Ruler Of The World has been given the lowest rating of any Investec Derby winner this century by the British Horseracing Authority’s senior handicapper. Press Association Smith said in his BHA blog: “I have Libertarian on 117 as he has basically run to the same level as Battle Of Marengo, and that is what I had him running to on both of his starts this year. “I have no reason to believe that Battle Of Marengo did not run his race at Epsom. As a result I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120. “I have agreed this figure with Garry O’Gorman, who is senior handicapper on the Flat for the Irish Turf Club, and it is the lowest immediate after-race figure for a Derby winner this century. “However, just as with Talent, I am sure this will not be the limit of Ruler Of The World’s ability level.” Phil Smith has given Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten colt a figure of just 120 following his defeat of Libertarian, although he admits he has the potential to improve it. He was similarly dismissive of Oaks winner Talent, rated 114 and above only Casual Look and Was at this stage.
Syracuse led Wisconsin in only one team stat: blocked shots.The Orange (4-11-1, 4-3 College Hockey America) blocked 20 shots, but another six found the back of the net in their 6-1 loss to No. 1 Wisconsin (16-1, 7-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Assoication) on Saturday. The Badgers finished with 54 shots on goal, the most SU has faced all season.The Orange managed to hang around for most of the first period. While the Badgers struck first, senior defender Allie Munroe brought the Orange even at one apiece with 9:34 to go.Just when SU looked as though they could take the deadlock into the break, a tripping penalty on Brooke Avery put Wisconsin on the power play. The Badgers capitalized with 31 seconds to play in the period to go ahead 2-1.In the second, the Orange only allowed one goal, despite being outshot 22-4. A big reason was senior goaltender Maddi Welch, who made a career-high 48 saves in the loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Badgers continued generating a multitude of scoring chances in the third period, and this time they converted more than once. Wisconsin scored 21 seconds into the period to go ahead, 4-1.The Badgers notched their fifth goal with just under 11 minutes remaining, then added a sixth goal with just over five minutes left to end the scoring barrage.Wisconsin beat SU in the faceoff battle as well, winning 39 of 57. The Orange will look for a better result tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Madison, Wisconsin. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm Contact Tim: [email protected]
A switch-hitter, Grandal batted .328 in 19 games for Toros del Este in the recently completed Dominican Winter League. He hit two home runs, including “one of the furthest home runs I’ve hit from the right-hand side.” It was his first right-handed home run in a game at any level since 2013 — a fact Grandal recites quickly.To Grandal, that success at the plate is evidence that his knee is completely healed from a gruesome injury in 2013 that required surgery.“It’s 110 percent” improved compared to a year ago, Grandal said of his knee. “It’s the reason I went to the Dominican Republic to make sure I was right. I think I showed I was right and that’s why so many teams started calling in afterwards.”Grandal said that five teams were interested in trading for him when he returned to the U.S., including the Dodgers.Now that he’s here, Grandal can largely dictate his own role with his bat and his glove. He’s slated to platoon with incumbent A.J. Ellis. Grandal said that he, Ellis and manager Don Mattingly recently met in person but there is still no specific arrangement for how the two catchers will split the playing time.“A.J. couldn’t put it any better: Whatever it takes to win,” he said. “If that day A.J. is the man for the job behind the plate and we are going to get a win with A.J. behind the plate, that’s going to be him. At the end of the day, if we get a win, that’s a team win and we all get a ring.”Also …Pitcher Chris Withrow said he doesn’t have a timetable to resume throwing following back surgery in December and Tommy John surgery last June. … According to a team official, 22,000 fans attended the FanFest. … McCarthy was asked for an outsider’s perception of the Dodgers among players: “It feels like there’s a bottomless pit of money.” A decision Zack Greinke hasn’t even made yet had a heavy bearing on some of the biggest decisions the Dodgers’ front office made this winter.Greinke can opt out of his original contract with the Dodgers after this season and become a free agent. The 31-year-old pitcher said Saturday at the team’s FanFest he doesn’t know what he’ll do when the time comes, but the open market might make the decision easy. Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract was a record for a right-handed pitcher at the time, but Max Scherzer signed a jaw-dropping seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals two weeks ago. Another typical season could allow Greinke to make nearly as much money as Scherzer, if not more.Even though the bottom line lured Greinke to Los Angeles in the first place, he rattled off a few more reasons to stay. “I really enjoyed L.A.,” he said. “I don’t know if you can have a better organization. The new front office is probably like the best, or a top-3 in the game. The coaching staff’s great. There aren’t better options anywhere besides here.”Between Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract after the 2018 season, general manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers needed some long-term stability in their rotation. That was a large reason why he signed injury prone right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract in December.Greinke isn’t rushing into the decision, but he’s already hurrying the Dodgers.Grandal optimisticYasmani Grandal isn’t blindly optimistic about his first season with the Dodgers. He has the stats to back it up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error