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  • 29 Aug
    BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Sundays Blackbird Invitational finale against LIU Brooklyn was yet another opportunity for the Gators strength - their depth - to shine. Florida started three freshmen and played 13 athletes in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18) sweep of LIU Brooklyn to cap off the No. 8 Gators final road tournament to open the season.After a stellar opening match, junior Rhamat Alhassan was named to the Blackbird Invitational All-Tournament Team, as was Gator redshirt sophomore setter Allie Monserez.Florida improved to 6-1 on the season Sunday with its sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive sweep, highlighted by veterans Alex Holston and Carli Snyder, while freshmen middles Darrielle King and Rachael Kramer had career days, King with nine kills, three blocks and a .667 clip, and Kramer with an error-free .714 hitting percentage, five kills and a pair of blocks. Snyder posted her third double-double this season with 10 kills and 11 digs, while Holston had a team-high 12.5 points for the Orange and Blue.Holston dropped over a season best three aces, freshman Chanelle Hargreaves served up two, and Lindsey Rogers and Allie Gregory each dropped service aces giving Florida seven on the day.Freshman Cheyenne Huskey set the last two points of the second set and the whole final frame for the Orange and Blue, and once again Florida capitalized with several serving runs, two five-point strands thanks to Holston in the second and third sets, and a six-point run by junior libero Caroline Knop in the first. Knop finished the day with a team-high 12 scoops in the back row, her third most this season.WORDS FROM WISEThis was a great match to get players experience. We see the growth of our freshmen middles and it was a match where they were given the opportunity and took full advantage of it.THE RECORDSNo. 8 Florida: 6-1LIU Brooklyn: 1-8TRENDS* Floridas seven service aces Sunday against the Blackbirds give the Gators five matches this season with at least five service aces* The Gators limited the Blackbirds to a .111 clip Sunday. UF has held five opponents to a .200 clip or lower* The Orange and Blue had just nine attack errors against LIU Brooklyn, marking five straight low-error matches and tying for second-lowest this seasonUP NEXTThe Orange and Blue will wrap up an eight-match road strand at No. 13 FSU Wednesday in mid-week action. First serve for the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown between the two volleyball foes is slated for 6 p.m. and will stream on ACC Network Extra. As always, Gator play-by-play Tom Collett will have all the action on the airwaves on ESPN Gainesville. Dominik Hasek Jersey . 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The key to this race is the fact it is run at weight-for-age. Proven form under such conditions is important, and the two with runs on the board are Who Shot Thebarman and Big Orange.Who Shot Thebarman was very good when a running-on fifth in the Cup; he ran equally well last year behind Prince Of Penzance before spacing his rivals in the Zipping Classic under an enterprising James McDonald ride. The field is tougher this time but Chris Wallers stayer is treading a known path to success.Big Orange will relish the step away from handicaps, meeting his Flemington rivals anywhere between 1kg and 5kg better off. He was plain in the big one, but he couldnt lead that day and is a live chance here if able to find his rhythm in front.Its interesting that Almoonqith contests this race and not the two-mile Sandown Cup, a race he won in 2015 and one he would go close to winning again had connections gone that way this year. He ran very well in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and is a winning hope.The two Godolphin raiders, Beautiful Romance and Secret Number, have something to find on Flemington running, while So Si Bon was good in the Derby but that form hasnt been tested yet and three-year-olds havent done much this spring when tested in open company.Recommend Bet: Big Orange to win @ $5 with UBET, but play multiples with Who Shot Thebarman and Almoonqith.Sandown Guineas The Carbine Club on Derby day is usually the right form reference for this Group 2 race over 1600m, so its surprising that just one galloper to contest that race reappears at Sandown on Saturday. It looked