Radamel Falcao is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes, according to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.The Colombian came off the bench in United’s last two matches and Van Gaal said he “was not interested” if the striker was happy with that role.Falcao, 28, is returning from a calf injury and has been pressed into action due to other injuries to the squad.Dutchman Van Gaal said: “I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes.”With captain Wayne Rooney sidelined for Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against Stoke, 19-year-old James Wilson started ahead of Falcao.Van Gaal said: “It’s match fitness [he needs]. “It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured.”2014/15 league records of Man Utd’s strikersPlayerMinutes playedGoalsMinutes per goal Wayne Rooney9005180Robin Van Persie 10834270.8Radamel Falcao283 1283Falcao, who joined French club Monaco for a reported £50m in 2013 and is on loan at Old Trafford, is expected to be on the bench once again for Monday night’s game against Southampton, with Van Gaal confirming Rooney will play.Asked if the forward would be happy with a substitute’s role, Van Gaal said: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy.”Falcao, who missed much of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, had a prolific goalscoring record at Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and Monaco but has netted just once in seven appearances for United.
Authorities in Miami Beach have closed South Pointe Park after they say they had to issue thousands of citations to park goers after park rangers noticed many people not practicing social distancing measures and or not wear a face mask.Rangers reported that they issued 7,329 verbal warning for those not wearing face covers, 478 warnings to those not practicing social distancing, and they had to tell 1,335 people to leave the park after the park closed for the evening on the first weekend that the park was reopened. Governor Ron DeSantis reopened public parks in Florida as part of Phase One of getting Florida operational again, however, the openings were conditioned on visitors following social distance guidelines and authorities being able to enforce these measures.Much of Miami, Broward County, and Palm Beach County remain closed at this time, while other areas in Florida have begun Phase One with the reopening of some stores and restaurants under restrictions.
2014-15 Santa Anita Winter Media PollHorse of the Meet: Shared BeliefOlder Horse: Shared BeliefOlder Filly/Mare: Warren’s VenedaGrass Horse: Finnegans WakeGrass Filly/Mare: Go West Marie3-Year-Old: Dortmund3-Year-Old-Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: NextdoorneighborTrainer: Jerry HollendorferJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Gonzalo NicolasRace: Robert B. Lewis StakesOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCAchievement: Shared Belief ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Shared Belief, winner of three rich stakes at the Winter Meet including the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.The 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride trained by Jerry Hollendorfer also defeated Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Grade II San Antonio Invitational.Shared Belief earned $1,080,000 in winning the three races for ownersJungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome of Los Angeles); Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; George Todaro of Seattle; Alex Solis III of Glendale; and Jason Litt of Lexington, Ky.“He won two Grade I’s, at seven furlongs and a mile and a quarter, and in the other race, he beat the Horse of the Year, California Chrome,” pointed out Hollendorfer’s trusted assistant, Dan Ward. “It’s a most deserving honor and we appreciate it.”Shared Belief also was voted Outstanding Older Horse, and his three major stakes wins voted Achievement of the Meet.Unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund was a unanimous selection as Outstanding 3-Year-Old. Trained by Bob Baffert for owner Kaleem Shah, Dortmund came again in deep stretch after appearing to be beaten to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a head over Firing Line in a thrilling battle that was named Race of the Meet.Stellar Wind, who won the Santa Ysabel Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks in her two starts at Santa Anita after a private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC for trainer John Sadler, was named Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly.Warren’s Veneda came into her own at the meet for Craig Lewis who trains the California-bred mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren. The 5-year-old chestnut daughter of Affirmative was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare by posting authoritative victories in the Paseana Stakes, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes.Finnegans Wake, winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes and the Grade II San Marcos Stakes, was voted top Grass Horse. He is trained by Peter Miller for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch.Go West Marie, winner of Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the Irish O’Brien Stakes and second in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes, was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare for trainer Eddie Truman and owner Peter Redekop.Masochistic, winner of the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Ron Ellis, was Outstanding Sprinter.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway riding leader with 76, was named Outstanding Jockey, and Jerry Hollendorfer, who shaded Peter Miller for the crown, 34-33, by winning the sixth of nine races on the final day of meet, Outstanding Trainer.Gonzalo Nicolas, winner of seven races at the meet, was named Outstanding Apprentice jockey, while the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, were Outstanding Owners by virtue of 13 victories, most of any owner at the meet.Nextdoorneighbor, who climbed from $8,000 to $14,000 to $20,000 down to $16,000 on the claiming ladder, the only four-time winner at the meet, was named Outstanding Claiming Horse for Peter Miller, who claimed the Florida-bred son of Lido Palace for owners Rockingham Ranch for $8,000 before capturing his four victories. Hollendorfer, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockey
