Jacquelin takes halfway lead

first_img Press Association Jacquelin carded a second round of 70 in the pro-am event to finish nine under par, one shot ahead of Irish duo Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington, England’s Oliver Wilson and France’s Alexander Levy. Eleven of the top 12 scores came from players who were at Kingsbarns on Friday and Carnoustie on Thursday, when calm conditions meant traditionally the hardest of the three venues played relatively easy. Wind and rain made scoring more difficult on Friday but Jacquelin birdied his final two holes to move into pole position for a fifth European Tour title. “I’m p retty happy, especially the way I finished,” said Jacquelin, whose last win came in a record-equalling nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open last year. “I birdied 17 and 18 so it was good before having dinner and going to rest. ” I’ve been working hard every year since the last 20 years to be at this position. I feel good. It’s a long weekend. It’s a lot of golf to play, so you know, the game of golf, it’s not that easy. You just have to stick to the same plan and see what happens.” Lowry, who finished joint third in this event 12 months ago, was the only player in the top 12 to play at St Andrews on Friday, meaning he will face Carnoustie on Saturday before the final round is again played over the Old Course. “T o be honest, the way I played to shoot two under was quite good,” said Lowry after a round containing four bogeys and six birdies. “The forecast was pretty bad today and everyone was expecting the worst, but it wasn’t actually that bad. “It played quite easy toward the end and I could have picked up a couple more, but I’m happy with the position I’m in with two rounds to go. Hopefully I can go out to Carnoustie tomorrow and hopefully the weather is not too bad over there and I can shoot a decent score.” Harrington won the first of his back-to-back Open titles at Carnoustie in 2007 but has not won a tournament on a major worldwide tour since the 2008 US PGA. The 43-year-old was a vice-captain at last week’s Ryder Cup and although he admits he has a lot more to learn before bidding to captain the side, he has set himself an ambitious target. France’s Raphael Jacquelin claimed the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday as the luck of the draw had a major impact. “I think the big one for me, I’ve got to get inside the top 15 in the world to make the Olympics in 2016,” said Harrington, who is currently ranked 324th. “I’ve got 22 months to go. I’m starting at absolute zero probably at the moment. ” I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it.” Scottish duo Richie Ramsay and Chris Doak are two shots off the pace on seven under, with compatriot Stephen Gallacher another shot back and Gallacher’s Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy five off the lead on four under. McIlroy, who is keen to make the cut in the team event so his amateur partner, his father Gerry, can play at St Andrews on his 55th birthday this Sunday, started the day nine shots off the pace and dropped back to two over par with a bogey on the 14th. However, the world number one responded in style with a superb fairway-wood approach to the par five 16th and rolled in the eagle putt from 15 feet on his way to a round of 67 at Kingsbarns. “I think the eagle on 16 kickstarted something for me,” the 25-year-old said. “I just went from there, started to knock a few putts in. I felt like I struck the ball pretty well for the first couple of days, but just to see a few putts roll in sort of gave me a little bit of confidence and played well after that. ” It would mean an awful lot to win at St Andrews. But if I didn’t, I wouldn’t mind waiting until July next year.” That is when the Northern Irishman will defend his Open title. last_img read more

Trophy Stall best jockey trophy up for grabs at KMTC’s Phagwah race meet today

first_imgPROPRIETOR of Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, Ramesh Sunich, on Thursday presented the Top Jockey trophy for the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club’s (KMTC) Phagwah horse race meet scheduled for today at the club’s facility, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice.According to Sunich, Trophy Stall, since its establishment, has been sponsoring the top jockey trophy for this and other race meets. Sunich said he is committed to this sponsorship, not only for the KMTC, but many other horse race organisers.He further stated that not only does he support horse races, but many other disciplines.Asked why his interest in sponsoring horse races, Sunich informed that his late father was one of Guyana’s top jockeys in the days of the D’Urban race track and he used to be at D’Urban Park on the Sundays when there were races there.Tomorrow’s feature event which covers one mile, is open to horses classified `C’ and Lower and will carry a first prize of $900 000.The second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will earn $450 000, $225 000 and $112 000 respectively.A five-furlong race is open to non-winners of the class `L’ division and the winner will pocket $100 000 while the other top three performers will earn $50 000, $25 000 and $13 000 respectivelyAnother five-furlong race is for horses classified `L’ who are also non-winners and the winner will receive $100 000, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will earn $80 000, $25 000 and $13 000 respectively.A first six-furlong race is open to horses classified `L’ and Lower three-year-old Guyana-bred horses and the winner will receive $150 000.Horses classified `E’ and Lower will also contest a six-furlong event with the winner pocketing $400 000.A $110 000 first prize is up for grabs for horses classified `L’ Open over six furlongs, while three-year-old Guyana-bred maidens will also do battle over six furlongs for a $200 000 first prize and horses classified `J’ and Lower will battle over six furlongs for a first prize worth $140 000.The other event on the day’s card is open to top horses classified `H’ and Lower and they will run over seven furlongs for a first prize worth $250 000.last_img

