Resurgent Dettori wins Epsom Derby on Golden Horn

Updated 06 June 2015
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Resurgent Dettori wins Epsom Derby on Golden Horn

EPSOM, Surrey, England: Frankie Dettori powered home 13-8 favorite Golden Horn to win the Epsom Derby on Saturday to crown the Italian riding star’s return to the big time after his well documented drugs ban and split with Godolphin.
Dettori, claiming the blue riband for the second time after Authorized in 2007, came from the back of the field to surge into the lead in the closing stages, beating Jack Hobbs (4-1).
The first two were trained by John Gosden, like Dettori also winning his second Derby after Benny The Dip in 1997.
Storm The Stars (14-1), trained by William Haggas finished third.
With a question mark over his mount’s stamina 44-year-old Dettori held Golden Horn up as Hans Holbein, trying to claim trainer Aidan O’Brien’s fourth straight win in the Epsom classic, led the dozen runners round Tattenham Corner.
William Buick got to work on Jack Hobbs and they briefly took command but Dettori was cruising up the outside, and once in front stayed on stoutly to land the famous spoils, Dettori waving his arm in jubilation.
Dettori, relishing his resurgence after falling out with Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin and a six months ban for cocaine use, said: “The horse was magnficent. He did win it by a long way in the end he flew at the end.
“I couldn’t get him going and then he flew. It’s a brilliant feeling.”
Gosden, only the third trainer to train the first two home in the turf’s blue riband race, reflected: “I thought Frankie dropped him out beautifully. He rode a cool race.
“Jack Hobbs has run a blinder and all being well he can go to Ireland (Derby),” added the 64-year-old.
Golden Horn shot to the top of the Derby’s ante-post betting when claiming the main Derby prep, the Dante at York.
Owner Anthony Oppenheimer had never regarded his colt as a Derby candidate due to doubts about the mile half and a half trip, and so had to pay a 75,000 pound supplementary fee to add him to the Epsom mix — money well spent as it turned out with his colt now worth tens of millions as a stallion.
“Such a thrill — amazing, I can hardly believe it amazing,” said Oppenheimer.


Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

Updated 20 April 2019
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Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

  • Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor
  • Raptors held Orlando to 36% shooting

ORLANDO, Florida: Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor and the Raptors held Orlando to 36% shooting. Leonard had 10 rebounds, Danny Green had 13 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points and 10 assist.
Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points, and Nikola Vucevic shook off a slow start to finish with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Orlando.
The Raptors trailed 61-60 midway through the third, then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good. Siakam and Green were both 3 for 3 during the run, the Magic missed 10 consecutive shots over a span of 6 1/2 minutes and had to play uphill the rest of the way.
That being said, they went down swinging.
Lowry’s 3-pointer with 7:48 left gave Toronto its biggest lead at 86-69. The Magic came flying back, and Ross’ 3-pointer with 41 seconds left got Orlando to 96-93.
Leonard was short with a jumper on the next possession — but the Magic couldn’t control the rebound, and were doomed shortly afterward. Leonard made a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game again, and that closed the scoring.
Orlando, which finished the regular season by winning 13 of its final 14 home games, was 13 of 44 from 3-point range.
Toronto scored the first 10 points — the last five by Siakam, who was a problem from the outset for the Magic — and led by as many as 11 in the first half.
Orlando got within one on three occasions in the first half, but never got the lead in the opening 24 minutes. Toronto took a 48-45 lead into the break after Ross beat the clock from midcourt at the buzzer.
He took off from the Magic logo and released the ball with about a half-second remaining, it hitting the square on the backboard perfectly and dropping through. Ross never broke stride, watching the ball’s flight as he ran and kept going through the tunnel leading to the Magic locker room.
TIP-INS
Raptors: Toronto had lost four consecutive Game 3s. ... Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was active, but did not play. ... The Raptors are 6-1 in their last seven road games this season. ... Siakam has 73 points and 30 rebounds in the series.
Magic: Among the former Orlando players in the building were Tracy McGrady, Jameer Nelson and Horace Grant. ... Orlando missed three shots at the rim in one third-quarter possession. Vucevic missed at the rim, and Gordon couldn’t convert on two putback tries. ... Attendance was 19,367, the second-most in the Amway Center’s nine-season history.
GOVERNOR SPEAKS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s first lady Casey DeSantis were in attendance and received Magic “46” jerseys — a nod to his being the 46th governor of the Sunshine State. The governor and Magic CEO Alex Martins spoke pregame about the hope for Orlando to get another All-Star Game soon, though all through 2022 has already been awarded to other Eastern Conference cities — and Milwaukee, another East city, has expressed interest in 2023.
UP NEXT
Game 4 is Sunday night in Orlando.