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HIT THE ROAD ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA

first_imgHIT THE ROAD ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY BLACKER, HE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.33ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2019)–Although he encountered some early traffic trouble, trainer Dan Blacker’s Hit the Road settled nicely and unfurled an impressive turn of foot through the lane to draw off to a 2 ¼ length tally in Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 2-year-old More Than Ready colt got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.33.Breaking from post position three in a field of seven juvenile colts and geldings, Hit the Road was making his first start since breaking his maiden in similar fashion at one mile on turf July 28 at Del Mar.“This was my first time on this horse and he showed me a lot,” said Espinoza, who got the mount due to the fact Joe Talamo was away to ride in New York today.  “The favorite (Encoder) came out on me going into the first turn, so I had to take him back, and we ended up last around the first turn.  I was really impressed with how he handled it, because when I asked him to pick it up, he was very strong.  He’s got a long stride and he covers a lot of ground.  That was impressive.”Off at 7-1 in his third career start, Hit the Road, who is out of the U S Ranger mare Highway Mary, paid $16.60, $8.40 and $5.00.Owned by D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables and Rick Gold, Hit the Road bagged $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $96,951.“He got sick the day we were going to run him at Del Mar (explaining his absence since July 28),” said Blacker.  “But he had been working well and we expected a big performance. Victor rode him awesome.  He did a great job, I’m just so thrilled for the owners for giving me a chance with a horse like this…”When asked if the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 1 was an option, Blacker said, “I hope so, if he gets in. When we bought him, we knew he had a grass pedigree and hopefully would run well on turf, but you never know until they do it.”Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Doug O’Neill, War Beast led throughout, but was no match for the winner late, finishing second by a neck over Billy Batts.  Off at 17-1, War Beast paid $16.20 and $8.00.The second choice at 7-2 with Tiago Pereira, Billy Batts finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Encoder and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.21, 46.81, 1:10.65 and 1:22.78.last_img read more

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Celebrity Big Brother Rachel Johnson evicted calls Ann Widdecombe a misogynist

first_imgAnn and Rachel were nominated alongside housemates John Barnes, Andrew Brady and Daniel O’Reilly, also known as comedian Dapper Laughs.When nominated for eviction, Ann was the most voted for out of the five housemates nominated, receiving four votes from her fellow housemates.In a previous episode, drag star Courtney Act was shown to nominate Ann for eviction, referencing her “morally conservative” views as a reason.Ann entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as an outsider, with 50/1 odds against her victory.However, the 70-year-old former Tory MP is now the second favourite to storm to victory in the show.Bookmakers have now slashed the odds on Ann Widdecombe winning Celebrity Big Brother.William Hill slashed the price of Ann winning Thursday.As a result, she is the 5/2 second-favourite – having been 50/1 on entering the house – putting her just behind the 5/6 favourite Courtney Act, also known as Shane Jenek.Odds among the other housemates are: 10/1 Andrew Brady, 12/1 Shane Lynch, 20/1 Amanda Barrie, 20/1 Dapper Laughs, 20/1 Jess Impiazzi, 25/1 John Barnes, 33/1 Maggie Oliver, 33/1 Malika Haqq, 66/1 Ashley James, 80/1 Jonny Mitchell, 80/1 Wayne Sleep, 100/1 Ginuwine.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Celebrity Big Brother: Andrew Brady was saved from eviction and fans were delightedCelebrity Big Brother: Courtney Act becomes the first star nominated for eviction this weekBianca Del Rio labels Ann Widdecombe a ‘c***’ while celebrating Courtney Act’s CBB winPINK NEWS- Ann Widdecombe has avoided eviction but not criticism on Celebrity Big Brother as Rachel Johnson is the second housemate to leave the house.Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe was one of five housemates nominated for Friday’s double eviction.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the first half of the show, Rachel Johnson became the second housemate to leave the Celebrity Big Brother house.The journalist and sister of former London Mayor Boris Johnson spoke to Emma Willis immediately after eviction, and stated that whilst she enjoyed her time in the CBB house, she was happy to have left.She said: “The public have spoken and I’m happy that the public have spoken.“I was ready, it was the funnest time I’ve ever had but I was ready come out.”Rachel was then asked about her relationship with Ann Widdecombe, as the pair argued several times during her time on the show.Rachel said: “She’s been quite spikey with a lot of the women in the house“She obviously prefers male company.”Referencing a yet to be broadcast argument, Rachel said that she had vocally criticised Ann earlier that day for her attitudes to the women in the house.She said: “I just said to Ann, you’re not just anti-feminist, you’re a misogynist!”Rachel then moderated her comments, saying: “It was great having her in the house.”The housemates were not aware prior to Friday’s episode that two housemates would be evicted on the same day.During the first part of Friday’s episode, Ann was saved from eviction by the public vote as Rachel was evicted.last_img read more