ONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.
Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations BOCAUE, BULACAN—Stanley Pringle waited so long to don the Philippine jersey in front of his countrymen.Unable to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the regular competition due to the stringent rules of the international basketball association (Fiba) in acquiring a passport before turning 16, Pringle finally realized his dream of representing the country in the 3×3 World Cup at Philippine Arena here on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Unrecognized swim groups can’t join PSI events “It just feels great,” said the Globalport star, shortly after leading the Philippines’ losing effort to Mongolia in Pool C.“Since I came here, I really wanted to play for the national team. I guess this is the next best thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith the eligibility rules more lenient in 3×3, Pringle and Filipino-German center Christian Standhardinger are allowed to suit up for the Philippines, joining forces with Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario.Known for his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim, Pringle’s scoring prowess proved key as the Filipinos stunned sixth seed Brazil, 15-7. But another dazzling display against Mongolia wasn’t enough as the Filipinos suffered a 21-17 loss to its more experienced foes. View comments “It’s so fast-paced,” said the 31-year-old Pringle, who drew the biggest cheers from the sizeable crowd. “They (crowd) always show their support. It adds to the motivation and we’re looking forward to playing well for them.”Pringle and Co., however, face a daunting challenge on Monday as they need to beat Russia and unbeaten Canada to reach the knockout stage.Standhardinger said the team’s woes stems from their inexperience which was exposed against Mongolia when they were called for two technical fouls and got into penalty early.Meanwhile, Perlas Pilipinas dropped its third straight game in Pool D of the women’s division Sunday, losing to Spain, 21-17, effectively snuffing out its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding