MANDELLA’S UNITED TAKES ON BROWN’S EASTERN INVADER ROCKEMPEROR IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2020)–A bicoastal showdown looms on Saturday at Santa Anita, as Richard Mandella’s United and Chad Brown’s eastern-based Rockemperor head a field of seven 3-three-year-olds and up in the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf.A recent victor over the course and distance on Feb. 1, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway, retains the services of leading rider Flavien Prat, while Rockemperor, who is based in New York, will be ridden for the first time by current national earnings leader and two-time Eclipse Award winner, Irad Ortiz, Jr.UNITEDOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Richard MandellaOff as the 4-5 favorite, he proved gamest late in taking the Grade II San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 1 and has developed into one of the country’s top turf marathoners for Mandella since arriving from Woodbine prior to his first local start nine starts back in February, 2019. A tough luck second, beaten a neck two starts back in the mile and one half Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1, the best race on his form came three starts back when he was second, beaten a head by eventual Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf here on Nov. 2. A recently minted millionaire with earnings of $1,013,549, United has a win, a second and a third from three tries at 1 ¼ miles on turf and is 12-4-3-1 overall.ROCKEMPEROROwner: Madaket Stables, LLC, Michael Dubb, Wonder Stables, Michael Kisber & Bethlehem Stables, LLCTrainer: Chad BrownA 4-year-old Irish-bred colt with a late running style, he’ll be making his Southern California debut in what will be his second start of the year. An impressive third in his U.S. debut three starts back, the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Belmont Derby on July 6, 2019, he was most recently a non-threatening third in a Grade II stakes going 1 1/8 miles on turf at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans March 21. With a recent race under his belt and Irad Ortiz, Jr., engaged, Rockemperor should be sitting on a big effort and would obviously be flattered by a fast pace as he stretches out a furlong.ORIGINAIREOwner: B G StablesTrainer: Jeff MullinsA close second three starts back here in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on Dec. 28, Irish-bred Originaire ran the best race of his 16-race career on Feb. 29, rallying from far back to win a second condition allowance by 5 ¼ lengths at a mile and one eighth on turf while earning a lofty 100 Beyer Speed figure. A fast finishing second, beaten a neck in the Grade II Del Mar Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf seven starts back on Sept. 1, 2019, Originaire is a sharp horse trying a mile and one quarter for the first time. Favored in his last two starts at the allowance level, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Umberto Rispoli.THE GRADE II CHARLES WHITTINGHAM WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTDesert Stone–Abel Cedillo–126Multiplier–Drayden Van Dyke–122Bold Endeavor–Mike Smith–122Synthesis–Geovanni Franco–122United–Flavien Prat–126Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–122Rockemperor–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. There is currently no public admittance at Santa Anita and fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Partager Ces 48 prochaines heures seront crucialesLes deux hommes doivent se revoir aujourd’hui ou demain pour faire avancer les discussions mais tout le monde semble camper sur ses positions, y compris le joueur, qui a fait savoir qu’il ne se «sent plus bien dans ce projet» et aimerait répondre favorablement à l’offre concrète d’un club encore inconnu à ce stade des négociations. Dans son entourage, ses agents assurent que ce dernier est prêt à attendre puisqu’il a fait de Selimovic sa priorité hivernale, mais ces derniers ont demandé au joueur d’aller au feu pour faire valoir sa volonté.«J’aimerais jouer plus haut», aurait-il dit en substance à ses dirigeants et il semblerait ne pas vouloir en démordre. On n’ira pas au clash, à un boycott de l’entraînement ou de toute autre forme de non-respect du contrat, mais le joueur de 22 ans va s’atteler, ces 48 prochaines heures à tenter de quitter Chypre. Pour où? On ne saura que s’il obtient gain de cause.Julien Mollereau Le défenseur central (22 ans) a vu son président samedi soir, après une victoire sur l’Omonia, et va le revoir dans les heures à venir. Il n’en démord pas, il veut quitter Chypre.Vahid Selimovic poursuit, sur l’île de Chypre, la belle remontada avec l’Apollon, qui vient d’aligner six victoires consécutives. Encore aligné en défense centrale (et très solide), il a vu son équipe de Limassol battre le leader, l’Omonia Nicosie, sur le score de 2 à 1, revenant avec 26 unités, à cinq petites longueurs seulement de son hôte de samedi mais avec un match en retard.Avant la partie, il a eu quelques mots en tête-à-tête avec son coach, Sofronis Avgousti, pour que tout le monde soit sur la même longueur d’onde. L’idée de Vahid, c’était, en gros : «Je vous aide, vous m’aidez aussi.» Entre les lignes… «à être libéré». Vahid a fait le job sur la pelouse (une seule difficulté sur un centre au cordeau et repris sur la barre par l’attaquant adverse), devant un peu plus de 5 000 spectateurs. Mais dans la foulée, alors que l’entraîneur assure «comprendre» la volonté de départ du joueur, il s’est heurté à une première fin de non-recevoir de la part de son président, Nicos Kirzis.
