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Winning Kentucky Derby jockey says lane-interference violation was right call

first_imgMay 6, 2019 /Sports News – National Winning Kentucky Derby jockey says lane-interference violation was right call FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAndy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The fastest two minutes in sports turned into the longest 22 minutes of waiting for an official result after an objection call by two jockeys caused the stewards to overturn the initial decision and crown Country House the Kentucky Derby champion.For the first time in the race’s 145-year history, the horse that crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs was disqualified for interference.Flavien Prat, the jockey of the 65-to-1 long shot, spoke to Good Morning America about the incident from Saturday’s race.“I made an objection because when I made my move around the [final] turn I thought I was pushed out from the inside and so as we crossed the finish line and I pulled up my horse, I was waiting to see if there was any inquiry because I thought it was a pretty wide movement,” Prat explained. “And nothing happened — so I decided the steward should take a look at it.”“Another rider actually did the same as I did and they decided that it didn’t interfere enough with me, but he [Maximum Security] actually caused a lot of damage with other horses, so I think that’s why they changed the results,” he said.Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward Barbara Borden said the riders of Long Range Toddy and Country House both lodged objections against the champion horse and argued he should be disqualified.ESPN horse racing expert and host of “In The Gate” podcast Barry Abrams explained to ABC News that during the final turn, the undefeated favorite, Maximum Security, shifted to his right, out of his lane, and interfered with a nearby horse. Barry Abrams, host/producer of ESPN’s “In The Gate” podcast, appears on ABC’s World News Tonight to help explain the disqualification in the Kentucky Derby. https://t.co/IcxqU3K4Op— Barry Abrams (@BAbramsVoice) May 5, 2019“There was clearly interference here,” he said. “If there is any interference that in any way affects the outcome the offending horse has to be taken down.”“Maximum Security’s rear heels come very close if not actually clipping the front heels of War of Will,” he added.Prat, 26, said he has been on the other side of a disqualification in his career.“It happened to me before [when] my horse or I did something wrong and I got a DQ [disqualification] for that so, you know, it’s part of the ruling and you’ve got to accept that,” he said.Prat’s agent, Derek Lawson, who has been in horse racing for over 30 years, told GMA he did not think the move by Maximum Security or his mount Luis Saez was intentional “at all.”“I believe that the horse may have been spooked by the loud noise from the crowd. He actually was switching leads and he might have just f—– up. But there was no intention, negative intention by the rider,” he said.Country House became the second-biggest long shot ever to win in the run for the roses.Lawson also said this controversial ruling was ultimately good for the sport. “Well it shows that the sport is well governed by the racing officials, that they made a very tough decision and in one of the largest and the biggest race in the United States,” he said. “It shows that we can step up and make tough decisions in races that affect the outcome.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Laurel Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle in Laurel early Thursday morning.Southold Town police said the man was struck on Route 25 near the Riverhead town line shortly before 6 a.m.The victim’s identity was not immediately available. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The drivers of two vehicles believed to be involved stopped at the scene, police said.Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.last_img

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Rio predicting fourth for Liverpool

