first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “We had a really good trip, he broke really sharp, I noticed the two outside horses went and I was just trying to track them around there. He was just full of run turning for home. He just tries really hard and you can do whatever you want with him, he finally drew the outside today so we were able to kind of sit outside. With the right trip, I don’t think this colt has any distance limitations.  If he settles like he did today, he’s gonna be very tough.  He can go to the lead or sit second or third, as long as he settles, he’ll finish.”MIKE SMITH, ROADSTER, SECOND:  “My horse ran good, but Mucho Gusto is really good right now.  We just couldn’t run him down, but this should set him up good for next time.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “I thought maybe Kingly would be on the lead but I think he was just playing it by ear but when the one (Visitant) went they just sat. I told Joe, if we are going to win any bigger purses this horse need to learn to relax instead of going out there fast all the time. I think this horse is maturing, he is a late foal and he’s getting better. That race at Sunland (Grade III Sunland Derby, two starts back on March 24) set him back a little. They went so fast. There’s some derbies around, but I think he’ll probably go to the Haskell (Invitational, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles July 20 at Monmouth Park).  As long as he relaxes, he’ll run that far. When we run him in these races we just try to get something positive from him, but I think Mucho has really improved.“Roadster was coming at the end but he’s not quite where he was, this was a positive move forward. He needs a little bit more weight on him after the Derby. He’s not where he was (when he won the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6), but he’ll get there.  He needed a turnaround race and hopefully this is it.“It’s just one of those thing where we are just happy that we won it because when you have three of them in a race you hope you win it with one of them.”NOTES: Bob Baffert trained both runner up Roadster and Kingly. The winning owner is Michael Petersen.last_img read more

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah seeks Shane Warne’s advice ahead of England tour

first_imgPakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who is making a return to international cricket after a three-month doping ban, seems to be geared up for the upcoming four-Test series against England.In an attempt to leave no stones unturned, Shah had spoken to Australian spin legend Shane Warne seeking advice on how to succeed in English conditions. Warne, more often than not, troubled the English batsmen at their home. He played 22 Tests in England and took 129 wickets at an average 21.94. (Also read: Hope England tour helps revive cricket series in Pakistan, says Misbah) “I have watched his (Warne’s) videos and also had a chat with him on telephone because he has an excellent track record in English conditions,” Shah told. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show) PTI before the team’s departure for London on Saturday.”There would be no better place to make a successful comeback to Test cricket than England and I am looking forward to the first Test at Lords,” he said.LUCKY ESCAPE The leg-spinner who was lucky to escape with a three-month ban after pleading he took his wife’s medicines for blood pressure by mistake said he was looking forward to the upcoming four-Test series.”Not only the Tests, I also want to cement my place in the limited-over sides,” he added.’BIG FAN OF WARNE’ Shah said he had always been a big fan of Shane Warne and met him in the UAE, as well as in Australia when Pakistan went there for the World Cup last year.advertisement”I know Pakistan has produced some great leg-spinners but Warne has impressed me with his excellent record in England.”The 30-year old said he had spent hours watching videos of Warne bowling in England and also chatted with the Australian to pick up some tips.However, the 30-year-old has left behind the bitter memory and now looks to spin a web around the English batsmen at their home.Shah said Warne had told him the importance of varying the pace in English conditions.”I am looking forward to meeting him again in England. And I am looking forward to bowling to the English batsmen in their own backyard it will be a big challenge but I love challenges,” he said.Shah missed the first Test last year against England in the UAE due to a back injury but came back strongly in the next two Tests.The leg-spinner, who missed the boot camp in Kakul due to a knee problem, said he was delighted that Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had shown a lot of faith in his abilities to win matches for Pakistan.last_img read more