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With Reordered Triple Crown, Belmont is not a horse racing challenge



With Reordered Triple Crown, Belmont is not a horse racing challenge

In the simplest years, training a race horse is “like putting together a puzzle,” according to Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse.

But training a race horse during the coronavirus pandemic for Triple Crown will be run in a different order, in different time frames and at different distances?

“This year has compiled a puzzle without edges or pictures,” Casse said on Monday. “This is crazy.”

But Casse is going crazy, because while things might look and feel different this year, Triple Crown is still scheduled to happen in full, starting with Belmont Betting on Saturday.

Instead of being the last leg of the Triple Crown in a span of five weeks, it will be the first leg in a span of almost four months. Instead of being the longest race at 1½ miles with two turns, it will run at 1 ¹ / ₈ miles with only one turn – shorter than the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. And the sound of 90,000 fans going wild will be replaced with only the nails beating on the ground and the race call echoing from the empty stands.

“I don’t think there is a question that by the end of 2020, you can make big stars all year round, and Triple Crown is definitely part of that,” said veteran coach Todd Pletcher, whose horse has won two Kentucky. Derby and three Belmont Stakes. “This is a nontraditional Triple Crown series. I don’t think it will take away from achieving a single horse if they are able to win one, two or three legs. This is still a race that is very difficult to win. But that is clearly not the same as trying to do it all in five weeks at three different distances that peak with a mile and a half in Belmont. “

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Typically, Triple Crown’s first leg has the largest field – with 19 horses in last year’s Kentucky Derby. This year, it is expected to begin with an eight or nine horse field in the Belmont Bet.

Initially it was expected to include at least one trained Bob Baffert native, but both candidates have since been declared out – first Nadal, then Charlatan, both due to injuries. Another Grade 1 winner, Maxfield, chose to continue Belmont due to reconfiguration and instead increased views of the September September Kentucky Derby.

“I spoke with people three or four weeks ago and said that in many ways, I felt that this year’s Belmont bet would be the Kentucky Derby – the first time the best horses in training would meet each other, the West Coast and the Coast East and in between, “said Jack Knowlton, owner of Tiz the Law’s favorite bet. “Obviously, because of the injuries to Bob’s two horses and now with Maxfield out, there isn’t enough star power that we all expect.”

Instead, the changed schedule and distance have allowed other horses an opportunity they might not get in the typical Triple Crown season.

Dr. The Post, one of Pletcher’s two entries along with Farmington Road, might not be ready for any Triple Crown race if they were run as usual. Casse’s Tap it to Win was not even nominated for the Kentucky 2020 2020, after undergoing surgery in the offseason, and is unlikely to compete in the Belmont Bet if it was not shortened by three distances.

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But that’s how the puzzle has been put together in this strange year, and those involved in it don’t complain.

“I’m just happy that we will have Belmont and we will have Preakness – at least I hope we will have Preakness – and Derby,” Casse said. “So whatever the order, I’m fine with that.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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