Van Gaal vents after lacklustre win

first_img Van Gaal said “too many” of his players underperformed, but refused to point any fingers. “I think that not only the goals are telling something about Robin Van Persie, I think also his performance: he was one of only three players on the pitch of Manchester United who were good, or maybe very good,” said Van Gaal. “He had a great influence on the result. Until now that is his best performance. “Too many players were not good. “There was a range of course between good and bad, but they were not good. “Normally you have six, seven, eight who are good and three in that other range. “But today there were too many players in that range who were not good, I believe.” Saints levelled through Graziano Pelle, but slipped to their third consecutive defeat, leaving manager Koeman furious “the better team” lost. Van Gaal offered a thinly-veiled barb at his long-term adversary, taking first blood in the Premier League battle against his former friend. Van Gaal once mentored Koeman into coaching at Barcelona, but the pair’s feud has now lasted 10 years. “Of course if you are the better team you deserve more, but believe me it is always the goals that are counting,” said Van Gaal. “When we played the first six or seven matches, we never won and we were always the better team. “In that time I didn’t say anything about that. You have to learn that also.” Koeman was left to rue another defeat against high-profile opponents, after the 3-0 home loss to Manchester City and 1-0 reverse at Arsenal. The former Holland full-back refused to address Van Gaal or United directly, but admitted “everything is s*** because we lost”. “We did everything, we created chances, but we made mistakes as well,” said Koeman. “Maybe they made more mistakes than us, but they have players who handle those kinds of mistakes, and that was the difference. “Because on football and chances, I think we deserved more. “It’s easy in my opinion, we did not lose against Man United tonight, we lost by ourselves. “Of course it’s always difficult, because you’re the better team, and again you have to fight against 1-2 down. “After that moment I think we didn’t play well, but that’s the difference. “At this level, detail makes the difference in football. “The score is 1-2 and you can talk much longer about who played football, which team pressed, but everything is s*** because we lost.” The Old Trafford boss questioned former United defender Neville’s credentials in claiming the Red Devils “got away with murder” with a scrappy victory at St Mary’s. Robin van Persie’s double edged United home, with Van Gaal only satisfied with three of his stars’ performances. Neville condemned United’s patchy performance on social media and on Sky Sports, claiming Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool could be “like The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion”. “The former player of United?” asked Van Gaal when quizzed on England coach Neville’s comments. “That’s an English expression? Hmm: maybe (United got away with murder). “He can say everything because he is an ex-legend, but as an ex-legend, or a legend, you have to know what you are saying. “You can interpret: make an interpretation of that. “It’s not so difficult to make an interpretation, when I say he has to pay attention to his words.” Van Gaal claimed Van Persie’s “best performance” in his short managerial stint at United sealed a victory his side barely deserved. The former Barcelona boss hauled off youngster Paddy McNair in the 39th minute and was forced to rearrange his side with Saints pressing continuously. Press Association Louis van Gaal launched a three-pronged attack on Gary Neville, his own players and long-term foe Ronald Koeman after Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Southampton.last_img read more

Other Sports Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Czech Republic, Hungarian eves shock Indian women

