first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER:  “Every race, he getting better and better.  I’m glad I’ve been working him, because he’s worked better, too.  He settled today like he’s been doing this a hundred times…He galloped out real strong.  I don’t think distance is going to be any problem.  At the three eighths (pole), I was pretty confident.  He’s a 3-year-old, but he feels like an older horse.  He’s got a great mind.”“Those first two horses hopped off there pretty quick so I didn’t want to go head and head with speed there; he’s such a cool horse, he settled so nice, Bob’s done a great job with him in the morning like with a lot of horses. I just kinda rode him like he worked him in the morning, he absolutely loved the mud today.”  MIKE SMITH, GUNMETAL GRAY, SECOND:  “He ran okay.  He was climbing a lot.  He had a lot to (overcome).TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “It was good. He got to sit off the pace, which was good. They have to learn to do that, and I was really happy with Joe (Talamo). He rode him with a lot of confidence today, like he was a good horse, and he (Joe) was on his own. I didn’t give him any instructions.“He said, ‘What should I do?’ I said, ‘You need to WIN THIS RACE. That’s what you need to do.’ When we bought him, he worked in the slop at Timonium and he just smoked over it . . . but he’s a good horse. He’s a fighter, too. If they’d have hooked him, he likes to fight. This is the time of the year when you want to start getting excited about something (on the Triple Crown trail). We’re still dreaming in Technicolor, but they have to start performing and they have to move forward from here, but it’s a fun position to be in.“I want to run him in spots where he’s going to be very competitive, and we have those other horses, so it depends on what the other horses are doing. Right now I’m going to nominate my horses everywhere and whoever’s doing great that week runs in that race . . . Let the games begin.“I know that Joe (Talamo) rode the horse with a lot of confidence today, and we talked about after the Los Alamitos (12/8/18 where he came in second to Improbable), I told him to get to the next level he has to learn to relax, so today was a good day to get him back off those horses, he rode him like he’s a good horse and he responded like a good horse.“We’re just happy that the horse has been doing well and Michael (owner Petersen) here he got into the business, we had some more spirit, we had some luck there and we’d been trying to get to the Derby, we had another good horse that needed some time off so this was actually the second stringer here but he’s a good horse.”OWNER QUOTESMICHAEL LUND PETERSEN, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: I just like standing on the other side of the bundle you know giving them carrots instead. It’s an amazing experience that’s why I own horses to see them race and hopefully once in a while we can get a win in.“I texted Bob to see if I should come for the race and he was very confident.  That’s pretty good.”NOTES: The winning horse receives 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the runner-up four, the third-place finisher two and the fourth, one.  The winning owner is Michael Lund Petersen.Michael L. Petersen’s Mucho Gusto and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Koke and twelve more –

first_imgToday Simeone goes out with Koke and ten more. Or better: Koke and twelve other first team field players, what does he have. Thirteen and two goalkeepers. Complete the list three soccer players of B. The injuries again, all accumulated in the same section of the season. Seven (Trippier, Arias, Giménez, Herrera, João, Morata and Costa) plus Felipe, down by penalty. And in front of Granada, another one of those teams that Cholo has a hard time winning, so identical: intense and with a lot of pressure, to wait back and the ball stopped. But today is of mortal necessity. Win back. Atletico is out of the Champions League positions, it is 6th, and in two games who is Liverpool.A Granada Cup semifinalistToday a Cup semifinalist Granada does and maybe with his head there, more in the game during the week than this one on Saturday. Diego Martínez, who in the first round already started a draw to Atleti in Los Cármenes, will make rotations, such as Foulquier by Neva on the side. The loss of Gonalons, overload, is important. He already lacks Montoro. In the center will enter Eteki or maybe Azeez. Above, Soldier, reinforced by his two goals in the Valencia Cup, and his forward-feeling of the season, Carlos Fernández.Follow Vrsaljko, come back Beautiful that whenever he played he did well, Simeone doubted between two men: if you start Saponjic at the top or that Correa and Llorente play above do it in the middle. I’ll bet on the latter, it seems. In this match where he already walks without a net. But with Koke back. The days are finally over without him. And Koke in the field improves everything. The torture of days without Koke is over. Those full of blows. With defeats, frustrations, the parties whose points stopped counting three by three. Without Koke, Atlético has not won in a month, the Copa del Rey was left in León and the Spanish Super Cup on penalties against Madrid. Without Koke, defeat at Ipurua, defeat at the Bernabéu and draw with Leganés at the Metropolitan. Without Koke deepens the lack of goal (two in five games) and preparation in the center.But today Koke returns, the captain to his place and the bracelet to his arm. When it may not be noticed, even if it is always the one that runs the most, the one that wears the most, but alas when he is not there, there is no footballer whose absence is accused more. There are the numbers. And they scream.last_img read more