Rohit also has a feat is a new record in world cricket. His tally of sixes hit against Australia is 69, which is the second-most by any batsmen against a single opposition. Rohit broke the previous world record held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who blasted 63 sixes in ODIs against Sri Lanka. While Afridi took 72 games to hit 63 sixes, Rohit has achieved the feat in a staggering 35 games. Chris Gayle has the most number of sixes against an opposition with 84 in 35 games.Rohit has also hit a total of 27 sixes in Australia, which is the most in a single country. Even here, he beat the previous record of 25 held by Shahid Afridi but he shattered AB de Villiers’s record of 26 against India in India. His fifth century in Australia was also the joint-most by a visiting player in Australia, matching Kumar Sangakkara. His tally of seven hundreds is the second-most by a batsman in ODIs against Australia behind Sachin Tendulkar’s nine. highlights Rohit Sharma became the fourth player to reach 2000 runs in ODIs.Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer with 3077 runs.Australia have a 8-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has always had memorable moments against Australia when it comes to his cricketing career. His first double century came against Australia in 2013 and he has the most centuries in his ODI career against Australia. Rohit has also amassed other records in his career and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia at the Kennington Oval, the Mumbai right-hander notched up yet another milestone. Rohit became the fourth player to score 2000 runs in ODIs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-getter with 3077 runs at an average of 44.57 with nine centuries. With Shikhar Dhawan batting aggressively, Rohit was content on playing second fiddle. The batsman pushed legspinner Adam Zampa to long off for a single and he became the fastest to 2000 runs against Australia, achieving the feat in just his 37th game. Apart from Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards and Desmond Haynes of the West Indies are the others to have gone past 2000 runs. Haynes has scored 2262 runs while Richards has a tally of 2187 runs with Richards averaging just over 50. When it comes to the average, Rohit has a staggering average of 61.87. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories ACC moves Syracuse-Virginia game to Sunday at 7 p.m. due to impending snowstorm On Sunday, No. 13 Virginia (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts Syracuse (13-7, 3-4) for a 7 p.m. game at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.The Orange will look for a fourth straight win against a Cavaliers team that hasn’t lost at home this season. But SU is coming off an improbable road victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the ACC, like all of college basketball, has turned improbable into normal in the last three months.Here’s what you need to know about Virginia heading into the matchup.All-time series: 3-3.Last time they played: The Cavaliers beat the Orange, 59-47, in the Carrier Dome last March. Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, but Virginia used 17 points from Anthony Gill to ultimately surge ahead. Malcolm Brogdon, London Perrantes and Mike Tobey, all on this year’s team with Gill, each pitched in 10 points. Rakeem Christmas had one of his worst games of the season with 10 points and four rebounds, and Trevor Cooney led Syracuse with 14 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia report: After finishing nonconference play 11-1 and winning its first ACC game against Notre Dame, the Cavaliers dropped two straight conference games to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech to come back down to earth. Even still, all four of UVA’s losses have come on the road and it has beaten Villanova, West Virginia, Miami and, most recently, a surging Clemson team. Virginia is heralded for its stingy pack-line man-to-man defense, but the Cavaliers have been arguably more impressive on offense this season. That doesn’t mean UVA isn’t a defensively minded team first and foremost, but it ranks seventh in the nation in Kenpom.com’s adjusted offensive efficiency, 17th in 3-point shooting at 40.1 percent and 24th with an effective field-goal percentage of 54.6. Virginia is led by the 6-foot-5 Brogdon, one of the best on-ball defenders in the country who is also averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game. Gill is a tough presence on the block and on the glass, averaging 14.8 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds. After that, the team’s methodical slow-paced offense is organized by Perrantes, UVA’s point guard, who averages 11.7 points and 4.2 assists a contest.How Syracuse beats Virginia: The Orange can become the first team