William Hill changes investor make-up this March

first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Submit Share Mads Eg GensmannLondon hedge fund Parvus Asset Management has reduced its stake in William Hill Plc to 4.9% (42.4 million shares) having previously held a 9.99% interest in the FTSE bookmaker.Completing a share sale this March, Parvus significantly reduces its equity in William Hill becoming the bookmaker’s fifth largest investor.Led by Danish financier Mads Eg Gensmann, Parvus has previously served as William Hill’s largest private investor, at one point servicing a 14% shareholding.As a principal investor of William Hill, Gensmann and Parvus have urged corporate governance to sell the company over seeking any potential industry merger.In 2016, Gensmann publicly criticised William Hill’s board for pursuing a three-way merger with Toronto TSX-listed Amaya Inc and FTSE competitor Rank Group Plc.At the time, Gensmann stated that the deal was ‘simply value destroying, with no logic’, for any William Hill investor.Parvus’ equity reduction in William Hill, has been picked up by New York hedge firm BlackRock Inc, who last week secured a 5% shareholding in the FTSE enterprise.In 2017, William Hill changed the make-up of its investor base, with London private equity firms Silchester and Schroders, both acquiring 5% stakes as principal corporate shareholders.Silchester, a specialist in ‘undervalued investments’ stated that it saw significant potential in William Hill’s long-term value, despite the company facing rising costs and numerous regulatory headwinds. Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020last_img read more

FIFA keen to investigate financial transactions carried out by CAF

first_img Tags: CAFFIFA Football’s world governing body FIFA is keen to investigate a host of financial transactions carried out by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following an audit into the continent’s ruling body.A joint CAF-FIFA task force ‘believes more information is necessary and recommends further investigations’ into several areas, including CAF’s dealings with French company Tactical Steel. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba The 2017 deal with Tactical Steel was notable as CAF canceled an order worth just under $250,000 with sportswear company Puma to take up an alternative order costing four times as much with Tactical Steel, a company with links to a close associate of CAF President Ahmad.The Task Force’s recommendations come after FIFASecretary General Fatma Samoura’s six-month tenure as General Delegate for Africa ended earlier this month.Samoura was appointed to the role last August in a bid to help improve the governance of African football.When her role ended, the joint task force delivered a series of findings, recommendations, and proposals to CAF’s top executives at a meeting in Morocco on 2 February.While some of these findings focussed on improving infrastructure, refereeing and competitions on the continent, there was also a ‘100-point action plan’ drawn up with regard to good governance.Among these recommendations were a desire for the following:Reviewing financial payments made between CAF and Lagardere, the French media company that used to operate a billion-dollar television and marketing deal relating to CAF’s leading football competitionsCarrying out due diligence on payment from Fifa development fund – Fifa Forward – andCAF itself to all of Africa’s 54 member associations as well as the six zonal unionsInvestigating allegations of possible mismanagement and misappropriation of funds linked to the CAF Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, CameroonInvestigating potential fraudulent bank transfers and clarifying ‘the circumstances around (various) incidents to rule out insider involvement’ – and ‘if necessary, file a criminal complaint and take legal action to ensure the recovery of the stolen amounts’Extending the scope of the audit to include the years 2013-14 – and explore ‘the lack of documentation related to financial transactions’ prior to 2015.The audit of Caf was undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers and has yet to be made public, but the clamour for this is likely to grow in the coming days.Other reforms being pushed by the Task Force include fundamental changes to the way in which CAF is structured, the imposition of term limits for both the CAF President and Executive committee members and the introduction of an independent investigatory unit.Among a long list of ideas are a desire to install ‘robust compliance procedures’, ‘internal auditing’ and the implementation of a whistle-blowing hotline and policy against retaliation of whistle-blowers.The deal involving French company Tactical Steel – which has prompted an investigation by anti-corruption authorities, who questioned Ahmad last June, in France – is also on the list, with a recommendation to check ‘value of equipment purchased, check quantities and quality of balls delivered to Member Association, due diligence of bank account holders’.When the BBC asked CAF why it chose to use the little-known French company, the African body said it turned to them after the desired equipment – football and kits – from Puma could not apparently be obtained in time from a local manufacturer.Tactical Steel’s website highlights its role in both making and supplying gym equipment but shortly after Ahmad became CAF President in 2017, the company became a key supplier for Fifa’s second-largest confederation.Ahmad’s then attaché Loic Gerand is an old friend of Romuald Seiller, the Frenchman who owns Tactical Steel.Despite Gerand’s and Seillier’s long-standing relationship, Ahmad was unequivocal when telling the BBC last year that there was “quite clearly no conflict of interest” for his organization.Ahmad has previously denied any wrongdoing in regard to the awarding of the contract. There is no suggestion that Ahmad has personally profited from the arrangement, nor Tactical Steel owner Seillier nor Ahmad attaché Gerand.center_img Source: BBC Sports ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation RelatedPostslast_img read more

