O’NEILL GETS HIS THIRD WIN OF THE DAY AS TRAVIEZA GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY BEJARANO, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.74 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2019)–Doug O’Neill padded his meet-leading lead in the trainer standings by taking Monday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths with Travieza–his third victory of the afternoon and his 15th of the 23-day Autumn Meet. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief won in gate to wire fashion while getting 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.74.“It’s been a good day,” said O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “She broke sharp and Rafael kept her comfortable there on the lead. It’s a good way for her to go out for us. She’s going to be shipped to Kentucky and she’ll be sold at the Fasig Tipton Sale on Nov. 5 in Lexington. She’ll either be kept in training or be bred…Winning this race today sure doesn’t hurt her value.”Breaking on top in a field of five fillies and mares, Travieza set fractions of 21.86, 44.49 and 55.71 and was in-hand at the wire. Off at 7-2, she paid $9.40, $3.80 and $2.80.Owned by W.C. Racing Inc., and Greg Lewis, Travieza, who is out of the Tapit mare Bellezza Rosso, won the ungraded Unzip Me Stakes six starts back but was winless in four starts this year. With the winner’s share of $31,800, she leaves O’Neill’s barn with earnings of $207,141. Her overall mark now stands at 17-3-6-3.Off as the 6-5 favorite with Victor Espinoza, Storming Lady, who broke from the rail, had to wait for room around the turn and with the temporary rail set at 30 feet, she never threatened the winner while just getting up to tag Littlefirefighter for second money and paid $2.60 and $2.10.The longest shot in the field at 9-1 with Flavien Prat, Littlefirefighter paid $2.60 to show.Racing will resume with an eight-race card on Friday. First post time is at 1 p.m. and Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Admission gates to the Grandstand Paddock Room will open at 10 a.m.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL kang August 11, 2017 kang × null COMMENT Published on SHARE Davinder Kang disappoints in javelin final, finishes 12th RELATED COMMENTS Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships here while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.Competing in the qualification round Group B yesterday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. He had a 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.The 26 year-old athlete from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw. He did it in style by sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp.Thirteen throwers—five from Group A and seven from Group B—crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12.Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped.No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round in any world championship.“After I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for the final round. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” Kang said after his race.“I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that a big problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to do some stretching before my third and final throw,” he said showing his right shoulder injury. “It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow’s rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,” he added.Kang was tested positive for marijuana in June but was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.Earlier in Group A qualification round, Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance.Carrying the hopes of the entire country on his young shoulders, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.The 19 year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here.For Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just thee throws.“I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimetres. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” Chopra said after the race.“It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. I don’t know what had happened today, I cannot say now whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added.Neeraj was considered the best bet for India to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships.He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year.The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month—where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively—which had boosted his confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world.