Stay with Frankenstorm

first_imgThe Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carryover to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.3 million. Both Super-6s were caught and start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a competitive looking $180,000 claiming race over 1000 metres round, which should see the down in class horses FRANKENSTORM (Rayan Wilson up), LIGHT BRIGADE (Robert Halledeen) and DAGGA DAGGA LINKS (Andre Martin) the ones fighting out the finish in an eight-strong field. All three are better than this level of racing and although not always 100 per cent sound, LIGHT BRIGADE, in particular, could reply with a long overdue win with title-chasing Halledeen riding for that astute trainer Lawrence Freemantle and high profile owner Carlton Watson.  Preference, however, is for FRANKENSTORM, who won easily over 1100 metres in the fairly good time of 1:08.2 on August 26. The five-year-old son of Outrigger was claimed from trainer Neive Graham by Dennis l Lee out of that race and should bring fitness into play and win from LIGHT BRIGADE, now dropping down two classes with some indifferent form. Having finished second in her last two races, WHO’S BOSSY (Kuri Powell up) should come into her own and win the second race over 1500 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up. Owned and trained by Jamaica’s lone female conditioner Margaret Parchment, WHO’S BOSSY caught the eye in recent weeks when finishing second to ROYAL GIRL and DARLIN in separate races over middle distances and should go one better at the expense of WESTERN FAITH and NO PAIN NO GAIN in a field of seven. MISS DOROTHY, who just failed to catch ABOVE THE RADAR over 1820 metres recently, looks tempting at the weights with only 52.0kg in the third race over 1800 metres and her final rattle will now prove hard to withstand in a field of eight. Sadiki Blake, who won aboard her over a mile on August 6, has stuck with the ride and despite the good claims of bold front runner GRAN CORAZON and GEORHIAMYLOVE, the five-year-old mare is given the edge. Briefly, recent winner MARISHA STAR (Wesley Henry up), down in class EDISON (Omar Walker aboard) and CLEARLY OURS (O’Brien White) should provide the answers for the last three races in the first Super-6. Their respective dangers are GENUINE FRIEND, PRINCE ANDREW and AQUILO. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FRANKENSTORM/LIGHT BRIGADE (2) WHO’S BOSSY/ WESTERN FAITH (3) MISS DOROTHY/GRAN CORAZON (4) MARISHA STAR/ GENUINE FRIEND (5) EDISON/PRINCE ANDREW (6) CLEARLY OURS/AQUILOlast_img read more

Vision of Gold to rebound

first_imgBoth the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow, the Pick-9 having been caught by a lucky punter on Wednesday. He walked away with a cool $1 million.The Pick-9, embracing all nine races on the card, offers a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, the Super-6s from race two to seven, the overlapping Super-6 from race four to nine.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 1400-metre claiming race ($250,000 – $210,000), to be contested by nine starters, including top contenders ST BERNARD with smart apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, and BRAVE PROSPECT, to be ridden by the leading jockey Shane Ellis. The Patrick Taylor-trained ST BERNARD caught the eye when finishing a close third to ETERNAL JOY over 1200 metres last Saturday, was running on well at the finish, and will only go down fighting.Preference is for the three-year-old colt BRAVE PROSPECT from the stables of Neive Graham. Although declared lame for his intended race on October 24 and a late scratch, he will report in good condition and with the trip ideal, is given the edge over the much older ST BERNARD.The Wayne DaCosta-trained VISION OF GOLD showed promise on his recent debut when second to GIRLY GIRLY LINKS and having looked well at exercise since, could be used as a banker in the second race, the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup over 1400 metres for native-bred two-year-olds.Briefly, the stretch running COLD GROUND with apprentice Dane Dawkins aboard, gets the ideal trip (1820 metres) in the fourth race, where UNBREAKABLE looks his main danger. Then, take BLACK BOY (Steadman up) to go one better in the fifth race over 1400 metres; TASHIE BABY (Hakeem Pottinger to do likewise in the sixth; and close all bets with down-in-class DI COBRE under Shane Ellis in the seventh over the straight for $180,000 claimers.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) BRAVE PROSPECT/ST BERNARD(3) VISION OF GOLD(4) COLD GROUND/UNBREAKABLE(5) BLACK BOY/SIR PLUMMY(6) TASHIE BABY/SHIP LODE(7) DI COBRE/WINESHA- O.C.last_img read more

