Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

first_img Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Subscribe Today Joel Rosario rides Game Winner to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile horse race at Churchill Downs, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.67 and paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80. Knicks Go returned $21.40 and $11.20, and Signalman paid $15.80.“He broke fine, but it looked like they took my spot and I had to go wide,” said Rosario, who has eight Breeders’ Cup titles after winning twice on Friday. He also rode Jaywalk to a wire-to-wire victory by 5 1/2 lengths in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.“He seemed like he didn’t mind that. … Turning for home, the more I rode him the more he gave it to me.”Game Winner’s victory provided some irony for Baffert, who didn’t race Justify as a 2-year-old but struck gold last spring when the colt went on to become racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. An ankle issue forced Justify to retire unbeaten in July, leaving Saturday’s marquee Breeders’ Cup Classic without the sport’s most notable horse. “Any other horse, he would’ve been done. That’s how good a horse he is.”The race favorite was bumped after breaking from the No. 9 post and lagged in the middle of the 13-horse field before pushing forward on the outside and into contention at the top of the stretch. Game Winner and Knicks Go brushed before the horse broke away for the win to improve to 4-0 lifetime. Signalman was a length back in third.“He likes Churchill Downs, and that’s a good sign,” Baffert told NBCSN. “These races are hard to win. I have a great crew and a great team and we got it done.”The thrilling finish in the $2 million, Grade 1 race capped a first day devoted to 2-year-olds at the season-ending world championships. Game Winner also emerged as one of the year’s top Juveniles. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GOcenter_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: November 2, 2018, 3:55pm • Newspaperofrecord rolled to another dominant victory, pulling away down the stretch for a 6 3/4 -length win over East in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Irish bred improved to 3-0 lifetime, winning each time by at least six lengths.• Bulletin opened the Breeders’ Cup by pulling away to a 2 3/4 -length victory over Chelsea Cloisters in the $1 million inaugural Juvenile Turf Sprint, earning a graded stakes win in just his second career start. It gave co-owners Winstar Farm and China Horse Farm another significant win six months after claiming the Derby with Justify. By GARY B. GRAVES, Associated Press Going forward, Game Winner’s name is in the mix as the next possible star.His third Grade 1 victory comes just over a month since winning the American Pharoah, named for the 2015 Triple Crown winner that Baffert also trained. This one required more work before 42,249 on a brisk, overcast day on a track that was fast after two days of heavy rain.Baffert seeks his fourth Cup Classic win in five years Saturday with West Coast and McKinzie in the marquee of nine stakes races.Other Breeders’ Cup winners:• Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. Line of Duty charged from outside down the stretch to pass Somelikeithotbrown and hold off Uncle Benny in a three-wide finish, giving the Irish colt his third consecutive win after two seconds. Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile Baffert has early Kentucky Derby favorite LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Game Winner’s latest triumph included bumps along the way.The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year’s best 2-year-old.Game Winner overcame an early bump to surge down the stretch, then pulled away from long shot Knicks Go after another nudge to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 2 1/4 lengths Friday at Churchill Downs. That gave trainer Bob Baffert an early Kentucky Derby favorite just five months after winning his second Triple Crown with Justify.But not without some anxious moments for the Hall of Fame trainer and co-owners Gary and Mary West.“This is a huge win for me,” said Baffert, who second-guessed himself during Game Winner’s rough start before his pupil recovered.last_img read more

