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Syracuse’s Spring Game to give quarterbacks last pre-training camp audition

first_imgThe quarterback picture is becoming a bit clearer for quarterbacks coach Tim Lester. He and head coach Scott Shafer are still far from a decision, but some separation is starting to be made.The starter will get 85-90 percent of the reps in practice. The leader in the clubhouse, Terrel Hunt, currently gets 40 percent. But it’s still progress.“We’ve had pretty good repetitions with all three of those kids,” Shafer said. “I think Terrel and Charley (Loeb) have kind of been battling the last few days and doing some good things, so it’s good to see that the competition’s kind of on the rise. But we have a lot of time.”On Saturday, though, Shafer will essentially be forced into naming a favorite when the Orange plays its annual Spring Game at noon in the Carrier Dome. Hunt has taken the most snaps with the first team in each of the last two open practices and appears to be the favorite to do the same Saturday. But Loeb and John Kinder don’t sit far behind. Both have taken about 30 percent of the first-team snaps.For three quarterbacks who have extremely limited game experience — or none at all — the Spring Game gives them their first test of real game-style action.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s good to see the live game,” Shafer said.For now, Lester tries to simulate live action.On Sunday, he gave his quarterbacks reps in the red zone. Some throws were bad — Hunt threw his first few into coverage — but they improved. Hunt eventually threw a touchdown to fullback Clay Cleveland on a swing pattern and Kinder hit a man for a touchdown on a crossing route.“None of them have any game experience, so they can’t be in those situations enough,” Lester said. “So they were really bad the first time, they were a little bit better the second time and the third time, they were better.”But it was a throw Loeb made that stood out the most to Lester.Two days before, Syracuse brought a blitz at Loeb. The quarterback tried to throw over the pass rush. His pass got batted and picked off. On Sunday, he recognized the blitz and hit a man in the flat.“I just like watching them make decisions under pressure, and when the defense brings pressure, are they working away from the pressure?” Lester said. “Do they have answers? You really never have enough of those situations.”At this point, naming a quarterback for the spring seems a mere formality. No matter who gets the call Saturday, the other two won’t be far behind.And there’s the transfer waiting in the wings. It’s entirely possible that the starter when the Orange opens its season against Penn State won’t be any of the three on the roster but Drew Allen, a transfer from Oklahoma. Normally, naming a starter for the Spring Game is a telling sign of what’s to come, but for SU this year, it’s difficult to read much into it.“If they name a guy – that’s the guy they name coming out of spring, doesn’t mean they can’t name a new guy out in fall, I know how it works,” Loeb said. “It’s always competitive.”Still, Saturday represents a step. Lester said he gives the player who looks the best the most reps to challenge him and see how he performs with extra scrutiny.The format of the Spring Game has yet to be entirely determined, Shafer said, but “it’s going to be some sort of a game.” The first team will get some reps together, but players fighting for a job on the first team will get a chance, too. Whoever gets the call to run the first team will be under a bit of extra pressure, but it’s still a better place to be than chasing, like the other two.“It’s been a good competition. I wish we could do this a lot longer,” Lester said. “Spring ball’s just flying.” Comments Published on April 18, 2013 at 12:36 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Johns Hopkins

first_img Published on May 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Second-seeded Syracuse’s (13-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) comeback fell just short, as Johns Hopkins (11-6, 4-1 Big Ten) beat the Orange, 16-15, to advance to the NCAA tournament final four. Here are three quick observations from the Orange’s season-ending loss on Sunday. On the SchneidJohns Hopkins goalie Eric Schneider was the difference-maker on Sunday, totaling 15 saves and sprawling out on numerous occasions to prevent would-be Syracuse goals.Whether it was in a near-split position, from his knees or interrupting a scrum in front of his net, the senior netminder came to the rescue for the Blue Jays throughout the game. SU goalie Bobby Wardwell was no slouch, tying a career high with 14 saves of his own, but it came on probably the only day when he wouldn’t be the best goalie on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurned overSU head coach John Desko has said that if his team has one weakness, it’s turning the ball over. His statement came to fruition — especially late in the game — as the Orange gave away multiple possessions when it needed them most. With Hopkins holding a three-goal lead and the clock ticking under six minutes in the fourth, SU defender Jay McDermott overthrew Sean Young on a cross-field pass and Young barely kept the ball in bounds. Young then nearly missed Wardwell, who, after being pressured, threw the ball near nobody and out of bounds.In total, Syracuse turned the ball over 12 times compared to JHU’s six and wasted far too many possessions. Twice as nice Brothers Shack and Wells Stanwick were simply too much for the Orange to handle.The two combined for eight goals and four assists, and Wells Stanwick’s buzzer-beating goal at the end of the third quarter gave Johns Hopkins a three-goal cushion that SU would never recover from.He scored JHU’s first three goals of the game and Shack Stanwick netted two at the start of the second half, both assisted by his older brother. In the end, the two provided a second and third dimension on top of primary attack Ryan Brown, which was too dynamic for Syracuse to defend. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse started the season with 7 defenders, now it has only 4