first_imgBatumi: Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a 2.5-1.5 win over Czech Republic but the women’s team suffered a shocking 1-3 defeat against Hungary in the eighth round of the 43rd chess Olympiad here Tuesday.  On a day when Indian think-tank decided to rest P Harikrishna, the best Indian performer so far, Viswanathan Anand was held to an easy draw by David Navarra, Vidit Gujrathi tried hard before splitting points with Viktor Laznicka on the second board and B Adhiban also drew with Hracek Zbynek on the third board in the first game.However, the decision to rest Harikrishna was justified by Sasikiran who played a crushing game to outwit Ziri Stocek on the fourth board.With 13 points in their kitty now, the Indian men assured themselves of a joint third place with three rounds still to come in the biggest chess event.Also Read | UCL Game-week 2 Round Up: Real Madrid’s shock defeat, Manchester United’s torrid run and moreThe United States are likely to be the sole leader as they cruised to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Azerbaijan while Poland stands third following a 2-2 draw with Armenia.In the women’s section, India suffered a major setback as in-form Koneru Humpy and Tania Sachdev both lost to Hoang Thang Trang and Ticia Gara of Hungary respectively.The Indian women could only manage draws on the remaining two boards where D Harika and Eesha Karavade played with white pieces translating into a painful defeat.The loss left Indian women on 11 points with a lot of catching up to do in the remaining rounds.Also Read | BCCI comes under RTI Act, will be answerable to common peopleIndian Results after round 8:Open: India (13) beat Czech Republic (11) 2.5-1.5 (David Navarra drew with V Anand, Vidit Gujrathi drew with Viktor Laznicka, Hracek Zbynek drew with  B Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran beat Ziri Stocek.Women: Hungary (13) beat India (11): Hoang Thang Trang beat Koneru Humpy, D Harika drew with Anita Gara, Ticia Gara beat Tania Sachdev; Eesha Karavade drew with J Terbe. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

City Claim Straight 17th Win, Kane Equals Record

first_imgManchester City racked up a 17th consecutive Premier League victory after Sergio Aguero’s 100th and 101st Etihad Stadium goals inspired a 4-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday. Aguero scored twice and set up Raheem Sterling as Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 wins and one draw in the first half of the season.City are 13 points clear of second placed Manchester United, who lost more ground on the leaders after conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man Leicester.Harry Kane equalled the record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Burnley that lifted Tottenham Hotspur to fifth place, while third-place Chelsea drew 0-0 at Everton. Hailing Aguero, Guardiola said: “He is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals.”City are now two wins off the record for consecutive victories in Europe’s top five leagues, which was set by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013-14. They have already become the first team to score 100 goals in the English top flight in a single year since Liverpool in 1982.City took a 27th-minute lead when Aguero met Fernandinho’s cross with a diving header to bring up a century of goals in front of City’s fans since his 2011 move from Atletico Madrid. The Argentina striker’s dinked pass set up Sterling to smash home City’s second goal — and his 16th of the season — in the 53rd minute before Aguero headed in his second.City substitute Danilo completed the scoring late on, rubber-stamping a victory that sent Bournemouth into the relegation zone.Tottenham bounced back from their 4-1 loss at City to win at Burnley, who drop one place to seventh. Kane opened the scoring with a seventh-minute penalty at Turf Moor after Kevin Long was adjudged to have fouled Dele Alli and added two clean strikes in the second half.He has now scored 36 league goals in 2017, equalling Alan Shearer’s Premier League-era record, with a home game against Southampton on Tuesday still to come.“I am aware I’ve equalled Alan Shearer’s record,” Kane told BT Sport. “Just going into this game, I thought I can get a couple and then there’s Southampton to play.”Everton continued their improvement under new manager Sam Allardyce by extending their unbeaten run to six league games with a dogged 0-0 draw at home to champions Chelsea.“I think this result is unfair,” said Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte. “Everton deserve credit, but we deserved to win.”RESULTSEverton 0 – 0 ChelseaBrighton 1 – 0 WatfordMan City 4 – 0 BournemouthSouthampton 1 – 1 HuddersfieldStoke City 3 – 1 West BromSwansea 1 – 1 Crystal PalaceWest Ham 2 – 3 NewcastleBurnley 0 – 3 TottenhamLeicester 2 – 2 Man UnitedReal Madrid 0 – 3 BarcelonaValencia 0 – 1 VillarrealDeportivo 1 – 3 Celta VigoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sunday Dare Pledges to Deliver Four Stadia Before End of First…