to beat Virginia at home this season if it can push the pace. The Cavaliers like to play slow and force their opponents to do the same. UVA’s 19.4 seconds per possession is the 344th highest of 351 teams, according to Kenpom, and its opponents average possession length of 19.1 seconds is the 349th highest. That’s on par with how teams usually attack Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, as opponents are averaging a nation-high 19.4 seconds per possession against the Orange. But SU can’t fall into the trap of regularly setting up its offense in the half court, because the Cavaliers are adept at defending screens and have a defense designed to close driving lanes while limiting good looks from the perimeter. The pick-and-roll offense was effective against Duke on Monday, but it’s likely that Brogdon will be draped all over Michael Gbinije and Perrantes will be hounding Cooney wherever he goes. That means the key to SU’s offense will be forcing turnovers and getting high-percentage shots in transition. The Orange has proven in its last two games that it can defend a team like Virginia, but the question Sunday will be if it can score enough to win.Statistics to know: To compound the challenge of facing Virginia’s quick-sliding half-court defense, the Cavaliers are among the best in the country at taking care of the basketball. UVA’s offensive turnover percentage of 14.5 is the 10th lowest in the nation, according to Kenpom, while Syracuse’s defensive turnover percentage of 20.7 is a respectable 53rd. Whether disciplined offense beats aggressive defense, or vise versa, will be a major factor in the game.Player to watch: Tobey has been coming off the bench for Virginia, but he has the ability to bully Syracuse on the offensive glass. Tobey isn’t a notably skilled big man, but at 7 feet and 260 pounds will be tough for the Orange to move inside. He’s a similar player to North Carolina’s Joel James and Duke’s Marshall Plumlee, both of whom SU had trouble with, in that he doesn’t stray far from the rim and is always fighting for rebounding position. He’s averaging an efficient 7.5 points in 16.2 minutes a game, but could see more playing time if Tyler Lydon, Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman have trouble moving him out of the paint. Comments Published on January 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse
It didn’t take long for evidence of his deceit to come out, as only three years prior, he had been suspended from the National U16 Football Championship, for being much older than he claimed. So if he was older than 16 three years ago, how could he be 16 now?Share on: WhatsApp Gourav MukhiKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Gourav Mukhi went from being celebrated as the youngest goal scorer in the history of the Indian Super League to being suspended for six months, after authorities found that he wasn’t actually 16-years-old, but 28. His troubles started back in October, when the Jamshedpur FC striker scored a “historic goal” against Bengaluru FC. It made him the youngest scorer in the history of India’s soccer league. He was only 16 at the time, or at least that’s what his documents showed, but all the attention made people look at him more closely, and some started expressing doubts about his age online.
11 June 2016 GB&I need 2½ points for Curtis Cup glory? Saturday is known as moving day and GB&I lived up to that today, winning five out of the six points on offer: two from the foursomes and all three of the fourballs. The morning foursomes saw Leona Maguire and Charlotte Thomas take on Bethany Wu and Hannah O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan’s solid putting proved too good as the American pairing clinched a 1hole win. However, that was the end of the road for the American team today as GB&I powered through every other match to seal significant wins. Maria Dunne and Meghan MacLaren proved their worth in the morning foursomes after a disappointing loss on 18 yesterday. They saw off talented Sierra Brooks and Andrea Lee on the home green as the final 10 foot putt was clinched by MacLaren, which was followed by a cheer echoed across the whole golf course from a more than supportive home crowd. Olivia Mehaffey and Bronte Law faced long hitter Bailey Tardy and partner Monica Vaughn. The GB&I side got off to a slow start but didn’t let that stop them as they won hole after hole to seal the deal on the 16th, with a 3&2 win. Mehaffey and Law were first out on the course in the afternoon and led from the front, going two up through two holes. A solid finish by the world number 8 and 4 respectively meant they secured a win on the 16th green, the second of the day for the strong pairing. Following them were home favourite Dunne and good friend and partner this week MacLaren. MacLaren birdied the 5th, 6th and 7th