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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

first_img24 45 41% Joseph Talamo125 3rd 1st 8 11 42% $459,889 9 Peter Eurton43 Bob Baffert58 ITM% Money Won Joel Rosario200 Agapito Delgadillo55 7 26% 1st 10 8 11 17% $384,127 Mark Glatt63 18 $2,383,086 35% 4 $482,030 Peter Miller101 26 18 8 $1,274,293 Simon Callaghan30 23 10 44% 19 $201,484 7 Mike Smith67 Flavien Prat173 11 6 4 Richard Baltas102 60% 26 10 19 3rd 15% 40% 27% 40% 14% 13% 20 10% 55% 17 J. Keith Desormeaux53 Assael Espinoza111 43% 23 $307,251 16 25 Ruben Fuentes80 10 Win% 16 13% $868,953 McKINZIE TOTES HIGH WEIGHT OF 123 IN BIG ‘CAP Mario Gutierrez95 13 8 34 $1,103,457 11 10 41% 18 23 24% Win% $940,770 16 10 Heriberto Figueroa165 11 8 17% $872,079 $329,972 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Edwin Maldonado65 34% 12 11% 8 $1,113,837 5 26 10 16% $587,067 3 2nd Kent Desormeaux89 51% Drayden Van Dyke130 William E. Morey56 13 $1,036,157 $805,204 23 13 51% 8 11% 12% 59% 41% 8 Philip D’Amato87 $764,428 58% $2,718,176 $243,390 TrainerMts 9 2nd SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT UP TO $549,038 15% Money Won 9 Doug O’Neill159 37% 40% Rafael Bejarano133 McKINZIE, GIFT BOX TOP WEIGHTS IN BIG ‘CAPMultiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who finished second by a half-length as the 1-2 favorite in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes under 123 pounds, has been assigned one pound less for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino at a mile and a quarter.Next on the list is Gift Box at 122 pounds, the same weight the six-year-old son of Twirling Candy carried winning the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.Among others expected in Santa Anita’s marquee race for older horses offering $600,000 in purse money are Dabster (118 pounds, Joe Talamo), Mongolian Groom (114, Geovanni Franco), and Noble Commander (115, Flavien Prat).Mike Smith rides McKinzie, while Joel Rosario retains the mount on Gift Box.Smith, still on top of his game at 53, is enjoying a sensational Winter Meet while remaining highly selective with his mounts.Through 40 days, the Hall of Fame member has 23 wins from 67 rides, a gaudy 34 percent. More remarkably, he is the show bettors’ salvation, finishing in the money 22 additional times, a total of 45, for an average of 67 percent.Fans will be treated to five stakes Saturday, greatest interest focusing on the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes expected to match Bob Baffert’s two leading undefeated Triple Crown contenders, champion Game Winner and Improbable in the Grade II test.Additionally, the prestigious Frank E. Kilroe Mile with Grade I status will be showcased on turf; the Grade II San Carlos Stakes will attract sprint stars going seven furlongs; and for good measure, three-year-old fillies will vie in the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on grass.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day will be 12 noon.LEADING SOPHS VIE IN ATTRACTIVE SAN FELIPE STAKESThe eyes and ears of the racing world will be on Santa Anita Saturday, specifically the most attractive and intriguing three-year-old race to date this year, the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth.Worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, the San Felipe is expected to bring together two undefeated Kentucky Derby favorites, champion Game Winner and Improbable, each trained by two-time Triple Crown king and five-time Run for the Roses winner Bob Baffert.Understandably, trainers are not waiting in line to enter against the two heavyweights, although Jerry Hollendorfer is an exception. The Hall of Fame conditioner, third all-time in career victories with 7,577, has Sham Stakes winner Gunmetal Gray set to tackle Baffert’s dynamic duo.A gray son of Exchange Rate owned in part by Hollendorfer, Gunmetal Gray has been beaten twice by Game Winner, running second by 4 ½ lengths in the Grade I American Pharoah last Sept. 29 and fifth by 12 ½ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2.Mike Smith, who was aboard for the one mile Sham on Jan. 5, coming from seventh and last while four wide to score by a length, will be back aboard in the San Felipe.Hollendorfer’s leading Triple Crown candidate, Instagrand, makes his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct this Saturday.“He’ll work here Tuesday and ship Wednesday,” Hollendorfer said of the son of Into Mischief, winner of his two starts by a combined margin of just over 20 lengths. Javier Castellano has the mount in the Gotham which will be decided over a one-turn mile.Working on Santa Anita’s training track Sunday for the San Felipe was Easy Shot, who went four furlongs in company for Keith Desormeaux in a bullet 49 flat, the same time given stablemate Speedette.Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, bound for the Big ‘Cap, also went in 49 for Desormeaux.OHIO STATES HIS CASE FOR GRADE I VICTORYBargain claim Ohio goes for his first Grade I victory Saturday in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf. Taken by Michael McCarthy for $50,000 last June 10, the eight-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding was third in the Grade II City of Hope Mile, won the restricted Cotton Fitzsimmons at Turf Paradise, and was second by a half-length in the Grade III Thunder Road,“Everything’s status quo,” McCarthy said, alluding to his training regimen during the recent wet weather. “Luckily enough the rain hasn’t hampered our situation too much. We got a nice work into him on Friday (four furlongs in 47:80).“He runs turf, dirt, whatever.”Others expected for the Kilroe include Caribou Club (Joe Talamo), Desert Stone (Geovanni Franco) Hunt (no rider), River Boyne (Flavien Prat) and True Valour (Andrea Atzeni).GIANT EXPECTATIONS BACK SPRINTING IN SAN CARLOSGiant Expectations shortens up to seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes after seven straight routes at a mile or a longer.Not to worry, says Peter Eurton.“He’s done well doing that on occasion,” the trainer said of the six-year-old full horse bred in New York, a two-time Grade II winner and earner of more than a million dollars. “In the Pat O’Brien he shortened up and ran a huge race, probably the best race he’s ever run.”That was in August of 2017 when he rallied from sixth under Gary Stevens to win the seven furlong race by a length and a half.Joel Rosario, who rode the son of First Giant for the first time last out finishing third on a sloppy track in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles Feb. 2, rides back Saturday.Also expected for the San Carlos are Ax Man (Drayden Van Dyke), Dr. Dorr (Joe Talamo), Kanthaka (Flavien Prat), St. Joe Bay (Victor Espinoza) and Touching Rainbows (Tiago Pereira).St. Joe Bay worked five furlongs on a fast main track Sunday in 59.80 for John Sadler.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $549,038          Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot continues to grow, as a Jackpot carryover of $549,038 awaits fans today.The Rainbow Six begins with race four, with an approximate post time of 2:46 p.m. PT.The $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, for older horses bred or sired in California at one mile, highlights Sunday’s program and it has been carded as race five.With $156,029 in “new” money wagered helping to create a total Jackpot pool Saturday of $669,346, there were 335 consolation tickets, each worth $248.50.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Irish Heatwave works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)St. Joe Bay (Outside) and  Acker works 5 furlongs (Sadler)Easy Shot (Outside) and  Speedette works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)Always Forgiven (Outside),  Beautiful Shot (Middle) and  Ocean Fury works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)Campaign works 6 furlongs (Sadler)Quite A Starlett works 3 furlongs (Stute)Shedrow Stroll:  Lava Man (O’Neill)Quick Questions With Jockey  Joseph TalamoEnaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs (O’Neill)-3/01/19Dream Tree works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-3/01/19Bellafina works 4 furlongs (Callaghan)-3/01/19Kanthaka works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer)-3/01/19Instagrand preparing for San Felipe Stakes Mar. 9 (Hollendorfer)-2/25/19Improbable working 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19Game Winner (outside) works 6 Furlongs with  Dr. Dorr (Baffert)-2/25/19FINISH LINES: Congratulations to apprentice Jorge Velez on winning his first race at Santa Anita yesterday aboard Just Be Held for trainer Craig Dollase in the third event. “It felt good,” said the native of Puerto Rico, who came back to win the seventh on Coil to Strike for trainer Bill Morey . . . Impressive maiden winner Bizwhacks runs Saturday in the Grade III Honeybee at 1 1/16 miles for three-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park. Mario Gutierrez has the mount on the daughter of Fed Biz trained by Doug O’Neill for J. Paul Reddam . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but resume live action Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 11 $1,420,321 16 21 ‘EXPECTATIONS’ ARE HIGH FOR THE SAN CARLOS 12 20 49% 7 9 17% 50% 18 15% 19% 8 38% 19 9 11 9 62% 24 Aaron Gryder54 14 44% 21% Geovanni Franco172 50% $1,102,351 33% 17 14 42% 30 $1,378,736 28 John Sadler69 11 16 19% $493,437 Jeff Mullins47 16% $446,927 67% $343,458 2 ITM% 13 41% BARGAIN CLAIM OHIO IS SET FOR GRADE I KILROE 53% 4 ALL EYES ON THE SAN FELIPE STAKES SATURDAY 10% 2 26% 21 18% 19% 7 24% 47% Jerry Hollendorfer84 $682,662 37% 9 $1,074,074 50% 10 JockeyMts $1,055,318 18 57% $245,730 $481,198 14% 13% 6 (Current Through Saturday, March 2) 23 20 $1,042,146 10 34 Vladimir Cerin49 32% 13% 18% 15 12 $296,979 Steve Knapp48 12 18% 8 47 19% $989,304 Richard Mandella38 26 3 8 Tyler Baze181 Tiago Pereira141 35last_img read more

