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Jockey John Velazquez about the terrifying Preakness incident, Belmont changed, his future



Jockey John Velazquez about the terrifying Preakness incident, Belmont changed, his future

With horse racing returning to its tracks after being closed by the pandemic, Kentucky Derby jockey and Belmont Stakes twice won, John Velazquez, running through Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: How do you feel about protest in this country?

A: I don’t want to do politics, but what’s wrong is wrong. Riots and looting are wrong, do not fix anything. We know that racism exists – it exists here and everywhere, not only in the United States. I’m from Puerto Rico, and I saw it in Puerto Rico too. You have to think about equality. No matter what you are, it’s just the equation for everyone. I am for equality for all people, whether it is a man, woman or skin color or whatever religion. I think humanity would be much better if everyone treated everyone basically the same and gave love and affection.

Q: What does it feel like to have the Belmont Stake as the first leg of the Triple Crown instead of the last?

A: We think that last year was a strange year, and 2020 made it even stranger than last year (laughs). … Very strange.

Q: What does it feel like without a fan?

A: The fans will be answered.

Q: What’s unique about New York racing fans?

A: They are very unique, actually, they can be very, very loving, or very rude too (laugh). You definitely have to have tough skin in New York. Like if you can produce it in New York, you can make it anywhere. They can be very, very good, but they can also be very, very tough.

Q: Race is 1 ¹ / ₈ mile instead of 1 ¹ / ₂ mile Test of a Champion.

A: This is clearly very unusual.

Q: Is that good for your horse, Tap to Win?

A: Really yes (laugh). This time, only reaching 1 ¹ / ₈ mile, this definitely helped my horse.

Q: Why is coach Todd Pletcher right for you?

A: We have become a great partnership – great horses and trust in each other. You have to have a plan for the race, not only Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, but you have to be ready to change quickly and try to make fewer mistakes possible, so after the gate is open, I am the one who has to make the decision to the horses. And he gave me that trust.

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Jockey John Velazquez spoke with coach Todd Pletcher.Jason Szenes

Q: Can you summarize the qualities that make you the Hall of Fame jockey?

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A: Great opportunity, great horses, that’s the main thing. But you have to be able to make things happen in the race. Not all the time the horse will make it easy for you to win the race.

Q: Explain Rags to Riches, your 2007 Belmont Stakes winner.

A: I never got the chance to drive it before Belmont. We think the distance is very suitable for him. It was a difficult year for a 3-year-old, and for him to do what he did, stumbling from the gate, I thought that was all, the race had ended since git-go. It goes down to the wire, with the neck in front of the other horse [Curlin], which became a horse the following year. Extraordinary.

Q: Union Rags, winner of your 2012 Belmont Stakes.

A: Another horse that I was fortunate enough that the connection felt compatible with the horse and gave me the opportunity to drive it in Belmont, and not only that, run it all the way we thought it would come out.

Q: Animal Kingdom, winner of your 2011 Kentucky Derby.

A: You have to be a really good horse to do what he does comes from grass to the ground. It was nice to be there, fortunate to be there too, because I shouldn’t ride it.

Q: Always dreaming, your 2017 Kentucky Derby winner.

A: To see it grow from one race to another, and receive many criticisms that people do not believe in it, and he goes and proves we are right. Amazing horse.

Q: Missing your resume: win Preakness. What does that mean for you?

A: This will mean a lot to me, because I have been chasing all these Triple Crown races, and I haven’t had the chance to win Preakness yet. I have two seconds on Preakness.

Q: Tell me about last year’s Preakness.

A: I didn’t ride much, I was thrown (laugh). He [Bodexpress] has a bad reputation for this – this time it’s not his horse’s fault. The assistant starter at the gate did not give us the opportunity the horse needed. When the door opened, he held his mouth and he jumped so high he just threw me. Thankfully, the horse and I returned well.

Q: You were taken on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital with a broken shoulder after Up a Octave collapsed after winning the Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland in 2006

A: I’ve never really ridden a horse over me, and that’s scary. The entire right side of my body is somewhat numb.

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Q: How much time do you spend?

A: I think I missed two months of the year.

Q: Wise Dan is one of your favorites, right?

A: My favorite horse so far. I was lucky too. He’s a horse that is difficult to drive, must be very strong and very difficult, and I came up with an idea how to make him satisfied and it worked. From the first day I drove it, I hung out with it. He went from land to grass to poly, he won everything. Once he learns to relax and put him in the place I want, that’s what makes him a great horse.

Q: You are thinking of returning to Puerto Rico in 1992. Why not?