holes, which took them to 3 up. They fell back to one up through 11 but classy birdies on 12, 13 and 16 from Dunne saw them close out the match. The final match of the day was one to watch as world number three Leona Maguire and Charlotte Thomas paired up destroy the duo of O’Sullivan and Liu. Maguire went on a run of birdies on the 5th, 6th and 8th and slotted in an eagle on the par 5 7th, to see them five up through 9. They continued this run and closed out the match on the 14th with a 5&4 win. If the GB&I team manage to clinch the 2½ points required of them tomorrow to win the coveted Curtis Cup trophy, they will surely look back on this afternoon as the significant point in the tournament. A pumped GB&I team did not falter and tomorrow’s singles matches will not be one to miss at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Singles Draw USA names first 10:00 Hannah O’Sullivan V Olivia Mehaffey 10:10 Bailey Tardy V Charlotte Thomas 10:20 Sierra Brooks V Leona Maguire 10:30 Monica Vaughn V Rochelle Morris 10:40 Andrea Lee V Alice Hewson 10:50 Mika Liu V Bronte Law 11:00 Bethany Wu V Meghan MacLaren 11:10 Mariel Galdiano V Maria Dunne Results – Day 2 – 11 June Morning Foursomes GB&I 2 USA 1 Leona Maguire & Charlotte Thomas lost to Bethany Wu & Hannah O’Sullivan 1down Meghan MacLaren & Maria Dunne beat Sierra Brooks & Andrea Lee 1up Olivia Mehaffey & Bronte Law beat Bailey Tardy & Monica Vaughn 3&2 Afternoon Four Balls GB&I 3 USA 0 Olivia Mehaffey & Bronte Law beat Monica Vaughn & Bethany Wu 3&2 Meghan MacLaren & Maria Dunne beat beat Bailey Tardy & Monica Vaughan 3&2 Leona Maguire & Charlotte Thomas beat Hannah O’Sullivan & Mika Liu 5&4 Great Britain and Ireland survived a fierce American fightback to claim a dramatic victory in the 39th Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, south of Dublin. The home side started the singles with an 8-4 lead over the visitors and needed just 2½ points for victory. But they had to fight all the way to secure an 11½ – 8½ victory after the battling Americans edged the singles by 4½ – 3½. Leona Maguire put the first GB&I point on the board and was followed home by Olivia Mehaffey, who halved her game. Just one more point was required – but the pressure was on after the Americans took 3½ points from the first five games. The attention focussed on the last three games, featuring England’s Meghan MacLaren and Bronte Law and Ireland’s Maria Dunne. It fell to MacLaren to deliver the victory when she carded a five on the long 17th to beat Bethany Wu 2 & 1. “That’s a moment I will always remember,” said MacLaren. “I wasn’t sure what was going on at one point but then it became pretty clear how close it was. I was confident Bronte would bring home her point so I just tried to relax and play my own game.” Moments later Law created a major slice of history when she beat Mika Liu by two holes to become the first GB&I player to win all five of her matches at a Curtis Cup. That feat had previously been achieved just once before by American Stacy Lewis at St Andrews back in 2008 when the match was played over three days for the first time. “It’s great to be the first GB&I to win five matches but that wasn’t the priority for me,” Law said. “The priority was to play as well as I could for the team. I think the reason why we have the trophy right now is that we’ve some amazing team chemistry this week. Everyone has got on so well. Our golf has been amazing but the fact we got on so well made it so easy. “This is the best team I’ve been on and that means more than what I’ve done on a personal basis. There’s friendships here that are going to last a lifetime and that’s the most important thing.” Law was playing in her third Curtis Cup and has been in the winning side twice, following the GB&I victory at Nairn in 2012. The victory marked just the eighth time GB & I has emerged victorious in a contest which was inaugurated all the way back in 1932 but it does mean they have now won twice in-a-row on home soil. Click here for scores Image courtesy Natalie Jones 10 Jun 2016 GB&I score dramatic Curtis Cup victory 10 June 2016 GB&I and USA are level after first day of Curtis Cup It’s all square after the first day of the 39th Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Ireland with GB&I and the USA tied 3-3. World number 4 Bronte Law and world number 8 Olivia Mehaffey paired up for the morning foursomes and got GB&I off to a great start when they secured a 2&1 win over world number 1 Hannah O’Sullivan and Mariel Galdiano. Charlotte Thomas and Leona Maguire powered through Andrea Lee and Mika Liu 4&2 to put another point on the board for the GB&I side. The last match of the morning was a tight affair between Meghan MacLaren and Maria Dunne. A huge following for this match meant cheers were heard all over the course when Dunne and MacLaren went 3up