Monday, May 22 2017


Analyzing the Biggest NHL Free Agents of 2017


Just a few short weeks ago, the 3pm deadline bell rang large and loud to signal the end of the NHL trade deadline. The moment marked the end of a frantic period of activity behind the closed doors of the National Hockey Leagues biggest teams, as managers worked frantically to secure the best possible squad for their upcoming games.

Now just a few weeks removed from that March 1st deadline, and it seems the NHL free agent rumors are already flying high again. With only a few months to go until the start of summer, fans and hockey pundits alike were already looking ahead to the next transfer season, discussing the names that could well become some of the sport’s hottest, unrestricted free agents come the next transfer period.





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Lakers News


By Eric Avakian

Lakers News: Charles Barkley Gives Edge To LeBron James Over Kobe Bryant On One Condition

The Los Angeles Lakers have had many legendary players come through the organization, leaving lasting legacies and putting forth Hall-of-Fame resumes in the National Basketball Association. Although legends like Magic Johnson and Jerry West have come and gone, perhaps the most captivating player has been Kobe Bryant.

The 18-time All-Star brought forth his hard work and professional mentality to the basketball court, capturing the throne from Michael Jordan at the end of the 1990s. As is the case with the NBA, a generational great is often eclipsed by a young successor, bringing another potential great into the mix.





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NHL Rumors: Vancouver Canucks and the Tampa Bay Lightning


By Mark Easson

On the Vancouver Canucks …

Jeff Peterson of the Vancouver Province: Wonder if defenseman Alex Edler will think about this offseason that if he wants to win the Stanley Cup, it will likely have to be with a team other than the Canucks.

The 31-year old Edler has two years left on his deal at $5 million a season. He has at least one more good contract. The Canucks are rebuilding so maybe it’s time for him to starting thinking about the future.

Elder holds the power with his no trade protection. There would definitely be teams interested at the trade deadline next year as teams would get him for two playoff runs. With his NTC, he could have a big say in where he ends up.





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Thursday, May 18 2017


Preakness News and Notes: 05.18.2017


Always Dreaming ‘Sitting on Go’ for Saturday’s Preakness
Classic Empire ‘Focused and Happy’ for Morning Gallop
Conquest Mo Money Changing Trainer’s Life

BALTIMORE – After training Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming early Thursday morning, trainer Todd Pletcher told the crowd at the annual Alibi Breakfast that his colt is ready for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

“The horse is doing unbelievably well in the two-week turnaround,” Pletcher said. “The way he’s moving, the way he’s acting, the way he’s getting over the track, we feel really blessed that he’s coming into the race this way. I’m someone who has been in a lot of races and lost a lot of races, so I know you don’t want to be overconfident, but I do feel very, very good about the way he’s coming into it.”





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Wednesday, May 17 2017


Preakness: Post Position Draw Quotes


Trainer Todd Pletcher (Always Dreaming, PP No. 4; 4-5) – “Like I said before, I wasn’t overly concerned about where we drew. He was 4 in the Florida Derby, 5 in the Kentucky Derby. He’s generally a very alert horse away from the gate. He’s a good horse standing in the gate. I guess if you were hand selecting wherever you drew maybe you’d like to be outside of Conquest Mo Money. As we know, in a lot of races things change as soon as the gates open. We’ll just let him run his race.”
“I don’t think [Classic Empire being in Post 5] matters, as long as everybody breaks cleanly. I would imagine that Classic Empire is going to keep an eye on where we are. The first and second choices are side by side.”





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Monday, May 15 2017


Preakness News and Notes: 5.15.2017


Always Dreaming Shows His Pre-Derby Edge
Classic Empire Arrives, Settles In at Pimlico
Looking At Lee, Hence Breeze, Due to Arrive Tuesday


BALTIMORE – With a brief display of rambunctious behavior early Monday morning Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming showed trainer Todd Pletcher that he hasn’t lost the edge that helped propel him to victory on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Pletcher shipped Always Dreaming to the quiet stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course three days after his 2 ¾-length Derby victory to give the colt time to settle in and relax in preparation for a scheduled start in the Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1). That worked well for six days, but on the seventh Always Dreaming released some energy moments after he stepped onto the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Nick Bush up.