A: Apart from my agent I had at the time and did not have anyone … having a very, very difficult meeting, I think I won two or three races that summer at Saratoga. That was my second year of riding. It makes you – you think that you are not good enough. I definitely think I’m going home. My mother [Margarita] said, “Get another agent. This is what you decide to do. You won’t give up that easily.” I found an agent [Ralph Theroux Jr.], and here I am. That is a gift that came from God, I think.

Q: How proud are you that you are the biggest money maker in this sport?

A: I have never thought of such a thing. People trust me with these horses. I have been blessed with the opportunity I have given. You must be proud and humble.

Q: Is that why you like watching “Billions”?

A: I like to learn different things, and it is very entertaining.

Q: If you could choose the brains of every jockey in the history of horse racing, who would you like to sit with?

A: (Laughter) That’s a very good question. I must tell you that I am very fortunate that I have been near all the best jockeys I can remember. When I arrived here in New York, 1990, if you mention it [Angel] Cordero, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Pat Day – all the people I was looking for – I rode with them. So I talk to them all the time, you know what I mean? I can’t choose one of them because I talk to all of them (laugh). It was amazing for me to just watch them go up and talk to them.

Q: If you could ride a horse in history, which one?

A: There are so many, but I would say Cigar. I see the growth he has. There is no question for me it is Cigar, yes.

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Q: What about the Secretariat?

A: Yes, I’m not with the Secretariat.

Q: How secure are your feelings on the track?

A: I am the chairman of the Jockey Guild, and I am proud that we have worked with horse racing tracks throughout the country to make protocols. We are very proud and humble to be here and back for business.

Q: You stayed at Cordero’s house when you first came to New York and learned English watching “Little Mermaid” with her 2-year-old daughter Canela.

A: I lived with them for about, I don’t know, two months, I think. And every day he would come home and he would wait for me to sit with him and watch “The Little Mermaid” (laugh).

Q: Favorite movie ”

A: “A Bronx Tale.” We are proud to make the film, and we watch it all the time. We [Cordero and others] were in the film when they had a race at Aqueduct.

Q: Three dinner guests?

A: Marc Anthony, Tom Hanks, Warren Buffett.

Q: Favorite actor?

A: Tom Hanks.

Q: Favorite actress?

A: Jennifer Lopez.

Q: Favorite singer / entertainer?

A: Marc Anthony.

Q: Favorite food?

A: Puerto Rican food.

John Velazquez takes the first throw at Citi Field.Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Q: How much longer do you want to drive?

A: I am healthy and I get the opportunities I have given, even at this age [48] … be selective clear, don’t drive as much race too. I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes, I’m still chasing a few races like you said, so hopefully I’m healthy enough before I retire to win one of those races (laughs).

Q: What drives you?

A: I like to drive, I like to be competitive. I like to do things that I like, and do it well. It keeps me hungry and hungry.

Q: What do you expect from your inheritance?

A: To be honest, I never thought about it. Racing is very good for me and my family, and I think I’m also very good for racing. I think I’ve done a good job by trying to make racing better and trying to make it safer for everyone, and basically trying to grow sports.

Q: Even though there won’t be fans, and even though the race has been shortened, is it still special to win Belmont?

A: Absolutely. Hunger and the desire to win Belmont are special. For me to be in New York, that was my home.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.



Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas



Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: "You learn and laugh" |  alagoas

“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?



Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?

FIFA 23 is available September 30th, and EA Sports is starting to shed some light on some of the game’s oddities.

If you like to develop talent in Career Mode, you should have a list of young people at hand: these are the 20 players with the most growth potential, that is, those who can improve their general. Among them is a Portuguese.

Diogo Monteiro is one of the “hidden gems” of FIFA 23 for EA Sports. The 17-year-old centre-back who plays for Servette has general 54, but with a potential of 24 points, he could at best go up to 78.

Who is this young Portuguese? Despite his young age – born in 2005 – he already has some experience. Moreover, this season he played three matches for Servette with a total duration of 17 minutes, divided between the championship and the Swiss Cup.

Diogo Monteiro, the son of Portuguese, was born on Swiss soil and started training at Etoile Carouge, but arrived in Servette to play for the under-15 team. In the 2020/21 season, he made his debut in the first team at the age of 16 years and 37 days, having the status of the youngest representative of the Geneva club.

The central defender has made 33 appearances for the Portuguese youth teams, which he has represented since his youth. He is the captain of the 2005 generation, and it was with this status that he reached the European U-17 Championship played this year, in which Portugal reached the semi-finals, having been eliminated from France. Diogo Monteiro, by the way, worked every minute of the competition.

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He was recently called up by Rui Bento to the under-19 team.

Check out the respective gallery to see which players have the most growth potential in FIFA 23.

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