By doug mckenzieStaff Writer By doug mckenzie Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY Peace Rules (far right) begins to take a commanding lead in the 36th running of the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport on Sunday. OCEANPORT — With a record New Jersey racing crowd of 53,638 packing Monmouth Park Sunday and setting new marks for betting, Edmund A. Gann’s Peace Rules led every step of the way to win the $1 million Haskell Invitational as even-money favorite Funny Cide could do no better than third. At the finish of the mile and an eighth Haskell, Peace Rules held a length and three-quarters margin over Sky Mesa, who was seven and a quarter lengths in front of Funny Cide. Wild and Wicked was a length farther back in fourth. The last three spots in the field of seven went to Max Forever, Kool Humor and Excessivepleasure. Peace Rules, trained by Bobby Frankel and ridden by Edgar Prado, was making his first start since running fourth behind Funny Cide in the Preakness Stakes on May 17. Before that, he was third to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby. Winning jockey Edgar Prado gives the triumphant thumbs-up after riding Peace Rules to the win in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Sunday. “He was really sharp going into the first turn and he just kept on running,” Frankel said over the phone from Saratoga, where he had saddled Empire Maker to run second in Sunday’s Jim Dandy Stakes. “I really thought the outside horses would outrun him early. Our plan was to sit behind horses early, but he was so sharp. “It’s a great race to win, it’s a million dollars and Grade 1. I’m happy for the owners because they had a great weekend [they won Saturday’s Whitney at Saratoga with Medaglia d’Oro].” Prado echoed the trainer’s comments. “He was very sharp today,” the rider said. “He wanted to go out there running. In the stretch he found another gear and kept on running. I felt someone coming at me late. I didn’t know it was Sky Mesa, but my horse was home by then.” Prado added that the race did not go exactly according to plan. “It didn’t work out the way we planned early, but it did in the end. I was planning on going out there and sitting off the pace, maybe laying third or fourth, and then come nail them in the stretch. When the gates opened, he was ready to roll and he just took me to the front. “I know Bobby [Frankel] has always been very high on Peace Rules, and this race proved it.” And for Prado, Sunday’s win proved that he had made the right choice in deciding to ride Peace Rules rather than Sky Mesa. “It was a very hard decision,” he said. “I told my agent Bob [Frieze] on Monday that I was going to ride Peace Rules. They are two very nice 3-year-olds and it was a tough decision to make.” Barclay Tagg, trainer of Funny Cide, had no explanations for the gelding’s lackluster performance. “I don’t know what to say,” the trainer said with a shake of his head. “He didn’t do any running.” Funny Cide’s jockey, Jose Santos, said, “He broke real nice. I had a good hold of him, but he just spit the bit at the six-furlong pole. After that he was just traveling along. He didn’t accelerate. He just wasn’t the same horse I rode in his previous races.” Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stables (owner of Funny Cide), was also surprised with the horse’s performance, though he was quick to shrug off any perceived disappointment. “We expected him to run a bigger race than he did,” he said. “He passed a couple of horses in the stretch and he gave it his all. He won two of the best races for us this year and he finished third in two Grade 1’s. That’s more than most 3-year-olds can say this year. “I saw Jose was urging him around the far turn and I knew it wasn’t going to be his day. We’re not using excuses. You don’t win all these races, and he got beat by two tremendous horses today.” Sky Mesa’s jockey, Robby Albarado, said that his horse simply ran out of racetrack. “The pace wasn’t too slow. I decided to sit off Peace Rules, but he got away from us at the pole,” he said. “He [Sky Mesa] didn’t find his best stride until late and he galloped out strongly. He’s still learning, he’s still maturing. The way he finished, I think down the road he’ll be a better horse.” Sky Mesa’ trainer, John Ward Jr., was complimentary of his horse. “I was very pleased. It was only his second start as a 3-year-old,” he said. “His next try will be at a mile and a quarter [Travers Stakes on Aug. 23] at 126 pounds. He came of age from the quarter pole to the wire. He’s made great progress. Robby Albarado rode him perfectly. He was in a perfect position and kept him in contention. This is a learning process.”The Haskell was the sixth career victory in 11 starts for Peace Rules, and the winner’s share of $600,000 brought his lifetime bankroll to $1,859,990. The 3-year-old son of Jules, who won the Louisiana Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes this spring, paid $6.60, $3.80 and $2.10 after racing nine