CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgFirst Star–Drayden Van Dyke–122Del Mar May–Joe Bravo–120Free Cover–Abel Cedillo–120Stirred–Geovanni Franco–120Bellafina–Flavien Prat–122Bell’s the One–Javier Castellano–122Hard Not to Love–Mike Smith–120Motion Emotion–Mario Gutierrez–120Mother Mother–Joel Rosario–120Special early first post time on opening day is at 11 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS LA BREA IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON OPENING DAY DOCKET; FIRST POST TIME SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Trainer Simon Callaghan’s brilliant Bellafina, a fast finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2, heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes, one of six graded offerings on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day.The leading money winner in the field with earnings of $1,386,725, Bellafina will face stiff competition recent Grade II winner Bell’s the One, who ships in from her New Orleans base, Bob Baffert’s Mother Mother, who’s been twice second to the top choice and trainer John Shirreffs’ improving allowance winner, Hard Not to Love.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Magnier, Tabor, et alTrainer:  Simon CallaghanA 5 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, she was subsequently fifth as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 3 and was a well beaten third as the 2-1 choice in the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Aug. 3.  A well beaten fourth in the Grade I Cotillion Stakes at Parx Sept. 21, she then earned a career best 105 Beyer Speed figure in running second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.  With two wins, a second and a third from four tries at seven furlongs, Bellafina is strictly the horse to beat in the La Brea.THE GRADE I LA BREA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 11 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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Women’s Cricket: Captain Mithali Raj calls on the Indian team to regroup quickly after…

first_imgAdvertisementFor the second time in two years, the Indian Women’s cricket team has seen a change in coaching. Tushar Arothe has stepped down after the following two defeats against Bangladesh, including the final at the Asian Cup (T20). The relationship between her and the prestigious ‘Arjuna Award’ winning captain Harmanpreet Kaur had broken down and the decision came with joint discussion between the senior players.“When we meet at the camp here in a week, the first thing to do is regroup, these things are part of a sportsperson’s life. You should know your priorities. You have a tour coming up. There is World Cup to prepare for. So I wouldn’t dwell on this much.” Mithali said on the sidelines of the IIMB Alumni Association’s IIMBue Annual Leadership Conclave on Friday.However, this is not the first time a change at the helm has happened in an unlikely manner as we recall Purnima Rau’s removal in April 2017. India had less than two months left for the ICC World Cup. Now, it has just four months left before the T20 World Cup in West Indies.The Indian women’s team looks a bit edgy and the captain seems a bit dilemmatic and nervous for their coming T20 World Cup scheduled in West Indies within four months. Advertisement Also Read :Cricket: MS Dhoni attends wedding with family!Cricket: Cameron Bancroft faces an injury scare following throat hitlast_img read more

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