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Willian fuels talk of Chelsea exit saying it may not be ‘possible’ to stay

first_imgWILLIAN has hinted that he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of his current contract as the Blues “are not going to change” their offer.The Brazilian signed for the West Londoners in 2013 and is believed to be very settled with his family in the capital.2 Willian celebrated in front of Spurs’ fans after scoring a brace against them in DecemberCredit: ReutersNow 31, Willian would like the security of a long-term contract.But Chelsea have so far only been willing to offer him a two-year extension – with his current deal set to expire at the end of June.On his future, Willian revealed that he will commit until whenever the 2019-20 Premier League season finishes, but beyond that was non-committal.He said: “It’s a difficult situation, Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change.”I don’t know if it will be possible to stay. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.”I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. Let’s see what happens.”Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both shown an interest in Willian and a transfer to either would allow him to stay in London and not have to uproot his family.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsThe North London pair are set to be strapped for cash this summer, with the possibility of signing an experienced title-winner on a free transfer an attractive one – particularly for his former boss Jose Mourinho at Spurs.But while the move would make sense logistically for Willian, it would seriously sever his positive relationship with the Chelsea fanbase… who regularly chant that he “hates Tottenham”.2 Willian previously worked under Mourinho at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images – GettyMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himWillian had looked set to join up with Spurs all the way back in the summer of 2013, having had a medical at Hotspur Way… before dramatically heading to Stamford Bridge instead.Barcelona have also shown a strong interest in him in the past, although this summer appear to be prioritising ambitious, big-money moves for Lautaro Martinez and Neymar.But with the LaLiga champions struggling financially, Willian could potentially still be in their thoughts as a cheap back-up plan.Willian produces epic goal in Chelsea traininglast_img read more

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Inaugural Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup a success

first_imgApplauding that, the three day tournament held over the weekend was the culmination of much planning and preparation for the unique tournament.“With 16 teams and approximately 600 players the first year of this tournament exceeded expectations,” Angua said.He added that all teams thoroughly enjoyed the event with the All Blacks legend’s widow Nadene Lomu leaving the country overwhelmed by the tournament and participation of Papua New Guineans in Rugby.“Teams from as far away as Bougainville, Morobe and Western  provinces attended as well as a host of local teams. And the event received good media coverage as well that we are also thankful to the media,” Angua added.A huge thank you goes to all the sponsors especially to the New Zealand High Commission who helped over the weekend who without them it would not have been possible and to all the visiting teams who attended.“We are looking forward for next year as we wrap up the successful Rugby Union 2016 year with a legacy for PNG Rugby Union.”last_img read more