first_img So, for all the noise generated by those increasingly troublesome neighbours at Manchester City, Ferdinand accepts it is the Liverpool games that remain the pinnacle. “You still get a different feeling when it is Liverpool,” he said. “I think it is the history between the clubs, the success Liverpool had and the success we have had in recent years. “The rivalry is always going to be huge. “But I can tell you, the tension isn’t as great on the pitch as it is in the stands. Just getting to the ground can be hairy at times. “On the pitch, you sense the atmosphere leading up to the game and also during it. You know what it means to the people of Manchester to beat Liverpool, especially at Anfield. “I have been lucky enough to be on the winning team a few times. To come away from Anfield with a win is a great feeling.” And this year United have a new man in the dug-out, someone Liverpool’s supporters already have a grievance against given David Moyes spent 11 seasons at Everton. “I don’t think it will make any difference having an ex-Everton man in charge,” said Ferdinand. “His desire to beat Liverpool will be as strong as ever. “He had that with Everton. It is a big game for them. I am sure he will quickly realise this game is as big in Manchester as it was for them.” Rio Ferdinand is predicting fourth place at best for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. Yet Liverpool have started the campaign with back-to-back victories and should they beat Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, they will find themselves five points ahead of their old rivals. However, Ferdinand does not feel it will be the prelude to an extended championship drive. That, the United defender is convinced, will be the preserve of his own club, Manchester City and Chelsea. “It is too early to say whether they will challenge the top four,” Ferdinand told MUTV. “I don’t think they would have been in anyone’s reckoning before the season began. “But they have started the season very well and are looking to put themselves in a good position after those first three games. “I still see it being between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal going for that fourth spot.” Ferdinand has identified Daniel Sturridge, who scored the winner against both Stoke and Aston Villa, and Philippe Coutinho are the main threats to the visitors on what is sure to be a high-octane occasion. The 34-year-old is well used to the unique atmosphere, having played in 19 such contests, including scoring late winners twice at Old Trafford. Not only that, Ferdinand also sat in the stands for United’s FA Cup defeat at Anfield in 2006, a game chiefly remembered for the horrific injury suffered by Alan Smith. Press Association It is four seasons since the Merseyside giants last achieved that feat, and 23 since the last of their 18 league championships. Given the huge amounts of cash spent by Kenny Dalglish and the rebuilding work required following the exits of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam over the past 12 months, it is hardly a surprise so little was expected of Brendan Rodgers’ troops this season. last_img read more

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Kwasi Appiah and Asamoah Gyan unveiled as Unibank ambassadors

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah and captain Asamoah Gyan were unveiled as brandsambassador for Unibank on Tuesday ahead of their international friendly against Montenegro.The Black Stars duo were presented to the rest of their international colleagues alongside officials of the Ghanaian bank.Unibank officials are in Podgorica to offer support for the Black Stars team as they take on Montenegro in an international friendly on Wednesday.Officials of Unibank with the Black Stars teamThey therefore took the opportunity to unveil Appiah and Gyan as their new brandsambassadors. The two personalities will be endorsing services of the bank while being made the faces of a huge publicity campaign to be rolled out by the bank ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In a related development, Head, Corporate Affairs and Marketing of uniBank, Mr. Richard Osei Anane, announced that members of the public can interact with their two new “signings” via txt to be updated on new and existing information concerning Coach James Akwasi Appiah, Captain Asamoah Gyan and uniBank products, services and events.He stated that, members of the public can text “GYAN” or “AKWASI” to shortcode1402 to receive updates.Unibank late last year signed an agreement with the Ghana FA to become the official bank sponsor of the Black Stars in a deal worth US$1.2m over three years.last_img read more

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Buffon hails Tuchel empathy and tactics

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has praised Thomas Tuchel’s calm style in contrast to the more intense coaches he worked under in Italy.Buffon ended his distinguished Serie A career when he left Juventus to link up with the Ligue 1 champions in July.The Italy legend played under a raft of recognised names during his long spell in Turin, including noted disciplinarians Fabio Capello and Antonio Conte, winning three successive titles with the latter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Now in his first club season abroad, Buffon has taken a liking to ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel’s willingness to understand his players.”He transmits an incredible empathy, and a great serenity, not like some coaches in Italy who prepare training as if they were in nuclear laboratories,” the World Cup winner told Gazzetta dello Sport.”He could have had reservations about a 40-year-old goalkeeper, but he observed, he understood and is managing very well.”In the attacking tactics we are very well prepared.”PSG are yet to drop a point in their nine league matches under Tuchel, who succeeded Unai Emery in the French capital.Buffon has started five of those fixtures as he shares goalkeeping duties with France international Alphonse Areola.last_img read more