RIVER BOYNE & CATAPULT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE ON SANTA ANITA LAWN FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE PROGRAM SATURDAY SET FOR 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2019)–Although he was the beaten favorite in his most recent start, Irish-bred River Boyne, who has won six out of his seven career turf starts at Santa Anita, will vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) with Kentucky-bred Catapult, who should relish a return to firm ground for John Sadler. The Kilroe, one of four graded stakes on Saturday, has attracted a field of six older horses.RIVER BOYNEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsA game head winner of the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile two starts back on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old colt was forced to steady a furlong out in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road on Feb. 9, and finished fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths as the 3-5 favorite on a turf course that was listed as “good.” With regular rider Flavien Prat away to ride in Dubai, Drayden Van Dyke will try his hand for the first time on River Boyne, who has three wins and a second from five starts at one mile on turf.CATAPULTOwner: Woodford Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerA winner of two Grade II turf stakes three and four starts back at Del Mar this past summer, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Keen in the early stages, Catapult finished fourth, beaten 4 ½ lengths over a yielding turf going 1 3/16 miles in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The leading money earner in the field with $1,448,359, Catapult, who will be making his 18thcareer start, is 10-3-4-1 at one mile on turf.OHIOOwner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Bruce TreitmanTrainer: Michael McCarthyClaimed for $50,000 six starts back on June 10 and a subsequent $28,000 claiming winner in his next start on Aug. 19, this 8-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding is enjoying a resurgence of late, with his most recent start resulting in a close second place finish in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes here on Feb. 9, which came on the heels of a 6 ½ length tally in a minor one mile turf stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 12.THE GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTHunt–Brice Blanc–120Ohio–Ruben Fuentes–120Desert Stone–Geovanni Franco–120Catapult–Drayden Van Dyke–122Next Shares–Kent Desormeaux–124River Boyne–Rafael Bejarano–122First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
New Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind move, the Ministry of Sports has decided to create 20 National Centres of Excellence (NCE) with top-of-the-line coaches will train athletes in the developmental group keeping 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in mind.The NCEs will have the distinction of having a single scheme running in them for elite athletes, thus ending differentiation in training and other facilities between athletes within the same campus. Each NCE will be earmarked for four to six specific sport.It will be moving away from the earlier set-up of having various schemes running in the same SAI regional centres, leading to separate training, diet and kitting to athletes, this scheme will ensure that athletes in the same premises have access to similar facilities.The decision comes just a few months after it was announced that the budget for diet of athletes will be made equal, irrespective of the level at which the athlete is training.While the National Centre of Excellence will be reserved for athletes training for Olympics, grassroot level athletes will be trained at other SAI facilities and will be moved to NCE depending on performance and possibility of an Olympic medal.The two-tier training system will ensure that at both levels athletes get focused training.The 20 SAI facilities that have been identified as National Centre of Excellence include, SAI centres in Patiala, Trivandrum, Chandigarh, Sonepat, Lucknow, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gandhinagar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Delhi, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Delhi, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee Swimming Pool Complex, Delhi, National Water Sports Academy (Khelo India), Alleppey, National Boxing Academy (Khelo India), Rohtak, National Wrestling Academy (Khelo India), Aurangabad.Speaking about the decision, sports minister Kiren Rijiju said: “Standardising the training on a campus will enable athletes to attain much higher performances in their respective sport.”When athletes of the same level train at a centre and the facilities are made exclusively available to them, they will train better and that will reflect in their performance. We are working in close co-ordination with NSFs to ensure a smooth transition of our existing facilities into National Centre of Excellence and to identify more centres. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2024 Paris Olympics2028 Los Angeles OlympicsIndiaKiren Rijiju First Published: September 22, 2019, 9:42 AM IST