Arsenal complete signing of Debuchy

first_imgArsenal have made their second signing of the summer, completing a deal for Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £12m, writes Sky Sports.After seeing Bacary Sagna see out his contract and eventually move to Premier League champions Manchester City, the Gunners had made signing a right-back this summer a priority. Toulouse’s Serge Aurier was heavily linked initially, but manager Arsene Wenger then turned his attentions towards his compatriot Debuchy.The 28-year-old arrives from Newcastle after a year and-a-half in the North East where he scored once in 46 outings in all competitions. He now becomes Arsenal’s second summer signing after Alexis Sanchez, penning a long-term contract.And Debuchy, who also helped France to the last eight of the World Cup before losing out to eventual winners Germany, has spoken of his delight at sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium. He said: “I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world.”I’m looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success. Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.’Wenger, who will be aiming to win a first Premier League title for 11 years next season, was also pleased to get his man. “We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club,’ he said. “He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France. He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.”last_img read more

GFA organises club Licensing workshop for Premier and Division One League clubs

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has organised a workshop on Club Licensing for Premier and Division League Clubs.Ahead of the start of domestic football across the country next month, clubs are expected to meet the minimum Club Licensing requirements and submit the necessary documentation to the GFA.The workshop discussed the Sporting, Infrastructure, Personnel & Administrative, Legal and Financial requirements that clubs must meet before being granted licenses for GFA and CAF Club competitions.Chairman of the Club Licensing Board, Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, stated that the Board’s approach to implementing the Club Licensing regulations would include regular seminars and engagements with clubs on how to fulfill the requirements.He assured clubs the Board would support them to meet the required standards and explained what was needed from the clubs.“The Board has met and agreed to adopt an approach that would help clubs to meet the agreed standards rather than focusing on punishing clubs when they fail to meet the standards”. “There would be no new requirements aside what has been agreed on and passed by congress as licensing regulations for the Association. Despite our approach to engage and assist clubs to meet the requirements, we would not compromise on the agreed standards and criteria,” Dr Baah-Nuakoh told club officials at Thursday’s Workshop.GFA Club Licensing Manager, Mr Emmanuel Dasoberi,  also took club officials through the Licensing criteria and the needed documents clubs are expected to submit to acquire licenses.He also gave a general overview of the Club Licensing system and the way forward as the league kicks off in December.Other members of the Club Licensing Board present at the workshop included Mr Ankomah Mensah, Prof. Kwame  Mintah, Mr Emmanuel Adotey, Mr Mike Bonsuand and Ms Mavis Amanor. Also present were two members of the Club Licensing Appeals Committee Alex Kotey and Yaa Ankamah Annan.Clubs are expected to submit their applications for licenses by 4 December 2019. The domestic league is scheduled to commence in the weekend of 27-29 December 2019.last_img read more