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Monday, May 08 2017


KENTUCKY DERBY FOLLOW UP


ALWAYS DREAMING (1st)/TAPWRIT (6th)/PATCH (14th)– They were up and at ‘em early at the Todd Pletcher barn Sunday morning following the outfit’s smashing tally in Kentucky Derby 143 Saturday accomplished by the stable’s talented colt Always Dreaming.

“Dreaming” himself set the tone, full of life and all but bouncing out of his stall in Barn 40. He was acting like he wanting to go out and do it again. His groom, Eliasin Beltran, had his hands full, but was happy for it. The native of Mexico has worked for Pletcher for the past five years and knows how to handle a good horse. Among the stakes aces he has dealt with previously are Verrazano, Constitution and Stanford.





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Saturday, May 06 2017


Kentucky Oaks Trainer Quotes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017):

Bob Baffert, trainer of Abel Tasman (1st) -- “It’s just exciting to win the Kentucky Oaks. We’d like to have a horse in the Derby but I’m so happy for the China Horse Club. They trusted me with the filly. And ‘Big Money’ Mike (Smith), what can you say? Incredible ride. We knew she was doing really well coming into this race. We got a nice, hot pace and it worked out. They were going pretty fast but I have a lot of respect for Paradise Woods and she was getting a lot of pressure. About the three-eighths pole he started moving and I thought we might have a shot. She’s a beautiful filly to train. She shipped beautifully and we knew we had a chance.”





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Abel Tasman Rallies to win 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017) – China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms’ Abel Tasman rallied from far back and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,100 on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:51.62.

It was the third victory in the Oaks for Baffert, who previously won with Silverbulletday in 1999 and Plum Pretty in 2011. For Smith, it was second victory in the Oaks to go with Princess of Sylmar in 2013.





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Abel Tasman Wins the 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks


105,100 Brave Coldest Oaks Day Since 1940
Just Shy of Setting the All-Time All-Sources Wagering Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2017) – Fans braved an all-day rain and the coldest Oaks Day since 1940 as Abel Tasman captured the 143rd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The dreary weather, which kept thousands of fans at home, still resulted in attendance of 105,100. The highest all-time attendance record for the Kentucky Oaks of 124,589 was set just last year under perfect weather.

Wagering from all-sources on the full Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $48.9 million was down only slightly to 2016’s record-setting total of $49.0 million and represents the second highest all-sources wagering on Oaks Day. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $14.9 million was also down slightly compared to 2016’s $15.0 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $9.3 million was down 22% compared to 2016. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $2.4 million was down 21% compared to 2016’s $3.0 million.





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Wednesday, May 03 2017


Kentucky Derby Update with Post Position Draw Quotes 5/3


CLASSIC EMPIRE MORNING-LINE DERBY FAVORITE;
GIRVIN MAKES INITIAL CHURCHILL DOWNS APPEARANCE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)
– John Oxley’s Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 when post positions were drawn Wednesday morning in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.

Prior to the draw during morning training, Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner Girvin galloped a mile at 6:30 in his first activity at Churchill Downs since arriving at the track Tuesday afternoon.





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Tuesday, May 02 2017


Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, May 2, 2017


THUNDER SNOW MAKES FIRST VISIT TO CHURCHILL DOWNS MAIN TRACK;
PARADISE WOODS 5-2 MORNING-LINE FAVORITE FOR KENTUCKY OAKS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)
– Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile.

Also making their initial appearances on the track were Monday arrivals Irish War Cry, Gormley and Royal Mo for the Derby and Oaks hopefuls Mopotism and Paradise Woods.





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