Hot apprentice steals spotlight with first triple at Caymanas Park

first_imgHot apprentice Linton Steadman stole the show at Caymanas Park yesterday, becoming the first from the recent batch of Jockeys’ School graduates to ride a triple.His winners were 4-5 favourite SIR BIGGS for trainer Donovan Plummer in the third race over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds, EXPRESS TRUCK at 9-2 for trainer Steven Todd in the sixth race over a mile for $180,000 claimers and the Ryan Darby-trained POCKET MONEY, a 6-5 favourite in the closing race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers.A past student of Waterford High, Steadman, 25, duly made amends for not landing his first triple last Saturday, when one of his winners, DOC HOLIDAY, was disqualified by the stewards after passing the post first in the seventh race over 1500 metres.The disqualification did not prevent him from emerging the CTL Jockey of the Month – with eight winners – winning the incentive in only his first full month in the saddle, having ridden for the first time on September 26.The popular young rider has so far ridden 13 winners to become the fastest apprentice to reduce his claiming allowance from 4.0kg to 3.0kg.On a day when the apprentices dominated by winning seven of the 10 races, Steadman said he was happy with his form.”I was looking forward to taking the triple last Saturday, but Doc Holiday was unfortunately disqualified.”Today, everything fell into place, and I can’t wait to get back into the saddle on Saturday. Right now, I want to win every race, and with this kind of focus, I should continue to do well,” said Steadman, who is apprenticed to 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who gave him his first winner, VISION, on September 26.Fellow apprentices Odean Edwards and Bebeto Harvey rode two winners each, Edwards just missing a triple when the Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD (5-2) was beaten by a nose in a tight photo finish by the Shane Ellis-ridden favourite, BONGO KING, in the eighth race over 1600 metres.Harvey, meanwhile, made all aboard the Robert Darby-trained 4-5 favourite, FORCE DE JOUR, in the ninth race (high claiming) over 1100 metres – the 4-y-o colt recording his sixth consecutive win.Trainer Steven Todd topped all trainers with two winners in EXPRSSS TRUCK and BLUE EYE BOY at 2-1.last_img read more

Hot Shot proves size no issue for Harlem Globetrotters

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Her son is enjoying every moment.“I dreamed of this moment as a kid,” he says. “I never thought I’d be a Harlem Globetrotter. It makes this a Cinderella magical story. It’s just amazing. The journey. The work. Practicing everyday. Overcoming adversity. Proving to people that I could be here, that I could play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone But if he’ll take part, along with the rest in the entertainment, then “Hot Shot” is anything but a curiosity — he is a real basketball player through and through.Questions and doubts about his abilities are nothing new — he grew up with them, being stared at, pointed at and made fun of.“I’m proving myself everyday,” he smiles.“Every gym, every city I walk into, people are staring down, some are laughing, asking ‘who is little dude? What can he do?’ And that first shot, or that first move, people are going crazy.”Born to a dwarf mom and an average height dad, Swanson learned to dribble and walk at the same time, recalls mom Sabrina.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Feel seven foot tall’He quickly became inseparable from the ball, keeping a portable hoop and playing day and night, driving the neighbors crazy. “I used to read my book and dribble the basketball at the same time,” he says.When he started playing organized basketball at the age of eight or nine, Sabring says “they wanted to treat him a little different. I told them: ‘no, treat him like everybody else’.”But if he had to work 10 times harder than anyone else, Jahmani proved himself a formidable player, mastering the basketball and shooting a hoop designed for players at least well over a foot (40 cm) taller.His mom only ever treated him and his brother as though they were average size people. “She prepped us… That’s how I live my life. When I’m walking the street, I feel like I’m seven foot tall.”His role models were not dwarf players or the smaller men in the NBA, but the towering legend of them all — six foot, six Michael Jordan.“Everything he did, I practiced,” he says. Sometimes he even sticks out his tongue, Jordan-style as he goes to the basket.Fifty-year-old Sabrina couldn’t be prouder.“He didn’t make the NBA but he’s entertaining and inspiring the whole world on how you could do anything you want if you put your heart and soul to it,” she says.“We don’t want to let it go to his head. That’s why I stay around.” 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 Born and bred in Harlem, a New Yorker through and through, who’s Globetrotter nickname as “Hot Shot,” his debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn proved that he is already the team’s most popular player.A social media sensation with a litany of YouTube videos dubbed “Mani Love,” “Lil Engine” or “The Athlete” that showcase his unique style of play, dribbling the ball between the legs of challengers, thrashing actor Jamie Foxx in a one-on-one or shooting a hoop from all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think he’s a nice addition, just because of his size. That brings a lot of attention to him,” says Kenyon Pickering, who watched the game with his children. “He’s definitely going to sell a lot of tickets.”Swanson, who is at least 22 centimeters (over eight inches) shorter than any other Globetrotter ever, is excellent advertising for the entertaining team who have dazzled millions around the world with basketball wizardry. LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Harlem Globetrotter’s “Hot Shot” Swanson (#9) is lifted in the air by “Beast” Douglas during their game against the Washington Generals at the Barclays Center December 26, 2017 in New York.AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT / With AFP Story by Thomas URBAINKnown as the “Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball,” Jahmani Swanson is only four foot five, but he’s now a Harlem Globetrotter, electrifying fans in the culmination of a childhood dream.Signing with the world-famous exhibition team earlier this month for their 2018 world tour, the 32-year-old was mobbed on court by dozens of fans queueing for a photo or an autograph after his first appearance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Here Are All the Big 12 Title Scenarios on One Page

first_imgThis looks nice on paper(that’s a lot of orange), but Oklahoma Still has to go out and do it on the field. From a percentages standpoint, it appears we are rooting for TCU this weekend in Norman because if TCU wins and OSU wins this weekend, the Big 12 is ours.From a storyline standpoint, however, I want Bedlam to be for it all.Who wins the Big 12? All the possible outcomes here, assuming Baylor defeats Texas pic.twitter.com/XMtN6VkbX5— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 16, 2015Also, is everyone aware that there is potential for this to be the greatest Bedlam ever?#okstate #Sooners Historical. At the 10-game mark in any year, the best combined record for OSU & OU: 19-1. There was 18-2 in 2011 & 1987.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) November 16, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more