BOLO, CATAPULT & RIVER BOYNE HEAD WIDE-OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) ON SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–In what promises to be the best betting race of the weekend, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo, John Sadler’s Catapult and the Jeff Mullins-conditioned River Boyne head a wide-open field of 11 three year olds and up in the Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) at Santa Anita on Saturday.BOLOOwner: Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.Trainer: Carla GainesIdle for 23 months prior to running fifth here in a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance April 28, this 7-year-old gelding by Temple City then executed a gate to wire heist in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) on May 27, winning by 1 ¼ lengths over top local turf horse River Boyne at 32-1. Subsequently a well beaten eighth at 6-1 in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on turf Aug. 18, Bolo will be making his fourth start of the year over a course that’s seen him win five races from 10 tries.CATAPULTOwner: Woodford Racing LLCTrainer: John SadlerIdle since fifth, beaten three lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar July 21, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was fifth by a similar margin to Bolo two starts back in the Shoe Mile, a race in which no one could make up appreciable ground from off the pace. A multiple graded stakes winner and easily the leading money earner in the field with more than $1.5 million, Catapult could well go favored in the City of Hope Mile.RIVER BOYNEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsA gem of consistency over the past two years, this 4-year-old Irish-bred colt has been idle since finishing second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Bolo in the Shoe Mile May 27 and looms extremely dangerous over a course that he adores. With six wins from nine tries over the Santa Anita lawn, River Boyne, who is 8-3-3-0 at one mile on turf, figures to get a stalking trip as he bids for his fourth graded stakes victory. THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTOhio–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–123Synchrony–Joe Talamo–125True Valor–Drayden Van Dyke–121Restrainedvengence–Martin Garcia–121Big Score–Mike Smith–121Catapult–Rafael Bejarano–121River Boyne–Ruben Fuentes–121Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–118Prince Earl–Geovanni Franco–125Andesh–Abel Cedillo–121Bolo–Tyler Baze–125First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Mumbai, Jun 16 (PTI) Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe has been roped in as an expert commentator by Star Sports network which has planned an extensive coverage of the upcoming Rio Olympic Games for the Indian viewers. Thorpe, winner of five gold medals in two Olympic Games and clincher of 11 outdoor world titles, will be on the panel along with Indias badminton ace Prakash Padukone, former Commonwealth Games womens shooting champion Anjali Bhagwat, ex-international hockey player Viren Rasquinha and swimmer Rehan Poncha, it was announced at a media conference here today. The channel would show the Games, to be held from from August 5-21, round the clock on eight channels and the commentary will be in English and Hindi. “Star Sports is leaving no stone unturned to provide the most comprehensive access to Indian sports fans. We will provide unprecedented coverage by dedicating eight channels on a 24×7 basis across the entire duration of the event,” said Star Sports CEO Nitin Kukreja. Stars video streaming platform “Hotstar” would also roll out between 14 and 36 live feeds, “free of charge”, according to its CEO Ajit Mohan. PTI SSR RSY ATK ATK RYS