first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED EDDIE HASKELL OVERCOMES TROUBLE TO TAKE $75,000 SIREN LURE STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF LENGTH UNDER DESORMEAUX; TRAINED BY GLATT, HE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 55.45  ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–California-bred Eddie Haskell overcame self-inflicted trouble to recover and win Saturday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes by three quarters of a length while covering five furlongs on the Santa Anita turf in 55.45. Trained by Mark Glatt and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, the 6-year-old Square Eddie gelding now has eight wins from 11 tries going five furlongs on grass.Breaking from the rail in a field of five horses three and up, Eddie Haskell seized the bit and drug Desormeaux into a precariously close position off the heels of pacesetter and eventual runner-up What’sontheagenda heading to the far turn, but Desormeaux was able to wrangle him back and had clear sailing with three lengths to make up turning for home.“I was a little bit worried about the one hole and you could see Kent had his hands full there heading into the turn,” said Glatt, who has now won six out of his 10 starts with “Eddie” since claiming him for $50,000 on April 26, 2018. “When he got clear and he got him to running again, I thought he’d have the other horse (What’sontheageda) measured.”A winner over the course of the Grade III Daytona Stakes on May 25, Eddie Haskell, who is out of the Boston Harbor mare Teresa Ann, was off as the 1-5 favorite and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.Owned by Philip J. Wood and Jim Hailey, Eddie Haskell now has nine wins from 21 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000 ($13,500 of which is from the Cal-bred incentive fund), he increased his earnings to $493,107.“There were some anxious moments from the quarter pole to the about the eighth pole where the leader was going as fast as me…,” said Desormeaux.  “He sustained his kick and that made the difference. ‘Eddie’ won the race…He responds so well to my hand gestures and when I encourage him to go, he just explodes.”Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, What’sontheagenda finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Brandothebartender. Off at 3-1, What’sontheagenda paid $2.60 and $2.10.Brandothebartender was off at 13-1 with Joe Talamo and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.95 and 43.88.last_img read more

AB de Villiers’ autobiography: Story of a boy who excelled at three sports

first_imgFans of AB de Villiers can look forward to hearing the story of one of the world’s most explosive batsmen when his autography hits the bookstores next month. (AB de Villiers, not Virat Kohli, is the most exciting batsman for Richard Hadlee)”AB: The Autobiography” has been billed by publishers as “the story of a modern sporting phenomenon”.The book will cover key events and influences that have shaped the life and career of the South African superstar, from his childhood and schooling at Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool (Affies) to his present successes, experiences and controversies as captain of the ODI team.It will offer access to the man behind the bat and beneath the helmet, exploring career-defining moments, on-and-off the field events and his relationship with various mentors, the publisher said. (I bow down to AB de Villiers, says Virat Kohli)”This is AB’s story, in his own words. The story of the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths, of a boy who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket, of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of twenty and was then selected in every single Test played by South Africa for the next eleven seasons, of a batsman who has started to redefine the art, being ranked among the world’s very best in Test, ODI and T20,” it said.The autobiography will also explore de Villiers’ interests in music and business and how he pursues these alongside his international cricket career.The hardback edition of “AB: The Autobiography” will be released in English and Afrikaans locally on September 8, and simultaneously in English by Pan Macmillan in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India.advertisement”For me, playing for South Africa through the past 11 seasons has been a fantastic privilege, from my debut against the West Indies right through to all the drama of the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand a few months ago, and I am looking forward to telling my story,” de Villiers says.”This project is an immensely exciting one for Pan Macmillan. AB de Villiers has proven himself, on and off the cricket field, to be a South African leader and an inspiration to millions of people at home and internationally. We are proud to bring his inspirational story to readers around the world,” says Terry Morris, MD Pan Macmillan (South Africa).last_img read more