HIGHLY REGARDED ENCODER HEADS SUNDAY’S $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2019)–One-two finishers when last they met, Hronis Racing’s Encoder and Rockingham Ranch’s Billy Batts will renew acquaintances as they head a field of seven juveniles going one mile on turf in Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.Separated by a head in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sept. 1, Encoder, who was off as the 3-5 favorite, again rates top billing with Flavien Prat riding back.ENCODEROwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerA first out five furlong turf maiden winner at 3-1 on Aug. 7, this Kentucky-bred colt by English Channel would appear to have any kind of future as he tries to remain unbeaten in his third start. Similar to his plan of attack first time out, Encoder was attentive to the pace in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf as the 3-5 favorite and pounced late with Prat, who has been aboard for both wins.BILLY BATTSOwner: Rockingham RanchTrainer: Peter MillerOff at 3-1 in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf, this ridgling by City Zip went to the front immediately, opened up by two lengths at the half mile and gave way grudgingly to Encoder in a game effort. Based in Kentucky for his first three starts, Billy Batts broke his maiden two starts back going a mile on grass at Del Mar Aug. 10. He’ll be ridden for the first time on Sunday by Norberto Arroyo, Jr.THE $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 4 of 8 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTHariboux–Drayden Van Dyke–120Encoder–Flavien Prat–124Hit the Road–Victor Espinoza–122Billy Batts–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–122Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–120War Beast–Abel Cedillo–122Cool Runnings–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
New Man Utd player Odion Ighalo exercises away from the Man Utd training ground after move from China FORMER Juventus boss Max Allegri has a deal in place with a “great English club”, according to Italian reports.Allegri’s Juve replacement Maurizio Sarri could be facing the sack at the Serie A champs and the Old Lady reportedly want the 52-year-old back to replace him.1 Max Allegri has a deal in place with a ‘great English club’Credit: CorbisAC Milan were also said to have approached former boss Allegri but he will refuse any offers from Italy because of a deal already in place “with a great English club”, according to Corriere dello Sport.The Italian outlet claims any approach from the San Siro side was not serious and while the Juve job could soon become available given their recent slump under Sarri, Allegri already has a Premier League agreement in place.However, the Prem side in question remains unclear, although he has been heavily linked with Manchester United.Arsenal can be virtually discounted having recently appointed Mikel Arteta.Allegri also all but ruled out ever taking the job having been snubbed after Arsene Wenger left.The Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham also seems an unlikely destination given Spurs’ recent appointment of Jose Mourinho.However, the Special One has hardly hit the ground running and has been subject to some criticism since his arrival.London seems an unlikely destination with Chelsea also having landed a new manager in the shape of Frank Lampard.Allegri has been linked with the Blues in the past and while Lampard has failed to set the Premier League alight since his arrival, he is still clinging on to fourth place and is afforded some leeway given Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity.Manchester seems a much more likely location for Allegri with United and City potentially in need of a new manager sooner than their London counterparts.With Juventus planning a “money no object” move to bring Pep Guardiola to Turin, the idea of an Allegri arrival at the Etihad is not too far-fetched.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himBut Old Trafford still seems the most likely hotseat up for grabs.United are floundering in eighth in the Prem and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been under pressure for some time.And after Mauricio Pochettino was spotted watching Leeds’ game at Brentford with Ed Woodward’s new PR guru last night, fans are certain Solskjaer’s days are numbered.