WELL FANCIED NADAL IS ALL BUSINESS IN TAKING GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN RAPID 1:22.59 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2020)–Despite the fact he was making only his second start and was facing the reigning Eclipse Champion Juvenile Male, Bob Baffert’s Nadal was hammered down to 1-5 favoritism in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita and he responded with a gutty three quarter length win. Ridden by Joel Rosario, he got seven furlongs in a rapid 1:22.59.Breaking sharply from post position four in a field of six sophomores, Nadal got early pressure from longshot Party Town to his inside and was seriously challenged to his outside around the far turn and to the sixteenth pole by a very tenacious Ginobili.“Today, I told Joel, ‘Don’t get cute, just go,’” said Baffert, who registered his record 10th win in the iconic prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. “‘We can rate him some other day.’ They took it to him, but if we’re gonna get beat, get beat. I trained him light for this, so this is my serious work…I thought he was gonna get beat. He got to gut it out today, so he’s got a good foundation now. This should set him up pretty good and I think we’ll go to the Rebel (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park March 14).”A handy 3 ¾ length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 19, Nadal paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen, Nadal, a Kentucky-bred colt by Blame who sold for $700,000 at the Fasig Tipton Florida March Selected 2-year-olds in Training Sale, is out of the Pulpit mare Ascending Angel. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $153,000 while unbeaten in two starts.For his part, Ginobili, who had been idle since running a close fourth in a five furlong turf stakes here on Oct. 6, ran a massive race in defeat, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Fast Enough. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Ginobili, who is trained by Richard Baltas, was off at 12-1 and paid $6.00 and $4.00.Last early, Fast Enough split horses turning for home and just held off Storm the Court by a neck for third money. Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Fast Enough was off at 14-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Storm the Court, who had been idle since winning the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 1, was the second choice at 3-1 and was beaten approximately 2 ½ lengths in a race that he likely needed.Fractions on the race were 21.81, 44.09 and 1:09.05.
Bayern would have raised to Neuer the possibility that next season yield between 10 and 15 meetings to Nübel, to which the German international would have refused in the round.He will cease to be the captain of SchalkeDespite his youth, Nübel became the Schalke captain this season. He arrived at the club in 2015 from Paderborn and, despite having played only half a season with the first team, his experience in the entity served him to receive such an honor.After the announcement of his signing for Bayern, Schalke decided to remove the captaincy from the player, ensuring that he had already warned him that this would happen if he finally decided to leave the club: “We put all the pros and cons on the table and we decided it would be better for the team if it stopped being the captain because it could cause incidents. “ Bayern Munich has made the signing of Alexander Nübel (09/30/1996), Schalke 04 goalkeeper who will arrive free to the Bavarian club next summer and that is already considered by many like the new Manuel Neuer. Der️ Der #FCBayern verpflichtet Alexander Nübel zur Saison 2020/21.– FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 4, 2020As the club has announced on its website, Nübel will sign a contract for five seasons and he will begin to share costumes with Neuer from next season, but according to the Bild newspaper, sparks have already begun to jump for the new addition. Bundesliga* Data updated as of January 4, 2020