first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, ELSEA’S WORLD, WINNER:   “It was a little different this time (referring to the long photo finish in the Frank Kilroe Mile) at the end. This filly settled for me very nicely. This is the first time I have rode her, but I could tell she is a very classy filly.  We had a very nice pace to chase, so I was bidding my time before I asked her to run.  This race set up for us perfect on paper for me.  She did the rest when we turned for home.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “The first effort was superb, that being said she was kind of nervous here. I was fortunate to have a very good crew at San Luis Rey Downs, I give the credit to my assistant Ruben Losa and the gallop boy they did a great job with her its quieter there, she’s been training well so you never know when you get a horse from another trainer is they are going to step it up again but at least she’s on the right track now. It depends on the horse when adjusting trainers, with her yes a lot of your nervous fillies they do better at San Luis Rey especially the grass horses. I think a mile and an eighth she will be great at a mile may be too short.”OWNER QUOTESJERRY McCLANAHAN, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “It’s hard to win a race, but you know it’s so exciting when you do win that all you can do is keep hoping and waiting for it to happen. We ran three today and got one home. We really thought that this horse was the best horse in the race. We just had to have a good trip and wait for our diamond. We thought we could run by him, so she really just ran like we thought she could. She’s a little bit higher level than these horses, so if she didn’t get it done today, we might have been in a bit of trouble, but she came through for us.”NOTES: The winning owners are Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Christopher Dunn, and Jerry McClanahanlast_img read more

Football and drugs in the 80s

first_imgGaliciaDrug trafficking was so powerful in Galicia at the end of the century that drug traffickers tried to hide it. Sito Miñanco, one of the biggest bosses of the Arousa estuary, took over the equipment from his town, Cambados, of just over ten thousand inhabitants. In other chapters of this report series we have seen how football was used to wash the image and advertise, but in this case the narcos already had everyone in the palm of their hand.Nacho Carretero tells it in his fantastic book Fariña: “The profile of a great boss had to be completed with football. The Youth Club of Cambados would not be one of the best known teams in Galicia if it were not for Miñanco “.” Ahe start of each championship Sito put 30 million pesetas (180,000 euros) on the table and Youth planned the season with salaries for players higher than Deportivo or Celta de Vigo“” When the president was in Cambados, the team arrived on the field aboard his yacht. “” In the preseason, Miñanco took the team on tour to Panama and Costa Rica. “This modest team stopped being so and rose from Preferred to Third and from Third to Second B (with 47 points above the second) as fast as the gliders of the time. In those categories, with that budget, those boots, those balls … they were just on another level. Today Cambados fights in the categories of regional football far from its shameful past, which they do not hesitate to distance themselves from. In 2018, when Brais Méndez was referred to as “the son of the Fariña FC striker” (the Celta player’s father is Modesto Méndez ‘Pupi’), the club came out with a statement expressing outrage: “The CJ Cambados is a club with more than 50 years of history and which has partners, sponsors, players, managers and a whole town that deserves to be treated with more respect”. A few years that Galician society and football would like to forget. It is impossible to quantify the direct and indirect victims of American drug trafficking in the last third of the 20th century and it would be irresponsible to compare it with the lives of many people, but soccer was also stained by the drug business.America de Cali was seventeen years on the Clinton List. Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, along with his brother Gilberto, controlled America de Cali. He was not the only one, and the drug traffickers could manage small and large teams, such as maximum shareholders or leaders in the shade. One of the most popular is Pablo Escobar’s Atlético Nacional. Today almost mythologized by the famous television series, he was one of the most dangerous capos of the time. He was one of the most moving and Magazine Forbes of the hundred richest people in the world since 1987, the first year the magazine produced this list, until his death in 1993.They achieved great sports results, such as the three consecutive finals of the Copa Libertadores del América de Cali or the title of Atlético Nacional in 1989. The economic power was immense and nobody escaped what they used it for. The threats, bribes, and fear they instilled provided all the scores for those teams.Some of the most famous footballers had a relationship with them. The goalkeeper René Higuita was, in his words, “little friend” of Pablo Escobar and visited him in prison, where his relationships with drug traffickers took him for nine months. The América de los Rodríguez Orejuela met with Maradona to try to sign him for three million dollars before going to Barça.last_img read more