first_imgSpeaking through his twitter handle on social media yesterday, Dare hinted that talks were ongoing with a state government and some corporate players in the Nigerian economy on how to breath life back into the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan formerly known as Liberty Stadium.“Talks are ongoing concerning the renovation of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, formerly, Liberty Stadium with government and a few private individuals. Our goal is to deliver four FiFA standard pitches by the first quarter of 2020 by God’s Grace,” the minister said on his twitter handle @SundayDareSD.The former journalist who succeeded in convincing billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote and sports betting owner, Adebutu Kessington to adopt the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja and the National Stadium in Lagos for renovation however did not list the other three stadia to be upgraded to FIFA standard before the end of April this year.The playing turf of the mainbowl of the Abuja stadium which was completed in 2003 in readiness for Nigeria to host the African Games that year needs a complete overhaul in addition to minor renovation of other facilities in the Package ‘B’ of the complex largely under utilized since inception.The same cannot be said of the stadium in Lagos that was built in 1972 for the country to host the 2nd edition of the African Games.The stadium tagged ‘Sports City’ is now a shadow of itself even after a complete renovation in 1999 for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup finals hosted by Nigeria.The minister also stated that the Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Game that were breeding ground for academical sports men and women will be revived to recreate the glory that has eluded Nigeria of recent.He said the Sports Ministry has also keyed in into the initiative of adoption of athletes by individuals and corporate bodies to help them in their training for continental and global competitions.“Soon, the Headmasters’ Cup for primary Schools and Principal’s Cup (are) coming back, a new Talent Hunt Program, THP, is being finalized, Adoption Initiative is birthed and the policy to turn sports into business are being pursued among other things,” Dare also tweeted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare Duro IkhazuagbeSports Minister, Sunday Dare, began the New Year with the promise to deliver four stadia which will meet FIFA standard before the end of the first quarter of year 2020.Still basking in his new approach to sports development through the adoption of facilities for rehabilitation, the youthful minister said in his New Year message to stakeholders in Nigeria’s sports that his promise is ‘doable.’last_img read more

Rainoil Set Youths Busy with Tennis Open

first_imgRainoil Limited in partnership with the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) will begin its 2019 Rainoil Tennis Open Tournament from November 29th to December 8th, 2019 at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, Lagos.The tournament will feature the 64 men and top 32 women that will begin their campaign from the qualifying draws and another 64 men and 32 women from the main draw.According to the Group, Executive Director of Rainoil Limited, Mrs. Godrey Ogbechie, “Rainoil has been sponsoring tennis for over 10 years now with the Rainoil Tennis Open and this competition is our contribution to both youth and sports development using Tennis as the platform. The competition brings members together in a friendly atmosphere and gives them the opportunity to gain bragging rights and improve on their rankings.” L-R; Group General Manager, Operations, Rainoil Ltd. Akshay Sakena; Sport Secretary, Ikeja Country Club, Segun Aluko; Vice President, Ikeja Country Club, Igho Okor; and Head of Strategy and Business Development, Rainoil Ltd. Emmanuel Omuojine at the 2019 Rainoil Tennis Open Press Conference held at Ikeja Country Club, Lagos…. yesterday SUNDAY ADIGUN The finals for the men and women’s teams will take place on Sunday December 8, 2019 with winners in the male and female categories going home with a total grand prize of over N5, 000, 000.Rainoil Limited is an integrated downstream oil and gas company with over 20 years business experience. A prominent player in the Nigerian industry, the company’s operations span across the downstream value chain i.e. Petroleum Product Storage, Haulage/Distribution and Retail Sales. Our primary products include Petrol (PMS), Diesel (AGO), Kerosene (DPK), ATK (Aviation Turbine Kerosene) and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).Also speaking during the press conference, the ; Board Member of the Nigerian Tennis Federation-, Mrs. Funmi Adako expressed a profound appreciation to Rainoil Limited for choosing to sponsor Tennis tournamentShe described the initiative as a very commendable one as it has a great chance of helping the youths discover themselves and be creative in their approach to sports.She also urged the participants to make good use of the opportunity noting that she is convinced it would have great impact in their lives.Earlier in his opening remarks, the Sports secretary Lagos Country Club Mr. Segun Aluko thanked the Rainoil for sponsoring 2019 Rainoil Tennis Open tennis tournament being hosted by Lagos Country Club (LCC).According to him ‘’We are the foremost family club in Nigeria and are proud to host the only clay-court tournament in 2019. LCC Tennis has the largest number of junior players when compared to any other recreational club in Nigeria and this tournament provides a great platform for the continued development of tennis in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Decisive loss to Golden State raises familiar questions for Clippers

