JOCKEY QUOTESRUBEN FUENTES, OHIO, WINNER: “The instructions were to grab the lead if nobody wanted it, so I jumped out of there and as soon as Hunt went by me I knew we had something to run at and someone to follow. We were going pretty smooth there (23 and 47). Coming into the turn, he wanted to go on his own and Mike said, ‘whatever you do, don’t take anything from him. Whatever he wants to do, go along with it,’ and that’s just what I did. Turning for home, I moved my hands down on him and he gave me a quick turn. After that, I knew I had it and he was gone. Then, I saw a horse on the outside and he saw him too. As soon as he saw him, he fought back and he just got his head right at the wire. It’s great (winning his first Grade 1). It’s the best feeling in the world”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, CATAPULT, SECOND: “I thought I was in front at the wire. That is the worst head bob I’ve been involved in. I knew it was close by hearing all the crowd noise. I was hoping it wasn’t that close. After we finished, Ruben (Fuentes) turned to me and congratulated me on the win. He thought he lost.”RAFAEL BEJARANO, RIVER BOYNE FOURTH: “There was no speed up front, the horses up front held sway and never came back to me. I was in a great position. Last time out my horse was boxed in with nowhere to go turning for home, but this time he was in the clear and had every opportunity to run them down; they just never came back to me. He didn’t have any excuses this time. We just couldn’t run down the leaders.”TRAINER QUOTESMICHAEL McCARTHY, OHIO, WINNER: “I thought they got the bob (Catapult). I was watching on the big screen and I knew it was pretty close. I was thinking dead heat since it was taking a while. There’s been a lot going through my mind these last three weeks with no racing. This horse is very easy to train. We put a couple of easy works in him and he was ready to go. I thought with the small field that we could take a shot. I thought the race was void of pace and we found a great spot on the backside. . I just thought he was a horse with a lot of back class when we took him to Arizona and he won a nice little race, $75,000 stake and it sort of changed him, he is a very easy horse to train, he’s easy on himself I though today we would be on or close to the lead Hunt went ahead and found himself on the lead we sat right second. I can’t thank Ruben enough for a wonderful ride he’s very patient, obviously today was his first mount in a Grade 1 and first win in a Grade 1 and for the owners Bruce Trietman, the Wellmans, Eclipse Thoroughbred, I can’t thank them enough for their support, it was their idea to go ahead and claim this horse I’m just along for the ride here.” (What’s next?) I’m thinking of taking him to Kentucky for Derby weekend.” JOHN SADLER, CATAPULT, SECOND BY A NOSE: “Yes, that’s one of the toughest beats we’ve ever had. I thought he ran a great race, I’m really proud of him. That’s just the way it went today.”NOTES: This was jockey Ruben Fuentes’ first ride in a Grade I race and obviously his first Grade I victory. The winning owners are Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman.
SHARE South Africa win toss, opt to bat in first test vs India South Africa reach 65-2 against India at stumps RELATED Published on January 05, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENT Former captain AB de Villiers negated Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s terrific first spell with a counter-attacking half-century as South Africa reached 107 for 3 at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test.After Bhuvneshwar (3/39 in 9 overs) wreaked havoc reducing South Africa to 12 for 3 inside the fifth over, De Villiers (59 batting) and skipper Faf du Plessis (37 batting) added 95 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket to steady the ship.De Villiers was in his element as he hit as many 11 boundaries in 65 balls while Du Plessis also showed positive intent hitting seven fours in 67 balls after opting to make first use of the wicket.Bhuvneshwar got India off to a rollicking start as he took three wickets in the first three overs. He had Dean Elgar (0) caught behind off the third ball of the match. An over later, he trapped Aiden Markram (5) lbw with a sharp inswinger. The ever-dependable Hashim Amla (3) too was caught behind off the Meerut speedster as his first spell figures read 3–1–5–3.De Villiers then led South Africa’s recovery as the duo batted out the remainder of the challenging first hour. They looked to counter attack the bowling with the former taking 17 runs off one Bhuvneshwar over. In doing so, they brought up the 50-partnership for the 4th wicket off only 63 balls. There was a chance from Du Plessis off Mohammed Shami (0–33) in the 17th over but it bounced just short of skipper Virat Kohli at second slip.Debutant Jasprit Bumrah (0–31), who was preferred over seasoned Ishant Sharma, came on as first change and purchased awkward bounce at times off the pitch. He troubled both batsmen in his first spell but was unable to make the breakthrough that India desired.Thereafter, De Villiers brought up his 41st Test half-century off only 55 balls, inclusive of 10 fours. The milestone came off a cut shot off Shami’s bowling. This helped the run-rate as well, crossing four-runs per over mark in the last 30 minutes of the first session.Bhuvneshwar came back from another spell towards the end of the session, but he was not able to separate the two batsmen. Hardik Pandya (0–1) bowled an over before lunch as South Africa crossed 100 in the 26th over. null sport cricket Bhuvneshwar Kumar rocks top-order COMMENTS 0