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder center_img On Jan. 29, down to four active defenseman against No. 6 Cornell, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan asked Logan Hicks to play the position she gave up two years prior. Originally a defender, Hicks focused on her new role as junior right winger this season. She had to switch because the Orange didn’t have enough defenders to fill its usual three lines.Hicks kept things simple. She cleared pucks quickly, angled skaters away from the net and didn’t take risks. The defense held Cornell— the ninth-best offense in the country (3.24 goals per game) — to two scores in the first two periods. But in the final 20 minutes, everyone was “gassed,” Flanagan said, leading to mental mistakes and three unanswered Big Red goals.Syracuse (6-18-2, 6-5-1 College Hockey America) has been hobbled by injuries this season, losing three defenders to injury. Dakota Derrer sustained a lower body injury on Nov. 10 against Penn State, ending her career, Flanagan said. Lindsay Eastwood has no timetable for return with an illness and Kristen Siermachesky was hit into the boards from behind against Penn State on Jan. 26, leaving the Orange with four healthy defenders for most of that contest. Flanagan adjusted without major changes to his system, rotating Hicks to the back against Cornell, and that’s likely to continue until Eastwood or Siermachesky comes back.“I thought our kids did a good job, and we only had four defensemen, so we asked a lot of those four,” Flanagan said following the Penn State matchup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorFlanagan kept his defense fresh by rotating the five players in the last two matchups. Syracuse averages 5.1 penalties a game, but committed only one against Penn State and three against Cornell. The emergence of junior Allie Olnowich and more consistency from freshman Shelby Calof have helped the Orange secure their defensive depth.Olnowich started as the seventh defender this season, but against Cornell, she started alongside senior captain Allie Munroe.Now, Olnowich’s ability, that Flanagan said she’s always had, is standing out. She’s an “intuitive” player when it comes to decision making. Olnowich is also the most disciplined player on the ice for the Orange, Flanagan said. The lack of discipline has lost them games this season. Olnowich has committed just two penalties, the fewest out of players with consistent ice time.Syracuse’s forwards have helped with SU’s recent success, too. Their responsibility on the defensive side of the ice grew with the injuries, and two-way players like Lauren Bellefontaine became essential. The freshman, who is third on the team in blocks, got in front of a career-high four shots against Penn State when Siermachesky went down, and she replicated her block total three days later against the Big Red.“It’s really helpful having the forwards get back and having them talk to you and being an outlet to get open makes it a lot easier,” Hicks said.Syracuse got the day off after facing Cornell to recover from three games in five days. Now, it won’t play again until Feb. 8. Even if Eastwood isn’t fit to return by that point, it gives Hicks time to acclimate to her old position.With just one day of practice before playing against Cornell, Flanagan didn’t have much advice for Hicks. He had no other options.last_img read more