furlongs over a fast track in 1:49 1/5. He topped a $28.20 exacta and a $54.40 trifecta. Wagering records fell across the board during the day, as the total Monmouth handle of $12,532,532 eclipsed the mark of $11,256,345 set in 2001, and the on-track betting of $3,965,735 surpassed the record of $3,950,002 that had stood since 1968. Betting on the Haskell alone was $3,703,584, which topped the former mark of $2,706,397 set in 2000. The Hambo-Haskell double, a $2 wager coupling the $1 million Hambletonian Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday and the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, paid $331.20. Amigo Hall, the Hambletonian winner, paid $57 to win. The crowd was a record for Monmouth Park, topping the mark of 47,127 set on Haskell Day in 2001. It was also a record for any racetrack in the state of New Jersey, eclipsing the old mark of 51,077 set at Garden State Park on May 30, 1967. With Sunday’s win in the books, Frankel chose not to share any future plans for Peace Rules. “I don’t know where I’ll run him next,” he said. “I haven’t even thought about it.” The horse’s owner, Edmund A Gann, echoed those sentiments, though he was a bit more revealing than Frankel. “It depends on how the horse comes out of this race, and then we’ll decide where to go,” he said. “It could be either the Travers or the Pacific Classic. I was a little worried about Sky Mesa in the stretch; he was closing, but Edgar had plenty of horse left. It’s just been a terrific weekend for us.”
0Shares0000Earlier he held private talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta who pledged his support for a WRC Safari as part of his legacy in his second and final term in office. The government has pumped in US$2.5 million in this financial year. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) President, Jean Todt is impressed by the level of commitment Kenya is making towards the re-admission of the Safari Rally back to the FIA World Championship (WRC) by 2020.Todt was speaking on Tuesday when he opened the WRC Safari Rally Project headquarters in Nairobi. It was a ceremony tinged with emotions as he came face to face with a photograph of himself as a dashing navigator of Timo Makinen in a Peugeot 504 taken 40 years ago sliding through mud in a passage control back to the car after his time card was stamped.Todt said he was impressed by the progress so far compared to three years ago.“It is with emotions that I am here today in Nairobi to open the WRC Safari Rally Project. A lot of things came to my mind when I saw that photograph in the small headquarters when I was 27 years old,” said Todt.“East African Safari was the reference point in the world of motorsport. If you are not a local then you cannot win was the reputation of the Safari in the rest of the world,” said Todt who made a stopover in Nairobi.Earlier he held private talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta who pledged his support for a WRC Safari as part of his legacy in his second and final term in office. The government has pumped in US$2.5 million in this financial year.FIA President Jean Todt signs visitors Book at Kasarani. Photo/RAYOND MAKHAYAIn response Todt said he was impressed by the progress so far compared to three years ago.“It is Speed for action,” he said as the FIA and himself personally wants the Safari back in the WRC. It will not be an endurance event but as a national asset, it will offer the world a glimpse of the “most beautiful country in the world from Mount Kenya to the sandy beaches of Mombasa.”“I took part in eight times. My heroes were people like Joginder Singh, Nick Norwicki and Shankland (Bert),” he added.“I say it was a reference because I took part in eight times and never finished apart from 1973 when we finished third with Ove Andersson,” He said this demonstrated the uniqueness of the event as an asset for Kenya which markets the “most beautiful country in the world.” .FIA President plant a tree. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe admitted that he was very sad when the Safari lost the WRC status in 2002. But Kenya must match commitment with action and meet all conditions required of it was meaningful he expressed his satisfaction with the progress Kenya is making including the government’s support and use of closed roads.“Today I met with President Kenyatta who pulled me aside and told me that he wants the Safari back in the WRC as part of his legacy,” said Todt, who added that this is the first meaningful commitment he has seen from the government in the last 15 years.He also praised the Kenyan private sector for the role it is playing to actualize the Safari dream.