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Emery and Setién, the last guests of the Sheikh of Almeria

first_imgJose Mourinho, Aitor Karanka, Angel Cappa Y Pablo Machín they have been some of the media trainers invited by the sheikh of Almeria during the five months he has been in the rojiblanca entity. The last ones that have spent a few days with Turki Al-Sheikh have been Unai Emery Y Quique Setién, Although the Santander had already spoken more times with the Saudi, who wants the spotlights to focus on him, in addition to acquiring football knowledge. “A pleasure to share experiences with Turki, who wants to fulfill his dreams from intelligence and work“wrote the former Arsenal coach on social networks, where you can see Emery, Setién, Al-Sheikh and El Assy (general director of the UDA). The meetings have taken place after the first two defeats of the Guti era in an Almeria that this Saturday he has thrashed and convinced with one of the best meetings of the last seasons. They also passed through the sheikh’s home Messi, Dybala, De Paul, Agüero Y The Celso, who saw Elche-Almeria with the Saudi.last_img read more

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“You can win Champions and League with 14 players”

first_imgThe Barcelona coach spoke at Movistar Champions League after the tie in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16With what feeling leaves Naples, are you finally satisfied with the tie after all that has happened?It has been a fairly even game. We have had more control, but none of the teams have generated too many scoring chances. We have not found the spaces. It is a draw that is a good result, considering that there is a return game at home.They have finished the first part without throwing at goal.The reality is that. I would highly appreciate the defensive game that has made Naples, with the ten players within the area. It has been difficult for us to find the interiors inside. We already knew it was a matter of patience. In the end, when you insist, you find the spaces. They could no longer swing so much, we found the goal and with some more patience we would have made the 1-2.They run out of Busquets or Vidal for the return and Piqué is injured. Planning leaves you with few players.But we will not play with nine or ten players in the round, we will get eleven. Piqué is the ankle. We already knew this and we are aware of the situation. We will work with what we have.The technician spoke later at a press conference.How do you rate the role of Vidal?You have to read the game well. In the offensive work it cost us to open spaces and had to open and in the defensive work it helped us a lot. He has done what we requested. Is the result good?Yes, it has cost us to generate. They defended us well and took advantage of the occasion they had. We lacked a point of clarity to get through that defense. In the second part the game was opened a little more and we could do more damage. They have made a great match. I give the game as good.Does weight gain that is not enough?I disagree on everything that is said. We need more clarity above. Sometimes it is a matter of patience. We have controlled cons and at home I think we will have more options and it is difficult for a team to defend itself so well for so long.Now he has 10 players plus two goalkeepers to play around. Can you win the Champions League like this?I hope to recover Alba and Sergi Roberto. You can win, we will be optimistic.How is Piqué?Let’s see what problem you have. It is too early.Should Vidal have to control himself?I have not seen very well what has happened. It has been a bit severe, the card is fine, but the second is excessive. They are nervous things.What summary does the game?We have done things well, we have had control of the game. We must value the work of this team. I think the result is fair.Do you have the feeling that some players play outside in Europe?I think not. We have played very complicated matches. The team when playing a tie may be more careful.last_img read more

