STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020

first_imgAUTHENTIC ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER SHAM ROMPBob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2.“He looked good this morning,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify 2018). “He’d never done that, and I think it was the noise,” Baffert continued, addressing the colt’s ducking to his left in midstretch and again a sixteenth out in the one-mile Sham.“He heard the noise, he went to the rail, and when he saw the rail, he got scared from that, so I think we’ll either use ear plugs or blinkers next time, but his competition might be a little closer to him in his next race, and that might help, too.”While the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 was initially mentioned as Authentic’s next race, little if anything is written in stone when it comes to racing, particularly on Baffert’s often 11th hour agenda.“I’m not sure right now,” he said.Stay tuned.RACING FAREWELL FOR OMAHA BEACH BUT NOT MIKE SMITHMike Smith is poised for another major conquest, this in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.The 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider doesn’t have much space left on his glowing resume in a career that began in 1982 when he won 36 races and his mounts garnered $109,111.That’s tip money in today’s inflated economy. Last year, Smith’s mounts earned just over $10 million and he hopes to get off to a rousing 2020 aboard Omaha Beach in the Pegasus.Trained by Richard Mandella for Fox Hill Farms, the son of War Front captured the Grade I, seven furlong Runhappy Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita, but Smith sees no reason he can’t successfully negotiate the additional three furlongs.“He won the Arkansas Derby at a mile and an eighth, and in the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt) Mile, other than getting away real bad and having a lot of kickback, he ran the mile pretty easy,” Smith said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“His next race, a mile wasn’t going to hurt him. As a matter of fact, it probably would have helped us in that situation, so I’m not really worried about the distance . . . I’m riding for a man like Mr. Mandella, and he can get them ready for anything they have to do.”Like Omaha Beach’s legion of fans, Smith, too, is ambivalent about the colt’s retirement to stud following the Pegasus. “He’s starting to really come around, and there’s no telling what he’s capable of achieving,” Smith gushed. “He’s got that kind of ability, but hopefully he’ll retire nice and healthy before becoming a stallion.”While the racing career of Omaha Beach nears its end, for Mike Smith at 54 and his agent of 15 years Brad Pegram, they still see Emerald City at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.“In a career that has its ups and downs, I’ve been extremely blessed,” Smith said. “Even my downs are pretty good, other than when I broke my back in 1998 (he suffered two broken vertebrae in an Aug. 31 spill at Saratoga and was sidelined more than five months).“Hopefully, I can finish out my career on an upswing. I don’t think I’d ride off into the sunset. I’d still like to hang around and do some things in TV or publicity, but I plan on riding another few years.”Amen to that.STORM THE HILL RETURNS TO SPRINT IN LAS CIENEGASStorm the Hill shortens up in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The six-year-old mare is coming off five straight races of a mile or longer, including a fifth in the Grade I Matriarch Dec. 1.“She’s won sprint stakes twice at Santa Anita,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, alluding to the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy in 2018 and the Unzip Me in 2017. “She’s doing very well. She breezed this morning (five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.40) and should be set to go.”Flavien Prat was aboard for the drill and rides back in the Las Cienegas.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court worked five furlongs under Flavien Prat today in 1:01.60 for trainer Peter Eurton, who plans to attend the Eclipse Awards Dinner Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park in hopes that in a wide open division, the son of Court Vision is named two-year-old champion male of 2019. In all there were 223 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Clockers’ Corner celebrated the life of trainer Gary Sherlock this morning with friends and family enjoying a repast of delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries thanks to the efforts of Rosie Ybarra, Debbie Baltas, Aiden Butler, Nate Newby, Isabel Estrada, cooks Tony and Isaac, baker Colt and Geovanni Franco‘s agent, Jimmy Giannone. Sherlock died last Sunday at the age of 74. One of his horses, stakes winner Show It N Moe It, runs in next Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes with Sherlock’s long-time assistant Edwin Alvarez listed as trainer . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, resuming live racing with first post time 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m., with free General Admission and free parking.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 5th, 2020Quick Questions With Trainer Eddie TrumanWORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20Ax Man (Baffert) 1-05-20Grinningeartoear (Koriner) 1-05-20Storm the Hill (Behind), Just Grazed Me (Light Blue Cap) and Violette Szabo (Red Cap) (D’Amato) 1-05-20Flagstaff (Sadler) 1-05-20Vallestina (Meah) 1-04-20Speed Pass (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-04-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-04-20Higher Power (Outside) and Aggressivity (Sadler) 1-04-20Time is Now (Outside) and Show Business (Mandella) 1-03-20Show It N Moe It (Sherlock) 1-02-20 GOOD NEWS AT 54: SMITH TO CONTINUE RIDING STORM THE HILL IS BACK SPRINTING SATURDAYcenter_img AUTHENTIC WON’T ‘DUCK’ HIS FUTURE RIVALSlast_img read more

Watch French Daredevil Crosses English Channel on Hoverboard

first_imgStay on target After an unsuccessful attempt last month, French inventor and former jet ski racing champion Franky Zapata succeeded Sunday in flying across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed.Zapata, dubbed by some as “Green Goblin” due to his hoverboard’s similarity to the Spider-Man villain, zoomed over the Strait of Dover in just over 20 minutes, Reuters reported.Zapata took off from Sangatte, just outside Calais in France on a little platform powered by five small jet engines and carrying kerosene in a backpack. After a stop on a boat halfway through the roughly 21-mile crossing, Zapata reached Britain and landed safely in Saint Margaret’s Bay, close to Dover on Britain’s southern coast.AdChoices广告“For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told reporters on arrival, according to Reuters. “Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.”Zapata said the hoverboard reached speeds of 160 to 170 km per hour (99 to 105 miles per hour) during the crossing.On his previous attempt in July, Zapata fell into the sea while trying to refuel halfway across the water.A member of the Frenchman’s team said the movement of the waves required perfect timing, and the landing platform apparently shifted slightly as Zapata descended.Zapata received a $1.4 million grant from the French government to help finance the development of the hoverboard.French hoverboard star Franky Zapata cries during a press conference after he successfully crossed the Channel from France to England using a hoverboard on August 4th, 2019 in Calais, France. (Photo Credit: Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)“We made a machine three years ago…and now we’ve crossed the Channel, it’s crazy,” he said, visibly emotional.Zapata’s attempt was part of the 110th anniversary of the very first cross-channel flight. French aviator Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the channel on July 25, 1909.The French daredevil said it not yet clear what the hoverboard might be used for, adding that it was a complex invention that the average person would unlikely to be able to navigate.“It’s not a machine for trip down to the bakery on a Sunday morning,” Zapata told France’s BFM TV in an interview.More on Geek.com:This $380,000 Jet-Powered Flying Motorcycle Is Now Available for Preorders$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersWorld’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019 Flyboard Inventor Fails to Cross Channel on HoverboardMr Hoverboard is a cheaper way to be Marty McFly last_img read more