first_imgDeAndre Jordan was trying to shake things up inside but, as usual, the Clippers somehow had trouble finding his large presence in the lane.Meanwhile, the Warriors managed to be clinicians on a night when they missed 23 of 30 3-pointers and Steph Curry was 0-for-8 from the 3-point line. It didn’t matter because they were not only on the same page, they were reciting the same poem, in perfect iambic pentameter. Their 42 field goals featured 32 assists. They had 24 in the first half with 21 assists.“They make you guard them for 24 seconds,” Jordan said. “You can’t have any lapses. We didn’t guard them the way they guarded us.”“They always play the same,” Jamal Crawford said. “We had them down a couple of times last year. We were up 10 at their place with six minutes left and they won the game. We were up 23 or 24 here. They didn’t panic and won that game. it’s that free kind of style. Obviously they’ve mastered it. I wouldn’t say they have a mental edge on us, but they’re comfortable. Not just against us but everybody.”And, yeah, the Warriors are the team that launched thousands of NBA League Pass subscriptions because of their gorgeous style, which even included Javale McGee, the Shaqtin-the-Fool All-Star, making a pretty feed to Andre Igoudala.But when you see them in person, you’re more struck by their defense. Curry had seven steals, and Golden State hassled the Clippers into 39.6 percent shooting. They already lead the NBA in deflections, and their team-wide length shrinks the court impressively, and that’s without Andrew Bogut, the rim guardian whom they let go to Dallas in free agency.“There’s no confusion in what they do defensively,” Crawford said. “They switch everything. It keeps a body on a body. Obviously it’s not always ideal because you can end up with a smaller body on a bigger body. Any pin-down, any pick and roll, they’re switching it.“They’re aggressive. They try to take away your air space. They contest you and say, ‘Hey, make a play.’ It’s effective.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr pointed to those defensive numbers and to 11 turnovers, low for a team that can lean on its own manual dexterity a bit too hard sometimes.“My message to the guys is that if we take care of the ball like that and if we defend like that,” Kerr said, “we have a chance to beat any team anywhere, even a good team like this on the road.”We knew that already. Golden State is 19-3. It has an .854 winning percentage in the regular season since Kerr took over in the fall of 2014, and it has not lost back-to-back games in a 108-game span, which is a league record. If they finish the season with their current average of 32 assists, that’s a league record, too.The Clippers can reach those heights. They did win in Cleveland last week. But those old questions about concentration and maturity rise again, even though this is no youth movement.They scored 70 at Indiana. They gave up 52 percent shooting to Detroit. They lost a double overtime game in Brooklyn. It’s fashionable to look down one’s nose at the regular season, and the Clippers gave Griffin and Redick nights off when they were fine. But the game is all about habits, and the Clippers have reacquired bad ones.“It goes both ways,” Griffin said. “We don’t run our offense, and then it leads to bad things on the other end. We need to start trusting our offense, and we can’t get frustrated at the beginnings of games like this. Not against this team.”“I didn’t think we got our spirit back,” Rivers said.The championship teams rarely lose it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Golden State Warriors treated the Clippers like just another bowling pin. Which means they’ve been paying attention.A few weeks ago this game was shaping up like a clash of civilizations. The Clippers were 10-1, with very little fourth-quarter stress. After this no-contest, 115-98 loss at Staples Center Wednesday, the Clippers have lost six of 12. They’re just another face in an NBA crowd that watched a Warrior team that has now won 92 of its past 104 regular season games.“We stopped trusting,” coach Doc Rivers said.They played frenetic basketball in the early minutes, with Blake Griffin suffering three immediate turnovers while trying to make Warrior-style plays, and then missing a dunk when he tried to go fundamental.center_img The Warriors were disjointed early and then unleashed one of those massive runs, where they keep firing without having to change cartridges. They hit the Clippers with a 16-3 number, led 27-14 and weren’t challenged thereafter.“It seemed like we were playing transition defense all night,” Chris Paul said. “I think the resiliency has been missing a little bit,” Griffin said. “You can’t get off to a start like that against a team like that.”The Clippers were struggling to identify a single problem because there were so many.Their starting lineup scored 41 points. J.J. Redick didn’t get a bucket until halfway through the first quarter. Griffin went 5-for-20 and was badly outmanned by Draymond Green, who scored 22 on 8 for 10 shooting.last_img read more