Atlanta United hopes to send off humble, direct Martino with MLS Cup win

first_img Tata Martino could’ve come in to MLS with his nose turned up. He had managed Argentina, one of the world’s most important national teams. He coached Barcelona, one of the world’s greatest club teams. Now he deigned to come to the United States and take over an expansion team.But it wasn’t like that. As his Atlanta United players prepare for Saturday’s MLS Cup final against the Portland Timbers, the last game Martino will coach with the club, his players are reflecting on a legacy Martino is leaving of humility, sacrifice and a straightforward style that has made him a beloved figure in the Five Stripes’ locker room.”I think the thing that probably stuck out to me the most is just how humble and how honest he is,” defender Greg Garza said. “Off the field, he’s a guy you can probably talk to about the game or talk about anything with and he’ll give you a straight answer – and tell you what he’s feeling or what he thinks about you on the dot. There’s nothing he hides.”He’s the kind of person that can sit in the middle seat on the plane on travel days, and he doesn’t complain about it. He doesn’t want to make himself feel a bit more special than any of us. He’s a part of this group, a part of this team and we can leave him a good legacy on Saturday.”Garza is one of several players Martino and the team’s front office brought in to help build a team that made the final in its second year of existence. He arrived on loan last season from Club Tijuana and signed a long-term deal after a successful first campaign. There are the MLS veterans like Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz, the South American rising stars like Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez. There are young players like Julian Gressel, acquired in the draft and U.S. national team players like Brad Guzan who came back from Europe. It’s all held together by Martino and his philosophy of not only having a great team on the field but also having good people working together off it.”I’ve seen teams where there are bad relationships in the locker room but they can leave that aside and win on the field. For me, I’m not satisfied with any part of that,” Martino said at a news conference. “It’s very important to have a good group of people that get along well, where the people come in to work and do it in a happy way, that they enjoy being at the club.”And it’s not just the players, but the coaching staff, the trainers also, the kit-man, the people who work around the club. In these two years, we’ve been able to work in a marvelous environment with exceptional facilities. I think that good energy over the course of time transmits itself on to the field.” “I liked the ideas and ambition the franchise had and I quickly started to follow with that same idea,” Martino said. “Everything that has happened since shows the clarity Atlanta United has had with the way it wants to work and the path it set out to follow, and that’s what’s happening.”The franchise’s expectations keep growing, since it’s only been two years. I’m surprised by the magnitude of everything, but not for what’s happened because what has happened was the first thing they put to me.”A vision of winning that the manager has carried out with humility and love for his players. All that’s left is to draw up a winning game plan to top Portland and spark a send-off celebration for the ages. While Atlanta’s players said they’re confident the environment fostered by Martino still can thrive when he leaves after the season, they’ll still miss the 56-year-old as he moves on to new pursuits. Multiple reports say Martino is set to sign a deal to coach the Mexico national team. If true, his players say El Tri are getting a coach that is humble but also speaks clearly and directly.”He’s an excellent manager. He has a lot of good values as a person. He makes things very clear with short and direct messages,” center back Leandro Gonzalez Pírez said. “On the playing field, it’s the same. He speaks about working on tactics very clearly and knows a lot about football, so we’re going to miss him a lot.”Asked to single out a few characteristics he’ll miss about the manager, midfielder Miguel Almiron struggled to pinpoint one thing. “I think I’m going to miss everything about Tata,” he said. “Not just me, but my teammates, the fans in Atlanta. He’s a great person, and as everyone knows he’s a great manager.”A great manager who, by his own admission, has struggled in finals. It’s clear Martino has left a big mark on Atlanta and will be remembered fondly both for his team’s on-field achievements as well as his personality and how he dealt with those around him in Atlanta. Yet, it may feel a bit empty if he isn’t able to lift MLS Cup with his players Saturday.As Garza said, the players do hope to put silverware in the trophy cabinet and add to Martino’s personal haul. But winning the league also serves as its own motivation.”There’s no added urgency because of Tata leaving or the rumors regarding any of our players or anything like that,” Guzan said. “There’s urgency because, when you’re in a cup final, you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to be in another one. “Still, it would be a wonderful final moment for Martino, a prize for starting what he and many others here feel will be a legacy of attractive soccer, a strong bond with the fans and, above all, a winning team.last_img read more

Dana White hasn’t spoken to Conor McGregor about fighting, is bracing for Mike Tyson return

