first_img6 Tiago Pereira32 2nd TrainerSts John Sadler23 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 18) 3 Edwin Maldonado18 50% 0 39% $737,340 2 3rd 54% 13% $148,631 4 J. Eric Kruljac12 3 8 8 6 9% 43% 1 $84,675 5 3 2 Jeff Bonde8 Brian Koriner14 Anna Meah5 0 15 50% 1st 10 20% 13% $56,771 Umberto Rispoli31 10% 10 1 25% 4 SMITH IS HIGH ON BRILL IN MEGAHERTZ STAKES 1 0 3 $67,782 4 0 $374,316 33% $156,451 3 43% 4 2 45% 50% 6 28% JockeyMts $86,920 Craig Anthony Lewis16 19% 74% 5 60% 3 David Hofmans8 1 $614,182 50% 14% Richard Mandella14 2 J.C. Diaz, Jr.30 40% 41% 3 5 7 21% FLAGSTAFF LOOKS ‘SUPER’ FOR PALOS VERDES 35% 6 Agapito Delgadillo26 2 2 5 Robert Hess, Jr.14 Drayden Van Dyke42 3 2 Doug O’Neill42 63% $578,214 17% 2 $307,887 Trainer Standings 40% 1st 2 Joel Rosario61 Win% ITM% $372,465 Peter Miller28 $765,782 43% 18% 36% $135,060 1 6 38% 2 1 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10 Michael McCarthy14 George Papaprodromou17 Philip D’Amato32 Money Won 48% Mike Puype14 14% 1 Mark Glatt22 6 Flavien Prat51 100% 3rd 0 19% 1 4 62% Andrew Lerner9 $51,900 5 38% 29% BEJARANO STILL SIDELINED, COULD RIDE FRIDAY 24% 2nd 45% 0 4 $231,091 25% 43% FLAGSTAFF IN SHARP BREEZE FOR PALOS VERDESFlagstaff, a gem of consistency sprinting where he has never been out of the money in eight tries, worked five furlongs yesterday in a bullet 59.40 for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs.“He looked super,” trainer John Sadler said of the six-year-old gelded son of 2004 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male sprinter Speightstown. Flagstaff had Victor Espinoza aboard for the drill and will retain his services in the Palos Verdes.“The horse has high-class form and he’s good to go. He doesn’t have a bad race on his record.”The only time Flagstaff was worse than third came in a one-mile overnight race at Del Mar Sept. 3, 2018, when he finished ninth, coming out of the race with an injury to a hind ankle.Of the 10 nominated to the Palos Verdes, streaking Threefiveindia is among those expected to face Flagstaff. Abel Cedillo has the mount for Peter Miller on the seven-year-old gelded son of Street Hero, winner his last three starts since being claimed for $40,000 on Sept. 19, 2019 at Los Alamitos.Threefiveindia’s subsequent victories have come at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Laurel.BRILL CREAM OF CROP IN MONDAY’S MEGAHERTZ?Mike Smith is looking forward to being back aboard Brill in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at a mile on turf.The ever-young 54-year-old Hall of Fame member rode the four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes at a mile in her first start on grass Dec. 28.“I’ve always thought a lot of her,” Smith said. “The Lady of Shamrock was a breakout race for her, I thought, so we’re hoping grass is what did it. She was well within herself and if she runs like she did last time, she’ll be tough.” Brill is trained by Don Chatlos for owners OXO Equine, LLC.The Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit     FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano, dealing with lingering effects from a head injury that occurred in a jockeys’ room shower mishap Friday, took off his mounts Sunday for the second straight day and likely will not ride tomorrow, either. “With head issues we want to err on the side of caution and give him a few days to get back to 100 percent,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi . . . Brazilian-bred Ghoul, who closed like a monster to win a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint Dec. 29 under the meet’s leading rider Joel Rosario, returns for trainer Peter Miller in next Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for four-year-olds and up at the same distance . . . Cistron, preparing for a 2020 campaign, worked four furlongs this morning in 48.60 with exercise rider Jose Alvarez up, galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.80. “The horse is on the comeback trail and a bit away from a race but looked great,” trainer John Sadler said. Ollie’s Candy, pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, worked three furlongs for Sadler on the training track in 37.20 . . .Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem breezed four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 50.40, while Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award finalist Storm the Court went five furlongs in company with Ekklesia, getting clockings of 1:00.20 and 1:01.20, respectively. Flavien Prat was aboard Storm the Court. In all, there were 171 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Trainer Dean Pederson said Fashionably Fast, who captured the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint at six furlongs yesterday for his fifth straight victory, came out of the race in good order and “ate up good, was all bright-eyed and proud of himself this morning as he deserved to be,” adding the son of Lucky Pulpit could stretch out for his next race in the $100,000 Tiznow at one mile on March 1 . . . Merneith, a three-year-old daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, makes her debut in Monday’s first race for Bob Baffert. A $600,000 purchase from the Ocala sales last March, the bay filly drew the rail–as Baffert seems to do with mystifying regularity–in the 6 ½ furlong race. She is Jon White‘s 6-5 morning line favorite . . . XBTV’s Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Monday in the XBTV studio . . . Trainer Hector Olvera Palma is one shy of career victory 1,200, holding at 1,199. He has two horses entered today, 6-1 Norski in the fifth race and 8-1 Start a Runnin in the eighth . . . MONDAY IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS AND TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 19th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Time to Testify (Outside) and Gorky Park (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Itsinthepost (Mullins) 1-18-20Higher Power (Outside) and Best Chance (Sadler) 1-19-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20 22% 0 16% $332,677 3 57% 1 22% 1 Ruben Fuentes25 $618,309 2 Abel Cedillo80 16 38% 0 Bob Baffert27 25% Richard Baltas40 4 2 $343,008 12% 50% $1,006,032 2 $101,715 24% $190,280 Steve Knapp15 36% 3 15 2 Jorge Velez48 14% 2 4 13 2 1 31% 2 20% 9% 2 3 5 1 47% 15% 9% 36% 2 5 Win% 12% 100% $228,391 2 44% $122,021 1 2 Dean Pederson4 $61,080 41% Mario Gutierrez34 $291,731 63% 14% 4 ITM% $306,679 4 1 $549,142 5 75% 4 $641,620 $118,660 8 2 17% 2 $84,933 6 2 Marcelo Polanco2 $200,161 59% 6 $47,640 $85,371 2 9 5 40% 0 2 Shelbe Ruis4 2 0 2 $348,862 $147,122 Mike Smith21 7 Money Won 4 12 33% 3 6last_img read more

Pochettino eyes Messi link-up at boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed his desire to manage Lionel Messi at some point – but preferably back in their homeland at Newell’s Old Boys.The Argentinian duo have both enjoyed huge success away from their native South America, but they still keep their roots close to their hearts.4 Ex-Newell’s Old Boys man Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a reunion at his old club with Lionel Messi, who also began his career thereCredit: Instagram / RexBarcelona superstar Messi, 32, has regularly expressed his wish to play for his boyhood club before retirement.Now Poch, who remains out of work since being axed and replaced by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham in November, has his eyes on a link-up with the forward.Speaking to Radio del Plata, the 48-year-old said: “I want to return to Newell’s with Messi.“I can still wait, [for an opportunity] and the best [possible scenario] would be in 10 years with Messi.”Pochettino started his career with Newell’s in Rosario, then went on to a seven-year spell in Spain with Espanyol.Messi came through the academy of the club before moving to Barcelona’s La Masia in 2001. He is expected to lead his nation in their next World Cup qualifying campaign.And his elder countryman is hoping the forward can finally bring success back to the nation after enjoying a trophy-laden time at the Nou Camp at club level.4LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticPochettino added: “I hope he arrives at a great moment.“His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more.“Argentina is going to arrive well [equipped] to fight for the World Cup.”Messi still has not tasted glory for his country, losing the 2014 World Cup final and suffering defeat in three Copa Americas.4 Pochettino has been out of work since he was axed by Tottenham in NovemberCredit: PA:Press Association4 Lionel Messi will have the hopes of a nation on his shoulders again during the next World CupCredit: AFPMost valuable players in world revealed with Lionel Messi down in EIGHTH as Kylian Mbappe leads list at £189mlast_img read more