Mourinho says ‘nothing’ surprised him about Valencia defeat

first_imgValencia, Spain | AFP | Jose Mourinho said “nothing surprised” him about Manchester United’s miserable performance against Valencia on Wednesday but dismissed the potential impact of them finishing second in their group.United were beaten 2-1, a result made all the more disappointing given they could have gone through top of Group H following Juventus’ surprise loss to Young Boys.Defeat, however, was nothing more than Mourinho’s side deserved, as a line-up that included eight changes and a return for Paul Pogba delivered a sluggish display at Mestalla.“I didn’t learn anything at all,” Mourinho said. “Nothing surprised me at all.”United go through as runners-up into Monday’s draw for the last 16, with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich their potential opponents in the next round.Finishing first would have earned them a tie against one of Atletico Madrid, Roma, Schalke, Ajax and Lyon.“I think to qualify in this group is a success, never a failure. To finish second in this group is always a success,” Mourinho said.“Before the game I told the players if we win and Juve win, we did our job. If we don’t win and Juve don’t win we can blame ourselves. “Apart from a couple of clubs that are clearly much better than the others, I don’t think the draw will be significantly different.“There are teams that finish second that the ones that finish first will not be happy to play against.”Mourinho said his team only improved after he made three changes he “didn’t want to make”, as Marcus Rashford, who scored United’s goal, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young were all introduced in the second half.Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Fred and Pogba were the eight players to come into the starting line-up.Jones scored an own-goal just after the break to double Valencia’s lead after Carlos Soler had put the home side ahead in the 17th minute. Rashford gave United hope with an 87th-minute header but it proved too little too late.Mourinho said injuries forced him into all his changes, except for the decision to rest David de Gea and Nemanja Matic.“If I play to win the group, I would have played a similar team,” said Mourinho, who added that Rashford, Lingard and Young will all start against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

LIVERPOOL are Premier League champions!

