FAVORED AX MAN PROVES BEST ON LEAD AS HE TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, EARNHARDT HOMEBRED GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.92 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–“Bob told me the rail was golden and he wasn’t lyin.’” And so it was according to Drayden Van Dyke, as Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s homebred Ax Man powered to a convincing 1 ¼ length win in Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Bob Baffert, Ax Man made every pole a winning one as he got seven furlongs in 1:21.92 over a main track that although listed as “fast,” had played slower than normal throughout the day.Head and head to the far turn with the Vladimir Cerin-trained Calexman to his immediate outside, Ax Man, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Misremembered out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, inched clear five sixteenths out and opened up a three length advantage turning for home while hugging the rail and was never threatened through the lane.Head and head as well with Calexman in the early stages of the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes, a race in which Ax Man finished 12th, he was off as the 2-1 favorite today in a field of six older horses and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.80.A third condition allowance, today’s race was worth $40,200 to the winner. A dazzling 9 ½ length first-out maiden winner here on Jan. 1, 2018, Ax Man took a restricted stakes going a mile and one sixteenth at Pimlico in his fourth start on Preakness day, May 19. With today’s win, he now has four wins from eight starts and a bankroll that reads $206,445.Trained by John Sadler and ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Edwards Going Left, a California-bred gelding by Midnight Lute, added blinkers today, but didn’t show an abundance of early speed, and was hard ridden the final three eighths of a mile for the place.Off as the 2-1 second choice, he paid $3.60 and $2.60 while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Calexman.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Calexman tired through the drive but was easily third, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Shivermetimbers. Off at 5-1, Calexman paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.06, 44.14 and 1:08.67.Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, talks with Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Dwight Howard struggling with his shot and a tough back-to-back looming, the Charlotte Hornets needed a bit of variety on offense against the Utah Jazz.Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 on Friday night. 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We needed it, especially after last game.”Batum and Jeremy Lamb added 11 points apiece for Charlotte, which lost to Dallas 115-111 on Wednesday to start a three-game homestand.Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points for Utah, which has lost 14 of 19. Rodney Hood added 15 and fellow reserve Royce O’Neale 11 for the Jazz, who had been 10-3 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer.Mitchell, a rookie who scored a career-best 41 in a win last Friday against New Orleans, had 22 points at halftime on 7-of-12 shooting. Charlotte limited him to 3-of-8 shooting the rest of the way.“We’ve tried to not put a ceiling on him one way or the other,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Mitchell. “Just focus on day-to-day what he’s doing. From that standpoint, he continues to get better. He struggled late in a playmaking position, so he’s figuring things out.”ADVERTISEMENT “We had a post-up game, we had a pick-and-roll game, we had a catch-and-shoot game,” said Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas. “Nic (Batum) got going early, and we’ve been talking a lot.”Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Howard, who scored just two first-half points. Howard finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also went 4 for 10 from the foul line and led the team with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCharlotte will go for a season sweep of the Thunder at home on Saturday. The Hornets won at Oklahoma City 116-103 on Dec. 11.Jeremy Lamb’s basket with 5:20 left gave Charlotte an 87-85 lead, part of a 14-3 run to end the game. Jazz: Host Pacers on Monday night.Hornets: Host Thunder on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSJazz: Forward Thabo Sefolosha left the game with a knee injury in the second period. … Rudy Gobert missed his 13th consecutive game (knee). . Utah had won seven of the past 10 matchups with Charlotte.Hornets: Charlotte has had five different leading scorers in its past 11 games. … Walker opened 4 for 4 on 3-pointers before missing his last two.CLIFFORD RETURNSHornets coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. He spoke with his team on Friday.“It’s great news,” Batum said. “I called him right away and talked to him. It’s good to know he’s coming back, and it’s good to know he’s getting better. He’s been out a few weeks, and it could be scary (to be sick), but the most important thing right now is his health.”ROAD WOES CONTINUEUtah finished an Eastern road swing 1-4, and the loss to Charlotte Friday was the only one by double digits.“That’s always there,” Snyder said of his team’s energy level late. “You have to figure it out. I thought we fought through it. Defensively we didn’t have a ton of life, but I thought our bench gave us a big lift when (Hood and O’Neale) came in.”UP NEXT