Cobblestones Less Traveled: 8 Secret Italy Destinations

first_img8 Beautiful Italian Destinations Locals Are Keeping Secret & How to Get There  LITTLETON, Colorado – July 18, 2018 – It’s time to fall in love with Italy again for the first time. Outside of Italy’s spectacular cities, travelers can find some of the planet’s most beautiful scenery.  From the pastel hues found along Italy’s dramatic, steep-cliffed coast to the lush green hilltops that envelop medieval, magical villages in the heart of the country, Globus is taking travelers outside of Rome, Florence, Sorrento and Venice to discover the places Italian locals go on holiday. “The beauty of the less-traveled areas of Italy can offer you more of this picturesque country—more intact ancient architecture, more wide-open views and more local experiences,” said Scott Nisbet, president and CEO of the Globus family of brands.  “A tour gets you closer to these dolce discoveries—with more included features and immersive activities— plus plenty of free time to explore the cobblestone streets like a local.” Here are eight (8) places throughout Italy that boast some of the world’s most spectacular views and the awe-inspiring tours that take you there, showcase the stories behind the scenes and offer an “undiscovered” glimpse of one of Europe’s most popular countries. Monterosso (10-day Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre)Part of Italy’s “fabulous five” Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso offers travelers a beautiful beach, village – known for its lemon trees and anchovies – and incredible views for miles. Portofino (10-day Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre)A fishing village pulled from the pages of a fairytale picture book, Portofino’s small harbor with colorful buildings, rests on the shore of the Italian Riviera.Erice (NEW! 10-day The Sicilian)A historic, walled-in medieval town located on top of Mount Eryx (about 2,500 feet above sea level), Erice is situated in the province of Trapani and offers sweeping views of the sea and valley below. Ragusa (NEW! 10-day The Sicilian)A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ragusa is one of the most picturesque hilltop towns in Sicily (or anywhere). Its “modern” Baroque streets, piazzas and homes date back to 1693 (the year an earthquake razed the village). Volterra (10-day Gems of Umbria & Tuscany)Enclosed by stone walls sits this mountaintop town in the land of wine. With historical sites that date back to the 7th century BC, Volterra invites travelers to take a step back in time on its medieval, cobblestoned streets. Spoleto (10-day Gems of Umbria & Tuscany)Resting in the shadow of mountains and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, this hill-town is stunning in every way. Its beauty and views will leave you breathless. Ostuni (NEW! 9-day Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy)A sparkling white gem in a sea of greens (hills) and blues (Adriatic Sea), Ostuni – and its whitewashed houses – is one of the most stunning cities in Southern Italy. Lecce (NEW! 9-day Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy)Described as the “Florence of the Baroque” and the “Rome of the South,” Lecce was also deemed the “most beautiful city in Italy” by 18th-century traveler Thomas Ashe. Other off-the-beaten path cities, towns and villages that make Globus’ “most beautiful” list – and can be experienced on a Globus and Cosmos tour – include:BassanoBolgheriCellino San MarcoLa SpeziaManduriaMontalcinoMonteriggioniNarniOrvietoPerugiaRapalloRavennaTraniSan GimignanoVinci DEAL ALERT: Book early and SAVE!  2019 Italy vacations start at $899!  ABOUT GLOBUS FAMILY OF BRANDSLittleton, Colorado-based Group Voyagers, Inc. is the privately held company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands within the United States.  Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways offer travelers unparalleled tour, independent travel package, river- and small-ship cruise options.  Considered the world’s largest tour operator, with 90 years of international travel experience, the Globus family of brands is dedicated to enriching the lives of travelers by turning foreign destinations into familiar harbors, where the expense of travel is forgotten and replaced by personal value.  The Globus family of brands is a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI).  Consumers can book a Globus family of brands vacation or request brochures by visiting a preferred travel agent or by calling the following toll free number: 1.866.313.2855.  For more information, please visit   Travel agents can request brochures by calling toll free 1.800.221.0090 or visiting read more

Televangelist accused of funding IS members trip to Sri Lanka

Sources said the decision to was taken after NIA claimed to have seized documents which showed that IS recruit Abu Anas had received Rs 80,000 from IRF as scholarship in October 2015. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said investigators had so far identified 25 bank accounts in four banks, which were regularly used for transactions by Naik and his companies.NIA has written to the scheduled banks to identify all the companies/individuals which had transactions with Naik’s IRF and its associate organisations.The move is aimed at financially choking Naik and his organisations after the controversial televangelist was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). NIA has written to banks asking them to freeze accounts belonging to Naik, his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and other associate companies, Indian media reports said. “Ashfaque’s father Kader claims that while leaving for Sri Lanka in February this year, Ashfaque told him that Qureshi was funding the tour. In all, 21 people were attending a small course on ‘Learning Quran’. Qureshi had also paid money to make their passports,” said an official.According to Kader, on February 23, Ashfaque left for Sri Lanka, where he stayed in Jaffna. The probe being carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), alleged that Islamic State (IS) recruit Ashfaque Majeed’s father had revealed that Arshi Qureshi, guest manager with the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), had allegedly funded Ashfaque and his fellow recruits’ Sri Lanka trip. Televangelist Zakir Naik has been accused of funding a visit to Sri Lanka by Islamic State (IS) members.The Maharashtra Police is set to register a first information report (FIR) against Naik, after the state law and judiciary department sent in its opinion that a case may be made out against him for inciting enmity. read more