through 8 holes. A sturdy fight back from opponents Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn saw the teams approach the 18th all square. A tough chip for Dunne and a good two putt for the Americans were the deciding factors in what finished in a one-hole win for the American side. Elaine Farquharson-Black’s GB&I team took a 2-1 lead into the afternoon four balls. GB&I stacked a fearsome pairing at the top with Maguire and Law teaming up for the first afternoon four ball. The world number 3 and 4 respectively didn’t falter at any point as they cruised to a 4&3 win over Sierra Brooks and Bethany Wu. They attacked the pins on the undulating Dun Laoghaire greens and rolled in birdie putts, to make it look easy. The second match saw a pumped Mehaffey and Thomas take to the course, unafraid of Hannah O’Sullivan and Mariel Galdiano. It was a tight affair all through the front 9, as every hole was halved. Mehaffey and Thomas took the lead on 10 before the USA won it back two holes later. USA dominated from there, although it looked good for GB&I on the 16th after Thomas rolled in a 35 footer for birdie. However the world number 1 put a stop to any early celebrations as she followed Thomas in to the hole from 20 feet for a half. The 17th was halved in pars, while O’Sullivan showed her class on 18 and sank a raker for birdie, before Mehaffey even lined up her chance from 10 feet. GB&I captain Elaine Farquharson-Black commented: “The standard of golf out there has been fantastic from both sides. There’s also a great atmosphere. It’s lovely to see so many spectators cheering on both sides and I expect we’ll get even more over the weekend.” Day 2 Morning Foursomes GB&I V USA 08:00 Leona Maguire & Charlotte Thomas V Bethany Wu & Hannah O’Sullivan 08:12 Maghan MacLaren & Maria Dunne V Sierra Brooks & Andrea Lee 08:24 Olivia Mehaffey & Bronte Law V Bailey Tardy & Monica Vaughn Day 1 Results GB&I 2 USA 1 Morning Foursomes Bronte Law & Olivia Mehaffey beat Hannah O’Sullivan & Mariel Galdiano 2&1 Charlotte Thomas & Leona Maguire beat Andrea Lee & Mika Liu 4&2 Meghan MacLaren & Maria Dunne lost to Bailey Tardy & Monica Vaughn 1down GB&I V USA Afternoon Four Balls GB&I 1 USA 2 Leona Maguire & Bronte Law beat Sierra Brooke & Bethany Wu 4&3 Charlotte Thomas & Olivia Mehaffey lost to Hannah O’Sullivan & Mariel Galdiano 1down Alice Hewson & Meghan MacLaren lost to Bailey Tardy & Monica Vaughn 2&1 GB&I Team caption: Team Manager Helen Hewlett, Meghan MacLaren, Rochelle Morris, Alice Hewson, Maria Dunne, Bronte Law, Olivia Mehaffey, Charlotte Thomas, Leona Maguire and Team Captain Elaine Farquharson-Black. Click here for live scoring 10th June, 2016 Electric start as Curtis Cup gets underway The 39th Curtis Cup gets underway at Dun Laoghaire, south of Dublin, this morning with five English players in the GB&I team of eight. They are Bronte Law of Cheshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire and Surrey-born Charlotte Thomas. This will be Law’s third appearance in a Curtis Cup team, having made her debut in the winning side at Nairn in 2012; and a second consecutive appearance for Thomas. The team is completed by three Irish players: Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne. This morning’s first foursomes series promises to provide an electric start to a match in which the visiting team is defending the trophy and the home squad is battling to replicate their 2012 victory when the Curtis Cup was staged at Nairn. In the top match world No. 4 Bronte Law and world No. 9 Olivia Mehaffey face world No. 1 Hannah O’Sullivan and world No. 6 Mariel Galdiano. The second match pits world No. 2 Leona Maguire and world No. 41 Charlotte Thomas against Andrea Lee and Mika Liu. In the last match of the morning Maria Dunne and Meghan MacLaren face Bailey Tardy and Monica Vaughn. The three foursomes will be followed by three fourball matches in the afternoon. “We’re relaxed and ready to go,” said GB&I team captain Elaine Farquharson-Black who was part of the winning 1992 GB&I Curtis Cup team at Royal Liverpool and has recently captained GB & I at the most recent Astor Salver and Vagliano Trophy matches. “We’ve had ten great days both here and at Castle (Golf Club) and I think we’ve done all the preparation we need. It’s time to get started. “I’ve been aiming for a happy team because a happy team is a relaxed team and when you’re relaxed that’s when you tend to play well. We’ve done a lot of work but the emphasis has been on keeping it nice and relaxed and I think we’ve managed that very well. Click here for live scoring Caption (L:R):The GB&I team with their caddies. Captain Elaine Farquharson-Black, GB&I team members; Charlotte Thomas, Rochelle Morris, Alice Hewson, Meghan MacLaren, Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey, Bronte Law, Maria Dunne and Manager Helen Hewlett.