Alexander: Dodgers’ Manny Machado again caught admiring a non-homer, and it’s embarrassing

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Have we somehow become accustomed to watching Manny Machado embarrass himself on the basepaths? Has it maybe reached the point where we just shake our heads and consider it Manny being Manny?It is one thing to coast during the regular season, or to pimp your home run before it actually is a home run during a September game in Arizona.It is quite another to do it on the national stage.But when Machado hit a two-out drive to deep left field in the sixth inning Friday, slowed down to admire it, and wound up with only a single when it bounced off the left-field wall, even Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and John Smoltz seemed muted in their criticism. I realize most of us – nearly all of us, actually – don’t have a thimbleful of the skills Machado possesses. But I suspect the vast majority of us, whatever our profession, appreciate the importance of making the absolute most of the talents we do have by operating with maximum effort.Should we be upset when someone fails to do so this visibly? Or should we just shake it off, and accept it as the cost of doing business with this particular player?Oh, and as for the business component, now that the nation is seeing what folks in Baltimore became accustomed to and what we in L.A. have discovered, is there a chance this will impact Machado’s bargaining power? It probably won’t once the bidding starts, but at least one New York tabloid let Yankees management know, in a big, bold headline, that Manny probably wouldn’t be worth the trouble or the money.It was apparent at the time Machado was acquired from the Orioles that he was a rent-a-star, a mercenary headed for free agency. The Dodgers will get Corey Seager back at shortstop next year, and Justin Turner, though aging, remains dependable at third base. To re-sign Machado would not only contort the payroll but would contort the lineup.Would it be worth it? In this case, I’m with that New York headline writer.Nah.Thinking he’s hit a home run, the Dodgers’ Manny Machado watches the flight of what became a long single to left field during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The full quote from Rosenthal suggests Machado is somewhat conflicted about this, and actually realizes how bad he looks but finds it really hard to change. An excerpt:“Obviously I’m not going to change, I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle,’ and run down the line and slide to first base and … you know, whatever can happen. That’s just not my personality, that’s not my cup of tea, that’s not who I am.“Should I have run on that pitch (the ground ball in Milwaukee)? Yeah … but I didn’t and I gotta pay the consequences for it. It does look bad. It looks terrible. I look back at the video and I’m like, ‘Woah, what was I doing?’ You know, just the emotions of the game … I’m the type of player that has stayed in the zone, I’m playing and I’m just in the zone.”And yet it is baffling to me, especially in the World Series … and especially when his team was down 0-2, and trying to nurse a 1-0 lead in what was essentially a must-win game. To not run full out in that situation … wouldn’t the gods of baseball consider that a sin?(And given the way that 1-0 lead disappeared into the right-field pavilion off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth inning, doesn’t that make it a mortal sin?)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img It was Buck in just the last series who called out Machado on national TV for loafing when he failed to run out a ground ball during the NLCS in Milwaukee. This was just weeks after the Dodgers’ own in-house announcers, Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser, ripped Machado on the air after a similar play in Arizona, when he stopped to admire a ball that hit the top of the fence and had to bust his rear to get a double.This time he didn’t even do that.Rick Monday, on the Dodgers’ radio call of the home team’s eventual 18-inning, 3-2 victory, was blunt in his criticism, as he should have been: “Machado hit the ball and didn’t run. He became a spectator. And this is the World Series.”But maybe we’re all supposed to be used to it by now. Maybe we noted Machado’s proclamation to Ken Rosenthal of Fox and The Athletic during the last series, that he’ll never be “Johnny Hustle,” and we’re just expected to realize that he is what he is, that along with his immense talent comes a serious commitment to energy conservation – his own.(I’ve got to think DWP or Southern California Edison could have fun with Manny in a campaign for saving energy, except that he’s probably a short-timer anyway. More on that later.) Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Lakers select Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