first_imgView this post on Instagram Here’s some Muscles, some diamonds, and a smile for all my fans, I love yous allA post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on May 28, 2020 at 10:57am PDTAway from the Octagon and in boxing, Tyson appears to be closing in on a stunning comeback. The former heavyweight champion last fought professionally in 2005 but the 53-year-old has cut an incredibly fit figure amid links to Evander Holyfield, Tito Ortiz and Tyson Fury.”Originally, I came out and said, ‘Listen, I’d like Mike not to fight,'” said White. “I even got Mike a TV show, to try and keep him from fighting. But Mike Tyson is a grown man, he can do whatever. The guy is powerful, looks explosive and has gotten himself in great shape.”From what I’m hearing from them, they have something lined up, something big. He’s going to get in there. We talked about it and he said, ‘Listen, I feel that fire in my stomach. I want to get in there and mix it up again.’ I’m fully supportive of him.” View this post on Instagram Anything is possible when you are smart about it. Train Smart. Recover Smarter. @smartcups #SmartCups #baddestmanontheplanet #stillthebaddestmanontheplanet @tysonranchofficial @coppergel #tysonranch SmartCups.comA post shared by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on May 11, 2020 at 10:14am PDTcenter_img MORE: Tyson’s AEW debut with Jericho was cringeworthy TVWhite said the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion just needs to bide his time.”Conor and I have not talked about fighting,” White told ESPN. “If you’re Conor, sitting at home, everybody is calling you out, in every weight division. Who’s next? “I’m waiting for [heavyweight Daniel Cormier] to call him out, you know? Conor, his personality, he’s going to respond to that.”I think what Conor needs to do is sit back and let these fights start rolling out. Obviously, the most important division is the 155-pound [lightweight] division. See what plays out.” UFC president Dana White said he has not talked to Conor McGregor about his next fight, but he believes Mike Tyson has something “lined up” ahead of his reported boxing return.McGregor has not fought since January and the Irishman is itching to return to the Octagon amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has been vocal on social media, calling out Justin Gaethje earlier this month after the American dominated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Fla.last_img read more

MLB coronavirus update: Rob Manfred’s comments in response to Marlins outbreak not reassuring

first_imgThe league postponed two games scheduled for Monday but let nine others go on. Another one between the White Sox and Indians was postponed because of rain. The Marlins’ Tuesday contest against the Orioles has also been placed on hold.Watch Commissioner Manfred’s entire interview with Tom Verducci on MLB Tonight.— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 27, 2020MORE: Justin Verlander shut down with arm injuryDodgers pitcher David Price, who opted out of the season, was among those critical of MLB on Monday after reports of the Miami outbreak emerged. Price said he was at home because the league couldn’t be trusted to take care of its players.”I can see that hasn’t changed,” Price wrote on Twitter.Manfred said he disagreed with Price’s assessment during his TV interview.Here are the main takeaways from what Manfred said:MLB doesn’t have a threshold of positive tests that would wipe out seasonThe most concerning part of Manfred’s conversation with owners and TV spot was his inability to set a positive test total that would stop action around the league right away. It was also worrisome how he framed the matter as one of competitiveness and health, rather than just the wellbeing of players.Manfred started out his TV interview by focusing on safety, telling Tom Verducci, “Our first concern, obviously, is the health of the players and their families and making sure we do everything possible to minimize the spread of the virus among our employees.”But when asked specifically what it would take to end the season, Manfred began by framing things from an on-field perspective.”I think a team losing a number of players that rendered it completely non-competitive would be an issue that we would have to address and think about making a change,” Manfred said.Manfred added that if it “starts to become a health threat” there could be a shutdown, but did not explain at what point MLB would view the infection of its players as dangerous. He also said this was not a nightmare scenario.Each MLB team has a 60-player pool it can draw from this season and a specific coronavirus IL designation it can use on infected players.MLB doesn’t know where Marlins outbreak came fromManfred acknowledged the source of the COVID-19 spread within the Marlins’ clubhouse was unknown despite the presence of contact tracing methods with each team. Knowing where the outbreak started is important because it would allow MLB to grasp who else the virus might have infected.”We have some theories as to what might have happened, but nothing definitive at this point,” Manfred.MLB is still awaiting more test resultsManfred said additional COVID-19 tests would help determine whether MLB would cancel additional games. For now, though, the plan is for the Marlins to resume action Wednesday night in Baltimore. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred talked to owners and went on MLB Network on Monday to explain his approach to the 2020 season after at least 14 members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.Manfred made clear he doesn’t intend to cancel the season, but he wasn’t able to provide firm parameters for what might force a hard stoppage to the campaign nor did he attempt to assuage concerns that coronavirus outbreak had spread from the Marlins to another MLB team.last_img read more

