Hannon makes Power Curragh link

first_img Press Association The Tattersalls Gold Cup is a possible option for Shifting Power after the four-year-old gained a confidence-boosting success at Windsor on Monday night. A return to Group One company is definitely on the cards now, while Hannon may consider stepping Shifting Power up to a mile and a quarter, possibly at the Curragh on May 24. “He hit the crossbar a few times in the top grade last season, so getting his head back in front will have done wonders for his confidence,” the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk. “This was always going to be the season when he would blossom as he is a big horse and has only just filled his frame. “But there are plenty of good races coming up for him, including Epsom and Royal Ascot, while he is also in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh should we choose to step him up in trip.” center_img Richard Hannon’s colt was winning for the first time since last April when he stretched a length and a three-quarters clear of Complicit in the Listed Royal Of Windsor Stakes. Shifting Power was highly tried after his Free Handicap victory at Newmarket last term, finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas and second in both the Irish equivalent and the Prix Jean Prat. last_img read more

Vandy seeks revenge on Florida

first_img February 14, 2020 Associated Press Vandy seeks revenge on Florida TEAM LEADERS: Saben Lee is averaging 17 points and 4.5 assists to lead the way for the Commodores. Aaron Nesmith is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 13.4 points per game. The Gators have been led by Kerry Blackshear Jr., who is averaging 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds.STEPPING IT UP: The Gators have scored 74.9 points per game across 11 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 70.1 per game they managed against non-conference competition.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Lee has made or assisted on 47 percent of all Vanderbilt field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has accounted for 36 field goals and 20 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Vanderbilt is 0-12 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 9-3 when scoring at least 70.STREAK STATS: Vanderbilt has lost its last six road games, scoring 70.3 points, while allowing 82 per game.center_img DID YOU KNOW: Florida has committed a turnover on just 17.8 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all SEC teams. The Gators have turned the ball over only 11.9 times per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVanderbilt (9-15, 1-10) vs. Florida (15-9, 7-4)Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Vanderbilt seeks revenge on Florida after dropping the first matchup in Nashville. The teams last went at it on Feb. 1, when the Gators outshot Vanderbilt 40.7 percent to 37.8 percent and had 10 fewer turnovers on the way to a 61-55 victory.last_img read more


first_imgMIDCOURT, ROADSTER & RESTRAINEDVENGENCE ALL PROMINENT AMONG COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II,$200,000 SAN PASQUAL STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES  ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020)–In what shapes up as an outstanding prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7, this Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes has attracted a competitive field of 10 older horses at a mile and one eighth, with C R K Stable’s Midcourt, Speedway Stable’s Roadster and owner/trainer Val Brinkerhoff’s versatile Restrainedvengence all prominent.Although he had a four-race winning streak snapped when third to top older horse Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, Midcourt will hope to mind his manners and break sharply with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, Roadster stretches out off of a second place finish behind Omaha Beach in the opening day Malibu Stakes and speedy Restrainedvengence returns to Santa Anita following a smashing gate to wire win going 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Zia Park, New Mexico on Nov. 27.MIDCOURTOwner:  C R K StableTrainer:  John ShirreffsA handful in the morning and quite often in post parade on race day, Midcourt has benefitted greatly from Shirreffs’ patient handling which resulted in a four-game winning streak which culminated in a 5 ¾ length win two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23.  Away slowly and shuffled back in the early going, Midcourt, a 5-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute, never seemed to get untracked in the opening day San Antonio while running an even third, beaten 7 ½ lengths.  With regular rider Victor Espinoza back aboard, Midcourt needs to break running and “get in the game” early in order to have his best chance on Saturday.ROADSTEROwner:  Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertWinless in five starts since winning last year’s Santa Anita Derby, this 4-year-old Quality Road colt was a solid second, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Omaha Beach going seven furlongs in the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes.  Never a factor in the Kentucky Derby five starts back, he came back to Santa Anita and posted a pair of second place finishes, in the Grade III Affirmed at 1 1/16 miles on June 16, and in the ungraded Damascus Stakes at seven furlongs Nov. 2–in which he was beaten a nose by highly regarded sprinter Flagstaff.  Fourth, beaten nearly 10 lengths versus Midcourt as the 4-5 favorite in the Native Diver Nov. 23, his second place run in the Malibu was a very encouraging effort and Roadster looms a dangerous horse with Joel Rosario back aboard.RESTRAINEDVENGENCEOwner:  Kelly Brinkerhoff and Bob Grayson, Jr.Trainer:  Val BrinkerhoffA 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Hold Me Back, Restrainedvengence sped to a gate wire score in an ungraded stakes at Zia Park Nov. 27, winning by 4 ½ lengths.  With outstanding recent races on dirt and turf at Longacres, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Zia Park, Restrainedvengence is beginning to take on the look of a major player in the Handicap division and will be ridden for the first time by a red hot Abel Cedillo on Saturday.THE GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTRoadster–Joel Rosario–122Route Six Six–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Restrainedvengence–Abel Cedillo–120King Abner–Flavien Prat–120Midcourt–Victor Espinoza–122Instagrand–Umberto Rispoli–120California Street–Mike Smith–120Two Thirty Five–Ruben Fuentes–120Bold Endeavor–Mario Gutierrez–120Combatant–Drayden Van Dyke–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more