first_imgIt has been a great season for Liverpool’s stars.Chelsea 2 Man City 1London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT |  Liverpool have won their first Premier League title, after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Thursday guaranteed them the Trophy.The Reds’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night extended their lead in the table to 23 points, forcing their nearest pursuers Manchester City to have to win at Stamford Bridge to keep the title race alive.The 2-1 defeat for City at Stamford Bridge ensures Jürgen Klopp’s side cannot mathematically be caught in the table.It means Liverpool have secured the club’s 19th league title, ending a 30-year wait following their previous success in 1990.In an unprecedented campaign, the club have claimed the championship earlier than any other side in Premier League history, doing so with seven games still to be contested.The Reds equalled a top-flight record of 18 successive victories – and also set a new landmark for number of consecutive league home triumphs, with the win against Palace their 23rd in a row.Their record for the season so far stands at 86 points accumulated after 31 matches played, with 28 wins, two draws and one defeat. Liverpool have now been crowned champions of England in eight different decades (the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2020s); this is more than any other club.Which records have they set? Best start everWhen Liverpool reached 61 points from their opening 21 matches, it was the most a team had ever accumulated at that stage in any of Europe’s top five leagues.They went on to extend their record, winning their following six fixtures to rack up 79 points from their first 27 matches before losing at Watford.Most points won over 38 matchesWith their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on 11 January, Liverpool set a record of 104 points from 38 Premier League matches, beating the 102 achieved by Manchester City and Chelsea, ending in 2018 and 2005 respectively.Biggest lead at the topLiverpool have had a 25-point lead this season, the biggest ever in English top-flight history.Most home wins in a rowLiverpool’s 3-2 victory over West Ham United on 24 February was their 21st consecutive Premier League home win, beating Man City’s record of 20, achieved between 2011 and 2012.They extended this record to 22 with the win over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on 7 March.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgTribal Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–123Ann Arbor Eddie–Mario Gutierrez–123Hinx–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–119Hot Smoke–Joe Talamo–119California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–123Six Point Rack–Stewart Elliot–119Coils Gold–Martin Garcia–119 ANN ARBOR EDDIE: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this chestnut gelding by top California-based stallion Square Eddie defeated California Diamond by 1 ¼ lengths in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 18, as he pressed the early pace and proved best at 5-2. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Eddie” was a sharp third behind top Kentucky Derby Prospect Mastery and California Diamond two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. With two wins from three starts, Ann Arbor Eddie will try to establish himself as a contender for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with a big performance here on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Rivals Ann Arbor Eddie and California Diamond will renew acquaintances on Saturday at Santa Anita as they head a field of seven going a mile and a sixteenth in the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Part of the Golden State Series, the Cal Cup Derby is for California-bred or sired three year olds. Along with the top two, impressive first-out maiden sprint winner Coils Gold looms dangerously for Bob Baffert. COILS GOLD: Owned and bred by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he marched to an impressive 5 ½ length first-out maiden win versus state-breds going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 13. From the first crop of top sprinter, Coil, Coils Gold will certainly ensure a lively Derby pace on Saturday as he runs in the bi-coastal shadow of his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion stablemate, Arrogate, who takes on California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: Based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, he was sold privately following his win in the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9 and he’s been a gem of consistency in seven subsequent starts for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. A four-time stakes winner, the dark bay or brown colt by Harbor the Gold is 9-5-4-0 overall with earnings of $417,780. Despite his impressive resume, distance remains a question, as he tired a bit late when second to Ann Arbor Eddie in his only try at two turns, the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 18.center_img THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CAL CUP DERBY IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA There will be a special early first post time on Saturday at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more


first_img TYLER BAZE, ALL OUT BLITZ, SECOND: “He felt good going around there, I just wanted to make sure I got a jump on the closers. He (Cistron) was rolling and I was cruising. So when he went I thought I’d go with him, but he just pulled away.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, CISTRON, WINNER: “This horse ran well on the dirt as a 3-year-old.  He actually won a stake going a mile and a sixteenth ($150,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 15, 2017). He’s been (running) on grass but trains well on dirt. I expected him to be in front. When we saw this race was coming up a little light and there wasn’t that much speed, we decided to supplement. It’s been great, Hronis racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them. We start from there when we go out and look for horses and hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).“Gift Box worked sensational this morning he’ll be pointing toward the Gold Cup here in May, Catapult looks beautiful we are pointing toward the Shoemaker Mile in May, Nolo Contesto, we will probably drop him back to the Affirmed stakes here in June, so we have a lot of nice stock and were just going roll them out periodically.”OWNER QUOTESKOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, CISTRON: “He always works nice on the dirt and he seems to like this track. He’s a pretty versatile horse. I guess not having the hill available (hillside turf course) made it an easy choice to put him back on dirt. It seems to be his distance. If he gets a nice easy lead he’s usually pretty tough . . . It’s good to have Victor (Espinoza) back on board. He works well with John. They’re a good team.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis, Hronis Racing, LLC.Hronis Racing’s Cistron and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CISTRON, WINNER: “The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running.  He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’  He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer, he really got this horse ready for this race and he made my job a lot easier. It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races, I’m just blessed to be here.”       last_img read more