AUBREY BRUCELast Sunday the beleaguered Pittsburgh Steelers visited the New York Jets. The “men of steel” won the “skirmish” 19-6. The Steelers were only playing for survival and the New York Jets were playing without their starting QB, Mark “the human dartboard” Sanchez. The “missiles from metropolis” replaced the underachieving Sanchez at least for the moment and according to most New Yorkers with an overachieving QB from “West Virginny” University Geno Smith.Sanchez just happens to be sidelined with a shoulder injury. In early September an article penned by Rich Cimini of espn.com Cimini pointed out the NY Jets response to the injury of Mark Sanchez. “Even though general manager John Idzik didn’t rule out the possibility of Sanchez becoming the starter again, the organization has moved away from the onetime face of the franchise. He won’t go on injured reserve, Idzik said, and he won’t be released, according to Johnson, who doesn’t want to eat the guaranteed $8.25 million salary. But, according to sources, the Jets’ preference is to keep him on the bench.”This action really gained some steam during the first four games of the season but because of the “clipping” that the NY Jets administered to the wings of the lovable, last minute losers the Atlanta Falcons last Monday under the bright lights of MNF.A miniature “QB controversy” was brewing in the “sports speak caldrons” of Gotham city; well at least until Geno Smith and the Jets ran into the Dick LeBeau “buzzsaw defense” and lo and behold reality has set in. Former Pittsburgh Steelers O-lineman, native New Yorker Willie Colon had this to say about his current QB. “It’s tough. You have to deal with it. We have to stay behind Geno. We’re a unit. It’s not about one guy messing up.” It appeared to most NFL aficionados’ that the Steelers defense “mentored” Smith on Sunday.This was safety Ryan Clarke’s reflection on competing against the rookie. “I think Geno is going to be a guy who’s going to win a lot of games for the New York Jets. I’m excited for him and the organization.”Rich Cimini of espn.com had this to say after the Ryan Clarke assessment of the young rookie, “typical Steelers: Confuse the kid, then compliment him. They have the routine down pat.”Clarke failed to mention that over the years that any Dick LeBeau led defense sports a 16-2 won-loss record when facing rookie quarterbacks. As far as the first victory of the season is concerned “Big” Ben Roethlisberger had this to say; “Oh, it’s big.” Brett Keisel the longtime Steelers defensive end said; “We’re not going to quit. Obviously, it wasn’t the start we wanted, but the men in this locker room believe there’s a chance that something great could come out of this if we all work toward it.”Did you notice that Ben Roethlisberger had no picks or fumbles? Is it just coincidence that when your team, specifically your quarterback does not turn the ball over the chances of your team winning increase significantly? When your defense is not on the field all day it is a known fact that they can function far better when they can catch their breath.Hey you don’t believe me? Hey, the Steelers won the time of possession game 35:49 to 24:11 that is 11 minutes and 39 seconds more than their NY counterparts and the fact that your defensive teammates can be sitting on the sideline drinking mint juleps as long as your primary ball handler does not “give” the opposition “unearned” opportunities to score points while your squad has a flying chance of raising the “Jolly Roger.”Case in point Ben Roethlisberger committed two turnovers and the Steelers lost to the Tennessee Titans on opening day by the score of 16-9. The black and gold lost the second game of the season in Cincy to their inner division rival the Bengals by the score of 20-10; again a fumble and interception were two of prime factors in the loss. The Steelers losing ways continued in game three with a loss to “da” Chicago Bears with the help of three fumbles and two picks. I say old chap was the theme for the day as the “men of steel” traveled across the pond for their fourth contest to give the UK a taste of NFL football 2013 style but instead the Steelers got a taste of Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson style, losing a back breaker, 34-27. Pittsburgh had 13 more first downs than the “Vikes” but again a fumble and a interception roasted the “goat.” How Pittsburgh managed to float back across the Atlantic sporting a 0-4 record puzzled me. There is a time tested formula that the Pittsburgh Steelers implemented over four decades ago that continues to be effective if the team sticks with it. Put an above average defense on the field. Ask your offense not to commit any silly or unnecessary turnovers and presto; the magic of winning can be pulled from a hat. 