CONSISTENT MAXIM RATE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $150,000 HONEYMOON STAKES AS EIGHT SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO 1 1/8 MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2019)–A nose shy of being undefeated in three starts, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Maxim Rate bids for her second consecutive graded victory as she heads Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita. For 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one eighth on turf, the Honeymoon has attracted a field of eight, including stablemate Hostess and the Richard Baltas-conditioned Lady Prancealot, both of whom were narrowly beaten by Maxim Rate when last they met.MAXIM RATEOwner: Slam Dunk RacingTrainer: Simon CallaghanA first-out one mile maiden turf winner from off the pace on Feb. 16, she was second, beaten a nose from off the pace in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Providencia Stakes on April 6. In her next out, Maxim Rate pressed the pace en route to an impressive half length win as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes, a race in which Lady Prancealot finished second and Hostess checked in fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths. By Exchange Rate out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Catch My Eye, Maxim Rate will be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux.LADY PRANCEALOTOwner: Donald Durando, Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahanTrainer: Richard BaltasBest suited as a deep closer, she finished strongly from way off the pace to finish third, beaten a head by Hostess two starts back in the Providencia on April 6 and finished well at 5-2 to be second, beaten a half length by Maxim Rate in the one mile turf Senorita on May 4. With a larger field and the prospect of a hotter pace, this Irish-bred rates a big chance stretching out a furlong with Joe Talamo riding back. Easily the most seasoned Honeymoon runner, Lady Prancealot took one out of five starts in England and is now 12-2-4-2 overall with earnings of $129,341.HOSTESSOwner: Mr. J. Warren StableTrainer: Simon CallaghanOne for three in her native England, Hostess came rolling to take her U.S. debut, the Grade III Providencia two starts back on April 6 and like Lady Prancealot, would appreciate a hot pace in the Honeymoon on Saturday. Off at 7-2 in the one mile turf Senorita on May 4, Lady Prancealot just nipped her for third money by a nose with Brice Blanc up. In what will be her third Santa Anita start, Hostess will be reunited with Drayden Van Dyke, who was up for the Providencia win.THE GRADE III HONEYMOON STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Lady Prancealot–Joe Talamo–120Over Emphasize–Alonso Quinonez–120Seranitsa–Flavien Prat–120Holly Hundy–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Dr. Wysong–Aaron Gryder–120Maxim Rate–Kent Desormeaux–124Sold It–Mario Gutierrez–122Hostess–Drayden Van Dyke–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
He believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down He believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down a solid defence and making sure his players remain vigilant at set-pieces. “Madrid are different to Barcelona and Bayern; theyre a much more direct team who are a massive threat from set pieces. “Well be ready and will look to play the game on our terms. Fingers crossed, that will be enough for us to do what we want, which is to win.” Whoever wins, says Ronaldo, will earn the local bragging rights: “We will see who is the best. I am positive. I think Real are better than Atletico, but we have to show it on the pitch.” But Real have plenty of reason to be wary. Two years ago, Atletico were a whisker away from avenging their European Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich in 1974 (4-0) after Diego Godin gave Simeons men a 36th minute opener. Ramoss 93rd minute leveller, however, pushed the match into extra time and, with the fresh momentum, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo, from the spot, struck to compound Atleticos misery. Now, it is Ronaldo, Bale and French striker Karim Benzema who could have their work cut out, while Ramos and Pepe, Zidanes preferred centre-back partnership, will be wary of a repeat of recent history. Atletico have recorded 35 clean sheets in 56 games this season, including shutouts at home to Barcelona and Bayern Munich when they were dumped out of the competition. They also managed a 1-0 win at Reals Santiago Bernabeu to inflict Zidanes only La Liga defeat in four months in charge when the sides last met in February. Ronaldo, who suffered an injury scare in recen days, admitted: “Atletico always play the same way. We know there will be very few opportunities because they all play behind the ball. “It is no coincidence that Barca and Bayern couldnt score many goals against them.” AFP KHS KHSadvertisement
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F MSC Magnifica was christened on Saturday, March 6 in Hamburg, Germany, making it the 11th ship in MSC Cruises‘ fleet. The vessel, which is the fourth Panamax cruise ship in the MSC Cruises Musica class, features 16 bars and lounges, four restaurants, a large new buffet area, called Sahara and an a la carte restaurant, L’Oasi, which will offer Moroccan fare. MSC Magnifica also offers a number of onboard entertainment features including a Tiger Bar 4D cinema, mini-bowling alley and a billiard table in the L’Olimpiade sports bar. The onboard spa, MSC Aurea Spa, provides a variety of treatments including massages, facials and other specialty spa treatments. Italian pop artist Eros Ramazzotti performed on stage during the christening while screen legend Sophia Loren, participated in the ribbon cutting as the godmother of her eighth MSC ship. MSC Magnifica will sail a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary calling at Venice and Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.