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The reopening of Belmont Park offers ‘a glimmer of hope’ amid coronavirus



The reopening of Belmont Park offers 'a glimmer of hope' amid coronavirus

Mike Repole grew into Aqueduct and Belmont Park, where seeds were planted for his horse racing fandom.

Queens native citizens and current-day owners will not be able to return to Belmont on Wednesday due to the delayed opening day, but the importance of horse racing being the first sport to return in New York from the coronavirus pandemic certainly will not disappear from it. .

“Racing back in general, I think, is very good for sports. But racing back in New York, I think, is even bigger, “Repole, owner of Repole Stables, told The Post. “Obviously New York is devastated by the pandemic and so many cases … I think it’s more special that Belmont is opened. It’s one thing when someone is quarantined and they watch the Tampa Bay Downs or they watch Gulfstream.

“But the ability to know that, you know, there is a glimmer of hope in the future because that path – half an hour from me, 10 minutes from me, one hour from me – is doing business, I think it gives people hope and promise that even though it will there is a new normal, at least we will get a normal feeling. “

Repole will have an interest in racing – especially the third race on Wednesday, when a 2-year-old girl, Todd Pletcher-Prisoner trained, is set to run a 5-furlong race with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on board.

Apart from the local roots of Repole, prisoners may find it difficult to become a fan favorite – not when a horse named Fauci runs next to him. But Repole has high hopes.

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“When they usually start and we like them, if he destroys his girl, you talk about hope in the future and win the Derby 2 years and 3 years Derby and maybe one day win the Belmont bet, like something I dreamed of since I was 13 , “Said the St. John

While Repole says racing is the last thing he’s worried about in the past few months when COVID-19 has plagued the country, he still has to figure out what to do with his horse for a while. He sent half of them to a farm in Ocala, Florida, to rest while the other half went with Pletcher to Gulfstream Park in Florida, where racing never stopped.

Now, they are sending horses back to New York with Belmont reopening for Wednesday’s race and Saratoga opening for Thursday training.

Like fans, owners are not yet permitted in Belmont, but Repole understands top priority.

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“My thoughts today about no fans are much different from three months ago,” he said. “Attention No. 1 is human safety. We always talk about horse racing, how important horse safety is, but this has now changed that the safety of individuals who work with these horses are in danger every day they leave, too. “

Preventive action has been taken on the back strap at Belmont to protect the health and safety of its workers, because training continues throughout the pandemic despite the lack of race. The effort has brought everyone “a little closer,” Repole said, and opened the door for the race to return in New York.

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“Hopefully the first horse race, and then Rangers, Knicks, Nets and Islanders, and Mets and Yankees, and football start and control this virus and try to stay ahead,” Repole said.

“We need something to root. Being in New York and New York being hit very hard, there will be a very good feeling about sporting events in New York that will be different from just sports that are open to the public. “

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge



Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Tournament of the second European circuit.

Thomas Gouveia solidified his status as the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge this Saturday by finishing the penultimate day of the second European round robin in a group of 31st placed golfers.

Thomas Gouveia hit the card with 73 shots, one over par on the course, after two birdies (one under par hole) and three bogeys (one over), after making 71 shots in the previous two days for a total of 215.

Thomas Bessa needed 75 hits, three over par and tied for scarecrows, he finished 48th with 218 total, five short of Vitor Lopez, 60th with 223, after today needs 78, with just one bird . to fit five scarecrows and a double scarecrow.

The Swiss Challenge, which concludes on Sunday in Folgensburg, France, is still led by France’s Chung Veon Ko with a total of 206 shots, one short of Denmark’s Martin Simonsen in second place.

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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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