He guided the favourite Golden Horn to victory in the most prestigious flat race of the season, finishing three-and-a-half lengths clear of Jack Hobbs. Storm The Stars finished third. Dettori’s last win in the race came in 2007, when he rode Authorized to victory.
Share on: WhatsApp The Uganda Cranes team arrived in Marrakesh from Rabat where they have been training from. PHOTO FUFA MEDIARabat, Morocco | AFP | Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.It has been trialled in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week.VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals of a unique national team competition as participation is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.The overwhelming majority of African stars play professionally in Europe, leaving the Nations Championship as a platform for emerging talent to impress scouts.First staged in the Ivory Coast nine years ago, the CHAN quickly doubled in size from eight nations to 16, and the last edition in Rwanda was superbly organised and well attended.Fellow east African country Kenya were due to succeed Rwanda as hosts, but surrendered the right to Morocco after falling behind with stadia preparations.Morocco were keen to stage the 23-day showcase of African domestic football talent as it brings them in from the cold after being stripped of the 2015 Cup of Nations hosting rights.The north African kingdom wanted the elite African national team competition postponed because they feared visiting supporters might be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials rejected the request, citing contractual obligations, and banned Morocco from the next two Cup of Nations qualifying competitions. The suspension was later lifted and relations between CAF and Morocco have warmed since Ahmad Ahmad of Malagasy last year replaced long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou as CAF boss.Commercial capital Casablanca plays host to the opening match between Morocco and Mauritania, a northwest Africa derby that should deliver a home victory.Morocco have included six of the Wydad Casablanca team that won the 2017 CAF Champions League, including star striker Achraf Bencharki.The other Casablanca giants, Raja, also supply six of the 23-man squad and there are three stars from 2017 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists FUS Rabat.Cranes coach Desabre in Marrakesh with the team. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGuinea, fourth behind the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Ivory Coast in Rwanda two years ago, and Sudan complete Group A.Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda and Namibia make up Group B and shock 2014 champions Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and debutants Equatorial Guinea comprise Group C.David Pierre Eto’o, a younger brother of Cameroon legend Samuel, is part of the Cameroon squad that tackles Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso in Group D.Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals and the eventual champions pocket $1.25 million (about 1.050 million euro). read more
iStock/robertcicchetti(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Thursday moved to dismiss the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a court filing.In the filing, the DOJ said “based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice.”This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more
Clint Hurdle (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle underwent successful surgery on Monday to replace his ailing right hip.The 57-year-old Hurdle spent most of the 2014 season dealing with arthritis in the hip, which made walking painful. He put off surgery until the completion of the season rather than disrupt the team in the middle of the year. Pittsburgh went 88-74 and earned a second consecutive playoff berth before falling to San Francisco in the wild-card round.Hurdle is expected to make a full recovery well in advance of the 2015 season. read more
SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY FEATURE FOR FILLIES & MARES LURES FIELD OF 14 AT ONE MILE ON TURF HAVANNA BELLE: Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Michael House, this 4-year-old Irish-bred filly comes off a monstrous 6 ½ length win here in a one mile classified allowance on April 7 and could be the “now” horse with Flavien Prat riding back. A 2 ¼ length winner of the 1 ½ miles turf Astra Stakes three starts back on Jan. 17, Havanna Belle seeks her first graded win in the Royal Heroine. She has three wins, a second and a third from six tries at one mile on turf and has four wins from 16 overall starts. THE GRADE II ROYAL HEROINE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 8) Approximate post time, 5:30 p.m. PDT HER EMMYNENCY: A winner of the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Queen Elizabeth Stakes three starts back at Keeneland on Oct. 10, “Emmy” made the early lead and ended up a disappointing fifth as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade II Santa Ana, will shorten up a furlong as she makes her third start for trainer Kristin Mulhall in the Royal Heroine. Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, the 4-year-old Successful Appeal filly was an impressive 2 ¾ length winner of Santa Anita’s one mile turf Surfer Girl Stakes in her third career start on Oct. 5, 2014. With four wins from nine starts, she has earnings of $556,250. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 1, 2016)–With 15 older fillies and mare entered, a wide-open field of 14 will contest Thursday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at one mile on turf. With first post time set at 2 p.m., the Royal Heroine will headline an eight-race card on opening day of Santa Anita’s 40-day Spring Meet, which will run through July 10.Favoritism could likely befall trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola, who stretches out off a close third place finish in the 6 ½ furlong Las Cienegas Stakes April 10, which, due to rain, was moved from Santa Anita’s hillside turf course to the main track. NANCY FROM NAIROBI: Despite the fact Santa Anita’s temporary inner rail was set at 30 feet, Nancy From Nairobi displayed an eye catching turn of foot as she rallied to win a third condition allowance going a mile on grass by 2 ½ lengths on March 4. A 1 ¼ length allowance winner here going 1 1/8 miles on turf Feb. 5, this 5-year-old English-bred mare seeks her third win in a row for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. With two wins and a second from three tries at a mile on turf, “Nancy” seeks her first graded stakes win on Thursday in what will be her fifth stateside start. ELEKTRUM: Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, this 5-year-old Irish-bred mare rallied to win the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf John C. Mabee Stakes four starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 8 and she’s been idle since running second as the 5-2 favorite in the Grade III, 1 3/8 miles turf Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 21. Trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old daughter of High Chaparral has a win and three seconds from six tries at a mile on turf and would be well served by a fast pace in the Royal Heroine, which will be her ninth stateside start. Her overall mark stands at 18-4-6-2 and she has earnings of $391,438. Her Emmynency–Tyler Baze–122Smoove It–Fernando Perez–120Nancy From Nairobi–Abel Lezcano–120Prize Exhibit–Santiago Gonzalez–122La Berma–Rafael Bejarano–120Elektrum–Victor Espinoza–122Keri Belle–Alex Solis–120Living The Life–Martin Garcia–120Sharla Rae–Tiago Pereira–122Havanna Belle–Flavien Prat–120Glory–Mike Smith–120Fasnacloich–Brice Blanc–120Faufiler–Drayden Van Dyke–120Fanticola–Joe Talamo–122First post time on Thursday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. GLORY: Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this consistent 4-year-old daughter of Tapit pressed the pace, made the lead turning for home and finished second, beaten a neck, in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Santa Ana Stakes on March 26. Second to Nancy From Nairobi as the 3-2 favorite in a third condition allowance going a mile on turf March 4, Glory, who has been placed in three graded stakes, seeks her first stakes victory in the Royal Heroine. Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Glory is winless in two tries at a mile on turf and has an overall mark of 12-3-4-2. FANTICOLA: Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino, Fanticola is the defending champ in the Royal Heroine, having won last year’s running four starts back on June 27, 2015. Idle since running fourth in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 26, the 6-year-old mare by Silent Name likely needed her race in the Las Cienegas and gets her preferred trip on Thursday, as she has three wins, a second and a third from five tries at one mile on grass. Naturally quick, Fanticola can be expected to make or press the early pace under regular rider Joe Talamo. read more
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