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BILL NEAL:10—Ring…Ringg…Ringgg…Hello Smitty’s Bar and Grill, you stab-em, we’ll slab-em! What ya want? Plane, what plane? Look, whoever told you we got a plane out back is lying to you, man. Well, here’s what you do. Come down and see for yourself. The only thing we got out back is “Man-Man’s” old van…it don’t run, and Timeka’s old refrigerator…it don’t run either. And all them old fans. You know, now that you mention it, I can see how you might think that’s a plane from a satellite distance. But just so you know, we got the same amount of Asians in here that we always do!:09—I’m starting “The Heat Can’t Repeat” march right now. We’ll need time to build up momentum. The Pacers will win the east. And don’t look now, but the Spurs are still mad about that last second loss last year. Their on a quiet mission and will win it all.:08—Pittsburgh…I’m sorry, I did it again…Your Pittsburgh Pirates kicked it off Monday at PNC Park, let’s raise that jolly roger.:07—The late, great Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano and that blind opera singing guy, can see that Jordan Miles was beat damn near to death and if there’s justice at all…and there rarely is in Pittsburgh…they will pay that young man what he’s due. C’mon man, do the right thing!
RED BANK – The Count Basie Theatre recently received $15,000 from the OceanFirst Foundation that completes a two-year grant cycle for arts and cultural institutions.The grant will be used for theater operations and necessary renovations.Since 2009, the foundation has granted $60,000 to the Count Basie Theatre. The Basie also received an $8,000 grant from the Mary Owen Borden Foundation for its support of mission-driven programming, in particular the Outreach program within Red Bank Borough’s public schools. In the past three years, the Borden Foundation has granted the Basie in excess of $36,000.“Our vision for the Count Basie Theatre is to continue to expand and amplify our role as a community asset to the county as both a performing arts venue and a leader in arts education,” said Adam Philipson, CEO of Count Basie Theatre. “We are honored by the support of these two organizations for the work we have accomplished and look forward to working with them as our vision unfolds. We are profoundly grateful for their generosity.”Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area.Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $23 million to more than 600 local charities in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.In recent decades, the Mary Owen Borden Foundation has limited its funding to New Jersey’s Mercer and Monmouth counties. The primary focus on current giving is to address the needs of disadvantaged youth and their families.“We are happy to continue to support the work of the Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy Outreach Program in the Red Bank Schools, “ said Quinn McKean, executive director of the Mary Owen Borden Foundation. “The Mary Owen Borden Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged.”“The Count Basie Theatre is very grateful to both the Mary Owen Borden Foundation and OceanFirst Foundation for their support of our mission-driven programs. These foundations have been generous donors and community partners in helping the Basie bring the arts and arts education to many individuals throughout the Two River area,” said Tom Widener, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation Board of Directors.The Count Basie Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.countbasietheatre.org.
