FAVORED EPICAL GOES GATE TO WIRE IN WINNING GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY CASSIDY, UNCLE MO GELDING GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:24.60 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 29, 2019)–With Tyler Baze back in town to handle the front-running riding duties, DP Racing’s Epical cruised to an impressive 2 ¼ length win in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by James Cassidy, the 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding got a mile and one half on turf in 2:24.60.Breaking from the rail in a field of five older horses, Baze was able to make an easy lead in the early run down the hillside to the dirt crossing as Epical was well within himself under a long reign as the field passed under the wire for the first time. With longshot Marckie’s Water content to sit second up the backside, Baze asked Epical for his best leaving the three furlong pole and enjoyed a three length advantage over both Marckie’s Water and Unapologetic turning for home.“I came back to ride him,” said Baze, who has for the time being, relocated to the Arkansas/Kentucky circuit. “I counted on the trainer to have him ready. I should have won on him the last time, but we got a poor start. They schooled him in the gate and it showed today…Once we got going on the (far) turn, he showed his big turn of foot.“I like to ride fast horses in marathon races. He was relaxed and when it was time to go, he took off…I’m leaving tonight. I’m going to be riding the rest of the Oaklawn meeting and then head to Churchill Downs. We will play it by ear. I love Santa Anita. This is my home.”A close second from off the pace in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and one quarter on Feb. 9, Epical was pounded down to even money late and returned $4.20, $2.40 and $2.40.“You know the first time Tyler rode him, he said ‘I think he could go three miles.’ There aren’t too many three mile races, but he’s got speed and he doesn’t mind the horse next to him that goes with him and it doesn’t seem to rattle him at all. He’s very kind and he’ll go as far as you want to go.”With today’s San Luis Rey marking his first stakes win, Epical improved his overall mark to 11-4-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $279,980.Last for nearly the entire trip, Beach View, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied well late to finish second by a half length while never threatening the winner. The second choice at 2-1, he paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Marckie’s Water was off at 9-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.47, 48.56, 1:13.41 and 1:37.57.Today marked the first day of live racing at Santa Anita since March 3 and the eight-race program was completed without incident. First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday, to be highlighted by the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, is at 1 p.m.
HE SAID ITThunder backup point guard Raymond Felton on scoring eight points in the fourth quarter: “Every given night, Paul might not be hitting a shot, Russ might not be hitting a shot, ’Melo (Anthony) might not be hitting a shot, so it’s our job when we come off the bench to try to give the team a spark sometimes. It is what it is. We’re all human. Putting the ball in the basket every night — it’s not going to be that way.”UP NEXTHeat: At Indiana on Sunday.Thunder: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Miami led 66-64 heading onto the fourth quarter.Adams made a layup after a cut to the hoop and he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Thunder got the rebound, leading to a mid-range jumper by Westbrook that bumped Oklahoma City’s lead to 91-84.Miami cut its deficit to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Johnson, but Westbrook answered at the other end with a three. Westbrook then got a defensive rebound and bolted to the hoop at the other end for a layup. Miami was called for goaltending, and the Thunder lead was back to six.Miami trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to two in the final minute, but Westbrook found Adams on a pick and roll for a dunk that made it 99-95 with 43 seconds to play. George then stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw with 38.2 seconds left put the game out of reach.___TIP-INSHeat: G Tyler Johnson committed two fouls in the first 23 seconds. He finished with three fouls. … G Dwyane Wade finished with seven points in 20 minutes. He hadn’t played since March 10.Thunder: Outrebounded the Heat 51-41. … Improved to 7-1 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. … Carmelo Anthony finished with six points on 2 for 8 shooting.STAT OF THE NIGHTOklahoma City made 3 of 17 3-pointers in the first three quarters, then drained 5 of 9 in the fourth. 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He helped pick up the slack for his co-star, Paul George, who made just 3 of 16 shots.George was impressed with the way Westbrook finished the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s new to me, a guy at his level that is always ready for the moment who can just sense how and when to really take charge,” George said. “He is one of the most explosive and unique players that I have ever played with.”Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and eight assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook picked his spots for three quarters, then took complete control in the fourth.The All-Star guard scored 17 of his 29 points in the final period to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “He’s going to put his fingerprints on the game somehow, someway, and you just have to find a way to overcome it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Steven Adams added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. He scored 20 points in the first three quarters while his teammates struggled to make shots.“Steven’s value is extremely important in that sense of when things get stagnant and we need a possession and need a bucket and we need a quick relief, he will always come through,” George said. “He’s very underrated when he’s posting up or finishing. He’s very underrated.”Oklahoma City has won seven of eight to move into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.James Johnson scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 20 for the Heat, whose win streak ended at three games.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments