May 31

Unbeaten Jolie Olimpica Heads Field Of 12 Fillies & Mares In Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes At One Mile On Turf

first_imgUnbeaten Jolie Olimpica Heads Field Of 12 Fillies & Mares In Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes At One Mile On TurfSOLID GRADED STAKES RUNNERS LADY PRANCEALOT, CARRESSA, LA SARDANE & MUCHO UNUSUAL ENSURE DEEP & COMPETITIVE LINEUP ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020)–Ultra impressive in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica seeks to remain unbeaten as she heads a field of 12 older fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.Recent Grade I winner Lady Prancealot, Grade III winner Carressa, and recent graded stakes-placed fillies La Sardane and Mucho Unusual all lend tremendous depth to what figures to be an enticing betting race on Saturday.JOLIE OLIMPICAOwner:  Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Trainer:  Richard MandellaA Group I winner going one mile on turf in her final Brazilian start on June 9, 2019, this 4-year-old daughter of Drosselmeyer was off as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 11 and despite bobbling at the break, sat a close second to the far turn and won easily, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith, who rides back on Saturday.  Favored while unbeaten in all four of her career starts, Jolie Olimpica, who earned a Buena Vista-best 101 Beyer Speed figure in the Las Cienegas, has the look of a budding superstar for Mandella.LADY PRANCEALOTOwner:  Craig Arntz, Josie Durando, Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahanTrainer:  Richard BaltasThis 4-year-old Irish-bred filly exhibited an impressive turn of foot in winning the Grade I American Oaks at 1 ¼ miles on turf Dec. 28 as the 8-5 favorite under Joe Bravo, who has ridden her to two consecutive wins. A Grade III stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf two starts back at Keeneland Oct. 18, Lady Prancealot has one win and three seconds at a flat mile turf as she seeks her third consecutive victory on Saturday with eastern-based Bravo back in town to ride.CARRESSAOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo & Steve MooneyTrainer:  John ShirreffsKeen early, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly made the lead approaching the quarter pole and prevailed by three quarters of a length going one mile on turf in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here on Jan. 20, which was her first start on grass. An imposing physical specimen, Carressa, who refused to be passed on the gallop out around the Club House turn, was an emphatic 8 ¼ length allowance winner on dirt two starts back at Del Mar Nov. 22 and should only improve in her second grass try on Saturday.  A winner of three out of her six starts, she’s a rapidly improving horse for Shirreffs.LA SARDANEOwner:  Team Valor InternationalTrainer:  Neil DrysdaleA 6-year-old French-bred mare, she comes off a solid third, beaten one length by Carressa in the Grade III Megahertz, a race in which she was moving well just in behind the winner around the far turn.  A winner of three out of her first four starts for Drysdale, including a Grade III win at Belmont Park on June 7, 2018, La Sardane has been winless in her last seven starts but appears to be coming to her best in what will be her 19th career start.  A Group II winner at a mile on turf in her final French start on June 4, 2017, La Sardane is 18-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $352,073.MUCHO UNUSUALOwner:  George KrikorianTrainer:  Tim YakteenBred in California by her owner, this 4-year-old filly by Mucho Macho Man may’ve been unlucky to lose the opening day Grade I American Oaks, as Joel Rosario was forced to steady sharply coming by the Grandstand the first time around.  Despite being shuffled back, Mucho Unusual was attentive to the pace, made the lead three sixteenth of a mile out and finished second by a half length to Lady Prancealot.  The lone Cal-bred in the field, Mucho Unusual, who took the Grade II San Clemente Stakes five starts back this past July at Del Mar, rates an upset chance with Rosario riding back in the Buena Vista.THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9  Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTJolie Olimpica–Mike Smith–122Carressa–Victor Espinoza–122Muchly–Umberto Rispoli–120Mucho Unusual–Joel Rosario–122Sold It–Mario Gutierrez–120Meal Ticket–Tiago Pereira–120Brill–Geovanni Franco–120Lady Prancealot–Joe Bravo–124Super Patriot–Ruben Fuentes–120La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Keeper Ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–122Tiny Tina–Drayden Van Dyke–120     First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

December 29

Roy Hodgson admits Manchester United starlet could go to the Euros

first_img Marcus Rashford playing for Manchester United Roy Hodgson has refused to rule out the possibility of taking Marcus Rashford to the Euros this summer, admitting he has been very impressed by the Manchester United striker.The 18-year-old is now one of England’s most in-form players, having only made his debut in February, and many fans have called for his inclusion in Hodgson’s squad.While the youngster would be a guarnateed call-up most years, the Three Lions have an unusual amount of depth in the attacking department ahead of the competition in France.Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll are all vying for inclusion, although Hodgson has admitted Rashford is still in his thinking.The 68-year-old said: “I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in and I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who at the moment, in my opinion, has more reason to be called up.“But you never know. The fact is it would be foolish as well to say ‘no, no, he’s not ready – he can’t do it’. I am sure he could do it.“But when it’s 23 and we’ve already got a bit of a headache with the front players – who can we take? who might we have to leave out? – to put another one in there who is 18 years of age, has four or five games, is asking a lot.“But I have been impressed with him.”Rooney is one of the players who has also seen his place in the squad under threat, despite being captain of the Three Lions.However, he has returned from injury in a impressive midfield role, and Hodgson has all-but confirmed the 30-year-old will be taken to France, as he has the same passion as he has always shown.“I think players obviously do have to change,” the manager said when asked whether Rooney has to alter the way he approaches or plays games now he is in his thirties.“Whether or not you can actually get back to that sort of rampaging style he had as a teenager when you’re 30, I don’t know.“But there is no doubt his passion and his energy is undimmed.“I don’t doubt that for one minute and, who knows, maybe we wouldn’t be surprised if this speculation about him – should he playing or not be playing? – might be the type of thing that kicks into gear again, that little bit of fervour you’re referring to.“I can’t compare him with 2004 but by comparing him in the four years we have been together, I haven’t noticed any enormous difference. But 2004 is a long time ago.” 1last_img read more