“I am your friend but you must deliver. I would want a good Safari used to promote road safety in Africa, “added Todt who is the United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy on Road Safety.FIA President Jean Todt tours with Sports Principle Secretary Nderitu Kaberia and Safari Rally Project CEO Phineas Kimanthi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKenya Principal Secretary in the sports ministry Peter Kaberia said the government’s commitment towards the Safari is total and the crown in the jewel will certainly return home. So far apart from the free office blocks, the government has committed US$2.5 million towards the project.The Chief Executive Officer of the WRC Safari Rally project Phineas Kimathi enumerated the journey so far covered in the last two years since meeting Todt in Europe in 2016.Kenya’s largest KCB Group CEO Joshua Oigara said the private sector is fully behind the Safari because of its unique position as a national asset.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000announces Sh2.5m partnership deal withNAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – AutoXpress East Africa’s auto parts distributor and vehicle servicing company has backed local forest ecosystems conservation efforts through a deal signed between the company and Rhino Ark Charitable Trust.The deal will see AutoXpress distribute tyres worth Sh2.5 million over the next two years to be used by Rhino Ark in their conservation efforts of Kenya’s water towers and wildlife habitats. Commenting on the partnership, AutoXpress Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Phillip Baker commended Rhino Ark Charitable Trust for their work.“AutoXpress is cognizant of the great work being undertaken by our partners Rhino Ark. The results of these efforts are evident, a testament that by supporting these efforts we are aiding the preservation of the great sites of our country.”On his part, the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust Executive Director, Christian Lambrechts, acknowledged that their work has been enabled by the generous support of partners such as AutoXpress.“Since our inception in 1988, we have been able to expand the scope of our conservation efforts looping in key stakeholders along the journey including the local communities.”We realize that the best results will only be yielded through collaborative efforts. We appreciate the support of AutoXpress. Through this partnership, we are confident that we will be able to cover more ground.”AutoXpress has been involved in conservation efforts since 2016 with the company providing Sh1.25 million worth of tyres for the Rhino Ark vehicles, annually.This contribution has assisted in the preservation of water towers and wildlife habitats through various projects including Aberdare fence project, Mt Kenya fence project, Eburu Fence project and Kakamega fence project.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
A second successive win over France was another step forward for South Africa following a calamitous 2016 season in which they lost eight of 12 Tests.The scoreline was almost identical to the first Test in Pretoria — won 37-14 by South Africa — even though France, with eight changes, were expected to provide much tougher opposition.France failed to score when dominant during the third quarter and this proved their undoing, leaving them with only pride to play for in Johannesburg next Saturday.South Africa skipper and No. 8 Warren Whiteley said: “They put some pressure on us in the first 10 minutes but we managed to turn it around, picked up the intensity and put the pressure back on them.“The second half was also important for us. We knew the pressure would be on us. I’m really proud of the team.“It was all character — that’s what we’ve been speaking about the last three or four weeks.“Just extremely proud of the boys, the support has been phenomenal. We really appreciate it, we want to make our country proud.”France captain and hooker Guilhem Guirado said: “We started the match well and after the South Africans attacked us from every angle, we had a very bad tackle.”Les Bleus got off to the perfect start with South Africa-born full-back Scott Spedding scoring a third-minute try in the corner that scrum-half Baptiste Serin converted.Fly-half Elton Jantjies cut the deficit with a sixth-minute penalty for South Africa, whose flanker Oupa Mohoje was forced to retire after colliding with Louis Picamoles.South Africa went ahead on 20 minutes as a slick, five-man handling movement ended with centre Jan Serfontein dotting down and Jantjies converted for a 10-7 lead.Flanker Siya Kolisi scored a second try for the Springboks by superbly holding on to the ball off an intercept and darting to the line with Jantjies converting again.Another successful penalty kick by Jantjies and it was 20-7 in favour of the hosts in the Indian Ocean port city.The scrums were a mess that kept New Zealand referee Ben O’Keeffe busy and he took loosehead Tendai “The Beast” Mtawaria and tighthead Rabah Slimani aside to warn them.Another Jantjies penalty closed the first half scoring and left South Africa 23-7 in front at half-time.After five successful shots at goal during the opening half, Jantjies failed with his first attempt of the second half, his long-range kick dropping just short.France then camped