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Monchi: “We want Seville at the forefront of European football”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 18, 2020 The current situation excites him: “This project that begins with my return is to cement an important future, to lay the foundations to continue growing in sports success. A first foundation was the current season, in which I am satisfied with what has been done until now. This could take time to curdle and I think it has caught on with some important bases to be excited about the future. The coach’s work has been key fitting the pieces in such a short period of time. The President and the Council were also key to face all this revolution. Now, what lies ahead is exciting and we are on that path. “ Monchi believes that not going to the Champions League would not be a failure: “The demand cannot be lost, but neither can it be transformed into frustration. Not going to the Champions League would not be a failure. I want to go, I wake up dreaming about it every day, but staying fifth is not a failure, it is something that can be improved. “King Midas of world football nuances the club’s model: “Selling in order to grow has to be nuanced. We try to have templates that cost more than our income allows. To generate surplus value there is a job behind. Players with affordable prices that increase their value to be able to sell them. This business model does not generate trauma for me, it is a successful model. We are going to build a broader model that leaves us the possibility of deciding at all times whether to sell or not to sell to players. “And he spoke of some of the improvements he is implementing: “The club’s involvement in the data is growing in a beastly way. We have a large R&D department in which we are investing. I don’t know if we are at the forefront, but I am very proud of what the club is doing in that line. This department supports everyone in the club, it is focused on the sports field now but in the future it will support the rest. “center_img Monchi reviewed in the official media of Seville what has been this year since his return, and also the news of the Nerviano club: “Everything has been very fast and intense. I think many of the things I had in mind on the day I returned have been fulfilled. The club has grown a lot while I was in Rome and now we are looking forward to continue growing in the future and to put Sevilla at the forefront of European football “.“I saw Sevilla who was clear about where the club could go in the future and eager to do new things. I got on that car to mount my experience and my knowledge. Nuances are missing, but I think we are on that line“added the sports director, who is leading the project to put the Nervión club in a few years in the 500 million budget.last_img read more

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This will be the ERTE of Barcelona

first_imgThe club understands that lack of practice affects everyone equally and that is why it is in favor of applying this criterion instead of a scale proportional to the salary of the players that, they assure from the Barcelona entity “It would not have been accepted by the labor authority.”One of the peculiarities of this measure is that as soon as the state of alarm is suspended and therefore the confinement in the respective homes and the sporting activity returns, the players will regain the integrity of their salary regardless of whether or not the competition is played they were arguing before confinement. That is to say, it would not affect that competitions were not finished or suspended, they would receive all their salary the same because it would be understood that the professionals are doing their job, which is none other than training at the club’s facilities.On the other hand, Catalunya Ràdio announced in the Tot Costa program that Some of the members of the Barça sports area who are not athletes have already received a communication from the club to the effect that starting next month they will see their salary reduced.The ERTE measure, by the way, will also affect club executives, Although these in the days of confinement have seen significantly increased their workload, but consider that “we have to set an example.” FC Barcelona has already raised the Temporary Employment File, ERTE, which will apply to all athletes in its professional sections. On Tuesday there were a series of meetings in which they participated the club’s director of professional sports, Albert Soler, together with the manager of each of the sections in which the conditions of the same were communicated to them and that will affect while the confinement decreed by the state of alarm established by the government that entails the suspension of sports activity lasts.In the absence of polishing the details, the idea is that All the professional athletes of the club have a reduction in their daily salary of around 70% for the duration of the confinement. This possibility was advanced by Mundo Deportivo on its website.It is important to differentiate the salary of the file, since professional players charge for both concepts in addition to, what they have, bonuses and accessories per image.This reduction would affect the days when the sports activity is stopped and the professionals cannot carry out their work and it will be applied in a linear, non-proportional manner., to all the professionals of the club. In other words, the same percentage will be applied to Messi as to Pustovyi.last_img read more

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A drone presents Malcom with the player of the month award

first_imgThe more than 12,000 detected cases of coronavirus in Russia have forced to suspend almost all sporting events in the country, including the first football division (Premier). But before the break, it had already been decided who was going to be the player of the month in the highest category. The Zenit Brazilian, Malcom, had scored a goal before paralyzing the championship, as well as distributing an assist. That has earned him to become the best of the month, but obviously there has been no ordinary award ceremony.The former of BarcelonaHowever, it has received the award in a very special way. And it is that the people of the Russian league have decided to send the award through a drone. the player himself, from the window of his apartment in St. Petersburg, received the award and recorded a message on social networks to thank him.last_img read more