OCMomBlog.com recently featured our Family Fun Zone. The blog was titled, “Santa Anita Park Family Fun Opening Day Celebration.” Shelby Barone wrote, “The celebration will feature a free Family Fun Zone in the track’s infield with carnival games, pony rides, jumpers and face painting, surrounded by horses racing around the track.” She went on to say, “Along with the family fun, there is also an event just for mom and dad. Opening Day will mark the return of Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series, which showcases Los Angeles’ innovative dining culture.” OC Mom Blog clearly sees the fun in a day spent with us.Via OC Mom Blog
Tyler Baze1371322219%41%$770,361 RECORD SPEAKS FOR UNBEATEN CHAMP NYQUIST RELAXED OM IS READY TO GO IN GRADE II ARCADIA ‘TANGO’ DANCES TWO TURNS AGAIN IN SANTA MARIASANTA ANITA JOCKEYS DEFEAT HOLY ANGELS, 43-34 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton47714715%60%$563,560 Philip D’Amato6715111222%57%$856,120 Rafael Bejarano12728271122%52%$1,338,620 Santiago Gonzalez13825201418%43%$1,023,544 Flavien Prat11620151617%44%$1,299,848 Doug O’Neill9413151714%48%$682,087 Peter Miller6793713%28%$335,020 Tiago Pereira523746%27%$213,429 Fernando Perez1021071710%33%$539,209 J. Keith Desormeaux2652619%50%$153,280 Alonso Quinonez544837%28%$198,230 Jack Carava1942121%37%$91,620 Gary Stevens3866316%39%$801,605 Bob Baffert581371022%52%$1,036,855 Joseph Talamo11815151613%39%$743,114 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 11) Alex Solis1630319%38%$193,613 Steve Knapp2041220%35%$138,140 Abel Lezcano3541211%20%$170,905 Richard Baltas5798516%39%$689,044 Agapito Delgadillo4885617%40%$198,557 Mario Gutierrez11011201510%42%$771,191 Kent Desormeaux50712514%48%$656,490 Victor Espinoza443837%32%$492,305 J. Eric Kruljac2342517%48%$91,100 Jerry Hollendorfer80861210%33%$631,381 William Spawr2265327%64%$159,227 NYQUIST MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT ON MONDAY Nyquist is the Rodney Dangerfield of Thoroughbreds. He gets no respect, no respect at all. Critics say his time is too slow and his numbers are too low.Doug O’Neill, of course, isn’t on board. He trains the unbeaten champion two-year-old male of 2015, winner of an Eclipse Award in that category and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in his last start on Oct. 31, his third straight Grade I victory and his fourth graded stakes win from five career starts.Still, there are three horses listed ahead of him in Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch as the countdown dwindles below 72 hours for the son of Uncle Mo’s three-year-old debut in Monday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.“We’re just eager to see him compete at a high level on Monday and let that speak for itself,” said O’Neill, not in the least nonplussed by naysayers. “That’s what I love about this game, though; everyone has an opinion.“I don’t always agree with people. Whenever you read something negative about your own horses, it’s like somebody saying something about your family members, so it does make you pause for a bit, but if he runs a big race Monday, we can write our own story.“I actually don’t mind flying under the radar. I just want to keep flying.”O’Neill’s stance is remindful of Lincoln’s when he told members of his Cabinet who criticized Grant for over-imbibing:“I’m going to find out what he drinks and give it to all my Generals.”In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita will celebrate Presidents’ Day with another of its popular Dollar Days. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be available for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.OM, BOLO IN GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES SATURDAYOm has been a gem of consistency in a career of 10 races, winning five, with one second and two thirds for Dan Hendricks, who trains the four-year-old son of Munnings for the Sareen Family Trust.Om is the 7-5 morning line second choice to continue his steady run in Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes at a mile on grass, a race Hendricks hopes will lead to the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 12.“He’s been progressing since he came back last year, and I look forward to our mile turf races this year,” Hendricks said. “I think he’ll fit real well. He can be on the lead or just off it. The way he’s finally matured and started relaxing really helps him.“He’s either going to be way out in front, or just a little in front, because we can keep up as much as Gary (Stevens) wants.“We’ll be close to Obviously. It’s a matter of how they go the first part. The two of us are definitely the speed of the race, and it will be interesting to see how Om does against a classy older horse like Obviously.“It will be a different type of race for Om.”Meanwhile, Carla Gaines is hopeful that Bolo runs to his works in the Arcadia, his first race since last July 4 in the Grade I Belmont Derby. The four-year-old Temple City colt won the Eddie Logan at one mile last Dec. 27.