to be a hot contest, and the runner-up at Flemington, Mortons Fork, can prove it was just that in a Sandown Guineas lacking in depth.?Mortons Fork was just touched off in the Carbine Club by Criterions half-brother Comin Through, who could well be one direct from the top drawer. ?Godolphin has a great record in the Sandown Guineas, having won it four times in the past eight years, and Mortons Fork is just the type to make it number five.?Standing in his way is the filly Jennifer Lynn, whose winning streak of three started in a Benchmark 64 at Coleraine before progressing to Listed company on Melbourne Cup day. She has something to find with the favourite, but is lightly raced and in-form Darren Weir runners must always be respected.Recommended Bet: Mortons Fork to win @ $2 with UBET, but go to town on an insurance quinella with Jennifer Lynn.Best Bet Sandown Race 6, No.1 Mortons Fork @ $2 with UBET For reasons stated above. Has been heavily backed, so the value looks to be gone, but hes been supported for a reason.Next Best Sandown Race 3, No.1 Qewy @ $2.20 with UBETHow Qewy isnt odds-on ranks alongside the Bermuda Triangle and Donald Trump becoming US President as one of lifes great mysteries. The Godolphin raider has been excellent since arriving in Australia, winning the Geelong Cup before running a game fourth in the Melbourne Cup. At Goodwood prior to coming ovver he finished well in front of Francis Of Assisi, last weeks 10-length winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.dddddddddddd The Sandown Cup is a pretty poor race this year -- most, if not all, of Qewys rivals are either out of form or wont stay two miles, or both. Get on now. Will start odds-on. Will win.Next, Next Best Sandown Race 2, No.4 Redkirk Warrior @ $2.40 with UBET Zipping Classic day always comprises horses who have been up a while, so freshness in the legs is often a key to success. Former Hong Kong galloper Redkirk Warrior contests the second race with just one run this prep under his belt, an eye-catching second to Sir Bacchus three weeks ago at Moonee Valley. Boasted some very handy form in Hong Kong last year, and, if his first run in a year wasnt too taxing, he should be winning this under 54kg. There are question marks over the two Darren Weir runners at the top of the weights, so couple Redkirk Warrior with his stablemate, Sovereign Nation, if youre keen on exotics.Over the Odds Sandown Race 4, No.3 Husson Eagle @ $7 with UBETGet the feeling this one has been laid out by trainer Patrick Payne for a first-up crack at this 1000m scamper. Husson Eagle has won two from four resuming from a spell and looks pretty well treated just 2kg above the minimum for a galloper who has beaten Group 1-placed Wild Rain at level weights. Should get a nice run in transit from gate five and could prove too strong down the roomy Sandown straight. Looks a really nice each-way bet.Under the Odds Sandown Race 8, No.4 Illustrious Lad @ $4.40 with UBETIs in very good form, and seemingly went to a new level down the Flemington straight last time, but the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a new challenge altogether. Illustrious Lad takes on Group 1 winners Lucky Hussler and Under The Louvre, both of whom plummet in class here, at weight-for-age, and has drawn the outside marble in a field of 11. The chances dont end with the top two, either.Illustrious Lad is going the right way, no doubt, but he looks too short in an event that will test him like he hasnt been tested before.Lay of the Day Sandown Race 7, No.8 So Si Bon @ $4.20 with UBETAll spring punters have been sucked in by three-year-olds off low weights, and they have learned at a cost that carrying a postage stamp isnt a rite of passage to success. So Si Bon has 50.5kg in the Zipping Classic because thats what the weight-for-age scale decrees spring three-year-olds should carry; the colt hasnt beaten the handicapper. At any rate, we dont yet know the merit of the Derby form, which the son of So You Think represents via his fourth placing. Although So Si Bon is good, hed need to be verging on exceptional to beat these seasoned stayers. And Im not sure he is.Multi of the Weekend Sandown Race 2, No.4 Redkirk Warrior - PLACE @ $1.47Sandown Race 3, No.1 Qewy - WIN @ $2.20Sandown Race 4, No.3 Husson Eagle - PLACE @ $2.50Sandown Race 6, No.1 Mortons Fork - WIN @ $2Sandown Race 8, No.1 Lucky Hussler - PLACE @ $1.83Multi price: $29.59 with UBET ' ' '