first_img“Rob & I were able to get our first choice this evening,” Johnson tweeted, his only comment after initially planning to speak to reporters after the draft. “Laker Nation get ready, we are off to a great start. Welcome to the team Lonzo Ball!”Ball may have been the Lakers’ first choice. But the Lakers say he was not their only choice. The Lakers had also worked out Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson, Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox and Washington guard Markelle Fultz, whom the Philadelphia 76ers selected with the No. 1 pick.“There were a lot of debates going back and forth,” Walton said. “That’s kind of the way it should be. You don’t want everybody agreeing on the same thing. Otherwise, what is the point of even having meetings and brainstorming?”Walton said the Lakers had debates about Jackson and Ball. Walton called Jackson “a monster on the defensive end.” Then, Walton revealed, “we also want the ball moving and we want to play an up tempo game. That’s where Ball is a genius at.”While the Lakers maintained they kept an open mind about each prospect with their draft workouts and interviews, most in NBA circles viewed Ball as the expected and correct choice.The Lakers, and other NBA talent evaluators, have praised Ball’s court vision, but they also see leadership qualities in his temperament, pass-first mentality and scoring that make them believe he can run the team’s offense and help guide a young roster.“As a leader, guys are going to naturally gravitate toward somebody who wants to make them better,” Walton said. “He’s the type of player that when he’s on the floor, all four guys that are out there with him become better instantly. That’s a quality and trait not many people have. The great ones all have it. We hope that by the way he plays, every one else on our team becomes better.”Those evaluations partly explain why the Lakers also felt comfortable trading third-year guard D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The deal was primarily made to shed Timofey Mozgov’s three-year, $48 million contract, acquire a serviceable center (Brook Lopez) and collect another asset (the No. 27 draft pick), but many believe frustration with the pace of Russell’s development and concerns about whether he could adjust to Ball’s arrival made him more expendable.“We can’t talk about any of the trade,” Walton said. “It’s not official yet. All I’ll say is that we love the way Zo plays the game of basketball.”Surely, Ball enters the beginning of his NBA career with his own question marks.Does LaVar’s guarantee about the Lakers’ playoff fortunes put unneeded pressure on his son?“I think it will make it more challenging a little bit. But I think every top draft pick that comes in has a target on his back,” Walton said. “The best players in this league want to set the tone with these young players early to let them know what it’s like here. I know when I was a young player, I had a target on my back from my own teammates because of things my dad said. It ended up working out.”Will LaVar be able to promote the Big Baller Brand without creating a distraction that could undermine the Lakers?“He’s his own man and will do what he does. We’ll do what we do and will get after it here,” Walton said. “We’re not going to change anything. I’m sure he’ll fit into our culture. He’ll help improve our culture with the way he plays, the way he passes, his selfless nature. That’s why we took him.”Although Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and 7.6 assists on 55.1 percent shooting with UCLA, will his unorthodox shot ever become an issue in the NBA? Can Ball overcome any defensive issues well enough to elevate the Lakers’ execution on that end after they struggled to do so in recent seasons?“We got to get him in here first,” Walton said. “I know as a team we need to improve defensively. He’s going to be a big part of that. But until we get him in the gym and have him playing with our guys, three on three and five on five, we’re not saying to start on this already.”Ball will begin to answer those questions when he plays on the Lakers’ Summer League team in July, but true clarity won’t emerge until the 2017-18 season.The Lakers saw Johnson deliver on all of his promise when they drafted him No. 1 nearly 38 years ago. Now, Johnson believes Ball can do the same thing.“It’s crazy. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Ball said on the ESPN telecast. “Learning from him every day, it’s truly a blessing” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersImmediately, Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, predicted something bold that only pales to when Johnson led the Lakers to an NBA championship his rookie season in 1980.“Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year,” LaVar said on ESPN from the team’s draft headquarters at the Barclays Center in New York. “Come see me when he does. I’ll say I told you so.”Lakers coach Luke Walton did not share the same brashness.“I’m a very optimistic person. But I don’t look that far into the future,” Walton said. “Right now, I’m hoping he leads us to a couple of Summer League victories. We’ll take it from there.”But after suffering through four of the worst seasons in franchise history, several head coaching changes and a front office shakeup, the Lakers hope they took another step toward accelerating their rebuilding process by drafting the player most expected they would.center_img EL SEGUNDO – The choice that seemed inevitable is the one the Lakers made.A point guard from the franchise’s glorious past on Thursday drafted a homegrown teenager he hopes is the point guard who can lead them out of their current struggles and into a bright future.Magic Johnson, who took over as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations in February, selected UCLA’s Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Ball, who earned national attention at Chino Hills High and his one season in Westwood, grew up hoping he would get an opportunity to play for his hometown team and mimic the passing skills of his longtime idol.last_img read more

