FAVORED FLAGSTAFF RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG WIN IN 1:22.64ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in 1:22.64.Fourth behind a dueling threesome that consisted of stablemate St. Joe’s Bay, Law Abidin Citizen and McKale, Flagstaff was never threatened by the late running Roadster, who flew to be second.Off at even money in a field of six older horses, Flagstaff, a 6-year-old gelding by Speightstown, paid $4.00, $2.40 and $2.20.Owned by Lane’s End Farm and Hronis Racing, LLC, Flagstaff, who is out of the Gone West mare Indyan Giving, notched his first graded stakes win and improved his overall record to 11-5-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $403,785.Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, ran out of real estate, finishing one length in front of stablemate McKale. Off as the second choice with Mike Smith up at 2-1, he paid $3.00 and $2.60.McKale, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-1 and paid $4.00 to show while finishing one half length in front of Law Abidin Citizen.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.04 and 1:09.54.
SON HEUNG-MIN will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks on his return from South Korea over continued fears surrounding the coronavirus.The Tottenham star was given permission to return to his homeland last month to undergo surgery for the broken arm he sustained in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on February 16.2 Son Heung-min will self-isolate on his return to the countryCredit: ReutersThe 27-year-old flew to Seoul, just 150 miles from two of the worst affected areas in the country, for the operation before government protocols on travel to and from South Korea were introduced.Son had wanted the same surgeon who helped him recover from a similar injury he suffered in 2017 that left him with a metal plate in his right arm.Boss Jose Mourinho said: “I think the normal advice comes from the authorities, comes from the government. I’m not going to make any comment, I’m nobody, I’m no specialist.”I just get the legal advice and what my club gets from authorities, and of course we follow everything.”That’s why I’m saying that Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately here.(Where he will be?) “I don’t know how to be specific with that, I just know we have to follow some safety protocols.”Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately hereJose Mourinho on Son Heung-minSon is currently recuperating in Korea and is due back in England this week.Yet the former Bayer Leverkusen ace will be kept away from Tottenham’s Enfield training ground for two weeks as he regains fitness.Son had initally been ruled out of action for the rest of the season with a fracture he sustained in the win at Villa Park when colliding with Ezri Konsa.But Mourinho has now revealed that he could feature at some point with a cast.He added: “That’s another hope but of course we’re far from it.”Mourinho is already without Harry Kane until the final weeks of the season at the very earliest, following a hamstring injury on New Year’s Day.However, SunSport revealed that the England captain is targeting a return in early April as he bids to play in Euro 2020 this summer.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMeanwhile, the Premier League may be forced to hold emergency crisis talks to decide whether Liverpool can be crowned champions if coronavirus wipes out the end of the season.The Reds are currently just 12 points away from clinching their first title since 1990, which will become nine should Manchester City lose a game.While there is no suggestion the campaign will be axed, there is no contingency plan in the league’s own regulations which addresses what would happen if the season had to be scrapped before it is completed.Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and England