Banks earns first Southern Iowa checkers of 2015

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (June 17) – Brandon Banks won for the first time this season at Southern Iowa Speedway, in the Wednesday night Musco Lighting IMCA Modified main event.Banks jumped out to the lead at the start and never looked back, taking the checkers a full straighta­way over Colt Mather, who was making his first appearance at SIS. Carter VanDenBerg finished third.Cayden Carter held off challenges from Brad Pinkerton, Damon Murty, Nathan Wood and Mike Hughes in topping the Budweiser IMCA Stock Car feature.Curtis VanDerWal won his fifth local KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod feature this season, passing Cory Van Zante on the last lap.Dustin Griffiths took the lead on lap 11 en route to his third SIS Pepsi Cola Hobby Stock win of 2015. Bill Bonnett settled for second.Bill Whalen Jr. held off a late-race charge from his brother John to take his second Mach-1 Sport Compact win at Osky. John Girdley rounded out the top three.VanDerWal and Nathan Wood won the Australian pursuit for the SportMods and Stock Cars, respec­tively.Next Wednesday will be Musco Lighting Night at the Races plus the $1,000 to win feature for IMCA Late Models. It will also be Southern Iowa Speedway Hall of Fame Voting Night.last_img read more

Douvan rules Supreme for Mullins

first_imgDouvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths. Mullins was also responsible for runner-up Shaneshill (9-1), with Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John (25-1) giving Ireland a clean sweep by finishing third, another two and a half lengths away. “Somebody told me we had five of the seven favourites on the first day, which was a bit of a shock to the system, but this makes the week a little easier. “Shaneshill was fantastic also. He’s not had a straightforward season, so while I wouldn’t say there was definite improvement in him, you would have to think we could have him a little sharper. “They will both go to Punchestown, and as for next year, I will reserve judgement on what they will be doing! “He (Douvan) looks like a chaser already but if he was an Irish-bred, you would probably only be thinking about running him in a point to point or a bumper. “I got sick of reading what I was saying about him, but at least he’s gone and done it. We have had no setbacks at all in the run up to the Festival and that took the pressure off greatly.” De Bromhead was delighted with the effort of Sizing John and he could also head to the Punchestown Festival. He said: “I am delighted with that run as he is a chaser in the making. Coming around the last bend I thought he might do it, but he just got tired going up the hill. He ran a blinder, though. “I would say he would go to Punchestown as that was only his fourth run of the season. We will then leave him off and go chasing next year.” Nicky Henderson felt fourth-placed L’Ami Serge had failed to land a telling blow. He said: “L’Ami Serge never got into the race and was never travelling. He finished well enough, though, which is always encouraging.” Some Plan led until after three out, where Sizing John went on but was soon surrounded by the Mullins battalion, led by Douvan. It was the third successive win in the race for Mullins, Walsh and owner Rich Ricci. Walsh said: “That’s the pressure off. He was very keen and took a good hold of me all the way. You’d imagine he’d improve. He’s a gorgeous horse and it’s brilliant to be here.” Mullins said: “It was good to see him doing what he does at home. If there hadn’t been so much at stake Ruby might not have had him off the bridle. He’s a horse that has huge ability. “He was a bit too free and I thought that might have been his undoing. I didn’t expect him to be like that. He’s very relaxed at home.” Ricci said: “He’s raw, he’s a big immature thing and he will benefit from a summer. When he matures he’s going to be something. It’s a dream come true, just remarkable. “We must be very lucky owners. Ruby’s a star, Willie’s a star, the whole team. It’s unbelievable to do that (win this race three years running). When he grows up and matures he’s going to be something.” Reflecting further on his perfect start, Mullins said: “We have had no time for pressure as we’ve been so busy making sure everything was right, so it was a mixture of relief and satisfaction. Press Associationlast_img read more

AGES 11-12: Bucksport Eliminates Calais

first_img This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] BUCKSPORT — Bucksport scored six runs in the fifth inning en route to a 13-8 elimination win over Calais on Wednesday.Riley MacLeod had a two-run double and two singles, Matt Vincent doubled twice and singled, Tyler Hayes and Austin Mason each doubled and singled and Dylan Robbins had a two-run single in Bucksport’s 17-hit attack.For Calais, Isaac Johnson had a two-run homer and Matt Perkins singled twice.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Biolast_img read more

Miami commissioner to postpone Ultra Music Festival due to coronavirus

first_imgCity of Miami commissioner Joe Carollo, and Mayor Francis Suarez spoke at a meeting at Miami City Hall in Coconut Grove Wednesday morning asking for the Ultra Music Festival to be postponed to protect attendees from the coronavirus.The huge music festival that brings a ton of money to the city each year will likely be postponed until 2021.“We’re going to be discussing with them the possibility of postponing the event, similar to what they’ve done in other parts of the world,” Suarez said. “As was mentioned, this event is very unique because you have people traveling from over 100 countries. Our decisions in the city are always going to be guided by protecting the citizens of this city.”It is unclear if ticket buyers will get a full refund. City officials say an official announcement is expected Friday.last_img read more