Quite simply, Martin cut off all the arguments about whether or not NASCAR made the right call by not throwing out a yellow flag at the finish of the Daytona 500. Martin could have ended years of frustration at the track had the caution been displayed. Rather than whine, pout and point fingers, Martin accepted the situation. He deprived a potential fire of its fuel by refusing to second-guess NASCAR’s decision. His disappointment was great, but he displayed great class by not throwing the sport into another crisis. Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, getting ready for the speed circus, wondering whatever happened to Katy Dulock, all-time career soccer assist leader for San Gorgonio High School in 1984-88. NASCAR knows hows to steal a headline or two, and the sanctioning body can thank Mark Martin for not creating another one. Even non-racing fans, and there appears to a bigger number in the area than once thought, can agree that Martin set a high standard not many associated with NASCAR. Cheatin’ is one thing, integrity quite another. NASCAR violated its own past practices with its action. If a similar crash happens Sunday at the Auto Club 500 at Fontana, many believe NASCAR will throw a caution. Daytona skewers any equation since it is the biggest and most important race. However, if NASCAR wants to maintain its popularity and perception of an even playing field, it must be consistent in all its rulings. … Perhaps now the CIF basketball playoff committee will listen. There was quite a buzz – some characterized it as fear – of the decision to place the Sunkist League in the Division IV-AA last year. All three Sunkist teams – public schools Kaiser, Bloomington and Jurupa Valley – have advanced to the quarterfinals, defeating three smaller parochial schools and two public schools. From this corner, it doesn’t seem quite right that the Sunkist League plays bigger schools in football but not in basketball. … Leave it to the promotional folks at the speedway to schedule the first Southern California appearance by Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick in Hollywood. Now that’s a real NASCAR hotbed. It’s all part of the annual California Speedway Day in L.A. Harvick will take the stage in the courtyard of the Hollywood & Highland Center on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and hang out with the public until 3. If you’re interested in going, it’s best to take the Metrolink into L.A. and then use the subway to Hollywood. It beats battling traffic all the way on the return trip. According to a speedway release, “fans will have the opportunity to change a tire … and take their picture next to a real race car.” If Chewbaca doesn’t attack once again. What are the chances the next Daytona 500 winner visits the next city to proclaim California Speedway Day? It’s Barstow’s chance to get in on the action. Now that’s a real NASCAR hotbed. … According to colleague John Murphy, the football coaching career of Mike Churchill may be finished. He was recently named as athletic director at Laguna Beach, stepping down as football coach at Riverside La Sierra. Churchill was a fixture along the sidelines of many local games. He coached in the area at Damien, Riverside Poly, Redlands and Carter high schools plus had a stint as the head coach at Riverside City College. His departure from Carter in 2005 was unwarranted, due to a suspension for arguing with an unruly parent. He laid a foundation that resulted in Brian Kidd’s Lions reaching the playoffs last fall. It won’t be the same without Church around. … John Smith coached basketball at San Bernardino Valley College and Chaffey College before finding a comfortable home in Riverside. Smith led the Riverside Community College Tigers to a 26-4 record this season and has been named Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year. … What do California Speedway president Gillian Zucker and Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman have in common? They each worked for the High Desert Mavericks. Zucker worked in Adelanto for a year before returning East, and soon landing a job with International Speedway Corp. Beeman was with the Mavs before taking her first coaching job at the University of Redlands. She was then hired at Mt. SAC, winning the state title last year and entering the playoffs this season as the top-seed in Southern California. … Kent Walton, who as an outfielder at Yucaipa High School, was an all-San Bernardino County selection, has moved to second base this year. The BYU sophomore is batting .381 through the Cougars’ first five games. … Corporate American can make a difference in youth sports. AYSO Region 130 – San Bernardino/Highland – has received more than $1,420 in funds and equipment from Discount Tire Centers and Uniroyal Tire. In seven years, the program has distributed 655,000 free soccer balls and $9 million in funds and equipment. … Although it would be great to see a Ken Schrader or Bobby Labonte win this weekend at Fontana, the truth is only three car owners – Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush and Roger Penske – have visited the winner’s circle for the Auto Club 500. Given that, we like Kyle Busch to win on Sunday. Louis Brewster is the Sports Editor for The Sun. His column appears on Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!