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Discount for Upamecano

first_imgThe clause is 60 million euros however Leipzig assumes that it won’t be able to gather it with the present economic system of European soccer. Due to this fact, based on the German newspaper, he could be prepared to chop his claims by the defender significantly and would settle for € 40M to switch it. The sturdy man in membership operations, Markus Krösche, has been reiterating that they can not afford to not reap the benefits of Upamecano contemplating that the contract ends in 2021 and there’s a actual threat that it might go free. Additionally as a result of you have already got a substitute in thoughts. If there may be something clear about the way forward for Dayot Upamecano, the center-back Zidane has stored a watch on for Actual Madrid, is that there’s nothing clear. As AS revealed, it’s an virtually hand-to-hand bid between the white membership and Bayern. In Germany, info is popping out that speaks of getting completed it with the Munich workforce and in addition that it might have even renewed with Leipzig. Neither of these two conditions has materialized and now Bild talks a few new twist: Leipzig could be prepared to decrease the worth of Upamecano. Particularly, a 3rd … The suitors produce other precedence fronts …To know that possibility of a discount by Upamecano it’s a must to see the complete image. The candidates to signal the French U21 worldwide are measuring their steps loads. Bayern have gotten totally into one other entrance that they take into account a precedence, that of Leroy Sané, of which I might have already got the ‘sure, I would like’. There shall be no cash for every thing and it’ll rely on whether or not the return of the Bundesliga after the break because of the coronavirus happens definitively and that stabilizes the earnings of the Bavarian membership. Madrid is concentrated proper now on Camavinga and Manchester United, probably the most distant possibility, remains to be pending on what occurs with Pogba as a result of there may be virtually their solely risk of financing necessary purchases this summer season.It stays to be seen what the Upamecan himself decides. Its closest surroundings has been betting on tranquility for two months as a result of they prioritize that he compete once more and don’t rush in a choice of huge significance for his profession. The times proceed to run and the end result on Upamecano (Leipzig, Actual Madrid, Bayern …) remains to be removed from clear.last_img read more

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Are we about to have a speed drain?

first_imgWe used to love it when Jamaica-born sprinters won major international championships for their adopted home countries. Even though they retired long ago, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey are still heroes here, and that despite Johnson’s tainted past. Today, we take delight whenever Kingston native Sanya Richards-Ross wins big for the USA.Johnson, Christie and Bailey crossed the line first in consecutive Olympic 100 metres finals that were run before this current golden age of Jamaican sprinting. They were taken as a sign of our greatness. To be frank, I felt awkward celebrating those performances because they displaced Raymond Stewart and Michael Green. The former, lest we forget, was in the 1988 and 1992 finals where Johnson and Christie arrived first at the finish, and the latter was in Bailey’s magnificent world-record race at the 1996 Olympics.Recent news of the pending athletic migration of three Jamaicans to Bahrain revives those memories and writes a new script for the future. True to our ‘chicken merry, hawk deh near’ heritage, there’s a worry that Jamaican Bahranians will rise on our backs to the top of world sprinting.annoying possibilitiesSince Bailey’s wonderful win for Canada in 1996, Jamaica has truly taken over world sprinting. For those who curse the migrating trio as much as Jamaica did with cricketers who went on a rebel tour of South Africa decades ago, the possibilities are annoying.The worry foresees a speed drain similar to the brain drain occasioned by migration to the United Kingdom and the USA in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Funnily enough, athletes have been moving to the Gulf States from distance kings Kenya and Ethiopia for more than a decade. It was only a matter of time before sprinters would go too.Ironically, it’s 10 years since Brandon Simpson, an Olympic and World Championships 400-metre finalist, moved from Jamaica to Bahrain. Since then, hurdler Oniel Wright ran for Liberia, Merlene Ottey made a big move to Slovenia, and Jamaica’s 2003 Pan-Am high jump champion Germaine Mason won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in 2008.Those moves, and the 1988 departure by world-class 400-metre hurdler Sandra Farmer to the USA, have happened for different reasons. There is one common denominator. All went seeking opportunities not available here, just like those who left in the brain drain.In recent years, there has been much athletic migration from the USA to Nigeria and from diverse places to Great Britain. Jamaica has got in on the act with the recent arrival of national cham-pions Ahkeem Gauntlett and Aisha Praught. Athletes, like the rest of us, just keep on moving.Curiously, I haven’t ever heard of a Bahamian athlete making tracks to Bahrain. That might be because of the vibrant athlete support programme operated by our Caribbean colleagues. Given our economics, that might be a hard act to follow. It may well be the only way to go.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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