close to the South Africa tryline for close to 15 minutes, much of the time inside the five-metre line, without scoring any points.The relentless pressure ended with debutant Damian Penaud believing he scored in the corner, but the television match official ruled the centre put a foot in touch before dotting down.It took 24 minutes for the first points of the second half as French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc slotted a penalty.A try to each side followed soon after with replacement prop Coenie Oosthuizen barging over for South Africa and the impressive Penaud cutting inside to score at the other end.Jantjies kicked his conversion, but Trinh-Duc missed, leaving the Springboks 30-15 in front eight minutes from time.A Jantjies try a minute from time, which he converted, completed the scoring and gave South Africa a fourth win in seven matches against France in Durban. The other three were drawn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Siya Kolisi of South Africa (C) celebrates after scoring a try against France during the International test match between South Africa and France in Durban © AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIADURBAN, South Africa, Jun 17 – South Africa defeated France 37-15 at Kings Park stadium in Durban Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-Test series and continue their recovery after a horror season.After conceding an early try, the clinical Springboks built a 23-7 half-time lead, then defended brilliantly before scoring a couple of late tries.
0Shares0000Stade Francais’ Fijian wing Josaia Raisuqe (L), pictured in 2015, will be tried for a combination of drunken violence and sexual assault along with his teammate Vuidravuwalu Waisea © AFP/File / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDPARIS, France, Jul 24 – Fiji rugby stars Josaia Raisuqe and Vuidravuwalu Waisea are to be tried for a combination of drunken violence and sexual assault after an incident at a Paris nightspot, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.The pair, who are on the books of French Top 14 side Stade Francais, had been held in custody since the early hours of Sunday after a fight and an allegation of sexual assault. A 35-year-old woman alleged that Raisuqe had “touched her breasts in a brutal way”, according to a complaint seen by AFP. That incident sparked a brawl between the players and the woman’s friends.The players, who were picked up by police at around 3am local time (0100 GMT) Sunday, will go before a magistrate on Tuesday as a trial date will be fixed.Two friends of the woman allegedly assaulted were punched several times, the source said, and were given sick leave by a doctor.The source told AFP that Raisuqe claimed on Monday, during a controlled confrontation between all those involved, to have little memory of the incident due to how much alcohol he had drunk.In a statement, Stade Francais called for social media users to exercise caution in their views “in the absence of official information”.The French club also said they condemned “with the utmost firmness all forms of violence and in particular violence against women”.Stade added that they will “of course take the appropriate measures” if the allegations are proved.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AGUA DULCE – A stretch of the Antelope Valley Freeway will be closed again Sunday morning as part of an ongoing stabilization project. Southbound lanes will be closed from 4 to 9 a.m. from Agua Dulce Canyon Road in Agua Dulce to Soledad Canyon Road/Shadow Pines Boulevard in Canyon Country. Detours will be posted. The freeway northbound will be closed from 6 to 9 a.m. at the same location. The state Department of Transportation is stabilizing a slope above the freeway between Soledad Canyon and Escondido Canyon roads. The $12.6 million project involves cutting back the slope and installing retention systems using cable net or wire mesh. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe project is expected to be completed in spring 2008 and is designed to improve the hillside stability, protect the roadway and improve safety. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Neymar has suffered a fresh blow after the Paris Saint-Germain striker was forced off after just 12 minutes of Brazil’s friendly against Nigeria on Sunday.The 27-year-old has been restricted to just five appearances in all competitions this season owing to a series of niggling knocks. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Neymar, left, lasted just 12 months of Brazil’s friendly with Nigeria on Sunday before being withdrawn through injury Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ AFP or licensors MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? He then clutched the same part of his leg as he was replaced by Bayern Munich loanee Philippe Coutinho, before engaging into deep discussion with Brazil medics.The former Barcelona man, who publicly stated his desire to return to go ‘home’ to the Nou Camp over the summer, will be hoping this isn’t a brand new injury concern.Neymar has suffered a host of ankle and foot injuries in recent months, but hasn’t had any adductor issues for a number of years. appointed 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane SORRY 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future TOP WORK LATEST Pretty sure it’s nothing serious but it’s understandable to sub him off. We shouldn’t take risks..stay healthy Neymar♥️ pic.twitter.com/nK03hrtilK— Reliquias Brasileiras (@reliquiasbr) October 13, 2019While Neymar has been prolific while he’s been on the field this season – scoring four goals in total to date – he has already missed four games for the French giants this season.Remarkably, he’s been absent for a total of 48 matches in the past two seasons alone, underlining the injury demons the world renowned superstar has faced.In a short clip shared on social media, the forward worryingly appears to hold his left hamstring for a brief moment before hobbling off the field. PAYBACK Getty Images – Getty revealed The PSG striker is pictured grasping his left thigh and in discussions with Brazil medical staff following his withdrawal scrap
Origi just loves scoring against Liverpool’s local rivals Origi scored in last season’s Merseyside derby at Anfield getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Taking down Dejan Lovren’s long ball, his first touch was superb and the finish even better as he lifted the ball over Jordan Pickford.That strike was his fifth in this fixture and followed on from the injury time winner he headed in when the two Merseyside rivals met at Anfield last season.It also means Origi has netted more times against Everton than a huge number of Liverpool greats since the Premier League era began.The Belgium forward’s five goals are bettered by only Steven Gerrard (10) and Robbie Fowler (6) in all competitions since 1992.He has scored more times against the Toffees than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – the three attackers who regularly keep Origi out Liverpool’s starting line-up.While he may have only struck once in the history of this meeting, Salah’s goal against Everton in December 2017 did win him the Puskas award. 2 2 Divock Origi reaffirmed his cult hero status among Liverpool fans as he scored against Everton yet again.The Premier League leaders put five past the struggling Toffees and Origi got two, but it was his second that will be spoken of when this Merseyside derby is discussed in years to come. Origi’s five goals in all competitions against Everton is equal with Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez’s tallies in Merseyside derbies since the start of the Premier League era.Based on all-time goals against Everton, Ian Rush is the current Liverpool record holder, though only one of his 15 goals came after the Premier League was founded in 1992.How Liverpool striker Divock Origi used the Merseyside derby to go from forgotten man to cult heroFormer Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who worked with Origi during his time as assistant manager of Belgium, praised the Liverpool forward’s performance on Wednesday.“You can see how mature Divock Origi is now,” Henry told Amazon Prime Video. “He mentioned team, group and youngsters, every time we tried to ask him questions about making history, he mentions again team, group and youngsters.Also on target for Liverpool were Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum as they maintained their eight point gap over Leicester at the top of the table.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network
Dons held to four hits in road defeatBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — Gilman scored nine runs in the third inning to pull away and defeat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 12-2 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday.Gilman led 3-2 before the third-inning explosion. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.Gilman is now 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the Cloverbelt East. The Dons fall to 4-10 and 2-9 in the conference.The Dons host conference champion Spencer on Thursday and Owen-Withee for a doubleheader on Friday to finish off their Cloverbelt East schedule.Two Columbus pitchers combined for nine walks and three hit-batters in four innings. The Pirates scored their 12 runs off only five hits, including two from Amanda Wisocky.Maren Seefluth had two hits and an RBI for the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 12, Dons 2Columbus Catholic 110 00 – 2 4 2Gilman 219 1x – 12 5 1WP: Kasee Burton. LP: Sierra Litwaitis.SO: Litwaitis (2 1/3 inn.) 1, Ella Schultz (1 2/3 inn.) 2; Burton 7. BB: Litwaitis 6, Schultz 3; Burton 2.Top hitters: CC, Maren Seefluth 2×3, RBI; Addison Baierl 2B. G, Amanda Wisocky 2×3, RBI; Taylor Hendricks, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.Records: Columbus Catholic 4-10, 2-9 Cloverbelt East; Gilman 9-6, 5-5 Cloverbelt East.