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CATAPULT, DELTA PRINCE, OHIO & SHARP SAMURAI ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE I, $500,000 SHOEMAKER MILE (TURF) ON MONDAY

first_imgCATAPULT, DELTA PRINCE, OHIO & SHARP SAMURAI ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE I, $500,000 SHOEMAKER MILE (TURF) ON MONDAY SHOEMAKER MILE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACEARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2019)–Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Shoemaker Mile has the look of a wide open affair as Catapult, Delta Prince, Ohio and Sharp Samurai all appear to have big chances in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up on the Santa Anita turf.Named for the legendary jockey, Bill Shoemaker, who was Santa Anita’s leading rider a record 17 consecutive years, from 1951 through 1967, the Shoe Mile is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, enabling the winner an automatic berth, with entry fees paid, into the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2.CATAPULTOwner:  Woodford Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerBy any accounting, an unlucky nose loser of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here on March 30, this 6-year-old horse by Kitten’s Joy will get a rematch with Ohio on Monday, but also appears to be facing tougher overall competition. “Catapult is doing great,” Sadler said this morning.  “He’s ready to go and hopefully he can win the photo this time.”  A winner of both the Grade II Eddie Read and Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap this past summer, Catapult was then second, beaten a half length, in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs three starts back on Nov. 3.  With an overall mark of 18-6-5-1 and earnings of $1,528,359, he’ll be making his seventh start for Sadler on Monday and will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.DELTA PRINCEOwner:  Stronach StablesTrainer:  James JerkensAlthough he’s successfully demonstrated he can lay close to the pace if need be, Delta Prince, at age six, seems better suited these days to the role of deep closer, a tactic he employed in winning the Grade I Makers Mark Mile over a “good” turf at Keeneland by 1 ½ lengths on April 12. A Stronach homebred son of Street Cry out of the Machiavellian mare Delta Princess, Delta Prince, who will be ridden by Joel Rosario, is 13-5-3-4 overall with earnings of $1,173,819.OHIOOwner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Bruce TreitmanTrainer:  Michael McCarthyBetter than ever at age eight, this Brazilian-bred gelding pressed the pace and just lasted by a nose in a desperate finish over Catapult in the Grade I Kilroe Mile March 30, his first Grade I victory.  Claimed for $50,000 seven starts back on June 10, 2018, Ohio has won two out of his last three starts and three out of six for McCarthy.  A winner of five out of his 13 assignments at one mile on turf, Ohio will be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Ruben Fuentes and can be expected to ensure a legitimate early pace.  With an overall mark of 26-9-4-2, Ohio has earnings of $488,065.SHARP SAMURAIOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal, LLC and Mark GlattTrainer:  Mark GlattA fresh shooter, Sharp Samurai has been idle since a nose winner of the Grade II City of Hope Mile (turf) here on Oct. 6.  A four-time graded stakes winner on grass, this 5-year-old First Samurai gelding boast the best Shoemaker last-out Beyer Speed figure, as he registered a 104 in winning the City of Hope.  Ridden regularly by now-retired Gary Stevens, he’ll be handled for the first time on Monday by eastern-based Hall of Famer Johnny Velazquez.  With a ton of class in his corner, look for Sharp Samurai to be attentive to pace as he tried to improve upon an overall mark of 14-8-2-0 and earnings of $735,270.THE GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 5 p.m. PT Ohio–Ruben Fuentes–125Sharp Samurai–John Velazquez–123Le Ken–Tiago Pereira–121River Boyne–Flavien Prat–123Catapult–Drayden Van Dyke–121Bolo–Florent Geroux–121Desert Stone–Geovanni Franco–121Delta Prince–Joel Rosario–125Bowies Hero–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–121First post time for a 10-race card, that will also include the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Grade I Gamely Stakes, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN

first_imgMembers of the organising committee of the Glenswilly 5KAfter last year year’s hugely successful inaugural event, the Glenswilly GAA 5K fun run and walk is set to attract large crowds once again.The race, which is now officially part of the Grand Prix series, will take place next Tuesday, June 25th starting at 7.30pm.Organisers are hoping the event attracts good weather similar to last year which saw more than 500 walkers and runners turn out. All money raised on the evening will go directly towards the development of underage football.Those planning to take part in the race, whose main sponsor in the Sandwich Company, are being advised to register on the night before the race between 6 and 7pm at the clubhouse.Those who cannot will have the chance to register on the night of the race between 6 and 7pm.Entry fee is €8 and under 16s are completely free to enter. One touching aspect of this year’s race is the presentation of the Moira O’Neill Trophy to the first lady runner home.Letterkenny woman Moira died last year aged just 57 after a brave battle with a long-term illness.The marathon runner for many years and her achievements raised the profile of the 26.2-mile event.She finished eighth in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and 12th in the Auckland games four years later.O’Neill’s Belfast victories came in 1985 and 1986, with Dublin in 1988. Moira’s dad Cyril O’Boyle, also a noted runner, paid tribute to his daughter at the launch of the Glenswilly 5K event.Although the race is now part of he Grsnd prix series, the emphasis will be on fun with oragnisers hoping that as many relatively new joggers or walkers.Refreshments and showers will also be provided on the night.GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly 5Klast_img read more