Muir makes history in winning Canadian Derby

first_imgEDMONTON, Ontario (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir became the youngest every rider to win the CDN$150,000 Grade III Canadian Derby when he produced a tremendous ride aboard favourite Ready Intaglio.The 21-year-old, in his first season outside of Jamaica, partnered with the Amber Meyaard-trained colt to beat the three-year-olds by three-quarter lengths going a mile and three-eighths.Thirteen-to-one chance, Solve, with another Jamaican, Dane Nelson, aboard, finished second while The Accuser, with Barbadian Damario Bynoe in the irons, placed third.”He was relaxed and I just waited for the right time to make my move,” said Muir.”He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever ridden. This is a very classy horse. I think he’s going to go places.”Hold the Giant and Northernlocomotive whipped the field through a brisk pace, laying down 23.28 seconds for the quarter mile and 47.82 for the half-mile, as Muir raced Ready Intaglio in a bunch near the rear of the field.Through the stretch for the first time, Barbadian Rico Walcott brought Inside Straight up to join the leaders and then took over the running on the backstretch, with Muir already threading Ready Intaglio through the field down on the inside.As the race swung forhome, Inside Straight held sway with Solve and The Accuser running on strongly, but Muir expertly slipped Ready Intaglio through a seam along the rails in mid-stretch to hit the front.Solve tried to stay with the pair, but Muir had the momentum and carried the colt the wire strongly to win in style.”I just took the shortest way around; the shortest way is the fastest way,” Muir said of his decision to keep the colt on the rails.”I was on the rail just about every step. I think that was what made the difference.”Muir and the connections of Ready Intaglio survived anxious moments afterwards, however, as an objection was launched by Walcott for interference in the stretch run.The stewards eventually dismissed the claim.last_img read more

LeBron ‘humbled’ to join Lakers, expects ‘something special’

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James fields questions during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn’t a true contender with Golden State and the NBA’s elite just yet.The superstar welcomed every step in the process Monday as he began his next chapter in purple and gold.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I think this is a great start for the Lakers to get back to championship caliber,” said McGee, who just won two championship rings in Golden State. “For me personally, I feel like this is everybody’s dream as a basketball player, to put on the purple and gold and compete for a championship.”But on their first formal day together, nobody suggested the Lakers are remotely ready to compete with the Warriors, who would have four consecutive championships if James hadn’t won the Cavs’ first championship in legendary fashion instead in 2016.“We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said. “They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp. … We’re picking up from scratch, so we’ve got a long way to go. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James finally made his first formal appearance as a member of the Lakers at their media day, nearly three months after he left Cleveland for a four-year, $153.3 million free-agent deal. In between posing for photos in his new gold No. 23 uniform, the 33-year-old superstar revealed part of the motivation behind his decision to join an iconic franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years.“No matter what uniform I’m in, I’m always humsbled that I’m able to play this game at this level,” James said. “I think we all know that this franchise has been a historical franchise in this league for years. … That’s an excitement in its own right. And then it’s just always humbling for me when I get a chance to be a part of something special.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe burgeoning entertainment mogul also politely scoffed at the notion his numerous interests in film and television production would be any distraction from his day job. Moving to Hollywood was not his motivation for going West, he insisted.“My decision was based solely on my family and the Lakers,” James said. “I’m a basketball player. I play ball. That’s what I do.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James joined the Lakers along with veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley this summer. They’ll team up with the Lakers’ talented young core to change the face of a 16-time champion franchise emerging from the worst half-decade in its lengthy history.But James made it perfectly clear he won’t judge his achievements in Los Angeles solely on championships, particularly not during these Lakers’ first season together.“I don’t believe the only thing that’s a success in marking a season is winning a championship,” James said. “There’s only one champion, but that doesn’t mean you’re not successful. There’s going to be wins and losses, but what you control is how you prepare every day.“We’re a new ballclub coming together. They have some returning guys, but as far as the ballclub, we’re all new to each other. So we have to take our bumps and our bruises. There’s going to be good times. There’s going to be bad times. That’s what happens when a team is new. But if we continue to work the process and we continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and the time to being great, everything else will fall into place.”This perspective contrasts sharply with the ring-or-bust mentality held by Kobe Bryant, the last superstar to wear this uniform. Two seasons after Bryant’s retirement, the Lakers have been replenished by the arrival of James and the veterans that he assembled around him.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi eralast_img read more