LeBron joins elite list, leads Cavs past Magic

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP):LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.James had 15 points and 13 assists and joined Robertson as the only players in league history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists.With his fifth assist, James moved past Norm Nixon (6,386) into 25th place and moved alongside Robertson, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James will soon eclipse Robertson’s scoring total and the unselfish superstar is a good bet to pass the guard on the assist list as well.Love scored 27 in the first half for the Cavs, now 8-0 at home and an Eastern Conference-leading 11-3.Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant had 27 points and six rebounds in his return from a hamstring injury as the Thunder downed the Utah Jazz 111-89.Durant was 10 for 13 from the field in his first game since he got hurt on November10 at Washington. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.HEAT BEAT KNICKSIn Miami, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 16 points as the Heat downed the Knicks 95-78 to end New York’s four-game winning streak.Goran Dragic had 13 points and nine assists for the Heat, who went on a 36-8 run in the first half. Tyler Johnson scored 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 11 rebounds.Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for New York, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games in Miami.The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Philadelphia 100-95 to keep the 76ers winless this season after Andrew Wiggins scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.Kevin Garnett had eight points and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves (6-8) won at home for the first time in seven games this season. They dropped Philadelphia to 0-15 and avoided another embarrassing home loss to the Sixers, who snapped a 0-17 start to last season with a win at Target Center.In other games, Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Hornets downed the Los Angeles Kings 127-122 in overtime and the San Antonio Spurs were 98-84 winners over the Phoenix Suns.last_img read more

Hyatt the hero as Arnett surge

first_imgGoalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.last_img read more

WCup qualification is T&T’s main focus

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Trinidad and Tobago’s head coach Stephen Hart says his top priority is to ensure the Soca Warriors are adequately prepared as they attempt a second appearance in the FIFA World Cup, football’s biggest spectacle.T&T’s only World Cup appearance came in 2006, when they registered a scoreless draw and two losses by the same 2-0 result in three matches.The current side is seeking to make its own history by earning a place at Russia 2018 when it meets Costa Rica on November 11, to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.”Right now, my focus is getting the team back to a strong level for the two World Cup qualifying games next month in November,” said the 56-year-old.”When the time comes for the playoffs for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, then we will think about that. We still have to get the dates for those games because now we are in a situation where we have to playoff with the other second-placed teams.”Alternate routeLast month, T&T finished second in the Caribbean Cup, third-round group to Martinique, necessitating an alternate route to the biennial competition.Before that matter can be settled, the Soca Warriors want to establish a positive World Cup Qualifying tone.”We have a lot to do now to get ourselves mentally and physically ready for Costa Rica,” Hart said.”The team has shown that they have the potential to raise the levels to one which we can compete and win games against the top teams in the region and we’ll be focusing on getting back there.”T&T are ranked 65th overall, fourth in CONCACAF and number one in the Caribbean, according to the most recent FIFA Rankings.last_img read more

Bishoo hails Brathwaite after strong Windies start

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):For the third straight match, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was reduced to watching from the sidelines, but that did not prevent him from having a profound impact on the opening day of the third Test here yesterday.Brathwaite has failed to make the final XI in the series, but with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo’s confidence sagging after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq put him to the sword, the reserve player was quick to respond, encouraging his teammate to remain on top of his game and not to let his head drop.The net effect was that Bishoo went on to claim four for 74 and trigger a slide in the final hour, which saw Pakistan crash from 230 for four to 255 for eight at the close.”He (Misbah) tried to get after me in the second Test match. He tried to pick me off … attack me a bit, but, in this game, I tried to do the basics. I tried to bowl my lengths [in] my areas and don’t try too much,” Bishoo told reporters following the day’s play.”When I had just started my spell, I had gone for a few runs, but Carlos (Brathwaite) saw my body language was a bit down and he came and told me, ‘You need to pick up yourself.'”[He said], ‘You’ve done well in international cricket already. You got eight in the first game, so why can’t you do it again?’ And he said ‘I want to see some confidence in you’, and I started to be a bit more lively.”MULTIPLE WICKETSBishoo picked up three of the four wickets to fall late in the day, including that of Misbah, who gloved a catch behind for 53, as he attempted to reverse sweep.Misbah was one of four players to make half-centuries as 20-year-old opener Sami Aslam top-scored with 74 and Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed both made 51.With Pakistan coasting in the second session and in the first hour after tea, Bishoo said West Indies were focused on drying up the scoring and creating pressure.”In the second session, we decided if we were not going to get wickets, we were not going to let them score as much,” he said.”We were trying to keep the run rate under three [runs per over], so we tried to bowl our areas, be patient and let them make the mistakes.”The Guyanese, who took a career-best eight-wicket haul in the second innings of the historic day/night opening Test, was well supported by in-form pacer Shannon Gabriel, who once again bowled with pace to claim three for 58.Gabriel picked up two wickets in four balls in the first over of the day to reduce Pakistan to one run for two wickets.”It’s the first day of the game and I think we’ve put ourselves in a very good position and we need to capitalise from here on. The job isn’t finished as yet, but it’s good start for us on the first day,” Bishoo said.”It was a good bowling effort. I think we tried to bowl as tight as possible, tried to hold our line and lengths, and if they wanted to take the chances, they take the chances.”last_img read more

