Baffert’s horse wins $12m Dubai World Cup: Briefs | Atlantic City Sports News

Country Grammer handed Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert victory at the $12million Dubai World Cup on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Country Grammer edged favorite Life Is Good half a lap from the finish and won by about two lengths on the 1 1/4 mile course at Meydan.

Hot Rod Charlie finished second and Japan’s Chuwa Wizard, a finalist last year, edged out Life Is Good for third place.

Life Is Good got off to a fast start and led the pack into the home corner, but faded as Dettori’s timely challenge paid off.

Country Grammer, owned by Los Angeles-born Saudi investor Amr Zedan, was a Saudi Cup finalist in February after a nine-month layoff.

This is the fourth Dubai World Cup victory for Dettori.

Baffert was suspended 90 days by Kentucky racing officials for a failed post-race drug test by Medina Spirit that led to his disqualification as the winner of the Kentucky Derby last year.

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Baffert’s attorneys argued in a Kentucky court last week that the suspension should not be imposed until he has had the opportunity to appear before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on appeal. That hearing is scheduled for April 18.

Medvedev is aiming for the top of the rankings: Daniil Medvedev never gave Andy Murray a chance.

Medvedev, the number one seed, began his quest by trying to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking by beating Murray 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Miami Open in Miami Gardens, Florida. Medvedev has never faced a break point in any of his nine service games.

He can reclaim the No. 1 spot by advancing to the Miami semifinals.

“I’m happy that I managed to, you know, not have any break points against me,” said Medvedev, who was byeed in the first round as the top seed. “I feel like I have room for improvement. But it was a great game against an incredible player. And I’m glad I managed to get through it.

Only five men in the past 18 years have held the No. 1 ranking currently held by Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also passed No.1, while Medvedev and Murray are the others. Murray was No. 1 from November 2016 to August 2017, and that accolade was passed between Djokovic, Federer and Nadal before Medvedev first got there on February 28.

Uno wins gold in figure skating: Olympic bronze medalist Shoma Uno capped off a world figure skating championship dominance by winning gold in Montpellier, France, while Vincent Zhou of the United States was catapulted from sixth place after his short program to win the bronze medal.

Uno finished with 312.48 points to easily outrun Yuma Kagiyama, who finished second to his Japanese teammate in the short program and free skate. Kagiyama had 297.60 points while Zhou finished with 277.38.

Tricky situation for MLB: Major League Baseball is asking umpires to do more random checks of pitchers for sticky substances after seeing its crackdown become less effective late last season.

MLB instituted regular checks on June 21 for grip aids. Seattle’s Héctor Santiago was ejected on June 27 and Arizona’s Caleb Smith was ejected on August 18, and both received 10-game suspensions.

“After an initial drop in turnover rates following periodic checks, unfortunately the data showed that turnover rates started to increase towards the end of the season as players got used to the circumstances of routine checks. umpires,” the MLB senior vice president said. Field Operations Mike Hill wrote in a memorandum Friday to team owners, executives and managers, and all major and minor league players.

“As a result, referees have been instructed to be more vigilant and unpredictable in the timing and scope of their testing during the 2022 season,” he said.

The memorandum, first reported by Sports Illustrated, was obtained by The Associated Press.

Kane scores a decisive goal for England: Harry Kane moved level with Bobby Charlton into second in England’s all-time men’s football goalscoring charts by scoring a penalty to seal a 2-1 win over Switzerland in a friendly in London.

The captain’s 49th goal in 69 appearances for his country leaves him just four to level with retired Wayne Rooney.

3 punished for harboring dogs: A severe winter storm on the latter part of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog in Alaska that ultimately left six mushers scratching the same day has now cost three more mushers for sheltering their dogs instead of leaving them outside in difficult conditions.

Mille Porsild from Denmark, Michelle Phillips from Canada and Riley Dyche from Fairbanks were penalized for taking dogs to shelter cabins to ride out the storm with winds so strong they created whiteout conditions, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

The decision to punish the mushers was made by race marshal Mark Nordman, who said indoor rest for the dogs was a competitive advantage over teams that dragged them to Nome.