles and four offloads.(Gettyimages)
The visiting team showed class in the close encounter but with the home crowd on their side PNG fought hard in the first and second quarter.In the first quarter, New Caledonia took the lead 17-15.In the second quarter, the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright helped PNG level the score at half time 38-38.New Caledonia fought back in the second quarter with great three points shots from Stephane Saminadin put New Caledonia in the lead 60-52 at the third quarter break.The final quarter was intense for both teams with pressure build up as the crowd cheered.However New Caledonia had the upper hand in the final minutes of play with great attack winning by three points 74-77.PNG plays American Samoa in their second match tomorrow.
One goal in the first and another midway through the second half set up the win for PNG.There were early worrying signs for PNG when strike player Tommy Semmy was taken off the field for some minutes, but PNG surged on to bring home the points.PNG’s Jacob Sabua took on the Solomon Islands backline and stole the ball to dribble into attack and score PNG’s second for a lead of 2-0.The Solomon Islanders rallied and got back in the game when Timothy Bakale caught the defence napping and powered a low ball from the wing into the nets.The pressure was showing as PNG were given two yellow cards for fouls. But PNG’s backline led by Felix Komolong, who put on a stellar performance, ensured no more points were conceded.