Mayor Pete Kmet urges residents and business owners to ‘Stay Home,…

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterMayor Pete Kmet is urging residents and businesses in Tumwater to comply with Governor Jay Inslee’s order and “stay home, stay healthy.” To slow the spread of COVID-19 and help limit exposure to more vulnerable people, the State is requiring people to minimize opportunities for contact with someone who may have the virus.“The best way to slow the spread of the disease is to drastically reduce interactions between people by increasing social distancing,” says Kmet. “It is critical that each of us do all that we can to self-isolate and it starts with staying home.”The Governor’s order urges residents to take social distancing measures to limit interactions with others while allowing certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services, or public infrastructure. The order remains in effect for at least two weeks.“The order does not prohibit you from going outside or taking a walk as long as you don’t go in groups. Fresh air and exercise are important to your health and wellbeing – that’s as important as ever. You don’t need to stay inside all the time,” says Kmet. “Be practical and take care of the basics – buy what you need for your family, but stay home and do what you can to limit the spread of the virus.”According to Kmet, there are some essential activities residents may conduct as long as they maintain a social distance of at least six feet, including going grocery shopping, picking up medications, and caring for a family member or vulnerable person. Most important, outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running, are allowable.Kmet says, “The City of Tumwater will maintain its commitment to provide essential services to our community– law enforcement, fire suppression and emergency medical services, streets, water and sewer utilities. These crews are at work and have taken necessary precautions to minimize exposure.” All non-essential employees are working remotely and available by phone, email, and online services.All City parks and the golf course will be closed until further notice. Last week Kmet took action to close City Hall, all other City facilities and cancelled recreation classes, events, and meetings except for City Council meetings in accordance with a previous directive from the Governor.There are specific essential business or government functions and workers who are not subject to the restrictions, among them are health care providers, public transportation and utilities, garbage collection, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and restaurants providing curbside pick up, delivery, and take out.“I am proud of the response from our community. From individuals to organizations, many people are stepping up to help those who may need assistance in the days ahead. An easy way for folks to find support and local services is by calling 2-1-1,” says Kmet. This is a free confidential community service that connects those in need with utility assistance, food, housing, health, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.Visit the City website for up-to-date information on City operations and response to read more

Manipur Express: Rex Singh stuns yet again, picking up 8 wickets for 22 runs…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement cxu9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2bvsvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epx7r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) x1fWould you ever consider trying this?😱gsvCan your students do this? 🌚sgoRoller skating! Powered by Firework At many a times, the contribution of a bowler can determine the fate of a cricket match. One good spell, a couple of key wickets, and an easy game can get out of hands for the opposition. Indian cricketer Rex Singh has made it into a practice. However, a ‘a couple of wickets’ is an understatement, because the youngster can send almost the entire opposition lineup to pavilion. Today’s Ranji match against Mizoram saw the same performance from the Manipuri fast bowler, who picked 8 wickets in the game!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIIn today’s 2019-20 Ranji Trophy match at the Videocon Academy Ground in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area, the 19 year old took a staggering 8 wickets for 22 runs from 8 overs. The whole Mizoram batting order was wiped out in just 65 runs in 16 overs.Check out all of his 8 wickets in the video below, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of BCCI Domestic.Advertisement However, Rex’s prowess didn’t just stop there. He was equally marvellous with the bat, and scored 58 runs from 66 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six. At stumps, Manipur’s total score is a monumental 255 for 7 wickets, leading their North East neighbours by 190 runs.Rex was also the second highest scorer for the team after Chingangbam Singh, who scored 89 runs off 161 balls, with 16 fours. Rex has also kept strike with Thokchom Singh.The Manipuri teenager achieved similar feat in the past. Back in the Cooch Behar Trophy in December 2018, the pacer wiped out the entire opposition batting lineup, securing all 10 wickets, and made headlines.Rex, who hails from Sagolband Moirang Hanuba, a nearby town from the capital Imphal, He made his T20 debut in the 2019–20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophyon 8 November 2019. He was also the leading wicket taker in the group stages of 2018-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, picking a total of 26 wickets out of 7 appearances for Manipur, who, however, did not qualify into the knockout stages.Earlier back in March 2019, the player revealed the secret behind his multi wicket hauls, which is a leather ball.“My coach advised me to bowl with leather ball and I just followed him. That helped me gain confidence.” Rex told Sportstar.“After that, I have worked on my bowling and mastered left-arm swing. That has helped me immensely and later, when I travelled to the National Cricket Academy, I learned how to develop overall skills. I am reaping those benefits,” the Seamer added.Rex also talked about his mentor, who is none other than Rahul Dravid: “Sir told me that I’ve swung in my hand, so I need to maintain my line and length and I’ve to keep hitting the right areas.” Watch: Snake hijacks Ranji Trophy match and stops play after slithering onto the ground! Advertisementlast_img read more