Hart refutes claims of using injured player

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national senior team Stephen Hart is refuting allegations that he used injured goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams during the recent World Cup Qualifier against Honduras, against the advice of team doctor Terrence Babwah.Hart’s denial follows the resignation of Dr Babwah and team physiotherapist Dave Isaac in the wake of T&T’s 3-1 loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula last week.Their resignations were confirmed in a release issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).”[Babwah] never told me it was not safe to play Jan. He never ever said that! He told me that Jan had an injury [while we were] in Trinidad. He said Jan hurt his shoulder and he was struggling with it,” Hart told Wired868.”So I said let us see how it works out. We had a light training session in Trinidad, but then we had two training sessions in Panama and Jan trained twice fully. He dived, he did everything.”According to the statement issued by TTFA, Dr Babwah, a member of the FIFA Medical Committee for over 10 years, said “his professional integrity and that of the team’s medical staff had been compromised by decisions made leading up to the Honduras game”.ANOTHER RESIGNATION”Mr Dave Isaac, another clinical person who has been with the team for the past four years, also tendered his resignation, citing concerns about specialist advice being ignored,” the release also stated.But Hart has insisted that he was not advised against playing the T&T custodian.”Why would I risk a goalkeeper if he couldn’t raise his arm?” asked Hart.”That doesn’t make sense. Something is not reading right here at all. I have a picture right now with Jan’s arm fully in the air, which is the same arm they said he couldn’t raise, so I don’t know what is going on at all.”During the qualifier against Honduras, Jan-Michael was taken off after receiving a knee to his head in a collision with striker Alberth Elis in the 10th minute.Media reports say he was knocked unconscious for about seven minutes and had to undergo a CT scan that showed no internal bleeding.President David John-Williams has since called a special meeting of the TTFA to address Babwah’s resignation and other issues regarding the senior team.T&T’s goalkeeper, coach Michael Maurice, and fitness trainer Tobias Ottley have also strongly denied the accusations against Hart which appeared in the Guardian newspaper.last_img read more