HEAVILY FAVORED GIMME DA LUTE WINS $200,000 ECHO EDDIE STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; GARCIA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR VICTORY
–30– ECHO EDDIE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–Heavily favored Gimme Da Lute sat second early and marched to an emphatic 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and conditioned by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old colt by Midnight Lute stopped the clock in a rapid 1:14.64 for 6 ½ furlongs.Off as the even money favorite in a field of nine sophomores bred or sired in California, Gimme Da Lute paid $4.00, $2.60 and $2.20. Owned by his breeders, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, Gimme Da Lute notched his second win from three starts, with the only blemish on his resume a nose defeat against open maiden company in his first start on Jan. 31. With the winner’s share of $110,000, Gimme Da Lute’s earnings now stand at $158,160.“Winning in California is always great, especially having a Cal-bred here,” said Pegram, who also owned the colt’s sire, Midnight Lute, his dam, Casino Gold, and his grand sire, Real Quiet. “We bred Casino Gold in Kentucky and brought her to California specifically to be foaled here so we could run this colt as a Cal-bred. It’s always good when plans work like you hope, and the way he won today, I can’t wait for him to run again.”Second to eventual third place finisher Richard’s Boy turning for home, Gimme Da Lute exploded clear and improved by roughly 10 lengths on his maiden win at the same distance Feb. 21.“First time I ran him, I had completely forgotten that he was a Cal-bred,” said Baffert. “Somebody forgot to give me that memo, so here we are. We have different options with him. He’ll determine where we run next. He was working great. We’re looking for bigger and better things.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Grazen Sky rallied from off the pace to finish second, a half length in front of Richard’s Boy. Off at 3-1, Grazen Sky paid $3.60 and $2.40.Richard’s Boy, who was ridden by Fernando Perez, was off at 7-2 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.13, 44.77 and 1:08.36.
FINISH LINES: Champion filly Songbird is due back at Santa Anita from WinStar Farm in Kentucky the second week in January, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Monday morning . . . Hollendorfer added that Unique Bella, who worked six furlongs Monday under Mike Smith in 1:12.60, is ticketed for the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 8 . . . FrontRunner winner Gormley, headed for the Sham Stakes on Jan. 7, worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . After a recent spate of rain, there were 279 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 13 on the training track . . . Unable to connect on his flight from Kentucky, jockey David Flores missed his ride on Constellation in today’s Grade I La Brea Stakes. Flavien Prat picked up the mount for Hollendorfer . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest. ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAY FOR POSSIBLE JAN. 1 STARTBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of the Year along with California Chrome, is scheduled to work at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a possible start in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, a race that could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.A three-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for Juddmonte Farms, Inc., Arrogate has won his last five starts including the Classic, in which he handed California Chrome a half-length defeat, ending a six-race winning streak for the popular California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, himself Horse of the Year in 2014.California Chrome is scheduled to have his final career race in the Pegasus. Trainer Art Sherman plans to ship the five-year-old chestnut to Florida from his Los Alamitos headquarters on Jan. 6, with three works over the track before the inaugural Pegasus at 1 1/8 miles. SAN PASQUAL NOMINEE ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAYSTEVENS ON HAND AFTER HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERYCHAMP SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA IN TWO WEEKSWAGERING MENU OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE STEVENS WALKS THE WALK AFTER HIP SURGERYGary Stevens was moving with alacrity on an invigoratingly brisk Monday morning at Clockers’ Corner after undergoing surgery last Wednesday for replacement of his left hip at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.“Everything went pretty well,” the Hall of Fame rider said. “I had (right) knee surgery in the past and on a scale of one to 10 from what I felt with my knee, the pain on this is a one. I was out of recovery for an hour and the nurse had me up and walking. There is some pain from the swelling, but that’s it.“They said it would be 12 weeks before I can ride competitively, but my body will tell me when I’m ready. The doctor said I could get on horses in six weeks but he’d prefer to have me wait until eight weeks.” SANTA ANITA WAGERING MENU INCLUDES ENHANCED PICK SIX, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet offers fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners.Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day. Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5) -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day. -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation. -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required). -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start). -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race. -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be on the final six races each day. -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card. -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout. -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will start with the first race each day. -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day. For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.