Olimp’s Ice Skating School in March

first_imgRegistration can be done every Tuesday from 17:30 until 18:30.According to the coordinator of the school, Tea Barbic, “This school is suitable for all ages, from 3 years and up, and will last until there is ice in the hall”.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba) –          Tuesday from 18:30 until 19:30, Thursday from 18:30 till 19:30–          Sunday from 16:15 until 17:15 Figure Skating Club Olimp is organizing Olimp’s ice skating school. The ice skating school will be held through the already predetermined terms:last_img read more

GRADED STAKES WINNING HOME RUN KITTEN HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ARCADIA STAKES; FIELD OF NINE OLDER HORSES SET TO CONTEST ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015)–A close second in Santa Anita’s Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26, trainer David Hofmans’ Home Run Kitten heads a competitive field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes, which will also be run at one mile on turf.Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten rallied from off the pace to be beaten a neck in the Mathis Brothers Mile by Alert Bay, who came back to win last Saturday’s $250,000 California Turf Classic–his fifth consecutive victory.Although he finished 11th in a field of 14 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1, Home Run Kitten was only beaten four lengths at 8-1, demonstrating that he fit with those top caliber horses. A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course three starts back on Sept. 26, the Chestnut colt by Kitten’s Joy has proven himself a versatile sort as he has two wins, a second and a third from four tries at one mile on turf.Bred in Kentucky by America’s reigning Eclipse Award winning breeders, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Home Run Kitten is out of the Grand Slam mare, Grand Slam Girl and would be well served by a fast pace. His impressive resume includes an overall mark of 11-4-2-2, with earnings of $257,800.Trainer Mark Casse’s Kaigun is another who would prefer a quick pace, as he rallied to spring a mild upset in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 28. A close fourth to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan three starts back in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 4, the 5-year-old Northern Afleet gelding has a win and three seconds from six starts at one mile on grass.Bred in Ontario, Canada, Kaigun is out of the Kris S. mare Cruising Kris and is owned by Gary Barber, Quintessential Racing, Florida, LLC and Horse’n Around Racing Stable. He is 18-5-4-1 overall with earnings of $964,220.Second, beaten three quarters of a length by Kaigun when trained by Christophe Clemente in the Seabiscuit Handicap Nov. 28, Za Approval ventured to Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10 and finished a close fourth in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles (turf) Fort Lauderdale Stakes–his first start for Casse.A 7-year-old gelding by Ghostzapper, Za Approval is a multiple graded stakes winner at one mile on grass and has four wins, five seconds and a third from 14 tries under those conditions. Midpack early in his last two starts, Za Approval has tactical speed and can lay closer if necessary. He is 24-8-7-1 overall with earnings of $1,224,371.Tom Proctor’s Avanzare cuts back in distance and switches to turf off of a third place finish in the 1 1/8 miles Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29 and looms a major threat with Gary Stevens riding back. Versatile at one mile on turf, he can press or stalk the early pace. With two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries at a mile on grass, four out of his five lifetime wins have come on the lawn. Owned by Lanni and Youngblood, the 5-year-old gelding by Grand Reward will be making his 12th career start on Saturday. He has earnings of $265,180.Fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Alert Bay in the Mathis Brothers Mile, French-bred Talco is winless in four stateside starts for trainer John Sadler but has been close on each occasion, all graded stakes run on turf. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old colt has a win and two seconds from five starts at one mile on grass. A deep closer, Talco is 10-2-2-3 overall with earnings of $134,823.Trainer Peter Miller’s upstart El Nino Terrible comes off a 2 ¼ length score in a one mile allowance run over a wet fast strip on Jan. 11 and could be the controlling speed in the field. A winner of two out of his last three starts, the 4-year-old Malibu Moon colt will try turf for the first time. Owned by Dona Licha, speedy El Nino Terrible has three wins from nine starts and has earnings of $112,888.The Arcadia Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Play Hard to Get, Alex Solis, 118; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 118; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 118; Kaigun, Corey Nakatani, 123; Edge of Reality, Flavien Prat, 118; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 118; Talco, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 118, and Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 118.                First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more