Shocking defeat for Walters

first_imgSHOCKED! That was the response from boxing fans worldwide last Saturday night after Jamaica’s Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters quit after the seventh round in his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super featherweight title fight against Ukraine’s Vasyl ‘Hi Tech’ Lomachenko, which took place at the Hotel Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in Nevada, USA.Although starting as the 1-11 underdog in the fight, Walters, who went into the ring with a very impressive 26-0-1 record and tremendous goodwill from around the world, was expected to give a world-championship performance against his rival, who has been the talk of the boxing world recently, because of his exceptional boxing skills.Lomachenko entered the professional ranks three years ago after an amazing amateur career that saw him win 396 of 397 bouts. Since then, he was able to win two world titles in seven fights, and was having his first defence of the title he won on June 11 this year, with a fifth-round knockout victory over then champion Roman Martinez. He now has a 7-1 record.Both men talked up a storm in the build-up to the fight, and each man predicted a knockout victory. It was Lomachenko who delivered, however, and it turned out that he stated correctly, in advance, just what he would do with Walters. The first four rounds, he said, would be used to test Walters and see what he had in his arsenal, and from round five, he would open up “and take care of business”. That was exactly what he did.LITTLE ACTIONThere was very little action in the first round as both men were cautious, but Lomachenko did just enough in the closing stages to take the round. The pattern was the same in the second, and it was easy to see that Lomachenko had a carefully worked out plan. He threw just enough jabs to impress the judges, and in the meantime, successfully parried the jabs and hooks thrown by Walters. It was obvious that his camp had devised a plan to stop the vaunted Walters left hook to the body, as it rarely landed. The right hook to the head, another Walters weapon, was also effectively blocked, and in short order, Walters did not have many options.In the meantime, by the fourth round, Lomachenko was consistently finding the mark with his jabs. He hit Walters with clean punches, while the Jamaican pugilist could not find the moving target that was Lomachenko. One could see by then that Walters was frustrated by the dominance of his opponent, as he just could not mount an attack. At the start of round five, Lomachenko unveiled the second part of his script. He upped the tempo and his hand and foot speed made him the master, offensively and on defence. This was the beginning of the end for Walters.AGGRESSIVE SIXTH ROUNDIn round six, Lomachenko was more aggressive, and he again stepped up the pace in the seventh. His hand speed was phenomenal, and for the first time in his career,Walters had no answers. His corner had panicked and there was obvious confusion there, so he came out for the round with no plan. He absorbed a lot of punishment in this round and it was obvious at the end of the round, that he was in serious trouble.It came as a surprise, however, that instead of answering the bell for round eight, Walters called it quits. The verdict was a technical knockout, and he had suffered his first defeat in 28 fights. He said afterwards that the layoff of nearly a year had affected him badly, and this was obvious, as he was not able to do anything right. He now has a few difficult months ahead of him, and drastic action will have to take place to revive the 30-year-old’s once promising career.last_img read more

It’s Bigbrowngreyhope

first_imgAmerican-bred BIGBROWNGREYHOPE should give players of the Sunrise-6 a lot to cheer about after tomorrow’s 11:30 a.m. opening race on Guineas Day 2017 at Caymanas Park. The seven-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown has been under a cloud for the past nine months after winning his fifth race on June 29 last year, but now appears ready to give those chasing the whopping $1.6 million carryover a perfect start. His last win came over tomorrow’s distance, 1300 metres, clocking a very good 1:20.3. That victory came in the rating group above and nothing in this line up can match that sort of time. The gelding’s fitness is now not in doubt as he has been exercising regularly for well over a month. In his last run over 1600 metres in the $450,000 claiming, he was prominent for a long time before weakening late and placing fourth by seven lengths behind Unbreakable. With the reliable Robert Halledeen on board, he should make no mistake over his favourite distance. DISAPPOINTED The second is a knotty 1200 metres for maidens. LAWS OF THE CODE disappointed over the distance as the even-money favourite last time after putting in two impressive efforts in February and March. He cannot be trusted, and a better bet is UNCLE FREDDIE, who has finished behind three Classic contenders (Don Chassis, Loose Cannon, Balazo) in his three starts, and with this field more manageable, could go all the way. LUCKY STROKE should provide all the answers for Race 3, division two of the second race. He ended head-on with 2000 Guineas contender Market Force at exercise on Wednesday (1:32.3 over 1400m), and that is good enough to beat this field. Race 4 is an early Easter gift for REIGN OVER ALL and former champion jockey Dane Nelson. He was beaten a short head by Supreme Magic on March 4, and the latter went up in class to destroy a $250,000 field by four lengths on March 29. LEEKOUT has been knocking at the door for some time and it should fly wide open in Race 5. His 1:15.1 for 1200 metres (March 25) makes him almost a second better than anything else in this field. He should not be a maiden after tomorrow, if he gets a clear passage. SUNDANCE is obviously below his best but cannot help defeating his weak rivals in the sixth race. He clocked 1:01.3 over 1000 metres round last time and in this milder pace in the lowest claiming group ($180,000), it should be a post-to-post win for the Gary Griffiths-trained four-year-old gelding. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE 2. UNCLE FREDDIE 3. LUCKY STROKE 4. REIGN OVER ALL 5. LEEKOUT 6. SUNDANCElast_img read more

IAAF World Relays: 4x200m gold for Jamaica

first_imgJamaica’s 4×200 metres quartet, anchored by double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, won the gold medal at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas in a championship record one minute 29.04 seconds tonight.   Germany took second in 1:30.68 and the United States finished third in 1:30.87. The Jamaican team in running order was Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson.last_img