HIGHLY REGARDED ENCODER HEADS SUNDAY’S $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgHIGHLY 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.last_img read more

2017 Hunters squad revealed

first_imgThe 29-man squad was made public this afternoon at a press conference at the National Football Stadium by Hunters coach, Michael Marum.The new faces that make up the Hunters for this year’s campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition are: Anderson Benford, Radley Bawa, Eddie Dafa, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Wawa Paul and Wellington Albert.Marum says 14 players are continuing on from the 2016 season while the other six, including former captain Israel Eliab, Lawrence Tu’u and David Loko, are making their return to the side.”The PNG Rugby Football League board through chairman, Sandis Tsaka and Hunters chairman, Graham Osborne, have endorsed the squad,” said Marum.Marum finished by thanking the sponsors, including SP Brewery, Air Niugini, the National Gaming Control Board, PNG LNG, Trukai and the media for their continued support.”We will give it our best shot and hopefully go all the way,” said Marum.The Hunters squad for 2017:Adex Wera, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Bland Abavu, Radley Bawa, Butler Morris, David Loko, Eddie Dafa, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Esau Siune, Henry Wan, Ismael Balkawa, Israel Eliab, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Lawrence Tu’u, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Noel Joel, Sailas Gahuna, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara, Watson Boas, Wawa Paul, Wellington Albert, William Aquila and Willie Minoga.Marum said the captain of the side will be named at the launch of the Hunters season at the end of this month.The Hunters will play one trial match against the Northern Pride in Cairns on February 18 before the season kicks off on the first week of March.last_img read more