“He’s been away but he’s had some good works,” Gaines said. “He went through the whole Triple Crown thing, traveling and what-not, so we freshened him up and he’s back.”Bolo was third in the Santa Anita Derby and an eventful 12th in the Kentucky Derby before winning an allowance race at Santa Anita last May 29.The Arcadia field: Om, Gary Stevens, 7-5; Cape Wolfe, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Yes Yes Yes, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Bolo, Flavien Prat, 4-1; and Obviously, Mike Smith, 6-5.Big Cazanova and Prospect Park were scratched.TARA’S TANGO STRETCHES OUT IN SANTA MARIATara’s Tango was third by a neck in the seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 23, but Jerry Hollendorfer is optimistic that the four-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song can successfully go two turns when she runs in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The Hall of Fame trainer bases that faith on his filly’s game second by a nose to StellarWind in the Grade II Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita last June.Trained by John Sadler, Stellar Wind would go on to earn an Eclipse Award as outstanding older female of 2015.“We feel she can stretch out, based on her second to Stellar Wind,” Hollendorfer said.The Santa Maria: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith,5-2; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Living the Life, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 2-1.BONNET LEADS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS WITH 17 POINTSSanta Anita’s jockeys led from start to finish in last night’s 49th annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels Elementary School at La Salle High School in Pasadena, winning 43-34 under the direction of Coach Kurt Hoover of TVG.“We led throughout and were always in control,” said Hoover, coaching the riders for the 15th consecutive year. The riders led at halftime, 28-15.Newcomer Chester Bonnet led the riders with 17 points, followed by Drayden Van Dyke with 11; Kent Desormeaux’s son, Josh, with seven; Omar Figueroa with four; and Kent and Edwin Maldonado with two each.Kayla Stra, Tiago Pereira and Bruno Panicucci played but did not score.“It could not have been any better,” said Nancy Dollase, who chaired the event for the ninth straight year. “It was a packed house. We’re looking forward to our 50th next year.”Proceeds benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.FINISH LINES: Leading rider Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 25 and 26) for careless riding on All That Heat in Sunday’s first race . . . Prospect Park, winner of the Grade III La Jolla Handicap last August, was scratched from Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf to run in an allowance race at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track Sunday in preparation for his major goal, the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12. “Sunday’s race is ideal for his comeback,” said Cliff Sise Jr., who trains the son of Tapit for owners/breeders Marty and Pam Wygod. “We’re trying to set him up for the Santa Anita Handicap. He’s training well. I don’t want Sunday’s race to take a lot out of him, but I want him to run good, too.” . . . Gary Sherlock has Lost Bus ticketed for the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on March 19. “There’s the Grade III Las Flores the next day, but it’s also $100,000, so I may as well run her against Cal-breds for the same purse,” the trainer reasoned . . . Richard Baltas had every confidence Jose Verenzuela could get the job on 7-1 shot Tale of Papa Nick in Thursday’s fifth race, and he was right. The five-year-old California-bred daughter of Papa Clem hadn’t raced since last Aug. 28, but won the $58,000 allowance race at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course by a comfortable 2 ½ lengths for owner/breeder Nick Cafarchia. “Jose had been working the horse and I told him she had some issues in the gate,” Baltas said. “He did the right thing. You’ve got to ride those hungry guys.” . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked to ride Sham Stakes winner Collected for Bob Baffert in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday . . . Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux and his wife, 31-year-old jockey Rosie Higgins, have 5,713 career wins between them, thanks to Rosie’s first-ever victory from only her fourth mount in Thursday’s second race aboard favored Blue Law ($4.40) for trainer Bob Hess Jr. “I wasn’t worried,” Rosie said. “I just didn’t want them to close the door on me. Last time, I hung in there and Kent told me, ‘Don’t be hanging there too long,’ but this time, I knew I had enough horse. My very first race, I was stuck back there for a bit, but I knew I had horse this time. He just exploded (winning by three lengths). Hopefully, this helps my career a little bit. I understand that I’m new, still green and what trainers think, too, because I’ve been in that situation. Hopefully, this builds my career and I keep moving up.” Kent, meanwhile, played second fiddle Thursday despite his 5,712 career wins. “Just call me Mr. Higgins,” he said. David Lopez1062081619%42%$594,216 George Papaprodromou2552520%48%$120,730 Carla Gaines2942214%28%$291,760 Brayan Pena2530312%24%$60,495 Brice Blanc3032710%40%$367,895 Martin Garcia66106815%36%$584,114 Jeff Bonde2162329%52%$143,340 Mike Smith5674813%34%$844,580 John Sadler4466414%36%$317,115 Edwin Maldonado95178918%36%$650,520 Steven Miyadi3257516%53%$179,434 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt4856210%27%$263,940 Patrick Gallagher2152524%57%$419,688 Vladimir Cerin2171233%48%$190,780 Drayden Van Dyke82881110%33%$510,219 Kristin Mulhall2452221%38%$218,645 Ron Ellis2042220%40%$128,810 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jose Verenzuela1631219%38%$95,015 Martin Pedroza5264312%25%$161,605