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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Gor Mahia begin title defense in Mombasa

first_imgThis will be the first time since the new era of the KPL that the top tier starts in December as the local league begins a process to conform to international calendars as stipulated by CAF.The 2018/2019 season is expected to fold in May next year while the new season kicks off in August, just like most leagues worldwide.This follows a directive by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to have all leagues in the continent start and end within the same period of time – August to May.-KCB, Western Stima KCB FC head coach Elvis Ayany is tossed up in the air by players and backroom staff after guiding the side back to the Kenyan Premier League. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, KCB who return to the top tier after a three-year absence will start their campaign away from home against Kakamega Homeboyz while Western Stima will mark their return to top flight against Posta Rangers in Nairobi.The winner of the relegation/promotion play off pitting Nakumatt and Ushuru FC will square it out with Sofapaka while AFC Leopards will come up against Kariobangi Sharks, most likely with a new coach after the exit of Rodolfo Zapata.KPL opening weekend fixturesSaturday: Playoff winner vs Sofapaka (Ruaraka), Mathare United vs Chemelil Sugar (Kasarani Stadium), Bandari vs Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Complex), AFC Leopards vs Kariobangi Sharks (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Kakamega Homeboyz vs KCB (Bukhungu Stadium), Posta Rangers vs Western Stima (Ruaraka).Sunday: Zoo FC vs Nzoia Sugar (Kericho), Sony Sugar vs Tuske (Awendo)r, Vihiga United vs Ulinzi Stars (Mumias).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate on the podium after lifting their 17th Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Champions Gor Mahia will start their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title defense at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa when the new season begins on December 8 after the league managers released fixtures this afternoon.K’Ogalo will come face to face with the side that inflicted on them their first loss of the season at the Mbaraki Complex and will be breathing revenge. They will play the tier just a week after the season-opening Charity Shield on December 1 against the winner of the SportPesa Shield.last_img read more

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