El Alavés will sell solidarity t-shirts to help the General Nursing Council

first_imgThose of soccer with sleeves and those of basketball without them to be able to be used in the parties. They are game. In fact, in the first two commitments of both teams in the Santander League, in ACB or Euroleague, the two entities will wear these kits to pay tribute to the health workers of a city especially plagued by the coronavirus. In addition to Vitoria, towns such as Labastida have had very serious outbreaks of infection. The hotel that usually plays host to most of Baskonia’s European rivals, the Gran Hotel Lakua, is now medicalized to cater for the less severe pandemic patients. A doctor on duty and 15 physios are responsible for assisting those affected. It is in this hospitality center that Alavés’ signings are also usually housed when they arrive in the city and have not yet found a fixed address for their family. That and the Jardines de Uleta, which is very close to the Mendizorroza stadium. Pitu Abelardo and basketball coach Velimir Perasovic, without going any further, preferred to settle there instead of looking for a house since their families resided in Gijón and Split respectively.In addition to this solidarity initiative, several players have contributed their bit by donating money to projects of doctors in the province, playing FIFA or Fortnine to raise funds or making an ongoing appeal through social networks to help the toilets and remembering that you do not have to leave your house in full confinement. In both cases, the two staffs have undergone an ERTE since last Friday (with retroactive effect to the date of the declaration of the state of alarm) and suffer a 70% reduction in their salary due to competitive inactivity and the lack of training. Josean Querejeta is the maximum shareholder of Alavés and the president of the basketball Baskonia. Although they are two independent joint stock companies, the synergy between them is unquestionable (they share a store, employees, a sports city and managers or managers). Therefore, the latest initiative presented involves both the soccer and basketball clubs. T-shirts from both clubs will be sold to raise funds for the General Council of Nursing, regulatory body of the 307,762 male and female nurses in Spain that watches over the safety of patients from its 52 provincial schools. The online purchase can be done from today. These are three different models in both the soccer and basketball elastic bands: children’s (35 euros), junior (35 euros) and senior (39 euros). In both cases, the shield, the mark (Kelme) and the legend OSI Araba, an entity that groups the hospitals and outpatients of the province, are screen-printed. They will be blue and white in both cases.last_img read more

Flying Miracle to rebound

first_imgWith the fancied horses having held their own at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000 respectively.The Pick-9 will embrace all nine races on the card, the first Super-6 from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race four to nine.We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a maiden special weight over 1500 metres for native-bred three-year-olds which should see PIANO MAN, PROUD PRESIDENT and MCCALLAN in serious contention at the end. The latter caught the eye when finishing a close second (running on) to VISION OF GOLD over 1200 metres on his debut last Saturday and will be better for the experience.Preference, however, is for the Philip Feanny-trained colt PIANO MAN, who was all the rage (4-5) on his debut in October, but dissipated his chances by rearing badly at the start, finishing 16 lengths fifth to the impressive fast-time winner DREAMING THE CODE over 1100 metres. Having impressed at exercise coming into this race, PIANO MAN should recoup losses with Orlando Foster now called up for the ride.DREALINLER, one of the top two-year-olds last season by virtue of winning the $2.95 million Cash Pot Only One For Me Trophy at 1200 metres on October 19, gets the nod over the speedy pair of BUBBLING KITTEN and ZUGULU in the next race for three-year-olds and up over 1100 metres.ABOVE THE RADAR and PERFECT FLYER, both runaway winners over 1820 metres in recent weeks, should fight out the finish of the fourth race over the same distance for $250,000 claimers.With ABOVE THE RADAR having achieved his win on a $325,000 claiming tag, the seven-year-old gelding (Walker up) from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle gets the nod over PERFECT FLYER and WATER WAVE.STrong runFLYING MIRACLE, who ran on very strongly to win over 1400 metres on Boxing Day, this on a $450,000 claiming tag, should resume winning ways with the improving apprentice Dane Dawkins aboard in the fifth race (fourth in Super-6) over 1500 metres for $350,000- $300,000 claimers.Trained by Victor Williams, the six-year-old gelding wasn’t disgraced in better company when finishing third to out of class BOLD AVIATOR over a mile on a $450,000 claiming tag on New Year’s Day and should rebound in this easier spot ahead of BRAVE PROSPECT and DOC HOLIDAY.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) PIANO MAN/MACALLAN(3) DREAMLINER/BUBBLING KITTEN(4) ABOVE THE RADAR/PERFECT FLYER(5) FLYING MIRACLE(6) SPEEDY PROCESS/GENUINE FRIEND(7) STERRI’S CHOICE/ROSY PARKSlast_img read more